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UIC Study Details How Today’s High School Cliques Compare to Yesterday’s

UIC Study Details How Today’s High School Cliques Compare to Yesterday’s

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago, in collaboration with colleagues from the University of Texas at Austin, have found that while many high school peer crowds and influences have remained constant over time, changing demographics, cultural influences and the increasing number of college-bound youth have led to the emergence of new peer groups [...]

Tennessee Department of Health Issues Alert for E-Cigarettes

Tennessee Department of Health Issues Alert for E-Cigarettes

The Tennessee Department of Health has updated its January 2017 public health advisory to reflect recently published research of importance to the health of Tennesseans. Since the first TDH advisory on ENDS was issued in February, 2013 accumulating evidence has increased the level of concern regarding the risks posed by these products to the health [...]

CDC Reminds People to Wash Hands Often to Stay Healthy

CDC Reminds People to Wash Hands Often to Stay Healthy

You can help yourself and others stay healthy by washing your hands often, especially during these key times when you are likely to get and spread germs: Before, during, and after preparing food Before eating food Before and after caring for someone who is sick Before and after treating a cut or wound After blowing [...]

One in 10 Adults in US Has Food Allergy, but Nearly 1 in 5 Think They Do

One in 10 Adults in US Has Food Allergy, but Nearly 1 in 5 Think They Do

Over 10 percent of adults in the U.S. – over 26 million – are estimated to have food allergy, according to a study published in JAMA Network Open that was led by Ruchi Gupta, MD, MPH, from Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and Northwestern University. However, researchers found that 19 percent of adults [...]

New Study Finds Higher than Expected Number of Suicide Deaths among U.S. Veterinarians

New Study Finds Higher than Expected Number of Suicide Deaths among U.S. Veterinarians

Veterinarians in the U.S. are at an increased risk of suicide, a trend that has spanned more than three decades, according to a new CDC study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA)External. The study is the first to show increased suicide mortality among female veterinarians. Female veterinarians were 3.5 times [...]

U.S. Burden of Alzheimer’s Disease, Related Dementias to Double by 2060

U.S. Burden of Alzheimer’s Disease, Related Dementias to Double by 2060

The U.S. burden of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD) will double by 2060, according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The study, published online in Alzheimer’s & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association, is the first to forecast Alzheimer’s disease by race and ethnicity. CDC researchers predict that [...]

International Academic ‘Santa Survey’ Shows Children Stop Believing in Father Christmas Aged 8

International Academic ‘Santa Survey’ Shows Children Stop Believing in Father Christmas Aged 8

It’s that time of year when children look forward to a stocking full of presents – but the first international academic “Santa survey” shows many adults also wish they still believed in Father Christmas and some had felt betrayed when they discovered the truth. The study also shows the threat of being on Santa’s naughty [...]

Scientists Create Most Accurate Tool Yet Developed to Predict Asthma in Young Children

Scientists Create Most Accurate Tool Yet Developed to Predict Asthma in Young Children

Scientists at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center have created and tested a decision tool that appears to be the most accurate, non-invasive method yet developed to predict asthma in young children. The researchers hope the Pediatric Asthma Risk Score (PARS) will become the most common tool used by medical practitioners to predict asthma and help [...]

Free Flu Shot Events Planned Statewide Dec. 5 to “FightFluTN”

Free Flu Shot Events Planned Statewide Dec. 5 to “FightFluTN”

Get a flu shot! Tennessee’s county health departments are holding special “FightFluTN” events December 5 to provide flu shots at no charge to increase the number of people vaccinated in Tennessee. The Tennessee Department of Health urges all Tennesseans who have not yet received a flu shot this flu season to get one as soon [...]

Record Number of Tickborne Diseases Reported in U.S. in 2017

Record Number of Tickborne Diseases Reported in U.S. in 2017

New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show tickborne diseases are again on the rise. In 2017, state and local health departments reported a record number of cases of tickborne disease to CDC.  Cases of Lyme disease, anaplasmosis/ehrlichiosis, spotted fever rickettsiosis (including Rocky Mountain spotted fever), babesiosis, tularemia, and Powassan virus disease all increased—from [...]

Cigarette Smoking Among U.S. Adults Lowest Ever Recorded: 14% in 2017

Cigarette Smoking Among U.S. Adults Lowest Ever Recorded: 14% in 2017

Cigarette smoking has reached the lowest level ever recorded among U.S. adults, according to new data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the National Institutes of Health’s National Cancer Institute (NCI). Still, about 47 million (1 in 5) U.S. adults used a tobacco product in [...]

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. [...]

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