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UT Study: Tennessee’s Uninsured Rate Up Slightly Amid Affordability Concerns

UT Study: Tennessee’s Uninsured Rate Up Slightly Amid Affordability Concerns

Tennessee’s overall uninsured rate is now at 6.7 percent, an increase from 6.1 percent in 2017 but still well below levels before the Affordable Care Act went into effect in 2014, according to a new report released by the Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research in the University of Tennessee Knoxville’s Haslam College of Business. The [...]

CDC Releases Preventative Measures Against the Flu

CDC Releases Preventative Measures Against the Flu

Take time to get a flu vaccine. CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against influenza and its potentially serious complications. While there are many different flu viruses, flu vaccines protect against the 3 or 4 viruses that research suggests will be most common. Three-component vaccines contain an [...]

Multidrug-Resistant Salmonella Infantis Infections Linked to Raw Chicken Products

Multidrug-Resistant Salmonella Infantis Infections Linked to Raw Chicken Products

A CDC investigation notice regarding a multistate outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to raw chicken products is now available: https://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/infantis-10-18/index.html Key Points: CDC and public health and regulatory officials in several states are investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Infantis infections linked to raw chicken products. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service is monitoring the outbreak. [...]

October is Let’s Talk Month!

October is Let’s Talk Month!

The Tennessee Department of Health invites parents and caregivers to take part in Let’s Talk Month this October. This annual campaign empowers parents to take advantage of teachable moments every day to talk with their families about healthy relationships. “Let’s Talk Month equips parents with facts, advice and tips to help them grow more comfortable [...]

Haywood County Sheriff’s Deputy Living Full Life Without Pancreas

Haywood County Sheriff’s Deputy Living Full Life Without Pancreas

Randy Jenkins, a native of White Pine, leads an active lifestyle as a Haywood County, N.C. sheriff’s deputy and K-9 handler and as a hunter and fisherman; all while living without his pancreas, spleen, an adrenal gland and as an insulin-dependent diabetic. Jenkins, 55, a Coast Guard veteran, was diagnosed with a malignant pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor in 2013. [...]

Weekday Mornings Are No Longer Peak Times for Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Weekday Mornings Are No Longer Peak Times for Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Heart experts have long believed that weekday mornings – and especially Mondays – were the danger zones for unexpected deaths from sudden cardiac arrests. But a new Cedars-Sinai study shows those peak times have disappeared and now, sudden cardiac arrests are more likely to happen on any day at any time. “While there are likely [...]

One In Three College Freshman Worldwide Reports Mental Health Disorder

One In Three College Freshman Worldwide Reports Mental Health Disorder

As if college were not difficult enough, more than one-third of first-year university students in eight industrialized countries around the globe report symptoms consistent with a diagnosable mental health disorder, according to research published by the American Psychological Association. “While effective care is important, the number of students who need treatment for these disorders far [...]

AAP Issues Flu Vaccine Recommendations for 2018-2019

AAP Issues Flu Vaccine Recommendations for 2018-2019

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that all children ages 6 months and older receive a flu shot this season with the goal to provide the optimal protection against all strains of influenza, a serious illness resulting in a record number of pediatric deaths during this past year. The annual flu vaccine significantly reduces [...]

Want Creative, Curious, Healthier Children with 21st Century Skills? Let Them Play

Want Creative, Curious, Healthier Children with 21st Century Skills? Let Them Play

The most powerful way children learn isn’t only in classrooms or libraries but rather on playgrounds and in playrooms, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). In fact, a new AAP report states, “The importance of playful learning for children cannot be overemphasized.” According to the AAP clinical report, released Aug. 20, children’s play [...]

Tennessee Deaths from Drug Overdoses Increase in 2017

Tennessee Deaths from Drug Overdoses Increase in 2017

Tennessee Department of Health data show 1,776 Tennesseans died from drug overdoses in 2017, the highest annual number of such deaths since reporting began. Prescription opioids are still the most common drugs associated with overdose deaths in Tennessee. “More Tennesseans died last year from drug overdoses than from automobile crashes. Few of us have escaped [...]

Are Gluten-Free Products for Children a Healthier Option?

Are Gluten-Free Products for Children a Healthier Option?

Are gluten-free products for children as healthy as their gluten-based counterparts? A study in the August 2018 issue of Pediatrics, “The Nutritional Quality of Gluten-Free Products for Children,” (published online July 23) examined the nutritional content of gluten-free products marketed specifically to children to see how they measured up to their traditional counterparts.  The authors [...]

Is Too Much Screen Time Harming Children’s Vision?

Is Too Much Screen Time Harming Children’s Vision?

As children spend more time tethered to screens, there is increasing concern about potential harm to their visual development. Ophthalmologists – physicians who specialize in medical and surgical eye care – are seeing a marked increase in children with dry eye and eye strain from too much screen time. But does digital eyestrain cause lasting [...]

Tennova Healthcare Shares Cool Tips for Staying Hydrated in the Summer Heat

Tennova Healthcare Shares Cool Tips for  Staying Hydrated in the Summer Heat

The “dog days of summer” have arrived in East Tennessee. With the high temperatures and humidity comes the chance that you could easily get dehydrated if you aren’t drinking enough water. But how do you know if you’re dehydrated and what can you do about it? Tennova Healthcare has the answers. “Water does more than [...]

Tennova Healthcare Asks: “Is Your Sunscreen Protecting You?”

Tennova Healthcare Asks: “Is Your Sunscreen Protecting You?”

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S., with more than 3 million people diagnosed each year. Today, we know that wearing sunscreen when you are exposed to the sun can help protect you from skin cancer. But how well is your sunscreen protecting you? Depending on how you’re using it, [...]

Immunizations Help Keep Children Healthy and Learning in the Classroom

Immunizations Help Keep Children Healthy and Learning in the Classroom

Summer break is almost over for many students in Tennessee, and as plans are being made for another school year, it’s important to make sure students receive their required immunizations before going back to the classroom. “We want Tennessee children to be in school, learning in a safe and healthy environment, so it’s extremely important [...]

TDH Urges Tennesseans at Risk for Hepatitis A to Get Vaccinated Now

TDH Urges Tennesseans at Risk for Hepatitis A to Get Vaccinated Now

The Tennessee Department of Health is investigating a hepatitis A outbreak in Nashville, Chattanooga and the Mid-Cumberland Region with nearly 100 cases statewide. This hepatitis A outbreak is linked to a large, multi-state outbreak that has been going on since early 2017, primarily affecting recreational drug users and persons experiencing homelessness in other states including [...]

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