Topic: Tennessee Department of Health
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.
Four Tennessee Families Safe Thanks to Quick Actions
Nashville, TN – Four alert health professionals each recently recognized something was wrong when screening four different mothers in the Baby and Me Tobacco Free program.
In each situation, during a breathing evaluation as part of the program, the women all had troublesome levels of carbon monoxide in their systems. Home inspections were conducted, in which heating system gas leaks were identified and repaired, and the four mothers and their families were protected from harm. «Read the rest of this article»
New Food Safety Regulations Take Effect
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee departments of Health and Agriculture have partnered to develop a mobile app that allows users to check any Tennessee restaurant inspection score no matter where they are located.
The free app, available for both iOS and Android, lets users view health inspection scores from Tennessee restaurants and retail stores that prepare food, including grocery stores and convenience markets. «Read the rest of this article»
Tennessee Department of Health announces Fees for Birth, Death Certificates to increase July 1st, 2015
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Health’s Office of Vital Records is increasing fees charged for providing birth and death certificates. Effective July 1st, 2015, each type of certificate will cost $15.00 per copy for both first and additional copies.
Birth and death certificates may be obtained by visiting a county health department in Tennessee, in person at the TDH Office of Vital Records at 710 James Robertson Parkway in Nashville, online at www.tn.gov/health/article/vr-certificate or by mail. «Read the rest of this article»
Nashville, TN – Throughout the Tennessee Department of Health, staff members and county health departments continue to progress in the department’s pursuit of continuous improvement and excellence. TDH uses the nationally-recognized Baldrige excellence framework as a benchmark and guide in its work.
To date, 51 TDH staff members have been certified as Baldrige examiners, with 23 now in the active corps of examiners; 29 county health departments or divisions have achieved performance level ratings; and the department overall is now working to achieve an advanced level of Baldrige-recognized improvement. The department has achieved an overall Level II recognition. «Read the rest of this article»
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 – In observance of National HIV Testing Day June 27th, the Tennessee Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention encourage Tennesseans to know their HIV status.
“We agree with current CDC guidelines that everyone aged 13-64 years be tested once for HIV,” said TDH Chief Medical Officer David Reagan, MD, PhD. “Our data show the urgent need for increased efforts to prevent HIV. On average, more than two individuals are diagnosed with HIV every day in Tennessee and no county is immune from the disease. Persons at high risk include injection drug users and their sex partners, persons with multiple sex partners and sex partners of HIV-infected persons. Persons who are at high risk should be tested annually.” «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.
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