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Tennessee Department of Health Cautions Travel by Pregnant Women and their Sexual Partners as Zika Virus Disease is a Threat in Vacation Areas

 

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – Seasonal frosts that help reduce mosquito activity in Tennessee will arrive soon, bringing some relief from the blood-feeding insects.

Mosquitoes in Tennessee are currently known to transmit diseases such as West Nile virus and La Crosse Encephalitis. With 45 cases of travel-related Zika Virus Disease confirmed thus far this year in Tennessee, there is yet another reason to “Fight the Bite.”

Danger of Having a Baby with Microcephaly Should Alert Couples to Important Precautions

Danger of Having a Baby with Microcephaly Should Alert Couples to Important Precautions

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American Heart Association Urges Federal Investment in Physical Activity Following CDC Study

 

American Heart AssociationWashington, D.C.   American Heart Association President Steven Houser, Ph.D., FAHA issued the following comments today on new research, released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), that examines “Physical Inactivity Among Adults Aged 50 Years and Older”:

“Physical activity can be one of the most potent medicines for overall health. Unfortunately, not nearly enough Americans choose to take it. According to a new CDC report, nearly 28 million Americans, ages 50 and up, are physically inactive.

Kids playing on a playground. (American Heart Association)

Kids playing on a playground. (American Heart Association)

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Tennessee increases availability of Naloxone to fight Opioid Overdose

 

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – Tennessee has a powerful new tool to fight opioid overdose with the passage of Public Chapter 596. This new law allows authorized pharmacists to dispense naloxone to a person at risk of opioid overdose or to a family member, friend or other person to assist someone at risk of an opiate-related overdose.

Public Chapter 596 sets up a statewide pharmacy practice agreement for what is called “opioid antagonist therapy.”

Public Chapter 596 alows authorized pharmacists to dispense naloxone for opioid overdose

Public Chapter 596 alows authorized pharmacists to dispense naloxone for opioid overdose

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Four Tennessee Agency Leaders call for increased awareness about Fentanyl

 

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – Following a public health alert update last week from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on increased risk of overdose and fatalities associated with Fentanyl-laced counterfeit pills and compounds, commissioners and directors from four Tennessee departments are urging the public to have increased awareness about the substance.

Deadly, Illegally Sold and Often Cheap Drug Cited by CDC in Alert Update Issued Last Week

Deadly, Illegally Sold and Often Cheap Drug Cited by CDC in Alert Update Issued Last Week

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CPSC reports Lumber Liquidators Agrees to Not Resume Sales of Inventory of Chinese-Made Laminate Flooring

 

Lumber Liquidators To Continue Comprehensive Testing Program As Part of a Recall to Test.

U.S. Consumer Product Safety CommissionWashington, D.C. – In cooperation with Lumber Liquidators, of Toano, VA, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is announcing that Lumber Liquidators has agreed to not resume sales of laminate wood flooring previously imported from China.

The company also agreed to continue conducting a comprehensive testing program as part of a recall program that affects consumers who purchased Chinese-made laminate flooring from Lumber Liquidators during a three-year period.

In homes where the Chinese-made laminate flooring is found to emit elevated levels of formaldehyde, the company will provide any required remediation.

Laminated floors from 1,300 homes tested to date were below remediation guideline level; affected consumers encouraged to request free test kit.

Laminated floors from 1,300 homes tested to date were below remediation guideline level; affected consumers encouraged to request free test kit.

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Heart Disease Research Should be a Key Priority, Says American Heart Association

 

Senate Labor HHS Bill Funding Does Not Measure Up to Disease

American Heart AssociationWashington, D.C. – The American Heart Association said today that the Senate FY 2017 funding bill for Labor, HHS and Education is a win for the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH), but unfortunately, does not make heart disease research a priority. The bill includes a welcome six percent bump to the NIH budget: $2 billion over current funding.

However, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) received just a 4.1 percent increase. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke was boosted by 6.3 percent – the amount the association requested – and an additional $100 million was invested in the BRAIN Initiative.

Heart Illustration. (American Heart Association)

Heart Illustration. (American Heart Association)

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Tennessee Department of Health says Stay Safe and Healthy at Upcoming Warm Weather Events

 

“Fight the Bite – Hydrate Right – Respect the Sun’s Might”

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – Summer is fast approaching and that means plenty of opportunities for outdoor fun and adventures across Tennessee. Thousands of music lovers will visit Nashville and Manchester June 9th through 12th for the CMA Music Festival and Bonnaroo.

Thousands more are expected for Elvis Week in Memphis August 10th through 16th and in Bristol for Bristol Motor Speedway’s NASCAR event August 20th.

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Tennessee Department of Health says Properly Fluoridated Community Water Important For All Tennesseans

 

Written by John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH
Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner

and Wendy Long, MD, MPH
TennCare Deputy Director

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – Tennessee strongly encourages communities to fluoridate their water supplies to reduce the impact of oral disease on our kids’ physical, emotional and economic well-being, in particular the impact to our state’s most vulnerable children.

Community water fluoridation is a proven prevention strategy fundamental to health equity and optimal health for all and the science is clear: Fluoride provides substantial benefits throughout our lives at a low cost, with $1.00 spent on fluoride saving $38.00 in future dental treatment costs.

Tennessee Department of Health and TennCare support the recommendation of 0.7 milligrams of fluoride per liter of drinking water.

Tennessee Department of Health and TennCare support the recommendation of 0.7 milligrams of fluoride per liter of drinking water.

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Consumer Reports Investigates What Causes Pain, What Treats It, What Doesn’t – and How to Prevent It

 

Also, CR looks at the prescription painkiller epidemic, efforts to curb overuse of opioids, and surprising truths about medical marijuana

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – Persistent and chronic pain can be a frustrating, debilitating and expensive problem. According to the June issue of Consumer Reports, 125 million Americans in pain spend about $300 billion on treatments and care every year. But not all of that care is effective, and some of it may be costly or even dangerous.

To help consumers make better, more informed choices, Consumer Reports took a closer look at the issue of treating pain in a special report on what works and what doesn’t—and developed guidance on how to treat common ailments—including back, neck and joint pain.

Consumer Reports takes a look at What Causes Pain

Consumer Reports takes a look at What Causes Pain

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Tennessee Department of Health reminds everyone that Raw Milk can be Hazardous to Your Health

 

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – Milk, whether it comes from seemingly healthy cows, goats or any other animal, can cause serious health problems, including death, if it has not been pasteurized to kill harmful bacteria.

This reminder from the Tennessee Department of Health comes following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s announcement regarding hospitalizations and a death from Listeria infections linked to people drinking raw milk from a Pennsylvania dairy.

Raw milk and products made from it can pose severe health risks, including death. (CDC)

Raw milk and products made from it can pose severe health risks, including death. (CDC)

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