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TDH Investigation Ongoing into Illnesses Associated with Zipline Tour in Gatlinburg

TDH Investigation Ongoing into Illnesses Associated with Zipline Tour in Gatlinburg

The Tennessee Department of Health continues to investigate an outbreak of illness after receiving more than 500 reports of gastrointestinal illness among visitors to the CLIMB Works Zipline Canopy Tour in Gatlinburg. Testing is underway to try to identify the causes of the illnesses. Multiple patients who visited the facility since June 15, 2018 have [...]

Most Youth Hookah Smoking Takes Place in a Home Setting

Most Youth Hookah Smoking Takes Place in a Home Setting

Use of any tobacco product by teens and adolescents, including hookah, is unsafe. A study in the August 2018 Pediatrics, “Social Aspects of Hookah Smoking Among U.S. Youth” (published online July 2), suggests parents may help decrease its use with no-smoking rules at home. Youth hookah smoking is a social behavior, researchers found, with the majority [...]

Expecting A Stressful Day May Lower Cognitive Abilities Throughout The Day

Expecting A Stressful Day May Lower Cognitive Abilities Throughout The Day

There may be some truth to the saying “getting up on the wrong side of the bed,” according to Penn State researchers who say starting your morning by focusing on how stressful your day will be may be harmful to your mindset throughout the day. The researchers found that when participants woke up feeling like [...]

‘Find Your Passion’ May Not Be The Best Advice After All

‘Find Your Passion’ May Not Be The Best Advice After All

As the world becomes increasingly interdisciplinary, having diverse interests can help people make important connections across fields, such as between the Arts and Sciences. A new study by Yale-NUS College Assistant Professor of Psychology Paul A O’Keefe and colleagues suggests that one’s belief about the nature of interests might prevent those insights from happening. Those [...]

Knowing the Difference Between Heat Stroke and Heat Exhaustion

Knowing the Difference Between Heat Stroke and Heat Exhaustion

Scorching temperatures and blistering sun seem to have been making the weather headlines for weeks now. With no sign of relief in sight, many of us are flocking to area pools and waterways in an attempt to cool down. While there may be some sanctuary outside, an important factor might be overlooked. Your overall heath. [...]

Keeping a Watchful Eye Could Avoid a Damper on Summer Fun

Keeping a Watchful Eye Could Avoid a Damper on Summer Fun

Water safety is crucial this time of the year with children and families visiting water parks, pools and lakes. An unfortunate fact is that drowning seems to be one the top reasons for childhood deaths this time of year. Parents especially need to be alert when taking kids to the pool no matter how experienced [...]

One Year of School Comes With an IQ Bump, Meta-Analysis Shows

One Year of School Comes With an IQ Bump, Meta-Analysis Shows

A year of schooling leaves students with new knowledge, and it also equates with a small but noticeable increase to students’ IQ, according to a systematic meta-analysis published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. “Our analyses provide the strongest evidence yet that education raises intelligence test scores,” says psychological scientist [...]

Using Bloodstains at Crime Scenes to Determine Age of Suspect or Victim

Using Bloodstains at Crime Scenes to Determine Age of Suspect or Victim

From the spatter analysis made famous in the TV show Dexter to the frequent DNA profiling of CSI and the real cases covered in the FBI Files, blood tests are ubiquitous in forensic science. Now, researchers report in ACS Central Science that a new blood test, which could be performed at a crime scene, could help determine the age of a suspect [...]

Fewer U.S. High School Students Having Sex, Using Drugs

Fewer U.S. High School Students Having Sex, Using Drugs

The 2017 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) paints a promising picture about the drug and sexual behaviors U.S. high school students report, but the findings leave room for concern – especially among groups of young people who report multiple health risks. “The health of our youth reflects the Nation’s wellbeing,” said CDC Director Robert [...]

Youth Tobacco Use Drops During 2011-2017

Youth Tobacco Use Drops During 2011-2017

Fewer U.S. middle and high school students are using tobacco products – but too many still do, according to a new survey published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products. In 2017, 3.6 million middle and high school students say they [...]

Home Canning and Botulism

Home Canning and Botulism

It’s summertime and time to harvest the delicious produce you’ve been growing. You may be thinking about home canning as a way to preserve your garden goodies. But beware! If home canning is not done the proper way, your canned vegetables and fruits could cause botulism. What is botulism? Botulism is a rare but potentially deadly [...]

Avoid Dengue by Preventing Mosquito Bites

Avoid Dengue by Preventing Mosquito Bites

Each year, an estimated 400 million people are infected with dengue virus. About 100 million get sick. Outbreaks have occurred in Southeast Asia, the Western Pacific, the Eastern Mediterranean, the Americas, the Caribbean, and Africa. Signs and Symptoms of Dengue Most people infected have mild or no symptoms. About 1 in 4 people infected with [...]

‘Supersized Alcopops’ Pose Unique Danger to Youth

‘Supersized Alcopops’ Pose Unique Danger to Youth

College students seriously underestimate the effects of drinking a new class of beverages being marketed across the country, according to a new George Mason University study. “Supersized alcopops” – sweet, colorful and fizzy drinks that have been shown to appeal to youth – now contain almost as much alcohol as a six-pack of beer in [...]

Teenage Girls Are More Impacted By Sleepiness Than Teen Boys.

Teenage Girls Are More Impacted By Sleepiness Than Teen Boys.

Preliminary results of a recent study show that teen girls reported a higher degree of interference of daytime sleepiness on multiple aspects of their school and personal activities than boys. The study examined whether teen boys and girls report similar negative impact of sleep disturbances on their daytime functioning. “What was most surprising is the [...]

Tennesseans Drop Off More Than 10 Tons of Pills During Spring Take Back Event

Tennesseans Drop Off More Than 10 Tons of Pills During Spring Take Back Event

Tennessee collected an impressive 20,590 pounds of prescription drugs during the DEA’s 15th annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on April 28. For Count It! Lock It! Drop It! those statistics continue to indicate that its efforts are paying off. CLD is a community program for prescription drug misuse that works to raise awareness about [...]

Perception That Antibiotics Are Harmless is Widespread

Perception That Antibiotics Are Harmless is Widespread

A new study of decision-making about the use of antibiotics in medicine has found that the mistaken belief that antibiotics are harmless is widespread, especially among patients. Clinicians and patients alike are influenced by the general notion of “why not take a risk” (“WNTAR”), a belief that there is potential benefit and very little risk [...]

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