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Drowning Deaths Rise in the United States

Drowning Deaths Rise in the United States

Drowning deaths are on the rise in the United States, following decades of decline, according to a new CDC Vital Signs study released today. Over 4,500 people died due to drowning each year from 2020–2022, 500 more per year compared to 2019. CDC experts looked at drowning deaths, self-reported swimming skills, participation in swimming lessons, and exposure to […]

AAP Offers Resources for Parents on the Many Health Benefits of Immunization for their Babies

AAP Offers Resources for Parents on the Many Health Benefits of Immunization for their Babies

Introducing a new baby to your home, whether as a new parent or as part of a growing family, can be challenging. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is helping new parents learn the facts about vaccines with a new, completely free set of video courses for parents.  “Having a baby is a wonderful, life-changing event. […]

Updates on Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI)

Updates on Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI)

Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) is a disease that is highly contagious and often deadly in poultry, caused by highly pathogenic avian influenza A (H5) and A (H7) viruses; it is also known as bird or avian flu. HPAI viruses can be transmitted by wild birds to domestic poultry and other bird and animal species. […]

TN AG’s Division of Consumer Affairs Provides Tips to Avoid Tax Return Scams

TN AG’s Division of Consumer Affairs Provides Tips to Avoid Tax Return Scams

With Tax Day around the corner, the Division of Consumer Affairs reminds Tennesseans to be wary of scams related to tax returns. Scammers will try various tactics to get their hands on your money, including issuing fake communications claiming to be from legitimate agencies such as the IRS. These messages can arrive in the form […]

U.S. Congressman Tim Burchett (TN-02) released a statement following U.S. Postmaster General Louis Dejoy’s announcement on changes to mail operations

U.S. Congressman Tim Burchett (TN-02) released a statement following U.S. Postmaster General Louis Dejoy’s announcement on changes to mail operations

Today, U.S. Congressman Tim Burchett (TN-02) released a statement following U.S. Postmaster General Louis Dejoy’s announcement on changes to mail operations at the Knoxville Processing Facility following a Mail Processing Facility Review:  “I appreciate Postmaster General DeJoy taking my call last week and listening to my concerns about the possible relocation of local distribution operations. I’m glad to see USPS […]

How to Watch Upcoming Total Solar Eclipse with NASA from Anywhere

How to Watch Upcoming Total Solar Eclipse with NASA from Anywhere

On Monday, April 8, most of North America will have the chance to see the Moon pass in front of the Sun during a solar eclipse. NASA is inviting the public to participate with in-person events, opportunities to do NASA science, and multiple ways to watch online. Millions of people along the path of totality – which stretches […]

Eye Safety During a Total Solar Eclipse

Eye Safety During a Total Solar Eclipse

Except during the brief total phase of a total solar eclipse, when the Moon completely blocks the Sun’s bright face, it is not safe to look directly at the Sun without specialized eye protection for solar viewing. Viewing any part of the bright Sun through a camera lens, binoculars, or a telescope without a special-purpose […]

Wenders LLC Recalls Trader Joes Nuts – 50% Less Sodium Roasted & Salted Whole Cashews Because of Possible Health Risk

Wenders LLC Recalls Trader Joes Nuts – 50% Less Sodium Roasted & Salted Whole Cashews Because of Possible Health Risk

Company Announcement Wenders LLC of Dublin, CA is recalling specific production lots of Trader Joes Nuts – 50% Less Sodium Roasted & Salted Whole Cashews – (SKU Number – 37884) Lot# T12139, T12140, T12141, and T12142 because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young […]

Increase in Global and Domestic Measles Cases and Outbreaks

Increase in Global and Domestic Measles Cases and Outbreaks

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is issuing this Health Alert Network (HAN) Health Advisory to inform clinicians and public health officials of an increase in global and U.S. measles cases and to provide guidance on measles prevention for all international travelers aged ≥6 months and all children aged ≥12 months who do […]

TN AG Pushes Back on Unlawful DEI Federal Regulation

TN AG Pushes Back on Unlawful DEI Federal Regulation

On Monday, Tennessee Attorney General Jonathan Skrmetti led 24 states in warning the Department of Labor (DOL) that its proposed rule to embed diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) into the National Apprenticeship System exceeds congressional authority, illegally promotes racial-discrimination, and is antithetical to the American ideal of equality. “Americans fought for generations to ensure that […]

Rising Use of Antidepressants Among Young People Accelerated During and After Pandemic, Driven by Teenaged Girls and Women

Rising Use of Antidepressants Among Young People Accelerated During and After Pandemic, Driven by Teenaged Girls and Women

Before the COVID-19 pandemic began in March 2020, antidepressant use was rising among adolescents and young adults. New research shows this rise not only continued but began to accelerate through and after the COVID pandemic, according to “Antidepressant Dispensing to U.S. Adolescents and Young Adults: 2016-2022,” in the March 2024 Pediatrics (available online Feb. 26). […]

American Academy of Pediatrics Offers Health and Safety Tips on How to Keep the Fun in Sports

American Academy of Pediatrics Offers Health and Safety Tips on How to Keep the Fun in Sports

While it’s exciting to watch your child excel in single sport and devote time to it, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) encourages all parents and families to take a commonsense approach when it comes to sports training.  These days, it’s less common to see kids outside playing pick-up games or racing each other to see […]

CPI for all items rose 0.4% in February; gasoline and shelter up

CPI for all items rose 0.4% in February; gasoline and shelter up

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.4 percent in February on a seasonally adjusted basis, after rising 0.3 percent in January, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Over the last 12 months, the all items index increased 3.2 percent before seasonal adjustment. The index for shelter rose in February, […]

Payroll employment rises by 275,000 in February; unemployment rate increases to 3.9%

Payroll employment rises by 275,000 in February; unemployment rate increases to 3.9%

Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 275,000 in February, and the unemployment rate increased to 3.9 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Job gains occurred in health care, in government, in food services and drinking places, in social assistance, and in transportation and warehousing. This news release presents statistics from two monthly […]

VITAL POLICY – Opinion – Consequences of Unchecked and Unlawful Immigration, Rally Scheduled at Tennessee Capitol

VITAL POLICY – Opinion – Consequences of Unchecked and Unlawful Immigration, Rally Scheduled at Tennessee Capitol

If I set out on a pilgrimage to leave the United States and move to another nation, I would learn to speak the language of that nation and abide by the laws of their government set forth for legal immigration. My goal would be to contribute and become a productive member of their society by […]

Tennessee Higher Education Commission Announces Delay in Release of FAFSA Records by U.S. Department of Education

Tennessee Higher Education Commission Announces Delay in Release of FAFSA Records by U.S. Department of Education

The Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) reports that students considering college can expect a delay in FAFSA processing. The U.S. Department of Education has informed stakeholders that records for the 2024-25 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will not be released to institutions until mid-March. While the FAFSA typically launches in October on StudentAid.gov, […]

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