Tennessee Regional and County Emergency Preparedness Programs Receive National Recognition

Friday, January 03, 2014 | 06:18 pm

NASHVILLE – Two regional and two metro health departments in Tennessee have been recognized by the National Association of County and City Health Officials for their ability to plan for, respond to and recover from public health emergencies. The East and Upper Cumberland regional heath offices, along with the Jackson-Madison County and Sullivan County Health Departments, earned the recognition.

"Emma" and "William" Hold on to Top Spots as Tennessee's Most Popular Baby Names for 2013

Thursday, January 02, 2014 | 02:43 pm

NASHVILLE. – Tennessee’s modern tradition for the top names for new babies continued in 2013, with Emma and William taking the number one spots for a third consecutive year as the most popular names given by new Tennessee parents. William has been the number one name chosen for new baby boys born in Tennessee for seven straight years. Emma repeats as the most popular name for Tennessee baby girls after taking the top spot on the list in 2011.

Be Prepared for Winter Driving

Thursday, January 02, 2014 | 10:26 am

NASHVILLE – A new round of winter weather is moving into Tennessee as many residents are still returning home from holiday visits or getting back into work routines. Wherever you’re driving, don’t pack up the car without including your emergency supplies! Snow, ice and sub-freezing temperatures of winter weather can come with little or no warning and can create treacherous driving conditions. The Department of Health is reminding Tennesseans to plan ahead to avoid dangerous winter travel problems.

All Tennessee Birthing Hospitals Pledge to Wait for Babies to Arrive Naturally

Monday, December 23, 2013 | 12:03 pm

NASHVILLE – One hundred percent of the hospitals that deliver babies in Tennessee have agreed “a healthy baby is worth the wait” and have signed pledges to implement “hard stop” policies to reduce early elective deliveries. The Tennessee Department of Health has partnered with the Tennessee Hospital Association, the Tennessee Initiative for Perinatal Quality Care and the March of Dimes to reduce early elective deliveries in Tennessee, since shortening the time a baby develops in the womb can create a range of serious health problems.

Flu Season Has Arrived-It's Important to be Immunized

Friday, December 20, 2013 | 06:42 pm

NASHVILLE – It’s here: the seasonal wave of flu that affects thousands of Americans every year. Flu activity is measurably rising in Tennessee, and while doctors here are not yet seeing the higher number of cases reported in some neighboring states, the Tennessee Department of Health believes more cases will be identified here soon.

Succeed in Your Resolve to Quit Smoking in 2014

Monday, December 16, 2013 | 12:11 pm
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Tennessee Tobacco QuitLine Offers FREE Support to Those Who Want to Quit

NASHVILLE – Quitting smoking is a popular New Year's resolution each year, but how many people actually quit? Six out of 10 smokers require multiple quit attempts to stop smoking, according to the American Lung Association, but planning ahead can greatly improve a person's likelihood of quitting for good. The Tennessee Department of Health encourages tobacco users to contact the Tennessee Tobacco QuitLine at 1-800-QUIT-NOW or for free help in setting a plan to quit.

Winchester Center Admissions Suspension Lifted

Monday, December 09, 2013 | 01:09 pm

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Health announces that the suspension of admissions at Winchester Center has been lifted effective December 5. The facility is an 80-bed licensed nursing home located at 32 Memorial Drive in Winchester.

Admissions to Winchester Center Suspended

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 | 11:08 am

Franklin County Nursing Home Cited for Violations

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH, has suspended new admissions of residents to Winchester Center effective November 18, 2013, and imposed a one-time state civil monetary penalty of $3,000. A special monitor has been appointed to review the facility’s operations. 

HIV/AIDS: Still Here, Still Preventable

Monday, November 25, 2013 | 02:54 pm

World AIDS Day is December 1, 2013

NASHVILLE– The world changed dramatically in 1981. IBM sold its first personal computer loaded with MS DOS software. The space shuttle Columbia made its inaugural flight. MTV brought music videos into living rooms. Just when it appeared technology was making life better for nearly everyone, doctors in San Francisco, Calif. were baffled by an illness that defied all known treatment. That frightening, incurable disease would soon become known as Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, or AIDS.

State Analysis Links Cluster of Illnesses to Raw Milk Consumption

Thursday, November 21, 2013 | 11:57 am

NASHVILLE - The Tennessee Department of Health confirmed today the strain of E.coli that caused nine children to become ill after drinking raw milk obtained from McBee Dairy Farm near Knoxville has been matched to animal waste collected at the dairy. Five of the nine children required hospitalization and three developed a severe kidney problem known as hemolytic uremic syndrome.