Dallas, TX – For the first time, guidelines have been developed for preventing stroke in women.
“If you are a woman, you share many of the same risk factors for stroke with men, but your risk is also influenced by hormones, reproductive health, pregnancy, childbirth and other sex-related factors,” said Cheryl Bushnell, M.D., M.H.S., author of the new scientific statement published in the American Heart Association journal Stroke.
Nashville, TN – Tennessee families now have a new resource to support their efforts to breastfeed babies. The Department of Health has launched the statewide Tennessee Breastfeeding Hotline, which is now available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The toll-free number is 1.855.4BF.MOMS (1.855.423.6667).
The hotline is staffed by International Board Certified Lactation Consultants and Certified Lactation Counselors, and operated in partnership with Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. «Read the rest of this article»
A statement by Kathleen Sebelius
Washington, D.C. – Today, we honor the remarkable life of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy of fighting for racial equality, human rights and economic justice. Dr. King believed deeply that people of every race, religion and creed should have the opportunity to share in the American dream.
His courageous leadership on civil rights included a passionate advocacy on behalf of the poor. Dr. King memorably described inequality in health care as the “most shocking and inhumane” form of injustice. These words continue to resonate, as there is nothing more essential to opportunity than good health.
Fort Campbell, KY – The Centers for Disease Control has reported an increase of flu-like symptoms in Tennessee and officials expect the numbers to rise in coming weeks.
“The best ways to prevent getting and spreading the flu is to get vaccinated and follow preventive actions, like washing your hands often with soap and water or hand sanitizer,” said Dr. Samuel Peik, chief of the Department of Preventive Medicine at Blanchfield Army Community Hospital. «Read the rest of this article»
It’s even more important to get your flu shot if you have a Heart Condition
Nashville, TN – You know that miserable, no-good feeling that starts as a simple headache and escalates to a high fever, chills and an overall sense of yuck?
Each year in the United States an estimated 5-20 percent of the population can be infected with the flu, and more than 200,000 people may be hospitalized during the flu season. «Read the rest of this article»
American Heart Association reports U.S. stroke deaths declining due to improved prevention, treatment
Dallas, TX – Stroke deaths in the United States have declined dramatically in recent decades due to improved treatment and prevention, according to a scientific statement published in the American Heart Association journal Stroke.
The American Stroke Association commissioned this paper to discuss the reasons that stroke dropped from the third to fourth leading cause of death. «Read the rest of this article»
Analysis Found Expensive Care Doesn’t Mean Better Care
Yonkers, NY – For the fourth year in a row, Consumer Reports published rankings of hundreds of health insurance plans across the United States to help consumers determine which ones may be best for them.
This marks the first time the organization took additional steps to identify plans that both provide high-quality care and avoid costly care.
The rankings data and the “Best Value” designation come from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), a respected non-profit health care quality measurement group. «Read the rest of this article»
Clarksville, TN – A few weeks ago my family participated in JDRF Children’s Congress 2013 in Washington, D.C. where we met with our elected officials to ask for their support in finding a cure for Type 1 diabetes. There are some amazing developments focused on both a cure and treatment.
My 5 year old son, Garrett, was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when he was 21 months old. Earlier this year Garrett began using an insulin pump that replaces the need for multiple shots each day. The insulin pump was developed as a direct result of support for JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) and the technology helps regulate his blood glucose level.
Newly created foundation to work with local communities to promote health and wellness
Jackson, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam today announced the launch of “Healthier Tennessee,” an initiative to encourage Tennesseans to be more physically active, to eat nutritious foods in healthy portions, and not to use tobacco products.
“Tennessee is one of the best places there is to live, work and raise a family, but we also are one of the least healthy states in the nation,” Haslam said. “Our citizens have high rates of behavior-related diseases such as hypertension and stroke, Type II diabetes, heart disease, and several types of cancer.” «Read the rest of this article»
The timing of meals, whether it’s missing a meal in the morning or eating a meal very late at night, may cause adverse metabolic effects that lead to coronary heart disease.
Dallas, TX – Here’s more evidence why breakfast may be the most important meal of the day: Men who reported that they regularly skipped breakfast had a higher risk of a heart attack or fatal coronary heart disease in a study reported in the American Heart Association journal Circulation.
Researchers analyzed food frequency questionnaire data and tracked health outcomes for 16 years (1992-2008) on 26,902 male health professionals ages 45-82. «Read the rest of this article»
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