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Mobile App for Autism Screening Yields Useful Data

Mobile App for Autism Screening Yields Useful Data

A Duke study of an iPhone app to screen young children for signs of autism has found that the app is easy to use, welcomed by caregivers and good at producing reliable scientific data. The study, described June 1 in an open access journal npj Digital Medicine, points the way to broader, easier access to screening [...]

1 in 3 Swimming-Related Disease Outbreaks Occur at Hotels

1 in 3 Swimming-Related Disease Outbreaks Occur at Hotels

A third of treated recreational waterborne disease outbreaks during 2000 through 2014 occurred in hotel pools or hot tubs, according to a report published today in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Cryptosporidium (also known as “Crypto”), Pseudomonas, and Legionella caused most of the outbreaks in swimming venues in the United States during this time period. Crypto is a parasite tough enough [...]

Woulda’, Coulda’, Shoulda’: The Haunting Regret of Failing Our Ideal Selves

Woulda’, Coulda’, Shoulda’: The Haunting Regret of Failing Our Ideal Selves

Forsaken dreams. Romantic interests not pursued. Securing a job near home rather than an adventurous position overseas. Our most enduring regrets are the ones that stem from our failure to live up to our ideal selves, according to new Cornell University research. Psychologist Tom Gilovich and former Cornell graduate student Shai Davidai have found people [...]

Are Your Children Overdoing It? Too Many Extracurricular Activities Can Do More Harm Than Good

Are Your Children Overdoing It? Too Many Extracurricular Activities Can Do More Harm Than Good

The growing demand for children to get involved in organized activities outside of school is placing unprecedented strain upon families. A new study, published in Taylor & Francis journal Sport, Education and Society, reveals just how significant a role extracurricular activities, such as music lessons and sports clubs, play in family life. Attempting to understand [...]

Illnesses from Mosquito, Tick, and Flea Bites Increasing in the US

Illnesses from Mosquito, Tick, and Flea Bites Increasing in the US

Illnesses from mosquito, tick, and flea bites have tripled in the U.S., with more than 640,000 cases reported during the 13 years from 2004 through 2016.  Nine new germs spread by mosquitoes and ticks were discovered or introduced into the United States during this time. These findings are in the latest Vital Signs report by the Centers [...]

TDH, Partners Kick Off Safe Stars to Promote Youth Sports Safety

TDH, Partners Kick Off Safe Stars to Promote Youth Sports Safety

The Tennessee Department of Health and the Program for Injury Prevention in Youth Sports at The Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt joined professional and collegiate sports officials and other community partners at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville today to kick off the Safe Stars initiative. Safe Stars is a new effort to recognize Tennessee [...]

Mosquitoes Will Bite When Thirsty, Too.

Mosquitoes Will Bite When Thirsty, Too.

When it’s hot and dry, mosquitoes like nothing more than the refreshing taste of you. Biologists with the University of Cincinnati discovered that female mosquitoes bite not only to get the protein they need to lay eggs but also to quench their thirst during a drought. Now researchers are trying to find out just how [...]

Know Your Risks for Viral Hepatitis

Know Your Risks for Viral Hepatitis

Hepatitis C is a deadly but treatable disease. That’s why the Tennessee Department of Health is sharing a reminder about the importance of getting tested. May is Hepatitis Awareness Month, a perfect time to learn your status and risks for infection. “There are three types of viral hepatitis: Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C. Each [...]

10 Little Healthy Things You Should Do for Yourself Every Day

10 Little Healthy Things You Should Do for Yourself Every Day

Let’s be real. Being healthy all the time sounds kinda time-consuming. Your life is busy enough. On the other hand, we all deserve to feel good, right? 1. Find one small way to add more steps to your day. We sit too much, says Martha Gulati, MD, editor-in-chief of the American College of Cardiology’s CardioSmart. [...]

How to Remove a Tick and Prevent Future Bites

How to Remove a Tick and Prevent Future Bites

As tick populations grow and spread across the country, their prevalence is increasing the public’s risk for some troubling diseases. Of these diseases, say dermatologists from the American Academy of Dermatology, Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Powassan virus and alpha-gal syndrome—a mysterious red meat allergy—are among the most serious. “Although most ticks do not [...]

Bee Prepared: How to Treat a Bee Sting

Bee Prepared: How to Treat a Bee Sting

It can happen fast. One minute the kids are all playing peacefully outside on a warm, spring day. The next minute a piercing scream reveals that one them has been stung by a bee. To help alleviate the panic, dermatologists from the American Academy of Dermatology say it’s a good idea to know what to [...]

Germs with Unusual Antibiotic Resistance Widespread in U.S.

Germs with Unusual Antibiotic Resistance Widespread in U.S.

Health departments working with CDC’s Antibiotic Resistance (AR) Lab Network found more than 220 instances of germs with “unusual” antibiotic resistance genes in the United States last year, according to a CDC Vital Signs report released today. Germs with unusual resistance include those that cannot be killed by all or most antibiotics, are uncommon in a geographic [...]

Study Predicts 2018 Flu Vaccine Will Have 20 Percent Efficacy

Study Predicts 2018 Flu Vaccine Will Have 20 Percent Efficacy

A Rice University study predicts that this fall’s flu vaccine — a new H3N2 formulation for the first time since 2015 — will likely have the same reduced efficacy against the dominant circulating strain of influenza A as the vaccine given in 2016 and 2017 due to viral mutations related to vaccine production in eggs. [...]

Food Allergy is Linked to Skin Exposure and Genetics

Food Allergy is Linked to Skin Exposure and Genetics

Infant and childhood food allergy, whose cause has long been a mystery, has now been linked to a mix of environmental and genetic factors that must coexist to trigger the allergy, reports a new Northwestern Medicine study. The factors contributing to food allergy include the genetics that alter skin absorbency, use of infant cleansing wipes [...]

Tennessee Department of Health Warns of Phone Scam Attempt

Tennessee Department of Health Warns of Phone Scam Attempt

The Tennessee Department of Health has been notified by several people in Tennessee and other states of a potential scam in which people are contacted via telephone by a caller asking for health insurance information. The calls appear to come from the Tennessee Department of Health central office. The scam reportedly involves a person who [...]

Asthma Attacks Declining Among U.S. Children

Asthma Attacks Declining Among U.S. Children

Children with asthma in the U.S. are having fewer asthma attacks, missed school days, and visits to the hospital, according to a new Vital Signs report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Today’s report shows that the percentage of children with asthma who experienced one or more asthma attacks in the preceding 12 months [...]

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