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Covid will still be here this summer. Will anyone care?
Monday, May 27, 2024 07:45 PM
Despite “FLiRT” variants, this may be the first covid wave with little federal pressure to limit transmission or data to even declare a surge. Read more. 
A Dental Hygiene Career Journey: Time Well Spent
Sunday, May 26, 2024 03:10 PM
Learn, grow, surround yourself with good people, and be kind. These are some of the many lessons this author learned during her long journey. Read more. 
Project CommUNITY: Maine dentists provide free care for domestic abuse survivors
Sunday, May 26, 2024 12:10 PM
Maine dentists have donated $115,000.00 worth of free, gold-standard procedures for low-income women and child survivors of domestic abuse through “Finding Our Smiles," according to the statewide nonprofit Finding Our Voices which runs the program. Read more.
OSHA Updates Hazcom Standard to Enhance Worker Protection
Saturday, May 25, 2024 10:21 AM
The new rule enhances labels and safety data sheets for improved emergency response. Read more. 
No one wants hand, foot, and mouth disease. Here's how long you're contagious if you get it.
Saturday, May 25, 2024 10:16 AM
Hand, foot, and mouth disease is a viral illness known for its rash, mouth sores, and slightly raised red spots or white blisters on the palms of one's hands and the soles of one's feet. These bumps also sometimes spread to other areas of the body such as the belly, legs, or buttocks. Read more. 
Top Infectious Disease News Stories May 17- May 24
Saturday, May 25, 2024 10:13 AM
This week, a strategic approach along with existing treatments aimed at reducing incidence rates and curing people of HCV, advocating Lyme disease research in honor of May being its awareness month, Digestive Disease Week coverage, and more this week from Contagion. Read more. 
Active Surveillance Culturing of Clostridiodes difficile and Multidrug-Resistant Organisms: Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus, Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacterales, and Candida auris
Saturday, May 25, 2024 09:32 AM
Active surveillance culturing of asymptomatic individuals is a well-established and widely used patient safety practice in hospitals. However, questions remain about the cost and effectiveness of specific surveillance strategies in reducing clinical infection and transmission events. Read more. 
Toward a Tobacco-free Generation — A Birth Date–Based Phaseout Approach
Saturday, May 25, 2024 08:21 AM
Despite decades of public health efforts and advances in cessation treatments, smoking is still the leading cause of preventable disease, disability, and death in the United States. Read more.
MMWR Weekly - May 23, 2024
Friday, May 24, 2024 06:06 PM
Weekly / Vol. 73 / No. 20. Read more.
Advancing sustainable management of dental sharps waste: Strategies, challenges, and innovations
Friday, May 24, 2024 06:02 PM
Learning how to properly dispose of dental sharps is not a waste—it may improve the safety of your practice. Read more. 
What's the story with your oral microbiome?
Friday, May 24, 2024 03:46 PM
Gary Moran, Associate Professor at the School of Dental Science writes in The Conversation writes about the importance of the 700 known species of bacteria which live in our mouths - along with yeasts and viruses - and the role this community plays in four main diseases. Read more. 
WHO: COVID-19 pandemic reversed decade of life expectancy gains
Friday, May 24, 2024 03:01 PM
The World Health Organization (WHO) published a new report suggesting the COVID-19 pandemic undid a decade of life expectancy at birth and healthy life expectancy gains (HALE), with global expectancy levels now matching those last seen in 2012. Read more. 
High H5N1 influenza levels found in mice given raw milk from infected dairy cows
Friday, May 24, 2024 02:56 PM
Mice administered raw milk samples from dairy cows infected with H5N1 influenza experienced high virus levels in their respiratory organs and lower virus levels in other vital organs. Read more. 
The current state of dental cybersecurity: At risk
Thursday, May 23, 2024 03:17 PM
Businesses that work with sensitive data, such as protected health information (PHI), are held to rigorous data privacy and protection standards. Regulations like HIPAA are in place to ensure that organizations have measures in place to protect sensitive information against unauthorized disclosure and abuse. Read more.
Addressing health care workers’ trauma can help fight burnout
Thursday, May 23, 2024 10:12 AM
Burnout is a growing crisis in health care: More than 50% of health care professionals report symptoms of it. Addressing the trauma they face at work can help. Read more. 
NOAA predicts above-normal 2024 Atlantic hurricane season
Thursday, May 23, 2024 10:03 AM
NOAA National Weather Service forecasters at the Climate Prediction Center predict above-normal hurricane activity in the Atlantic basin this year. NOAA’s outlook for the 2024 Atlantic hurricane season, which spans from June 1 to November 30, predicts an 85% chance of an above-normal season, a 10% chance of a near-normal season and a 5% chance of a below-normal season. Read more. 
NEED FOR NARCAN: Oklahoma dentist saves woman from fentanyl overdose
Wednesday, May 22, 2024 08:29 PM
New data gives insight into the fentanyl crisis in America. Read more. 
Podcast: Dental assistants and the scope of practice
Wednesday, May 22, 2024 02:34 PM
While at the recent California Dental Association (CDA) meeting in Anaheim, CA, I spoke with two CDA representatives to discuss the dental assistant's scope of practice and why it's important for both the dentist and the dental assistant to know what that is in every state. Read more.
