Health

Think about Health, Safety after Tornadoes and Floods

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 | 01:37 pm

NASHVILLE – More than half of tornado-related injuries in one situation came during rescue attempts and clean-up work, according to a recent Federal Emergency Management Agency study. As Tennessee moves into its prime tornado and flooding season, officials with the Tennessee Department of Health and the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency remind residents to think about health and safety after a disaster occurs.

Measles Cases in Tennessee Now Being Investigated

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 | 12:50 pm

Vaccinations Urged to Prevent Future Cases

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Health is now investigating five cases of measles in Madison, Shelby, Gibson, Hamilton and Hardeman counties. People in additional counties may have been exposed to measles due to some patients travelling while unknowingly being contagious.

Rabies Vaccinations and Wildlife Awareness Save Lives

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 | 09:12 am

NASHVILLE – Most Tennesseans have never seen an animal with rabies or known a family who has lost a loved one to the deadly disease. While that’s a testament to vigorous statewide rabies vaccination efforts that started in 1954, the Tennessee Department of Health is reminding residents this disease could make a comeback if people become complacent.

Measles Protection Important for All Who Travel Outside the United States

Monday, May 05, 2014 | 11:12 am

NASHVILLE  − The Tennessee Department of Health is reminding those who travel abroad of the need for vaccination against measles. Although measles was officially eradicated from the United States in 2000, it is still present in other regions of the world including Western Europe and cases continue to occur among Americans returning from foreign travel and among foreign visitors to the United States. Vaccination against measles is extremely effective.

Admissions to Golden Living Center Mountain View Suspended

Monday, April 28, 2014 | 02:42 pm

Franklin County Nursing Home Cited for Violations

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH, has suspended new admissions of residents to Golden Living Center Mountain View effective April 25, 2014, and imposed a one-time state civil monetary penalty of $3,000. A special monitor has been appointed to review the facility’s operations. 

National Public Health Week & National Vounteer Week Emphasize Need for Emergency Preparedness in Tennessee

Monday, April 07, 2014 | 12:53 pm

NASHVILLE – During the second week in April, two national celebrations will be marked across Tennessee:  National Public Health Week and National Volunteer Week. The Tennessee Department of Health and many county and metro health departments are using the week to encourage more residents to volunteer for service in the Tennessee Medical Reserve Corps.

New Public Service Announcements Designed to Reduce Infant Deaths in Tennessee

Monday, April 07, 2014 | 10:49 am

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Health is launching a new series of public service announcements statewide as the next step in the ongoing campaign to reduce sleep-related deaths of infants. These PSAs feature a Tennessee mother named Sandy who lost her infant son to a sleep-related death. Sandy has made it her mission to educate other parents and caregivers about safe sleep practices for babies to help save children’s lives.

Chicks and Ducks Are Cute, but Not a Good Easter Gift

Thursday, April 03, 2014 | 01:10 pm

NASHVILLE – Cuddly baby chicks and ducks are as much a part of the Easter holiday as colored eggs and the Easter bunny. But even though they are fun to look at and kids love them, you should not give them as gifts because of the health risks involved.

Live poultry, especially baby poultry, commonly carry Salmonella germs. People can get Salmonella from contact with the birds or their environments. These germs can contaminate a bird’s body and anything in the area where they are displayed or housed, such as cages or coops.

In recent years, many outbreaks have been linked to handling live poultry purchased from agricultural feed stores and mail-order hatcheries. In these outbreaks thousands of people became ill, hundreds were hospitalized, and several deaths occurred.

Tennessee Launches Additional Efforts in 2013 to Reduce the Number of Drug-Dependent Newborns

Tuesday, April 01, 2014 | 01:34 pm

NASHVILLE – In 2013, 921 newborns in Tennessee experienced withdrawal from drugs their mothers used while pregnant. Many people across Tennessee, including a group of state leaders, are working to reduce that number and in the past year launched several efforts to help prevent the suffering and expenses associated with the condition known as neonatal abstinence syndrome, or NAS.

Wearing Helmets Saves Lives and Money

Friday, March 28, 2014 | 12:58 pm
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March is Brain Injury Awareness Month

NASHVILLE – Traumatic brain injury can occur as a result of any head injury. Whether it is a fall from a bicycle or a motorcycle crash, a sports concussion or a head trauma to one of our brave veterans from an explosion on the battlefield, the delicate brain can suffer significant after affects. Many of these injuries can be prevented. During observances of Brain Injury Awareness Month, the Department of Health is reminding Tennesseans of the importance of wearing helmets while riding motorcycles and bicycles to help prevent brain injuries. Tennessee ranks number six in the nation for lives saved and economic costs saved due to helmet use, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.