Nashville, TN – Emma and William are the most popular names chosen by new Tennessee parents for their babies born in 2016.
Names chosen for babies are recorded and tallied by the dedicated team in the Tennessee Department of Health’s Office of Vital Records, which registers some 240,000 new records of births, deaths, marriages and divorces every year.
Evolving Research & Recent Regulatory Actions Increase Concerns about Impacts to Health
Nashville, TN – In February of 2013, the Tennessee Department of Health issued its first public health advisory on electronic nicotine delivery systems.
After reviewing a growing body of unbiased, scientific research, TDH is issuing an updated advisory that provides more information and urges current and potential users to understand new evidence of risks associated with e-cigarettes and similar devices.
Nashville, TN – It’s that time of year. As many are mingling with large numbers of people while shopping, attending parties, participating in religious celebrations or traveling, the risk for encountering someone infected with influenza increases.
At the same time, the influenza virus is beginning to affect more people as the winter flu season approaches its peak weeks for infection in Tennessee.
Nashville, TN – Antibiotics are among the most commonly prescribed drugs used in human medicine, and chances are you and your family members have taken them multiple times.These vital drugs help fight life-threatening bacterial diseases and are generally safe when appropriately prescribed.
But overuse and misuse of antibiotics can reduce their benefit and contribute to the rise of drug-resistant bacteria, which kill thousands of Americans every year.
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Health, the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation are urging residents of East Tennessee areas affected by devastating wildfires to protect themselves and their families from smoke.
While inhaling smoke may adversely affect anyone, those at greatest risk include the elderly, young children, pregnant women and those with existing respiratory conditions, such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, COPD, or those with heart disease.
Tennessee Department of Health Reminds Citizens of Need for Immunizations to Protect Adults and Children with Mumps Outbreaks happening in Nearby States
Nashville, TN – As health officials in nearby states, including Arkansas and Missouri monitor outbreaks of mumps that are growing in number and geographically, the Tennessee Department of Health reminds residents mumps vaccination is the best way to prevent mumps illness.
Mumps spreads through close contact with a person who has mumps, and is most easily spread among unvaccinated people or in school or college settings where large numbers of students live and study in close quarters.
Nashville, TN – Colorful leaves and cooler weather lure lots of us outdoors during the fall, and may have you looking for ways to warm up on chilly days and nights.
As you celebrate the season, the Tennessee Department of Health reminds Tennessee residents and visitors of the danger of carbon monoxide poisoning. It’s a silent killer you cannot see, smell or taste.
1,451 Tennesseans Die from Drug Overdoses in 2015
Nashville, TN – Tennessee Department of Health data show 1,451 people died from drug overdoses in the state in 2015.
This is the highest annual number of overdose deaths recorded in state history and brings the five-year total for Tennessee to 6,036 lives lost. That figure is approximately the equivalent of every person on 40 mid-size jet liners dying.
Clarksville, TN – Earlier this month, Dr. Chinyere Ogbonna-McGruder, Austin Peay State University professor of public management and criminal justice, accepted an invitation to North Charleston, South Carolina, to discuss her 2009 book, “Voices from the Inside: Case Studies from a Tennessee Women’s Prison,” at the Mid-South Sociological Association’s 42nd Annual Conference.
Lifestyle Changes Could Prevent Disease from Occurring, Save Lives
Nashville, TN – Healthcare professionals are seeing evidence of a troubling new epidemic: nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, a potentially fatal condition that can follow a lifestyle of too little physical activity and a high-calorie diet with too much sugar.
The disease develops gradually as extra fat accumulates in the liver, usually has no early warning signs and causes irreversible harm to one of the body’s most important organs.
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