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WHO updates bacterial priority pathogens list
Friday, May 17, 2024 04:27 PM
The World Health Organization (WHO) today updated its list of the bacterial pathogens it considers the biggest threat to human health. Read more. 
Top Infectious Disease News Stories from May 10-May 17
Friday, May 17, 2024 04:20 PM
This week, irrigation water in Utah creates E coli outbreak, FDA issues CRL for HEPLISAV-B 4 dose regimen, living with C diff awareness, and more this week from Contagion. Read more. 
MMWR Weekly - May 16, 2024
Thursday, May 16, 2024 04:25 PM
Weekly / Vol. 73 / No. 19. Read more. 
FACT SHEET: Global Health Worker Initiative (GHWI) Year Two Fact Sheet
Thursday, May 16, 2024 02:32 PM
As we celebrate two years since the launch of the Global Health Worker Initiative (GHWI), the United States continues to demonstrate our commitment to global health and to the global health workforce, providing more than $10.5 billion in global health program funding with Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 funds. Read more. 
AI in dentistry: Are dental hygienists ready?
Thursday, May 16, 2024 02:04 PM
How well do you understand AI in dentistry? Are you ready to take it on in practice? How do you think it will affect your job? These survey results provide some insights. Read more.
Tackling the Future of Oral Health and Education
Thursday, May 16, 2024 01:59 PM
Dr. Sophia Saeed has been appointed to a national task force addressing challenges facing dental education and patient care delivery. Read more. 
Rethinking Airborne Pathogens: WHO Proposes New Terminology for Disease Spread
Thursday, May 16, 2024 01:55 PM
The WHO suggests changing terminology to better understand pathogen transmission through the air, emphasizing N95 mask use and improved ventilation. Read more.
Beyond traditional screening: Incorporating oral HPV testing
Wednesday, May 15, 2024 03:50 PM
Susan Cotten, BSDH, RDH, OMT, looks at three oral HPV tests available and explains why dental hygienists should consider incorporating oral cancer screenings and HPV testing into their protocols. Read more. 
Avian flu detected in New York City wild birds
Wednesday, May 15, 2024 03:20 PM
A small number of New York City wild birds carry highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Virology, a journal of the American Society for Microbiology. The work highlights that the interface between animals and humans that may give rise to zoonotic infections or even pandemics is not limited to rural environments and commercial poultry operations, but extends into urban centers. Read more.
Thalassemia Awareness
Wednesday, May 15, 2024 03:14 PM
Did you know that beta thalassemia major is the most severe form of thalassemia? By staying committed to long-term treatment, people with thalassemia can enjoy a full life. Read more.
IZ Express #1,756: WHO’s EPI celebrates 154 million lives saved over 50 years, and more
Wednesday, May 15, 2024 03:03 PM
IZ Express #1,756: WHO’s EPI celebrates 154 million lives saved over 50 years, and more. Read more.
Retrospective study of a pilot program focused on educating dental patients on human papillomavirus and vaccination in a hospital setting
Wednesday, May 15, 2024 01:39 PM
Human papillomavirus (HPV) is an epidemic currently affecting 80 million people in the United States. Read more. 
School of Dentistry celebrates nation’s first graduating class to receive diploma privilege
Tuesday, May 14, 2024 12:42 PM
New program aims to keep Marquette dentists practicing in state of Wisconsin. Read more. 
What Is Whooping Cough? U.K. Doctors Bring Back Masks As Cases Rise
Tuesday, May 14, 2024 11:00 AM
U.K. family doctors have begun asking visitors to wear face masks as the country weathers a growing outbreak of whooping cough. Read more.
Herpes cure with gene editing makes progress in laboratory studies
Tuesday, May 14, 2024 10:56 AM
Fred Hutch virologists eliminated at least 90% of HSV-1 in preclinical models of oral and genital herpes and reduced viral shedding in a study published in Nature Communications. Read more.
How can dental waste management be more sustainable? Part three
Tuesday, May 14, 2024 10:45 AM
One of the main things that is starting to become more and more apparent is practices eagerness to try and become more sustainable and reduce the amount of unnecessary waste that is created. Ultimately if we can reduce the amount of waste being generated then this will not only have a positive impact on the environment but also on a practice’s overall costs. Read more.
