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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. 
 
An Infection Preventionist Considers Why Manufacturers Need to Update IFUs
Thursday, July 11, 2024 04:49 PM
Katharine J. Hoffman, MPH, CIC, LSSGB: It’s time to take the devil out of the details in interpreting and successfully following manufacturers' instructions for use; why do manufacturers need to update IFUs? Read more. 
 
Alcohol is driving a half-dozen types of cancer in the U.S., study finds
Thursday, July 11, 2024 04:42 PM
Alcohol has long been classified as a cancer-causing substance, but a study out Thursday gives a clearer sense of just how many cancer cases and deaths may be driven by drinking. Read more. 
 
Experts choose target pathogens for Olympic wastewater monitoring
Thursday, July 11, 2024 04:00 PM
Experts from the French national public health agency have developed a model framework to identify priority pathogens for wastewater surveillance (WWS) at the upcoming summer Olympic and Paralympic Games in Paris, expected to draw 16 million visitors from around the world. Read more.
 
6 steps to an effective job hazard analysis
Thursday, July 11, 2024 01:56 PM
All workplaces have job hazards. Whether you are a construction worker working at heights, an agricultural worker handling a chemical substance, or a warehouse worker lifting heavy objects, these hazards can cause injurie, illnesses, and even deaths. Read more. 
 
Yes, the plague does still exist – here’s how to avoid it
Thursday, July 11, 2024 12:21 PM
The plague is caused by a bacterium called Yersinia pestis. Humans can get infected from the bite of an infected rodent flea or by handling an infected animal. Read more. 
 
GAO report critical of FEMA's handling of pandemic
Wednesday, July 10, 2024 04:07 PM
A new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has yet to identify lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more. 
 
IZ Express #1,765: Standing orders for mpox vaccine, COVID-19 epidemiology update, and more
Wednesday, July 10, 2024 02:59 PM
IZ Express #1,765: Standing orders for mpox vaccine, COVID-19 epidemiology update, and more. Read more.
 
Imaging Study Reveals Viral RNA Persists for Years in Tissues of Long COVID Patients
Wednesday, July 10, 2024 10:45 AM
 
Dental Hygienist's Unexpected Discovery Leads to Life-Saving Diagnosis for Woman (Exclusive)
Tuesday, July 09, 2024 03:48 PM
In May, Christine Lee was diagnosed with B non-Hodgkin's lymphoma for the second time. Read more. 
 
Study: Long-term post-COVID altered sense of smell in healthcare workers common
Tuesday, July 09, 2024 03:36 PM
A new study based on 2,149 healthcare workers (HCWs) employed at Danderyd Hospital in Stockholm, Sweden, shows that a significant proportion of those who contracted COVID-19 experienced lasting changes to taste and smell. Read more.
 
At risk? At least 1 in 5 U.S. dental programs reuse healing caps
Tuesday, July 09, 2024 02:43 PM
At a minimum, about 20% of accredited periodontics residency programs in the U.S. are reusing dental implant healing abutments, posing a risk of biological cross-contamination among patients. The study was published on July 4 in the Journal of Dental Education. Read more.
 
New ACIP recommendations for RSV, COVID-19 and pneumococcal vaccines, plus updated flu vaccine
Tuesday, July 09, 2024 12:23 PM

Is a new COVID vaccine coming out? Which RSV vaccine is better? Are there new PCV vaccines? Which vaccines can be given together? When is the new flu shot available?
Our guest is Sandra Fryhofer, MD, AMA’s liaison to the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), and a member of ACIP’s COVID-19 Vaccine Workgroup. AMA Chief Experience Officer Todd Unger hosts. Read more. 

 
Proposal to Prevent Surgical Site Infections Applies Antimicrobial Stewardship
Tuesday, July 09, 2024 10:45 AM
Proposed alternative to "unsustainable" wide use of broad spectrum antibiotic prophylaxis in surgeries confronts antimicrobial resistance. Read more. 
 
WHO clinical treatment guideline for tobacco cessation in adults
Monday, July 08, 2024 12:43 PM
Supporting tobacco users to quit is core demand-reduction measure of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) and a key component of WHO MPOWER policy package. This guideline provides technical guidance on a thorough set of tobacco cessation interventions for adults, and to support WHO Member States to use evidence-based behavioural interventions and pharmacological treatments for tobacco cessation as part of a comprehensive tobacco control approach. Read more. 
 
Is Whooping Cough (Pertussis) Hard To Diagnose?
Monday, July 08, 2024 12:37 PM
Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, is a contagious and serious respiratory illness caused by the bacteria Bordetella pertussis. Classic symptoms include intense, long-lasting coughing that can cause vomiting and a "whoop" noise when you inhale or gasp for air after coughing. Read more. 
 
Mosquitos kill more people than any other creature, the CDC warns
Monday, July 08, 2024 11:29 AM

The CDC considers mosquitoes to be the most dangerous animals on earth because of infectious disease transmission. They spread diseases like malaria, dengue and yellow fever. Read more. 

 
 
Features of H5N1 influenza viruses in dairy cows may facilitate infection, transmission in mammals
Monday, July 08, 2024 11:20 AM
A series of experiments with highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza (HPAI H5N1) viruses circulating in infected U.S. dairy cattle found that viruses derived from lactating dairy cattle induced severe disease in mice and ferrets when administered via intranasal inoculation. The virus from the H5N1-infected cows bound to both avian (bird) and human-type cellular receptors, but, importantly, did not transmit efficiently among ferrets exposed via respiratory droplets. Read more. 
 
World Hepatitis Day 2024
Monday, July 08, 2024 10:47 AM
Viral hepatitis is a serious infection that causes liver damage and liver cancer. Among the five strains of the hepatitis viruses, B and C are the most common. Read more. 
 
Pasteurization Inactivates Highly Infectious Avian Flu in Milk
Sunday, July 07, 2024 05:50 PM
In late March 2024, H5N1 bird flu was detected in dairy cattle and then in raw milk. Read more. 
 
Faster spreading strain of mpox raises alarm in Congo
Sunday, July 07, 2024 05:00 PM
Global health authorities are raising the alarm over a strain of mpox spreading through the Democratic Republic of Congo, with little known about the mutation other than it seems to spread more easily among humans. Read more. 
 
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