Diatherix Laboratories has been authorized by the Food and Drug Administration to market its H1N1-09 Influenza Test. Diatherix CEO Dennis Grimaud said the testing panel also can identify any co-infections like pneumonia, which have contributed to many H1N1 deaths.
Oct 14, 2009 7:51 AM
A new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows public schools around the country making big strides in offering their students more nutritious food and beverage options. Tennessee, along with Mississippi, gets special kudos. Check out the full report here; the nutrition data starts on page 140.
Oct 7, 2009 7:31 AM
Robert Dittus, head of Vanderbilt University Medical Center's division of general medicine and public health, has also been named the institution's first assistant vice chancellor for public health. The post combines elements of policy, advocacy and education.
Sep 28, 2009 10:38 AM
A Houston Chronicle piece on hospitals' flu prevention programs sheds some light on how strongly HCA Chief Medical Officer Jonathan Perlin feels about the issue when it comes to workers with direct patient contact.
Those who can't get vaccinated for medical or religious reasons will be asked to wear a mask, said Jonathan Perlin, president of clinical services and chief medical officer for the Nashville-based HCA, which has nine hospitals and 12,000 employees in the Houston area. For those who won't, he said, HCA will consider that as a resignation.
Sep 14, 2009 6:59 AM
No, it's not a bailout, just some solid collaborative consulting help from the troubleshooters at the Joint Commission, whose jobs until now have focused only on poking holes in hospitals' operations.
To avoid conflicts by asking hospitals to fund the center, Chassin created an endowment with $10 million from the group’s own reserves and raised additional donations from the American Hospital Association, GE Healthcare and Johnson & Johnson, among others. Over five years, he says, its aim is to raise a total of $100 million. The Commission will offer materials developed by the program online for free, but of course, may benefit from charging hospitals consulting fees to figure out how to use them.
Sep 11, 2009 6:36 AM
The Campaign for a Healthy and Responsible Tennessee has hired grassroots campaign manager Shelley Courington to be its executive director. She comes to CHART from the American Cancer Society of Middle Tennessee, where she spent five years, most recently serving as the division grassroots director.
Aug 28, 2009 6:52 AM
With a helping hand from one of Richard Branson's ventures, First Horizon is giving its employees an incentive to shape up.
By wearing a GoZone pedometer and tracking daily activity, employees will accumulate points (HealthMiles) toward a reward based on their levels of activity. Moderate activity pays off -- walking, playing with the kids, cycling. Participation is optional and requires employees to make a $2.50 contribution each payday, which is every two weeks, to the cost of the program.
Aug 19, 2009 8:37 AM
The folks at Brookdale Senior Living are a right bunch of Jareds, albeit without the endorsement deals: Over 12 weeks this spring, some 4,000 of the nursing home operator's employees took part in a weight-loss challenge that resulted in the disappearance of more than 30,000 pounds.
Jul 21, 2009 7:33 AM
New state-by-state rankings of obesity rates have been published today by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Tennessee ranked as the fourth-most obese state in the country behind Mississippi, Alabama and West Virginia.
And while the nation has long been bracing for a surge in Medicare as the boomers start turning 65, the new report makes clear that fat, not just age, will fuel much of those bills. In every state, the rate of obesity is higher among 55- to 64-year-olds – the oldest boomers – than among today's 65-and-beyond.As in previous years, Colorado is the only state with an obesity rate below 20 percent. SEE ALSO: Our recent print-edition story on how human behavior will factor into health care reform efforts.
Jul 1, 2009 9:31 AM