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Pap Test and a Vaccine may Save Your Life

February 3, 2019

Tennessee Department of Health

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – The start of a new year is a great time to reflect on your health! The Tennessee Department of Health urges women to contact their health care provider or local health department to ask about routine screening for cervical cancer, a silent killer that strikes without symptoms or pain.

Cervical cancer can be prevented with recommended vaccination and regular screenings.

Cervical cancer vaccination (CDC)

Cervical cancer vaccination (CDC)

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Climate Change may increase Congenital Heart Defects

January 31, 2019

Journal of the American Heart Association Report

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – Rising temperatures stemming from global climate change may increase the number of infants born with congenital heart defects (CHD) in the United States over the next two decades and may result in as many as 7,000 additional cases over an 11 year-period in eight representative states (Arkansas, Texas, California, Iowa, North Caroline, Georgia, New York and Utah), according to new research in the Journal of the American Heart Association, the Open Access Journal of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

The greatest percentage increases in the number of congenital heart defects are predicted in the Midwest, followed by the Northeast and the South. (American Heart Association)

The greatest percentage increases in the number of congenital heart defects are predicted in the Midwest, followed by the Northeast and the South. (American Heart Association)

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Is label literacy a key to healthier food choices?

January 28, 2019

American Heart Association 

American Heart AssociationWashington, D.C. – Health-related factors have a significant impact on the foods people buy. With the seemingly overwhelming number of products on shelves, a new survey offers insights into which information on food labels is most influential — and on how additional information might lead to healthier dietary choices.

According to the survey, conducted by the International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation and the American Heart Association, almost all Americans (95 percent) report that they always or sometimes look for healthy options when food shopping.

 Survey Shows Links Between Package Information and Healthy Purchases. (American Heart Association)


Survey Shows Links Between Package Information and Healthy Purchases. (American Heart Association)

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Cigarette smoking associated with increased risk of peripheral artery disease in African Americans

January 24, 2019

Journal of the American Heart Association Report

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – African Americans who smoke cigarettes are more likely than those who don’t smoke to develop peripheral artery disease, according to new research in Journal of the American Heart Association, the Open Access Journal of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a narrowing of arteries other then those directly serving the heart.

A blood clot forming in the carotid artery. (American Heart Association)

A blood clot forming in the carotid artery. (American Heart Association)

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Fluctuating Personal Income may be associated with an Increased Heart Disease Risk

January 12, 2019

American Heart Association – Circulation Journal Report

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – Sudden, unpredictable drops in personal income during young adulthood are associated with an increased risk of developing heart disease and/or dying from any cause, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation.

In the United States, the recent rise in income inequality suggests that a larger proportion of the population faces poverty and economic difficulties. In addition, while most people experience some income change, income volatility has been on the rise and has reached a record high level since 1980.

Young adults who had two or more significant drops in income over a 15-year period had nearly double the risk of cardiovascular disease or dying prematurely. (American Heart Association)

Young adults who had two or more significant drops in income over a 15-year period had nearly double the risk of cardiovascular disease or dying prematurely. (American Heart Association)

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Human Trafficking a Public Health Issue in Tennessee

January 10, 2019

Tennessee Department of Health

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Health  says that human trafficking is a public health concern that affects individuals, families and communities here in Tennessee.

It is the modern-day slavery, the sale of another person for sex. While this crime is largely hidden, Tennessee leads the nation in its approach to addressing human trafficking.

It is Human Trafficking and Tennessee Won't Stand for It

It is Human Trafficking and Tennessee Won’t Stand for It

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Tennessee Department of Health issues Public Health Advisory on Nicotine/Chemicals Delivery Systems

January 6, 2019

Tennessee Department of Health (TDH)

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – 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 of all persons involved, especially children.

Closeup of woman smoking electronic cigarette outdoor. (American Heart Association)

Closeup of woman smoking electronic cigarette outdoor. (American Heart Association)

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Final Farm Bill protects SNAP, addresses Food Insecurity

December 28, 2018

American Heart Association

American Heart AssociationWashington, D.C. – American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following statement on the final farm bill language released by House and Senate negotiators:  

“We commend congressional leaders for negotiating a bipartisan farm bill that prioritizes the needs of low-income people to provide a reliable source of food for their families.

Nancy Brown; Chief Executive Officer, American Heart Association

Nancy Brown; Chief Executive Officer, American Heart Association

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Regular Flu Shots may save Heart Failure Patients’ Lives

December 26, 2018

American Heart Association Circulation Journal Report

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – Getting an annual flu shot can save heart failure patients’ lives, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation. 

Flu season usually begins in the fall and runs through the spring, with cases often peaking during the winter months. Annual flu vaccination is regarded as a safe, low-cost way to reduce flu-related deaths and complications and is routinely recommended for patients with histories of heart disease and stroke.

Compared with skipping a flu shot, getting a flu shot was associated with an 18 percent reduced risk of premature death among newly-diagnosed heart failure patients. (American Heart Association)

Compared with skipping a flu shot, getting a flu shot was associated with an 18 percent reduced risk of premature death among newly-diagnosed heart failure patients. (American Heart Association)

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Schools should stay the course despite final USDA rule on Nutrition Standards

December 24, 2018

American Heart Association

American Heart AssociationWashington, D.C. – The American Heart Association issued the following statement in response to the final rule on school nutrition standards issued this month by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

The rule eliminates the final sodium target, decreases the amount of whole grains, and allows 1 percent flavored milk in school meals.

Stay Healthy, Eat More Color. (American Heart Association) [Read more]

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