Topic: John Dreyzehner
Disease that Can Destroy Livers on the Rise
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Health is issuing a public health advisory urging residents to increase their awareness about Hepatitis C, a life-threatening disease spread by direct contact with blood from an infected person.
The rate of acute Hepatitis C cases in Tennessee has more than tripled in the last seven years, and the steadily increasing number of cases may only represent “the tip of the iceberg” of the state’s Hepatitis-C epidemic, according to TDH Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH. «Read the rest of this article»
World Breastfeeding Week is August 1st-7th, 2015
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Health has been helping mothers give their babies the best start in life for more than 90 years, and education and support for breastfeeding are a big part of these important efforts. TDH celebrates World Breastfeeding Week August 1st-7th to help promote the importance of breastfeeding as a lifesaving goal.
“When we think about how we can protect the health of a baby once she is born, breastfeeding is an optimal choice and is one of the best examples of primary prevention, something that can stop a future health issue from ever even happening in the first place,” said TDH Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH. “We fully support all efforts to encourage more mothers to nurse their babies, and we urge Tennesseans to learn about the benefits of breastfeeding to help build the community of support for nursing mothers and babies in the workplace and every place.” «Read the rest of this article»
TDH Investigating Cases of Gastrointestinal Disease
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Health is investigating multiple gastrointestinal disease reports among people who say they consumed raw milk prior to their illness. TDH has confirmed two cases of cryptosporidiosis in individuals in the Chattanooga/Hamilton County Region.
Both cases of illness are associated with consumption of raw milk from a dairy cow share program. TDH is interviewing additional participants in the program to determine if other people have been sickened.
Nashville, TN – Summer is about spending time with family and friends at the pool, lake or in the backyard, but it’s also the peak time for ticks and mosquitoes which increases your risks for diseases like Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, West Nile Virus and chikungunya disease.
Tennessee Group raising Awareness of Legal Substances that can cause Serious Harm to Babies in the Womb
Harmful Effects to Baby May Include Lower I.Q. for Life
Nashville, TN – An occasional glass of wine. A cigarette. A pain pill, prescribed by a doctor. All three are perfectly legal, yet each may cause harm to an unborn baby. Effects can range from short- to long-term, from behavioral and learning issues to a withdrawal syndrome the baby endures right after birth, to physical defects. Some or all of these can have an adverse impact over the baby’s entire life.
A group of health, medical and government professionals from Tennessee is combining strengths to help more women of child-bearing years understand the potential dangers of alcohol, nicotine and prescription medicines. «Read the rest of this article»
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Health encourages parents to have their school-age children immunized now to avoid long lines and extended wait times that may occur closer to the start of the 2015-2016 school year.
Immunization requirements apply to any student enrolling in a Tennessee school for the first time including all Kindergarten students. Requirements also apply to all rising seventh graders.
Tennessee Department of Health advises Clinicians to have Heightened Awareness about MERS Co-V with International Travel Patients
Nashville, TN – In response to a Korean outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus, commonly known as MERS Co-V, the Tennessee Department of Health has issued an alert to healthcare providers.
The alert issued Friday, June 12th, urges clinicians to ask their patients about recent travel, to look for evidence of the illness in patient assessments and to share their findings and information with public health officials.
Time for vigilance is now
Nashville, TN – “Children should never be left alone in cars. Children should never be left alone in cars. Children should never be left alone in cars.”
That’s the message Michael Warren, MD, repeatedly stresses and wants all Tennesseans to start thinking about now. As director of the Tennessee Department of Health’s Family Health and Wellness office, he studies ways to keep children safe and believes “parents can never be too vigilant in protecting their children from heatstroke in vehicles.”
Nashville, TN – 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. «Read the rest of this article»
TDH & TEMA Stress Importance of Personal Protection Plans
Nashville, TN – 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.
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