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A Call for New Research in the Area of Hepatitis C
Saturday, June 15, 2024 12:45 PM
The Congressional Budget Office regularly provides information to the Congress about the effects on the federal budget of policies related to preventive medical care. Today the agency released a report providing background about hepatitis C treatment and the budgetary effects of illustrative increases in such treatment among Medicaid beneficiaries. Read more. 
Worldwide burnout in dentists
Saturday, June 15, 2024 08:58 AM
Sir, based on an FDI World Dental Federation publication, dentists and students face high burnout and mental health risks, worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more. 
FDA modifies strain recommendation for fall COVID vaccine amid variant shifts, uptick in cases
Friday, June 14, 2024 04:11 PM
Though the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last week recommended that vaccine companies switch to the JN.1 variant for updated shots for the fall, yesterday it urged companies to focus on the KP.2 lineage if possible, based on recent shifts and a national rise in cases. Read more. 
Infectious H5N1 influenza virus in raw milk rapidly declines with heat treatment
Friday, June 14, 2024 03:27 PM
The amount of infectious H5N1 influenza viruses in raw milk rapidly declined with heat treatment in laboratory research. Read more. 
Top 5 Infectious Disease News Stories Week of June 8-June 14
Friday, June 14, 2024 12:14 PM
Overcoming “RSV identity crisis,” Moderna announced data for its investigational mRNA-1083 vaccine, BWC0977 effort to target drug-resistant pathogens, and more this week from Contagion. Read more.
Health workforce for oral health inequity: Opportunity for action
Friday, June 14, 2024 09:40 AM
Oral health is high on the global agenda following the adoption of the 2022 global strategy on oral health at the 75th World Health Assembly. Read more. 
MMWR Weekly - June 13, 2024
Thursday, June 13, 2024 04:31 PM
Weekly / Vol. 73 / No. 23. Read more. 
Getting farmworkers to use PPE is hard, but it’s the best way to stop an H5N1 bird flu epidemic
Thursday, June 13, 2024 11:44 AM
Although a third U.S. dairy worker has been confirmed to be infected with the H5N1 bird flu, many dairy farms are still unwilling to use even freely offered personal protective equipment (PPE). This is cause for alarm. Working with a pathogen assigned a biosafety level of 3 — meaning it “can cause serious or potentially lethal disease through respiratory transmission” — with at best BSL 2 level protections is playing with fire. Read more.
Michigan stands out for its aggressive bird flu response. Will other states follow its lead?
Wednesday, June 12, 2024 03:51 PM
For weeks now, as the H5N1 bird flu has been spreading into dairy cattle herds in more and more places, one state continues to lead the pack. Read more. 
Convenient at-home test identifies at-risk individuals with inadequate immunity to COVID-19
Wednesday, June 12, 2024 02:18 PM
By late in the pandemic more than 96% of individuals in the U.S. ages 16 and older had COVID-19 antibodies from infection or vaccination. However, immunity from the virus tends to wane over time. Uptake of the boosters has been quite low, meaning that over time the current high levels of protection will dissipate. Read more. 
Rural Health Clinic Accreditation
Wednesday, June 12, 2024 02:10 PM
The Joint Commission’s Rural Health Clinic Accreditation Program was developed to help improve quality and safety for patients in rural communities who are seeking preventive and specialized outpatient care. As a leader in healthcare accreditation, we are dedicated to supporting rural health clinics in providing high-quality care to their communities. Read more. 
IZ Express #1,761: National Men’s Health Week, review your COVID-19 resources, and more
Wednesday, June 12, 2024 09:58 AM
IZ Express #1,761: National Men’s Health Week, review your COVID-19 resources, and more. Read more.
In Hospitals, Pest Control Is Infection Control
Tuesday, June 11, 2024 02:20 PM
By prioritizing pest control in hospitals, managers can create a hygienic environment that promotes healing, recovery and well-being. Read more. 
Attend FDI’s Second Virtual Summit on Sustainability in Dentistry
Tuesday, June 11, 2024 01:28 PM
FDI World Dental Federation (FDI) is hosting the second edition of its virtual Summit on Sustainability in Dentistry on June 18-20, 2024. Read more.
Putting Health care Where the Kids Are: US Public Attitudes About School-Based Health Centers
Tuesday, June 11, 2024 01:13 PM
School-based health centers (SBHCs) have been shown to offer substantial benefits to students but we know little about how the public thinks about them. We sought to assess US public attitudes about SBHCs and the provision of 7 health service lines-primary care, preventive care, vaccinations, preventive dental care, preventive vision care, mental health care, and nutrition counseling. Read more.
Overcoming Limitations in a Low-Resource Facility: Spotlight on the Navajo Nation
Tuesday, June 11, 2024 01:00 PM
Sage Memorial Hospital, Navajo Health Foundation in Arizona tackles health care and infection control challenges through innovative strategies and cultural sensitivity, serving the Navajo community with respect and resilience. Read more. 
Report reveals growing respect among population regarding oral-systemic link
Tuesday, June 11, 2024 10:44 AM
American consumers say they're taking their oral health more seriously due to their better understanding of the oral-systemic link. Overall, they're practicing better preventive care. Read more. 
SALUTE Program launched to address disparities in veteran healthcare
Monday, June 10, 2024 05:08 PM
ECRI, one of the foremost independent healthcare and patient safety nonprofits, launched the SALUTE™ Program to improve healthcare for veterans and address disparities in care that veterans may experience from provider-to-provider. Read more. 
