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How long is COVID contagious?
Saturday, July 20, 2024 02:29 PM
As we cope with our fifth COVID summer, people are once again navigating travel and social events while in the midst of yet another wave. This raises the perennial question: If you test positive, how long are you contagious? Read more. 
Is COVID still worth worrying about? It depends on your situation.
Friday, July 19, 2024 11:51 AM

Is COVID still worth worrying about? It depends on your situation. Read more. 

Summer FLiRT: What to Expect Now From COVID-19
Friday, July 19, 2024 11:48 AM
A wave of COVID-19 over the summer is becoming as reliable as sizzling heat. Read more. 
Live a Healthier Life: Natural Habits and Herbs for Everyday Infection Prevention
Friday, July 19, 2024 11:35 AM
Taking care of themselves is crucial for infection prevention personnel so they can adequately care for their patients. Here are some suggestions on how to do that. Read more. 
MMWR Weekly - July 18, 2024
Thursday, July 18, 2024 05:31 PM
Weekly / Vol. 73 / No. 28. Read more. 
New survey finds overwhelming majority of US voters support Medicare dental coverage
Thursday, July 18, 2024 11:22 AM
Dental care is an essential aspect of all basic health care. A new poll by CareQuest reveals an overwhelming majority of US voters agree. Read more. 
IZ Express #1,766: Immunize.org updates “Record of Vaccine Declination,” VYF launches back-to-school campaign, and more
Wednesday, July 17, 2024 02:29 PM
IZ Express #1,766: Immunize.org updates “Record of Vaccine Declination,” VYF launches back-to-school campaign, and more. Read more. 
Dental care access for children in the United States
Wednesday, July 17, 2024 02:24 PM
This study found that dental care access was lower for children with public insurance than those with private access across all states, although states responded differently to changes in Medicaid/CHIP participation. Increasing access for children with public insurance would reduce disparities, but overall children's access to dental care would be better improved by expanding the oral health workforce. Read more. 
'You have to listen to people': Dr. Anthony Fauci's lessons from a life in public health
Wednesday, July 17, 2024 01:55 PM
Dr. Anthony Fauci was the government’s top infectious disease official during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more. 
Nursing home infection control weaknesses persist, researchers warn
Wednesday, July 17, 2024 01:46 PM
Many of nursing homes’ infection prevention and control weaknesses initially exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic still demand additional support and resources, researchers warn in a new JAMDA study. Read more.
Antimicrobial Resistance Threats in the United States, 2021-2022
Wednesday, July 17, 2024 01:42 PM
CDC used new data to update the United States (U.S.) burden of seven antimicrobial-resistant pathogens typically found in healthcare settings. Read more.
ADEA Releases New Data on Faculty Open and Lost Faculty Positions at U.S. Dental Schools
Tuesday, July 16, 2024 12:56 PM
Last month, ADEA released two new reports on the 2022-23 full- and part-time U.S. dental school faculty vacant and lost positions. The interactive reports compare the 2022-23 results with 2018-19 data, the latest year available and a good marker for the period before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. The sources of this analysis are the 2018-19 ADEA Survey of Dental School Faculty and 2022-23 ADEA Dental School Faculty Salary and Demographic Census. Read more. 
A Service Trip of a Lifetime
Tuesday, July 16, 2024 11:40 AM
UConn dental faculty, residents have delivered over 800 dentures to native Americans in Alaska since 1997. Read more. 
COVID Rates Are Rising Again. Why Does It Spread So Well in the Summer?
Tuesday, July 16, 2024 10:27 AM
A combination of human behavior and immunity, the environment, and SARS-CoV-2 itself explains why the virus surges during both hotter and colder months. Read more. 
COVID-19 Is Hitting Its Summer Surge
Tuesday, July 16, 2024 10:21 AM
The CDC and the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) discuss the evolving summer COVID-19 season and strategies for prevention. Read more. 
Appropriateness of antimicrobial prescribing for oral and dental conditions in Australian hospitals: 2013 to 2022
Tuesday, July 16, 2024 09:45 AM
Dentists manage a variety of oral infections in clinical practice. Inappropriate antimicrobial prescribing by dentists occurs frequently and antimicrobial stewardship strategies should include dentistry. The aim of this retrospective analysis of the Australian Hospital National Antimicrobial Prescribing Survey (Hospital NAPS) dataset, was to describe the types of oral and dental indications where antimicrobials were prescribed, and assess the guideline compliance and appropriateness of the antimicrobials in Australian hospitals. Read more. 
SARS-CoV-2 infections have a long-term impact on the immune system
Monday, July 15, 2024 03:52 PM
In a study recently published in the renowned journal Allergy, a MedUni Vienna research team shows that COVID-19 leads to considerable long-term changes in the immune system, even in mild cases. The findings could help to better understand the long-term consequences of an infection with SARS-CoV-2. Read more
Extreme Heat and Your Health.
Monday, July 15, 2024 03:33 PM
Heat related deaths and illnesses are preventable. Despite this fact, approximately 1,220 people in the United States are killed by extreme heat every year. Read more. 
Ergonomics and Injury: A Hygienist’s Personal Experience on Its Lasting Effects
Monday, July 15, 2024 02:06 PM
One of the first things dental hygiene faculty teach students is proper chair positions and how crucial ergonomics are for career longevity. Is it dental hygiene school without being told by instructors to sit up straight, lower the patient chair so you do not have “chicken wings,” and ensure your feet are on the floor? Read more. 
