• When Taken as Prescribed, Antibiotics Save Lives

    Friday, November 17, 2017 | 3:01pm

    NASHVILLE – Antibiotics play an integral role in fighting bacterial infections, but lose their effectiveness if not prescribed and taken appropriately. Bacteria are becoming resistant to antibiotics and experts say that increasingly causes trouble in treating some infectious diseases. During Antibiotic Awareness Week, the Tennessee Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention want to raise awareness about the importance of appropriate antibiotic use and combating the threat of resistance.

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  • MEDIA ADVISORY: Tennessee Health Care Leaders Collaborate to “Turn the Tide” to Prevent Opioid Abuse

    Thursday, November 09, 2017 | 3:40pm

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH will join other state and local officials for the “Turning the Tide:  Collaborating to Prevent Opioid Abuse” summit Nov. 13 – 14, 2017 at the Marriott Cool Springs Conference Center in Franklin.   The goal of this summit is to facilitate collaboration across the Tennessee health care community to identify interventions to decrease abuse and misuse of opioids and improve quality of care and patient safety for treatment of acute and chronic pain. Focus areas include patient education, prescriber education, perioperative pain management and emergency department pain management.

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  • Weakley County Health Department Warns of Scam Attempt

    Friday, November 03, 2017 | 9:56am

    Local Residents May be Targeted through Social Media

    DRESDEN – The Weakley County Health Department has been notified by a local resident of a potential scam in which people are told they have won money from the health department.

    The scam reportedly involves an individual who is notifying potential victims through Facebook to tell them they have won money from the Weakley County Health Department. The scam artist is requesting personal information from those contacted.

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  • "One Health Day" Helps Solve Health Challenges

    Wednesday, November 01, 2017 | 9:52am

    NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Health and Tennessee Department of Agriculture are working to raise awareness of the connections among human, animal and environmental health with observances of the second annual international “One Health Day” Nov. 3, 2017. 

    The One Health concept recognizes the health of people, animals and the environment are all deeply connected. One Health Day highlights the need for a trans-disciplinary approach to solve critical global health challenges including emerging diseases, antimicrobial resistance, food safety, environmental pollution and many others. 

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  • Tennessee Celebrates Hospitals Earning "BEST for Babies" Award

    Tuesday, October 31, 2017 | 2:09pm

    Department of Health Honors Infant Mortality Reduction Efforts

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH joined other state and local officials at the Tennessee State Capitol Tuesday, October 31 to announce the first “BEST for Babies” awards to celebrate hospital efforts to reduce infant deaths and give babies and their families the best possible start. TDH has partnered with Tennessee birthing hospitals since 2014 to promote safe sleep practices for infants. The “BEST for Babies” award is the next step forward in helping give Tennessee babies a great start to life.

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  • Let's Talk Month Empowers Parents

    Thursday, October 26, 2017 | 10:10am

    NASHVILLE – 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

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  • Admissions to Nashville Community Care & Rehabilitation at Bordeaux Suspended

    Friday, October 20, 2017 | 11:36am

    Davidson County Nursing Home Cited for Violations

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH, has suspended new admissions of residents to Nashville Community Care and Rehabilitation at Bordeaux effective October 19, 2017. In addition, Dreyzehner has imposed two state civil monetary penalties of $5,000 and $2,500 for a total assessment of $7,500. A special monitor has been appointed to review the facility’s operations. 

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  • Talk with Your Health Care Provider about Breast Cancer Screening, Risk Factors

    Thursday, October 19, 2017 | 9:51am

    October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    NASHVILLE – Breast cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer death in women in the United States. With nearly 4,700 new cases of breast cancer diagnosed in Tennessee every year, the Tennessee Department of Health encourages residents to talk with a health care provider on when to schedule their annual mammograms. Mammography screening should begin no later than age 50.

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  • Summary Suspension Ordered for Massage Therapist

    Wednesday, October 11, 2017 | 10:45am

    NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Board of Massage Licensure has summarily suspended the license of Christian Wells, a resident of Murfreesboro, Tenn. The suspension became effective October 3, 2017. As a result of the summary suspension, Wells was immediately prohibited from practicing as a licensed massage therapist in Tennessee.

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  • Governor, Health Commissioner Get Annual Flu Shots

    Monday, October 02, 2017 | 4:21pm

    Tennesseans Encouraged to Get Annual Flu Vaccines Now

    JACKSON – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH rolled up their sleeves and received their annual flu shots today in Jackson. Immunization against the flu is important to the community as it not only protects those receiving the vaccine, but also family, friends and coworkers. 

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  • Tennessee Celebrates Child Health Week

    Tuesday, September 26, 2017 | 10:32am

    NASHVILLE--Governor Bill Haslam has proclaimed October 1-7, 2017 Child Health Week in Tennessee. The Tennessee Department of Health encourages all Tennesseans to put the health and well-being of children first during Child Health Week and every day of the year.

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  • Wildlife Rabies Vaccination Project Protects People and Pets

    Monday, September 25, 2017 | 11:33am

    NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Health is working with the United States Department of Agriculture to help prevent rabies by distributing oral rabies vaccine for wild raccoons along Tennessee’s borders with Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia. The annual baiting program administered by USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and Wildlife Services, will begin Sept. 25.

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  • Tennessee Grants Certificate of Public Advantage for Wellmont, Mountain States

    Tuesday, September 19, 2017 | 10:16am

    Terms of Service and Key Health Outcome Benchmarks Solidify Public Benefit to Region

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH, today announced the request for a Certificate of Public Advantage from Wellmont Health System and Mountain States Health Alliance has been granted. The approval allows the two entities to combine under the corporate umbrella of Ballad Health.

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  • Increasing Number of Tennesseans Dying from Drug Overdoses

    Monday, September 18, 2017 | 11:54am

    Fentanyl Identified as Primary Cause of Increase in Overdose Deaths

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Health data show 1,631 Tennesseans died from drug overdoses in 2016, the highest annual number of such deaths recorded in state history. This is an increase from the 1,451 overdose deaths recorded among Tennessee residents in 2015.

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