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American Heart Association says many sudden cardiac arrests preceded by warning signs

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – Sudden cardiac arrest isn’t always so sudden, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2013.

In a study of middle-age men in Portland, Oregon, more than half had possible warning signs up to a month before their hearts stopped abruptly.

Cardiac arrest occurs when the heart stops due to a failure in its electrical system. Patients can sometimes survive if they receive CPR immediately and a defibrillator is used quickly to shock the heart into a normal rhythm.

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Center for Disease Control tips for preventing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning on Your Boat

 

Centers for Disease Control and PreventionWashington, D.C. – Gasoline-powered engines on boats, including onboard generators, produce carbon monoxide (CO), a colorless and odorless gas that can poison or kill someone who breathes too much of it.

Larger boats, such as houseboats, sometimes have generators that vent toward the rear of the boat. This venting poses a danger of CO poisoning to people on the rear swim deck or water platform.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning on Your Boat

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High Temperatures today to increase outdoor risks

 

A hot and muggy day is in store for portions of Middle Tennessee… Strong upper level ridging moving into the area will allow for high temperatures this afternoon to range in the low to mid 90s. This combined with increasing moisture will yield heat index readings in the low 90s near the plateau, to the low 100s near the Tennessee river.

Heat indices this high will increase the risk of heat-related illness if proper precautions are not taken. If outside today… Wear light colored and light weight clothing. Take frequent breaks and drink plenty of water as well. And never leave children or pets in your vehicle… Even if just for a few minutes.

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American Heart Association reports even moderate smoking associated with Sudden Death risk in Women

 

The risk of sudden cardiac death rose 8 percent for each five years of smoking

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – Women who are even light-to-moderate cigarette smokers may be significantly more likely than nonsmokers to suffer sudden cardiac death, according to new research in Circulation: Arrhythmia & Electrophysiology, an American Heart Association journal.

The findings indicate long-term smokers may be at even greater risk. But quitting smoking can reduce and eliminate the risk over time. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee Department of Health reminds Tennesseans of the need for Flu Vaccination

 

Seasonal Flu Cases Now Widespread in Tennessee

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – Flu season has officially arrived in Tennessee, with cases of seasonal influenza now categorized as widespread in our state. But it’s not too late to vaccinate!

The Tennessee Department of Health urges all Tennesseans who have not yet received a flu vaccine to get one now to help protect vulnerable people around them, their families and themselves from the flu virus. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee Department of Health Clinics to offer Free Flu Vaccine

 

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – Tennessee’s county health department clinics are now offering flu vaccine to people of all ages at no cost to patients until vaccine supplies are depleted. Seasonal influenza is now widespread in Tennessee.

The Department of Health urges all Tennesseans who have not yet received a flu vaccine to get one now to help protect themselves and those around them from the flu virus. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee Department of Health continues efforts with Fungal Meningitis Outbreak Patients

 

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Health is continuing to provide information and assistance to patients affected by contaminated methylprednisolone acetate, including new outreach efforts to some who may develop localized infections. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee Department of Health says keep your Family and Friends Flu Free for the Holidays

 

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – It’s the time of year to gather with family and friends for festive celebrations, and no one wants to see a loved one sidelined by a serious illness. Influenza and other viruses are easily spread in places where people are gathered in close contact and sharing food, drinks and gifts.

The Tennessee Department of Health is reminding Tennesseans to take action to help prevent the spread of flu this holiday season. «Read the rest of this article»

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Laboratory Testing and Results from the Multistate Fungal Meningitis Outbreak

 

Centers for Disease Control and PreventionAtlanta, GA – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s laboratory-confirmed results found on this page are from three New England Compounding Center (NECC) preservative-free methylprednisolone acetate (MPA) lots recalled on September 26th, 2012.

CDC’s Fungus Reference Laboratory has the capacity and technology to examine fungal isolates under the microscope and to confirm their identification using DNA sequencing methods.

Cases with Fungal Infections Linked to Steroid Injections

Cases with Fungal Infections Linked to Steroid Injections

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Tennessee Highway Patrol announces Halloween Enforcement

 

The Tennessee Highway PatrolNashville, TN – The Tennessee Highway Patrol will plan for increased visibility and enforcement efforts on Halloween to ensure a safe and happy holiday for all Tennesseans.

Last year in Tennessee, no one was killed on Halloween between midnight, October 31st, 2011, through 6:00am, November 1st, 2011. That compares to one person killed in one crash on Halloween during the same time period in 2010.

“There is typically a dramatic increase in pedestrian traffic on Halloween. We want to remind motorists to slow down and watch for children on all roadways. Halloween should be a time for good family fun. However, children, parents and motorists must remember that safety comes first,” Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons said. «Read the rest of this article»

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