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HAN - Increased Risk of Dengue Virus Infections in the United States
Tuesday, June 25, 2024 02:22 PM
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is issuing this Health Alert Network (HAN) Health Advisory to notify healthcare providers, public health authorities and the public of an increased risk of dengue virus (DENV) infections in the United States in 2024. Global incidence of dengue in 2024 has been the highest on record for this calendar year; many countries are reporting higher-than-usual dengue case numbers. Read more. 
How Emerging Technologies Increase Hand Hygiene Adherence and Reduce Infections
Tuesday, June 25, 2024 10:57 AM
Health care–associated infections (HAIs) remain a critical patient safety concern in health care facilities across the US. Recent statistics show that more than 680,000 infections occur each year in the US alone, with costs reaching into the billions of dollars.1 Approximately 1 in every 31 hospital patients has at least 1 HAI. While progress has been made in preventing these infections, this remains an unacceptable outcome that negatively impacts patients and health care professionals. Read more. 
Positive emotion skills combat burnout among health care workers
Monday, June 24, 2024 04:23 PM
The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated already rising rates of burnout among American health care workers. A new Northwestern University study found learning and practicing skills that increase positive emotion like gratitude, mindful awareness and self-compassion helped improve health care workers’ well-being and reduce stress and anxiety. Read more. 
June 27 is National HIV Testing Day
Monday, June 24, 2024 03:58 PM
June 27 is National HIV Testing Day (NHTD), when we emphasize the importance of HIV testing and knowing your HIV status. This year’s NHTD theme, “Level up your self-love: check your status,” encourages us to get tested to show that we value, respect, and have compassion for ourselves, by taking charge of our health and wellness. Read more. 
Deadly Strep Bacteria is Spreading in Japan
Monday, June 24, 2024 10:23 AM
It is not yet understood why these severe infections are becoming more common, but there are ways to help prevent getting sick in the first place, experts said. Read more. 
FDA OKs first menthol e-cigarettes in bid to help adult smokers
Monday, June 24, 2024 10:11 AM
The Food and Drug Administration on Friday authorized the first menthol-flavored electronic cigarettes for adult smokers, the government’s strongest indication yet that vaping flavors can reduce the harms of traditional tobacco smoking. Read more. 
The importance of Safety Data Sheets
Sunday, June 23, 2024 12:06 PM
They’re ‘essential for a compliant hazard communication program’. Read more.
Cal/OSHA Standards Board Adopts New Indoor Heat Standard
Saturday, June 22, 2024 04:51 PM
On June 20, 2024, the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board voted unanimously to adopt the latest draft version of Title 8 CCR § 3396, Heat Illness Prevention in Indoor Places of Employment, after a prior attempt at passing a proposed indoor heat regulation failed. Read more. 
Q&A: A checkup with CDC Director Mandy K. Cohen, MD, MPH
Saturday, June 22, 2024 04:45 PM
We checked in with CDC Director Mandy K. Cohen, MD, MPH, for an update on the agency’s efforts to modernize the nation’s disease surveillance and data systems and improve how the CDC communicates with the public and physicians. Read more. 
Measles outbreaks are dangerous and unnecessary, expert says
Saturday, June 22, 2024 04:40 PM
A pediatric disease expert cautioned journalists about the unnecessary threat of measles outbreaks during a lightning talk titled, “Beyond the headlines: Unveiling the truth about measles,” at Health Journalism 2024. Read more. 
Outbreak of M abscessus Infections Linked to Medical Tourism for Stem Cell Treatmen
Saturday, June 22, 2024 04:35 PM
Isolates from patients who received embryonic stem cell injections at different clinics in Mexico were identified as clonal Mycobacterium abscessus subspecies massiliense, suggesting vigilance is needed for patients who participate in medical tourism. Read more. 
