Expanded Newborn Screening Service Speeds Test Results

Monday, April 20, 2015 | 08:39 am

NASHVILLE – The majority of babies born in Tennessee are healthy, free from diseases and disorders. A few, however, arrive with rare conditions or illnesses that may be treated more effectively if identified early. For this reason, the Tennessee Department of Health has expanded its newborn screening laboratory testing to six days a week and is increasing testing to cover more disorders.

Preparedness Urged for Seasonal Severe Weather

Wednesday, April 08, 2015 | 10:01 am

NASHVILLE – While a tornado can occur anytime throughout the year, the peak risk months in Tennessee for property damage and loss of life from twisters and floods are March, April and May.  Officials with the Tennessee Department of Health and the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency this week reminded residents of the need to be alert for severe weather public messaging and to have a plan to protect themselves and their families.

Travelers Urged to Protect Themselves from Mosquitoes

Monday, March 30, 2015 | 12:27 pm

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Health is reminding vacation and business travelers about the importance of protecting themselves from mosquitoes that may transmit chikungunya virus and other mosquito-borne illnesses like dengue. The first confirmed case of chikungunya virus disease in Tennessee occurred in 2014; since then 42 additional cases have been documented, all involving travel outside the state.

Medical Reserve Corps Volunteers Serve in Many Ways

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 | 10:30 am
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NASHVILLE – When flooding, deadly tornadoes or other disasters strike in Tennessee, there’s a dedicated group of volunteers ready to provide assistance. They’re members of the Medical Reserve Corps, a network of community-based volunteers who can support critical work to restore health and safety during and following emergencies. 

Dye the Easter Eggs, but Don't Handle the Chicks

Monday, March 23, 2015 | 04:33 pm
Baby chicks carry Salmonella risk.
Baby chicks carry Salmonella risk.

Nashville – Those Easter baskets are often filled with candy and colorful eggs. However, there is one type of gift you should avoid during the holiday—baby chicks and ducklings.

Live poultry commonly carry Salmonella germs. When humans handle the birds, the bacteria can spread. Exposure to Salmonella commonly causes extreme abdominal upset. In severe cases, the illness can be fatal. According to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately 400 people die each year with acute salmonellosis.

Children, the elderly, and people with other health conditions are most susceptible to a severe reaction.

Haslam Launches Healthier Tennessee Communities

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 | 11:03 am

Program to recognize communities that show commitment to healthy living
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness CEO Rick Johnson, joined by representatives from nine cities and counties across the state, today launched Healthier Tennessee Communities, a coordinated initiative supporting physical activity, healthy eating and tobacco abstinence at the local level.
The Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness has focused on developing and introducing effective tools for individuals, workplaces and faith congregations. Healthier Tennessee Communities takes a community-wide approach to improving Tennesseans’ health by engaging the local leaders of cities, towns, counties and neighborhoods. 

Protect Yourself and Others from Cold Weather Deaths

Tuesday, March 03, 2015 | 03:26 pm

11 Tennesseans Tragically Lost to Hypothermia Since Start of 2015

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Health is urging Tennesseans to stay warm and protect themselves, friends and family members from deadly hypothermia as another round of severe cold weather impacts the state. A preliminary review of January and February 2015 fatalities indicates more than one-third of 30 cold weather-related deaths in Tennessee have been attributed to hypothermia, caused when the body’s core temperature drops to unsafe levels. Among the hypothermia deaths that have occurred, there appear to be no unexpected or previously unidentified individual risk factors. The long stretch of unusually cold weather caught many unprepared for the disaster.

Raw Milk Poses Health Risks for Users of All Ages

Monday, February 23, 2015 | 12:39 pm

NASHVILLE – In the quest for good health, some may believe “100 percent natural” is always best. That belief, however, doesn’t take into account some life-saving scientific advances which have made many products safer without any significant effect on their nutritional value.

Hypothermia A Significant Health Threat

Friday, February 20, 2015 | 11:55 am

Alcohol, Drugs Increase Risk

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Health and the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency are warning residents that alcohol and certain drugs increase the risk for hypothermia. The condition occurs when the body’s core temperature drops to 95° or lower and its effects can be deadly.