Tobacco companies are urging a federal judge to rule against the federal government's proposed industry-financed corrective statements. The companies contend the messages amount to "forced public confessions."However, the Justice Department argues that the statements need to be strong enough to protect the public from future false statements made by the tobacco industry.
The Centers for Disease Control reported seven new cases of fungal meningitis, one in Tennessee, which brings the nationwide case count to 203. The CDC added a new state to the list, New Hampshire, which reported four cases of fungal meningitis. No new deaths were reported.
Members of a Christians-only health insurance plan that has been ordered to cease operations in Kentucky should get different policies immediately, the state Department of Insurance advised. The move follows Franklin County Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate's ruling earlier this month that Medi-Share, a Florida-based cost-sharing ministry, can't operate in Kentucky because it doesn't meet the state's insurance code.
The Barren River District Health Department is helping to coordinate a Food Day Celebration that will be held at the WKU Agriculture Expo Center on October 24th. Crissy Rowland, the Branch Manager for Health Information with the Health Department, says the program is designed to encourage the production and consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables.
The Centers for Disease Control reports that the number of rare fungal meningitis cases in Tennessee has increased by five more cases to 44, but the number of deaths in the state remains at six. Nationwide, the number of cases reported in 10 states increased to 137 cases, including 12 deaths nationwide since the outbreak was first discovered in September.
Tennessee Department of Health officials say the state's death toll from an outbreak of fungal meningitis has risen to six. Dr. John Dreyzhener, Tennessee's health commissioner, said Tuesday the total number of cases in the state has increased by four and now stands at 39.
Health officials say they have been notified that five Kentucky residents came down with fungal meningitis after receiving medical care in Tennessee. The state Public Health Department said these cases match the pattern of an outbreak linked to injections of steroids distributed by a Massachusetts pharmacy.
Tennessee’s Department of Children’s Services is coming under fire for not being able to provide information on deaths involving children in state custody. State Represenatative Sherry Jones says she’s been waiting more than two months for the data.
Doctors in Tennessee believe the first victim of the fungal meningitis outbreak there was a Kentucky Circuit Court Judge from Albany. Judge Eddie C. Lovelace died at Vanderbilt University Medical Center on September 17th at the age of 78.