Top 5 Infectious Disease News Stories Week of June 15-June 21
Saturday, June 22, 2024 01:55 PM
FDA approves pneumococcal vaccine V116, Salmonella outbreak linked to a household pet, Japan is currently facing an unprecedented surge in cases of streptococcal toxic shock syndrome, and more this week from Contagion. Read more.
Meet the Director: Rena D’Souza, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D., National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
Friday, June 21, 2024 08:30 PM
Rena D’Souza, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D., wants everyone to better understand the close link between oral health and the rest of the body. Her passion for research led her to become Director of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) in 2021. Dr. D’Souza aims to advance NIDCR’s research mission and help close nationwide gaps in oral health care. She talked to NIH MedlinePlus Magazine about her career and why oral health is about more than just teeth. Read more. 
Harnessing AI for Better Health: Managing Risks to Maximize Benefits
Friday, June 21, 2024 05:43 PM
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is revolutionizing healthcare. The potential to improve clinical outcomes, reduce costs, and minimize healthcare inequities is immense; but so too is the potential for preventable harm. Read more.
4 Key Steps for a Safe and Healthy Summer
Friday, June 21, 2024 05:21 PM
Summer is here, along with outdoor fun and vacation travel plans. In addition to using sunscreen and bug spray, there are other essential steps you can take to stay healthy this summer and prevent infections that could spoil your summer fun. Read more. 
FDA OKs first menthol e-cigarettes, citing potential to help adult smokers
Friday, June 21, 2024 03:48 PM
The Food and Drug Administration on Friday authorized menthol-flavored electronic cigarettes for adult smokers, the government’s strongest indication yet that vaping flavors can reduce the harms of traditional tobacco smoking. Read more. Read more. 
CDC releases C. diff, Antibiotic Use, and Sepsis Print Materials
Friday, June 21, 2024 03:43 PM
CDC’s Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion offers FREE patient and healthcare professional (HCP) resources for Be Antibiotics Aware, patient and HCP resources for Get Ahead of Sepsis, and educational resources for C. diff to help raise awareness about these important topics. Read more.
MMWR Weekly - June 20, 2024
Thursday, June 20, 2024 04:33 PM
Weekly / Vol. 73 / No. 24. Read more. 
Change Healthcare to begin notifying patients that cyberattack compromised their private info
Thursday, June 20, 2024 04:31 PM
Change Healthcare is beginning the process of notifying a “substantial proportion” of Americans that their private information, such as Social Security numbers and medical diagnoses, was compromised in the cyberattack that brought portions of the U.S. health care system to a halt earlier this year. Read more.
Reusable Health Care Textiles for Personal Protective Equipment: A Workshop..
Thursday, June 20, 2024 09:49 AM
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will host a virtual public workshop to examine opportunities to increase the use of reusable health care textiles (HCTs) for personal protective equipment (PPE) used in health care settings. This workshop will provide the opportunity for technical experts, policy makers, manufacturers, PPE users, and others to explore the potential benefits and feasibility of integrating more reusable HCTs into health care operations. Read more. 
ASHRAE and AIHA Sign Memorandum of Understanding
Wednesday, June 19, 2024 01:29 PM
“ASHRAE and AIHA will leverage our respective areas of expertise to develop comprehensive strategies and solutions for ensuring safer, healthier indoor environments,” said 2023-24 ASHRAE President Ginger Scoggins, P.E., Fellow ASHRAE. “This collaboration will draw upon ASHRAE’s deep understanding of building systems and standards and AIHA’s broad knowledge of industrial hygiene and occupational health to address the complexities of indoor air quality. Together, we will work towards establishing indoor spaces that benefit occupants across various settings and enhance the overall well-being and productivity of individuals worldwide.” Read more.
Midwife pleads guilty to destroying 2,600 COVID-19 vaccines and issuing fraudulent cards
Wednesday, June 19, 2024 01:18 PM
An upstate New York midwife pleaded guilty on Monday to federal fraud charges for her role in giving out thousands of COVID-19 immunization cards to people who never received the vaccine, prosecutors said. Read more.
