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Tennessee Department of Health reports First Death from Vaping Associated Respiratory Disease

 

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Health (THD) has reported one death in a patient with serious respiratory disease associated with use of electronic cigarettes or other vaping devices. This is the first such death reported in Tennessee.

“We are extremely saddened by this loss of life and extend our sincere condolences to the patient’s family,” said Tennessee Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey, MD, MBA, FAAP.

Cluster of Illness in 49 States Linked to E-cigarette Use.

Cluster of Illness in 49 States Linked to E-cigarette Use.

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Tennessee Department of Health Urges Providers to Report Cases of Vaping-associated Respiratory Illness

 

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) is asking health care providers across the state to report any cases of suspected serious respiratory illness they treat among patients who use electronic cigarettes or other vaping devices.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating a cluster of severe pulmonary disease among people who use e-cigarettes or vape, with more than 150 cases reported to date in 16 states.

Closeup of woman smoking electronic cigarette outdoor. (American Heart Association)

Closeup of woman smoking electronic cigarette outdoor. (American Heart Association)

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Queen Latifah asks America, “What The HF?” to raise awareness about signs, symptoms of heart failure

 

Learn how to recognize and manage HF, a dangerous, chronic condition affecting more than 6.5 million Americans

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – Heart failure (HF) kills thousands of people each year. But, the chronic, progressive condition can be managed if it’s diagnosed and treated early.

The American Heart Association (AHA), the world’s leading voluntary health organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular disease and stroke, is making it easy for people to test their heart failure knowledge while learning how to recognize the signs and symptoms of HF through a new interactive quiz that asks, “What The HF?”

Queen Latifah. (American Heart Association)

Queen Latifah. (American Heart Association)

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Tennessee Department of Health urges public to protect themselves from Tick and Mosquito Bites

 

Tennessee Department of Health - TDOHNashville, 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.

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Blue Bell Ice Cream recalls all of it’s products due to possible Health Risk

 

Blue Bell Ice CreamBrenham, TX – Blue Bell Ice Cream of Brenham, Texas, is voluntarily recalling all of its products currently on the market made at all of its facilities including ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbet and frozen snacks because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Blue Bell enhanced sampling program revealed that Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream half gallons produced on March 17th, 2015, and March 27th, 2015, contained the bacteria.

Blue Bell enhanced sampling program revealed that Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream half gallons produced on March 17th, 2015, and March 27th, 2015, contained the bacteria.

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American Heart Association states Neck manipulation may be associated with Stroke

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – Treatments involving neck manipulation may be associated with stroke, though it cannot be said with certainty that neck manipulation causes strokes, according to a new scientific statement published in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke.

Cervical artery dissection (CD) is a small tear in the layers of artery walls in the neck. It can result in ischemic stroke if a blood clot forms after a trivial or major trauma in the neck and later causes blockage of a blood vessel in the brain.

Vertebral artery as it passes through the neck vertebrae of the spine and enters the skull base. Arrows indicate head movement during lateral rotation and lateral flexion, motions that may be performed as part of a neck manipulation. (American Heart Association)

Vertebral artery as it passes through the neck vertebrae of the spine and enters the skull base. Arrows indicate head movement during lateral rotation and lateral flexion, motions that may be performed as part of a neck manipulation. (American Heart Association)

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Keep cool during your summer workout; tips from the American Heart Association

 

American Heart AssociationNashville, TN – You want to keep working out. But the polar vortex cool spell is over, and it’s hot – REALLY hot. Southern summer hot.

Before you decide to take a break until fall, you can still stay fit in summer – with some common-sense precautions from the American Heart Association.
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Tennessee Department of Human Services encourages Caregivers to “Look Before You Lock” when transporting Children

 

Tennessee Department of Human ServicesNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Human Services (DHS) is reminding licensed child care providers across the state that are approved to transport children of the licensing rules and preventative measures to keep children safe when transporting them during summer months. In doing so, DHS licensing staff will be making extra visits to monitor child care agencies.

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Tennessee Department of Health warns that Cold Weather increases Carbon Monoxide Threat

 

Tennessee Department of Health - TDOHNashville, TN – To keep warm air in and cold air out in winter months, most of us strive to keep every door and window tightly closed.

While that may help reduce heating bills, it may also increase the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office offers Tips to be Safe while Camping this Summer

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – As Tennesseans pack up and head out to their favorite campsites, the State Fire Marshal’s Office urges campers to be aware of carbon monoxide dangers in and around tents and RVs.

Carbon monoxide (CO), often called “the silent killer,” is an invisible, odorless gas created when fuels (such as kerosene, gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas, propane, oil, and methane) burn incompletely. Carbon monoxide can result from camping equipment, such as barbecue grills, portable generators or other fuel-powered devices.

Going camping? Be aware of Carbon Monoxide Dangers

Going camping? Be aware of Carbon Monoxide Dangers

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