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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 says Disease Investigations linked to Increased Raw Milk Consumption

 

TDH Investigating Cases of Gastrointestinal Disease

Tennessee Department of Health - TDOHNashville, 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.

Raw milk and products made from it can pose severe health risks, including death. (CDC)

Raw milk and products made from it can pose severe health risks, including death. (CDC)

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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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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 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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Center for Disease Control tips for preventing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning on Your Boat

 

Centers for Disease Control and PreventionWashington, D.C. – Gasoline-powered engines on boats, including onboard generators, produce carbon monoxide (CO), a colorless and odorless gas that can poison or kill someone who breathes too much of it.

Larger boats, such as houseboats, sometimes have generators that vent toward the rear of the boat. This venting poses a danger of CO poisoning to people on the rear swim deck or water platform.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning on Your Boat

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American Heart Association says “The heat is here! Is your heart ready?”

 

Heat is hard on the heart; take precautions and stay healthy

American Heart AssociationNashville, TN – The calendar says it’s still spring, but the extreme temperatures we’re about to feel this week have moved this item to the top of the weekend agenda: preventing heat exhaustion and heat stroke, which can have serious effects on health.

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Tennessee Department of Health says prepare for Ticks in order to Prevent Illness

 

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – After a record-setting number of Rocky Mountain spotted fever cases in the state last year, almost 700, the Tennessee Department of Health is reminding residents and visitors to start thinking now about prevention of tick bites.

“If the warmer weather is motivating you to be outside working or playing, just remember ticks can be found out there too, in rural and urban areas alike, and they are always looking for a free ride and meal,” said Abelardo Moncayo, Ph.D., with the TDH Division of Communicable and Environmental Diseases and Emergency Preparedness. “Tick bites should never be taken lightly; they can carry many diseases, including potentially deadly Rocky Mountain spotted fever.”

Deer Ticks

Deer Ticks

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Clarksville’s Gateway Medical Center on state list of facilites receiving products suspected of a link to recent Meningitis Outbreak

 

Tennessee Department of Health names 74 Health Care Facilities receiving New England Compounding Center Products

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Health released a list of 74 health care facilities across the state that received suspect material from the New England Compounding Center after May 21st, 2012. The material includes injectable medications used in some eye and heart surgeries at the facilities.

While the Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have concerns that some of the NECC material used in eye and heart surgeries may have contributed to health problems in some patients, thus far no patients in Tennessee have been identified as having any issues caused by those products. «Read the rest of this article»

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