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Tennessee Department of Health says Hypothermia is a Significant Health Threat

 

Tennessee Department of Health - TDOHNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Health and the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency are warning residents that alcohol and certain drugs increase the risk for hypothermia.

The condition occurs when the body’s core temperature drops to 95° or lower and its effects can be deadly.

A total of 13,419 hypothermia-related fatalities were recorded in the U.S. in the last decade. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee Department of Health says Exercise and enjoy Outdoors Safely during Winter Weather

 

Tennessee Department of Health - TDOHNashville, TN – Cold weather doesn’t have to send your exercise routine into hibernation. While outdoor activities can expose you to several safety hazards during winter months, you can still enjoy a walk, run or maybe a sled ride while taking steps to stay safe and healthy. These simple tips are also important for those working outdoors during winter weather.

“Cold temperatures may make you want to huddle up inside, but a brisk walk may be just what you need for a burst of energy and a clear head,” said TDH Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH. “It’s important to remain physically active year-round, and sometimes winter weather requires us to do extra work outside. We can take a few extra steps to keep our bodies warm while enjoying physical activity or doing work outdoors during winter weather.” «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee Department of Health says Measles outbreak in California underscores importance of Immunization

 

Tennessee Department of Health - TDOHNashville, TN – Measles, a disease considered eradicated in the United States, is making headlines due to a growing outbreak linked to a California amusement park. Most of the people infected with measles in this outbreak were not vaccinated against the disease.

While Tennessee does not yet have any reported measles cases in 2015 and no cases linked to this outbreak at this time, the Tennessee Department of Health is reminding everyone of the importance of routine vaccination against measles and other illnesses.

A child receiving an immunization

A child receiving an immunization

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Tennessee Department of Health says be prepared for Health concerns during Winter Weather

 

Tennessee Department of Health - TDOHNashville, TN – Winters in Tennessee can be very unpredictable.

That’s why the Tennessee Department of Health urges everyone to be prepared for dangerous weather, the risk of hypothermia and other winter health concerns. «Read the rest of this article»

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NASA launches Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) observatory into orbit around Earth

 

Written by Alan Buis
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationPasadena, CA – NASA successfully launched its first Earth satellite designed to collect global observations of the vital soil moisture hidden just beneath our feet.

The Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) observatory, a mission with broad applications for science and society, lifted off at 6:22am PST (9:22am EST) Saturday from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, on a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket.

NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) observatory lifts off from Space Launch Complex 2 West at California's Vandenberg Air Force Base, beginning a three-year mission to map Earth's vital moisture hidden in the soils beneath our feet. (NASA/Bill Ingalls)

NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) observatory lifts off from Space Launch Complex 2 West at California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base, beginning a three-year mission to map Earth’s vital moisture hidden in the soils beneath our feet. (NASA/Bill Ingalls)

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264th Combat Communications Squadron soldier returns home from Liberia, Ebola free

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Lealan Buehrer
182nd Airlift Wing

United States Africa CommandPeoria, IL – A cyber transport systems specialist with Peoria’s 264th Combat Communications Squadron returned home in November from the fight against the Ebola epidemic in Africa. There, he and his unit led the way in building up communications for hospital training centers as part of Operation United Assistance.

Air Force Tech. Sgt. Benjamin Springsteen, a Chicago suburb native, was augmenting the Joint Communications Support Element at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, when he was handpicked for deployment to Liberia.

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Benjamin M. Springsteen, a cyber transport systems specialist with the 264th Combat Communications Squadron, visits his home unit in Peoria, Ill., Dec. 9, 2014, after returning from a deployment to Monrovia, Liberia, in support of Operation United Assistance.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Lealan Buehrer)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Benjamin M. Springsteen, a cyber transport systems specialist with the 264th Combat Communications Squadron, visits his home unit in Peoria, Ill., Dec. 9, 2014, after returning from a deployment to Monrovia, Liberia, in support of Operation United Assistance. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Lealan Buehrer)

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American Heart Association reports Stroke falls to No. 5 cause of Death in U.S.

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – Stroke has dropped from the nation’s fourth-leading cause of death to No. 5, according to new federal statistics. It is the second time since 2011 that stroke has dropped a spot in the mortality rankings.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report released Tuesday, stroke swapped positions with unintentional injuries, which killed 1,579 more people than stroke in 2013. «Read the rest of this article»

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Bitter cold expected next week for Clarksville – Montgomery County

 

National Weather ServiceNashville, TN – According to the National Weather Service (NWS), extreme cold temperatures are expected next week across Clarksville – Montgomery County as well as Middle Tennessee. Beginning Tuesday, January 6th, the high is expected to be around 40°F dropping to 22°F Tuesday night.

Wednesday, January 7th, it will be mostly clear with a high only around 23°F falling to a bitter 4°F Wednesday night. Temperatures rise some on Thursday, January 8th, to 34°F with a low of 21°F.

Temperatures expected to drop to the single digits next week in Clarksville-Montgomery County.

Temperatures expected to drop to the single digits next week in Clarksville-Montgomery County.

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Tennessee Department of Health urges increased efforts to prevent Flu and Flu Complications

 

Tennessee Department of Health - TDOHNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Health is urging all Tennesseans to increase their vigilance to prevent flu and flu-related health threats by getting immunized and talking with their healthcare providers about flu-like symptoms.

Since 2007 there have been 29 pediatric flu-related deaths recorded in Tennessee, including three in December of this year.

A flu vaccination (CDC)

A flu vaccination (CDC)

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Health commissioner reaffirms synced efforts at Fort Campbell’s Blanchfield Army Community Hospital roundtable

 

Written by David E. Gillespie
Blanchfield Army Community Hospital

Blanchfield Army Hospital - BACH - Fort Campbell KYFort Campbell, KY – Tennessee’s top health department official joined military and civilian health administrators at Blanchfield Army Community Hospital Tuesday for a roundtable discussion on how healthcare efforts are synchronized across multiple agencies from local to county, regional and state levels.

The working lunch meeting was an opportunity to bolster longstanding relationships and communicate directly with Dr. John Dreyzehner, Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Health, which is tasked to protect, promote and improve the health of people in Tennessee.

Dr. (Col.) Michael Helwig, Deputy Commander for Clinical Services, discusses training and resources with Dr. (Col.) George Appenzeller, Hospital Commander, and Dr. John Dreyzehner, Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Health, at Blanchfield Army Community Hospital Tuesday.

Dr. (Col.) Michael Helwig, Deputy Commander for Clinical Services, discusses training and resources with Dr. (Col.) George Appenzeller, Hospital Commander, and Dr. John Dreyzehner, Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Health, at Blanchfield Army Community Hospital Tuesday.

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