8:30 PM Feb 25, 2015
(Photo courtesy of Elliot • Flickr) In the wake of a new campaign from the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, McDonald’s was urged to stop using meat that’s been raised with antibiotics.
A new campaign was launched urging the largest restaurant chain in the nation to stop buying meat raised with antibiotics.
9:00 PM Feb 11, 2015
(Photo courtesy of Iqbal Osman • Flickr) People with weakened immune systems or lung diseases are at a higher risk of developing health problems from Aspergillus, – as seen via microscope – a common mold that lives both indoors and outdoors.
A new study points to the growing threat of fungicide resistance to agriculture and public health, and calls for fundamental changes in how food is grown and traded.
9:00 PM Feb 4, 2015
(Photo courtesy of Karyn Christner • Flickr) A new study that discounts the health implications of eating too much salt is leaving a bitter taste in the mouths of many in the medical world.
Concerns were raised by a number of health organizations and physicians over new research that downplays the link between high sodium consumption and health problems.
8:00 PM Feb 4, 2015
(Photo courtesy of Sgt. Gustavo Olgiati • U.S. Army • Flickr) Veterans in Tennessee and across the country could gain access to improved mental health services, with Congress expected to pass legislation today aimed at preventing suicide among former service members.
The U.S. Senate approved legislation Monday that seeks to prevent veteran suicide through early intervention, expanded treatment and peer support.
2:00 PM Jan 5, 2015
(Photo courtesy of Dan Phiffer • Flickr) There are ways to burn a more efficient fire to help reduce wood smoke, which is harmful to human health and can be a major source of air pollution.
Burning a cleaner fire in a woodstove or fireplace during the winter months is helpful to the health of residents across the state – and also to the state’s climate, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
2:00 PM Jan 2, 2015
(Photo courtesy of Rachel Elaine • Flickr) In Tennessee, nearly one-in-six high school students and one-in-four adults are smokers.
The latest report on how well states are funding tobacco prevention and cessation efforts has Tennessee ranked in the back of the pack at 36th in the nation.
11:00 AM Dec 31, 2014
(Photo courtesy of Sophie & Cie • Flickr) The number of Tennessee youth in foster care who are aging out of the system is down, and for those who are leaving, extended support is helping with the transition to adulthood.
Progress is being reported in Tennessee as the number of foster children in the state who are aging out of the system without finding a forever home is trending down.
12:00 PM Dec 25, 2014
(Photo courtesy of Rebecca Wilson • Flickr) When the ABLE Act becomes law, people with disabilities will be able to save up to $100,000 to use for qualified expenses without losing their eligibility for government benefits.
A bill aimed at promoting financial stability for individuals with disabilities awaits the president’s signature after winning approval by the U.S. Senate.
10:00 AM Dec 25, 2014
(Photo courtesy Jason Meredith • Flickr) What’s on your to-do list this Christmas? While the movies portray fun and meaningful family holiday gatherings, the reality for many is often hectic and stressful.
While the holidays are a happy time for many, the stress associated with family obligations and dynamics can be the “lump of coal” in some people’s Christmas stockings.
8:00 AM Dec 25, 2014
(Photo courtesy of Peter Corbett • Flickr) The trash generated by the average American household jumps by 25 percent during the holidays, but with some planning before shopping, that doesn’t have to be the case.
The end-of-year holidays aren’t just a time filled with more cheer, but a time filled with more trash, although some simple tips can help keep that to a minimum.
9:00 PM Dec 24, 2014
(Photo courtesy of Billy Brown • Flickr) A total of $55,000 was distributed last week to the five food banks in the state thanks to a project by AARP Tennessee and Walgreens.
The holidays are a time of giving, and one gift presented last week will help the many Tennesseans who struggle to put meals on the table.
7:00 PM Dec 3, 2014
(Photo courtesy of Heather • Flickr) The preterm birth rate in Tennessee rose slightly in 2013, ending six straight years of declines in the number of babies being born too soon.
After dropping for six years in a row, the latest figures show the preterm birth rate in Tennessee inched back up in 2013.
6:00 PM Nov 27, 2014
(Photo courtesy of Mangrove Mike • Flickr) The dangers are many for the children who are doing farm labor in tobacco fields in several southeastern states.
Children half the smoking age are reportedly laboring in tobacco fields in Tennessee, and they’re exposed to a multitude of perils.
10:00 PM Nov 5, 2014
(Photo courtesy of Sriram Bala • Flickr) If current trends continue, it’s estimated nearly one-third of people will have diabetes by 2050.
The arrival of November means it is American Diabetes Month.
8:00 PM Sep 25, 2014
As the debate over immigration policy continues in Tennessee and across the nation, Nashville continues to move ahead with its own efforts to engage and empower immigrants who call the city home.
4:00 PM Sep 24, 2014
(Photo courtesy of M. Kuhlman) Booster seats can reduce injuries during a car crash by 45 percent, but a new survey finds 90 percent of parents move their children to seat belts before they’re big enough.
NASHVILLE – Children often want to act like grownups, but experts said having children ride in cars the way mom and dad do is something that should be put off for as long as possible.
5:00 PM Sep 20, 2014
(Photo courtesy of Images Money • Flickr) New research shows states that have expanded Medicaid are seeing a surge in the number of parents with health insurance, compared to little change in uninsured rates in states like Tennessee that have not opted for expansion.
NASHVILLE – When it comes to parents who have health insurance, there is a growing gap among the states – with a stark difference in coverage trends between those that have expanded Medicaid and those that have not.