The Effectiveness of Vaccination on the COVID-19 Epidemic in California
Monday, June 10, 2024 04:56 PM
Vaccinations were shown to be highly effective in preventing COVID-19 cases in California. They were even more successful in reducing the number of COVID-19-related hospitalizations, and they had the greatest overall effect in preventing deaths related to COVID-19. Read more.
Prevent Measles
Monday, June 10, 2024 04:41 PM

You are at risk for measles if:‎
You have not been fully vaccinated or have not had measles in the past and you travel internationally to areas where measles is spreading.
Read more. 

Household study suggests infants may spread C difficile
Monday, June 10, 2024 04:19 PM
A small longitudinal household study suggests sharing of Clostridioides difficile strains is a common event in families caring for an infant, US researchers reported today in Open Forum Infectious Diseases. Read more. 
New Study Reaffirms Importance of Waterline Infection Control
Monday, June 10, 2024 04:11 PM
Waterline infection control is an important component of dental care to patients, however new research conducted by the American Dental Association Science & Research Institute (now the ADA Forsyth Institute) indicates dental team members would benefit from additional education around waterline disinfection procedures, according to a study released in the June issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association. Read more. 
Pigments in cosmetic tattoos, permanent makeup may cause allergic contact dermatitis
Sunday, June 09, 2024 01:01 PM
Both organic and inorganic pigments used in cosmetic tattoos, also known as permanent makeup, may cause allergic contact dermatitis, according to a study. Read more. 
The active ingredients behind oral rinses
Friday, June 07, 2024 05:58 PM
This comprehensive guide to oral mouth rinses, their uses, ingredients, mechanism of action, and side effects will help you recommend the most effective products for your patients based on their individual oral health needs. Read more.
Whooping cough cases double in the U.S., a potential legacy of the pandemic
Friday, June 07, 2024 02:18 PM
Whooping cough cases have more than doubled so far in 2024, raising concerns for infants and older adults, the two groups at highest risk. Read more.
Top Infectious Disease News Stories Week of June 1-7
Friday, June 07, 2024 02:13 PM
FDA VRBPAC recommends protection against JN1 for the fall COVID-19 vaccines, a multidrug-resistant form of gonorrhea gives cause for concern, piperacillin-tazobactam shown to have higher mortality than cefepime for sepsis, and more this week from Contagion. Read more. 
Canada introduces new legislation to enhance patient safety
Friday, June 07, 2024 10:55 AM
The Government of Canada has launched the ‘Connected Care for Canadians Act’, a new legislative measure designed to enhance patient safety by providing secure access to personal health information. Read more. 
MMWR Weekly - June 6, 2024
Thursday, June 06, 2024 06:46 PM
Weekly / Vol. 73 / No. 22. Read more. 
New antibiotic represents potential breakthrough in managing dental diseases
Thursday, June 06, 2024 03:23 PM
Gram-negative bacteria, commonly associated with periodontal diseases, oral infections, and abscesses, may be treatable in the near future. Read more. 
2 new fungal infections emerge in US: What to know
Thursday, June 06, 2024 03:14 PM
Experts at New York City-based NYU Langone Health are warning healthcare providers to be aware of two highly contagious fungal infections causing rashes, according to a June 5 news release shared with Becker's. Read more. 
Dentist surrenders license forever
Thursday, June 06, 2024 02:47 PM
A dentist in North Carolina who was in danger of having her license yanked for the second time in three years voluntarily surrendered her license permanently for having dirty conditions at her practice. Read more. 
New COVID-19 vaccine for fall should target JN.1 lineage, not variant, FDA panel
Thursday, June 06, 2024 10:20 AM
A panel of health experts convened this week to decide which vaccine the U.S. should use against COVID-19 this fall. Read more. 
Report: More than 200 symptoms tied to long COVID
Wednesday, June 05, 2024 05:27 PM
Today a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine presents a number of conclusions about long-COVID diagnosis, symptoms, and impact on daily function, including that the condition can cause more than 200 symptoms, and that a positive COVID-19 test is not necessary to make a long-COVID diagnosis. Read more. 
IZ Express #1,760: COVID-19 Bridge Access Program ends in August, new mRNA RSV vaccine licensed, and more
Wednesday, June 05, 2024 11:19 AM
IZ Express #1,760: COVID-19 Bridge Access Program ends in August, new mRNA RSV vaccine licensed, and more. Read more. 
NIDCR's Summer 2024 Newsletter
Wednesday, June 05, 2024 10:45 AM
NIDCR's Summer 2024 Newsletter. Read more. 
Analyzing The Emergence Of Covid Variant KP.2 And Its Potential Impact
Wednesday, June 05, 2024 10:31 AM
It is clear that SARS-CoV-2, the agent of the Covid-19 epidemic, is here to stay. Like influenza, an easily transmissible respiratory virus, SARS-CoV-2 mutates to evade the immune system of those who have been previously vaccinated, infected, or both. The question remains: how dangerous is each new version of SARS-CoV-2? Again, like the Flu, if you have been previously vaccinated, infected, or both, new variants are not so dangerous, but if you have not, emerging versions of SARS-CoV-2 could be life-threatening for those vulnerable. Read more.
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