IZ Express #1,762: Immunize.org updates, fall 2024 COVID-19 vaccine strain selection, free viewing of vaccine hesitancy documentary, and more
Wednesday, June 19, 2024 12:57 PM
IZ Express #1,762: Immunize.org updates, fall 2024 COVID-19 vaccine strain selection, free viewing of vaccine hesitancy documentary, and more. Read more. 
Lake Area Technical College to Launch Dental Hygiene Program in Response to Growing Demand
Wednesday, June 19, 2024 10:53 AM
Lake Area Technical College (LATC) announced in a release today it is set to expand its healthcare education offerings with the introduction of a new Associate of Applied Science (AAS) program in Dental Hygiene, slated to begin in fall 2025. Read more. 
Study: VA flu vaccine mandate for health workers successful
Tuesday, June 18, 2024 05:17 PM
Almost all—96%—of Veterans Administration (VA) hospitals and 74% of hospitals serving the general population currently require staff to get seasonal influenza vaccines, according to a recent research letter in JAMA Network Open. Read more.
US study finds shifting resistance patterns in Staph aureus
Tuesday, June 18, 2024 05:14 PM
An analysis of Staphylococcus aureus samples from US outpatient settings reveals a shift in antibiotic-resistance trends, researchers reported late last week in JAMA Network Open.Read more.
436 surgeries halted at Colorado VA hospital over unidentifiable residue
Tuesday, June 18, 2024 11:26 AM
As of June 13, 436 surgeries at Aurora, Colo,-based Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center have been delayed or moved to other hospitals, The Denver Post reported. Read more. 
Letting Go of Lead Aprons
Tuesday, June 18, 2024 10:20 AM

UConn faculty behind major new dental recommendation. Read more. 

Extreme Heat and Your Health
Monday, June 17, 2024 04:43 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. 
Studies find little to no immunity to H5N1 avian flu virus in Americans
Monday, June 17, 2024 04:13 PM
The American population has little to no pre-existing immunity to the H5N1 avian flu virus circulating on dairy and poultry farms, according to preliminary findings from ongoing testing by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Read more. 
WHO releases report on state of development of antibacterials
Monday, June 17, 2024 12:32 PM
The World Health Organization (WHO) today released its latest report on antibacterial agents, including antibiotics, in clinical and preclinical development worldwide. Although the number of antibacterial agents in the clinical pipeline increased from 80 in 2021 to 97 in 2023, there is a pressing need for new, innovative agents for serious infections and to replace those becoming ineffective due to widespread use. Read more.
Medical-Dental Integration in Ohio: Improving prevention and coordination at the local level
Monday, June 17, 2024 10:47 AM
Access to high-quality, preventive oral health care is fundamental for an individual to achieve positive health outcomes. Recognizing that health is influenced by where a person lives, it is important to consider how systems of care must adapt to meet the changing needs of a community over time. Read more. 
Patients with disabilities are more vulnerable to safety concerns
Monday, June 17, 2024 10:22 AM
Health systems need to do more to ensure those with physical or intellectual disabilities are getting the best care. Marcus Schabacker of ECRI talked about the issue. Read more. 
The use of electronic cigarettes and other tobacco products among university students and their potential relationship with oral health: A cross-sectional study
Sunday, June 16, 2024 11:40 AM
The aim of this study was to evaluate oral alterations among university students and explore possible associations with tobacco consumption in its various forms. Read more. 
UT Health San Antonio School of Dentistry to launch new Center for Regenerative Sciences
Sunday, June 16, 2024 11:30 AM
The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Dentistry is preparing to launch its Center for Regenerative Sciences, a new research initiative that aims to position the university at the forefront of regenerative dentistry and medicine. Read more. 
Experts highlight common waterborne illnesses, preventive tips for summer
Saturday, June 15, 2024 12:53 PM
Experts emphasize prevalent waterborne illnesses and offer preventive advice for the summer season. Read more. 
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