3 Things to Know About FLiRT, the New Coronavirus Strains
Wednesday, May 22, 2024 10:52 AM
The good news is that in the early spring of 2024, COVID-19 cases were down, with far fewer infections and hospitalizations than were seen in the previous winter. But SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID, is still mutating. In April, a group of new virus strains known as the FLiRT variants (based on the technical names of their two mutations) emerged. Read more. 
IZ Express #1,757: CDC’s restructured website, 7 new translations of adult handout, and more
Wednesday, May 22, 2024 09:50 AM
IZ Express #1,757: CDC’s restructured website, 7 new translations of adult handout, and more. Read more. 
Daily marijuana use outpaces daily drinking in US, study says
Wednesday, May 22, 2024 09:25 AM
Daily and near-daily marijuana use is now more common than similar levels of drinking in the U.S., according to an analysis of national survey data over four decades. Read more. 
A drill bit went down his throat and it looked like he might need surgery; then they tried something else
Tuesday, May 21, 2024 08:49 PM
You might not like the sound of the dentist's drill. Many people don't, but one Gulf Coast man has a whole different reason to not like the drill, that goes way beyond the way it sounds. Read more. 
CDC asks states and cities to keep flu surveillance at peak levels because of bird flu threat
Tuesday, May 21, 2024 03:26 PM
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention asked local and state health officials Tuesday to maintain flu surveillance operations at peak-season levels over the summer in a bid to remain watchful for any signs of human-to-human spread of the H5N1 bird flu virus. Read more.
Department of Labor announces final rule updating the Hazard Communication Standard to better protect workers, first responders
Tuesday, May 21, 2024 10:30 AM
The Department of Labor today announced a final rule from its Occupational Safety and Health Administration that will update the current Hazard Communication Standard to better protect workers by improving the amount and quality of information on labels and safety data sheets and allow workers and first responders to react more quickly in an emergency. The updates take effect on July 19, 2024. Read more. 
Dental Group of Amarillo notifying patients of possible data breach
Tuesday, May 21, 2024 07:25 AM
According to a news release, on Oct. 26, 2023, the dental group discovered that an unauthorized third party had gained access to its network. Read more.
Ouch! What’s wrong with my hands?
Monday, May 20, 2024 05:30 PM
By the nature of their work, hygienists can experience hand conditions that may affect their ability to practice hygiene. But Kirsten Brancheau, BA, RDH, explains how she's overcome a trifecta of hand issues. Read more. 
Information on Bird Flu
Monday, May 20, 2024 04:33 PM
Avian influenza or bird flu refers to the disease caused by infection with avian (bird) influenza (flu) Type A viruses. These viruses naturally spread among wild aquatic birds worldwide and can infect domestic poultry and other bird and animal species. Bird flu viruses do not normally infect humans. However, sporadic human infections with bird flu viruses have occurred. Read more. 
Lessons learnt on patient safety in dentistry through a 5-year nationwide database study on iatrogenic harm
Monday, May 20, 2024 03:00 PM
Safe delivery of care is a priority in dentistry, while basic epidemiological knowledge of patient safety incidents is still lacking. Read more. 
APIC and IPAC Canada Publish Ethical Infection Prevention and Control Decision-Making Framework
Monday, May 20, 2024 02:29 PM
APIC and IPAC Canada partnered on the creation of a new resource to help healthcare professionals work through ethical issues that arise in infection prevention and control (IPC) and assist in making complex decisions. Read more. 
NIDCR - 236th Meeting: May 2024
Monday, May 20, 2024 09:36 AM
NIDCR - 236th Meeting: May 2024. Read more. 
When Students or Staff are Sick
Sunday, May 19, 2024 10:17 AM
Schools can expect that children and staff will get sick during the school year. In a recent survey, more than two-thirds of children missed at least one day of school for illness or injury in the previous year, and about half of those students were absent 1-3 days (National Survey for Child Health, 2022). Read more. 
Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis)
Sunday, May 19, 2024 10:15 AM
Pink eye (conjunctivitis) is when your eyes look pink because the membrane that covers the sclera, the white of your eye, is inflamed. Increased swelling and blood flow in the sclera are what cause it to change color. This condition is a common issue for people of all ages. Fortunately, it’s usually not serious and very treatable. Read more. 
HIV Vaccine Awareness Day: Recent Advancements In HIV Vaccine Research
Saturday, May 18, 2024 11:08 AM
Efforts among organizations aim to develop innovative vaccine candidates and advancements in the global fight against HIV. Read more. 
CDC updates guidance on preventing infection transmission in schools
Saturday, May 18, 2024 10:23 AM
The CDC says the late-spring publication came about to ensure it is part of back-to-school preparations. Read more. 
NIH study shows chronic wasting disease unlikely to move from animals to people
Friday, May 17, 2024 04:34 PM
Study of cerebral organoids reinforces evidence for substantial species barrier. Read more. 
Drug-resistant Trichophyton fungus represents emerging threat in US
Friday, May 17, 2024 04:31 PM
In a new JAMA Dermatology report, researchers describe 11 Trichophyton indotinea infections in New York City from May 2022 to May 2023. The fungus represents a new emerging public health threat that causes extensive tinea infections often unresponsive to terbinafine, a first-line oral antifungal. Read more. 
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