Nearly half of cancer deaths among U.S. adults attributable to modifiable risk factors
Monday, July 15, 2024 01:24 PM
About 40% of cancer cases and nearly half of cancer deaths among U.S. adults aged 30 years or older can be attributable to modifiable risk factors, according to a study led by American Cancer Society researchers. Read more. 
Providing Clarity Regarding the Regulation of Respirators Used in Health Care Settings
Monday, July 15, 2024 01:07 PM
A Discussion Paper, Streamlining Regulatory Oversight of Respirators Used in Health Care Settings will Improve Worker Protection, was recently published in the National Academy of Medicine’s NAM Perspectives journal by respiratory experts outside of the federal government. This paper highlights continued confusion amongst interested parties including health care organizations and manufacturers seeking approval regarding federal regulations and guidance on the use of air-purifying respirators (APRs) in health care settings. Read more. 
Four Years And More Than 200,000 Deaths Later: Lessons Learned From The COVID-19 Pandemic In US Nursing Homes
Sunday, July 14, 2024 03:08 PM
Nursing home residents and staff were disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, drawing attention to long-standing challenges of poor infection control, understaffing, and substandard quality of care in many facilities. Read more. 
Workplace Violence: Report Confirms Growing Concerns
Sunday, July 14, 2024 02:58 PM
So far in 2024, Healthcare Facilities Today has reported on 26 different cyber incidents, including ransomware, phishing and data breaches. That number is likely to climb in the second half of the year as cyberattacks show little signs of slowing down.  Read more. 
Healthcare Cyber Incidents by the Numbers
Sunday, July 14, 2024 02:55 PM
A closer look reveals key trends on cyber incidents in healthcare. Read more. 
Strategies for Preventing Musculoskeletal Disorders
Sunday, July 14, 2024 02:26 PM
Discover how dental professionals can combat these common issues through ergonomic strategies, targeted exercises, and stress management techniques to enhance well-being and career longevity. Read more.
“The Future of Dentistry is in Good Hands:” Annual GSDM White Coat Ceremony Celebrates DMD 26 and DMD AS 25 Classes
Sunday, July 14, 2024 02:09 PM
More than 200 GSDM DMD and DMD AS students received their white coats during the school’s 2024 White Coat Ceremony, a significant milestone that marks the half-way point in their respective dental programs and their entry into the school’s the Patient Treatment Center.  The ceremony took place on June 28 at the Metcalf Hall at the George Sherman Union on the University’s Charles River Campus. Read more. 
Colorado Reports Three Presumptive Positive H5 Cases in Poultry Workers
Saturday, July 13, 2024 02:12 PM
CDC Standing by to Confirm Specimens, Sending Team to Support State Investigation. Read more.
Oklahoma Dental Foundation unveils 5 mobile dental clinics to provide free care statewide
Saturday, July 13, 2024 01:46 PM
The Oklahoma Dental Foundation is bringing five new mobile dental clinics to Oklahoma after receiving $5.1 million in American Rescue Plan Act pandemic relief money. Read more.
Rural pharmacies fill a health care gap in the US. Owners say it’s getting harder to stay open
Saturday, July 13, 2024 01:34 PM
Basin Pharmacy fills more than prescriptions in rural northern Wyoming. It’s also the key health care access point for the town of about 1,300 people and the surrounding area. Read more. 
Top 5 Infectious Disease New Stories Week of July 5-July 12
Saturday, July 13, 2024 01:24 PM
This week, the cucumber salmonella outbreak has tripled within a month, we debuted our Dr. Rodney E. Rohde podcast, complicated UTI Roundtable, and more this week from Contagion. Read more.
OHStat guidelines emphasize clinically meaningful data in oral health research
Saturday, July 13, 2024 01:07 PM
The International Association for Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Research (IADR) and the American Association for Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Research (AADOCR) have announced the publication of revised guidelines for adequately reporting findings from oral health research. Read more.
MMWR Weekly - July 11, 2024
Friday, July 12, 2024 01:37 PM
Weekly / Vol. 73 / No. 27. Read more. 
Listen: Anthony Fauci on presidents, bird flu, and turning down a multimillion-dollar job
Friday, July 12, 2024 01:01 PM
In a special edition of the “First Opinion Podcast,” STAT executive editor Rick Berke and senior writer Helen Branswell interviewed the country’s former top infectious disease expert about some of the insights and revelations from his new memoir, “On Call: A Doctor’s Journey in Public Service.” Read more. 
In rare cases, fine hairs on your nose could indicate cancer, doc says
Friday, July 12, 2024 12:44 PM
This condition is known as acquired hypertrichosis lanuginosa (AHL) and affects fewer than 1,000 people in the United States, according to the Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center. Read more. 
2,400 patients may have been exposed to infectious diseases at Providence, Legacy hospitals
Friday, July 12, 2024 12:07 PM
Providence said hundreds of patients are being asked to get tested for hepatitis B and C, as well as HIV, due to the potential exposure by an anesthesiologist. Read more. 
Participate in Safe + Sound Week 2024: August 12-18
Friday, July 12, 2024 11:33 AM
Safe + Sound Week is a nationwide event held each August that recognizes the successes of workplace health and safety programs and offers information and ideas on how to keep America's workers safe. This year Safe + Sound Week will provide resources for businesses on Job Hazard Analysis (JHA). These materials will be posted before the start of Safe + Sound Week. Read more. 
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