Nashville, TN – 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.
A total of 13,419 hypothermia-related fatalities were recorded in the U.S. in the last decade. «Read the rest of this article»
Dallas, TX – Stroke has dropped from the nation’s fourth-leading cause of death to No. 5, according to new federal statistics. It is the second time since 2011 that stroke has dropped a spot in the mortality rankings.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report released Tuesday, stroke swapped positions with unintentional injuries, which killed 1,579 more people than stroke in 2013. «Read the rest of this article»
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Health is urging all Tennesseans to increase their vigilance to prevent flu and flu-related health threats by getting immunized and talking with their healthcare providers about flu-like symptoms.
Since 2007 there have been 29 pediatric flu-related deaths recorded in Tennessee, including three in December of this year.
Tennessee Department of Health maintains position on E-Cigarettes Six Months after initial Advisory; Use At Own Risk
Nashville, TN – Six months after issuing a public health advisory on the use of electronic cigarettes, the Tennessee Department of Health advisory remains in effect.
Additionally, the department has petitioned the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for regulation of electronic cigarettes and similar electronic devices that produce emissions or “vapor” that contain, despite the perceptions of many, much more than just water vapor.
Tennessee State Representative John Tidwell calls on Center for Disease Control to Train Workers, Protect Montgomery County from Ebola Risk
Clarksville, TN – In response to the news that Fort Campbell soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division will be deployed to Liberia to assist in fighting the outbreak of the Ebola virus there, State Representative John Tidwell is calling on the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to prepare hospital personnel in Montgomery County to protect themselves and our community in the event that a returning soldier is infected with the virus.
“Our military families and our community have endured so many burdens in the War on Terror. Now they are being called upon to assist in the world’s fight against Ebola. We need to be sure our families are not endangered by a lack of preparedness,” said Tennessee State Representative John Tidwell.
Tennessee Department of Health says Injury from Falls a Leading Cause of Death for Tennessee Seniors
Falls Prevention Awareness Day is September 23rd, 2014
Nashville, TN – A simple fall may be just a nuisance for many people, but for a senior adult it can be a matter of life or death.
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has declared September 23rd, 2014 as Falls Prevention Awareness Day to promote simple ways to prevent and reduce falls among older adults. «Read the rest of this article»
Clarksville, TN – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recognizes Child Passenger Safety Week as September 14th-20th, 2014.
According to the CDC, car seat use reduces the risk for death to infants (aged <1 year) by 71%, and to toddlers (aged 1–4 years) by 54% in passenger vehicles. Further, misuse rates for child restraints nationally are as high as 85%.
Necessary for All, Especially for Travelers
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Health, in alignment with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is issuing polio vaccination guidance for individuals planning travel to and from 10 countries where wild poliovirus, or WPV, is currently known to be a threat.
Those countries include: Afghanistan, Nigeria, Pakistan, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Equatorial Guinea, Iraq, Israel, Somalia and Syria. «Read the rest of this article»
Nashville, TN – While swimming is a fun way to beat the heat and be physically active, thousands of Americans get sick every year due to germs found in the places where we swim.
“We can all help keep our swimming areas safe this summer by following a few easy steps,” said TDH Chief Medical Officer David Reagan, MD, PhD. “Taking precautions like showering before swimming and never letting children swim without supervision helps prevent illness and injuries.”
One Madison County Resident Tests Positive
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Health has confirmed the first case of chikungunya in Tennessee. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention laboratory results show a resident of Madison County tested positive for the virus.
TDH is reminding Tennesseans of the importance of taking precautions to protect themselves from bites from mosquitoes that may spread this and other viruses such as West Nile and La Crosse.
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