Do Not Use Cue Health’s COVID-19 Tests Due to Risk of False Results: FDA Safety Communication
Tuesday, May 14, 2024 10:04 AM
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning home test users, caregivers, and health care providers not to use Cue Health’s COVID-19 Tests for Home and Over-the-Counter (OTC) Use and its COVID-19 Test intended for patient care settings due to increased risk of false results. Read more. 
Study highlights need for improvement of patient safety in outpatient settings
Monday, May 13, 2024 05:33 PM
Over the last several decades, research has brought nationwide awareness to issues of patient harm in the "inpatient" setting, where patients receive care as part of an overnight stay at a hospital. Read more. 
The Mouth as a Site of SARS-CoV-2 Infection
Monday, May 13, 2024 05:29 PM
During the height of the coronavirus pandemic, the oral cavity was recognized as a critically important site for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection. The purpose of this review is to analyze the literature surrounding SARS-CoV-2 entry, replication, and transmission and the resulting impact on host tissues in the oral cavity. Read more.
NIOSH Total Worker Health® Webinar Series: Yoga and Meditation for Worker Well-Being
Monday, May 13, 2024 04:32 PM
Please join us for the next installment of the NIOSH Total Worker Health® Webinar Series where we explore the benefits of yoga and meditation in workplace settings. Read more. 
How to Check If You're Immune to Measles
Monday, May 13, 2024 11:20 AM
Certain adults may need to get an additional dose of the measles vaccine. Here’s how to know if you have adequate immunity to measles. Read more. 
What to Know About COVID FLiRT Variants
Monday, May 13, 2024 10:45 AM
Virologists are keeping an eye on several COVID variants that have all picked up the same set of mutations. Here’s what that means. Read more.
The Basics: Best Practices for the Effective Use of Disinfectants and Sterilization Techniques
Sunday, May 12, 2024 10:33 AM
Learn the basics of the critical role of proper disinfection and sterilization in health care settings, addressing key considerations, best practices, challenges, and future trends. Read more. 
A new Covid variant has taken over, and experts predict a small summer wave
Sunday, May 12, 2024 10:22 AM
The variant, called KP.2, now makes up the largest share of new infections in the U.S. Read more. 
Relationships are the root of good dental care
Saturday, May 11, 2024 12:58 PM
David Wein, VCU dental hygiene student and military veteran, wants to instill a confidence in patients that promotes long-term connections. Read more.
Dozens of Infants Incorrectly Administered Adult RSV Vaccines
Saturday, May 11, 2024 12:37 PM
The American Academy of Pediatrics journal recently confirmed data from the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) revealed over two dozen young children were incorrectly administered an adult RSV vaccine. Read more.
116 kids left vulnerable to measles, polio after nurse falsified vaccine records
Saturday, May 11, 2024 12:26 PM
An upstate New York nurse has been accused of falsifying vaccine records for more than 100 children across the state. Read more.
Aurora VA hospital halts surgeries after finding mysterious residue on medical equipment
Saturday, May 11, 2024 11:30 AM
In each case, the residue was spotted prior to surgeries, and the procedures were then rescheduled. The VA said it is not aware of any cases in which patients were harmed related to the residue. Read more.
Top 5 Infectious Disease News Stories Week of May 3-May 10
Saturday, May 11, 2024 11:22 AM
This week, new WHO data illustrates challenges during the acute phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, MAD-ID and ACVR conference coverage, and more from Contagion. Read more. 
Fact Sheet: USDA, HHS Announce New Actions to Reduce Impact and Spread of H5N1
Friday, May 10, 2024 03:25 PM
Since the detection of H5N1 in dairy cattle, the Federal response has leveraged the latest available scientific data, field epidemiology, and risk assessments to mitigate risks to workers and the general public, to ensure the safety of America’s food supply and to mitigate risk to livestock, owners, and producers. Today, USDA is taking a series of additional steps to help achieve these goals and reduce the impact of H5N1 on affected premises and producers, and HHS is announcing new actions through the CDC and FDA to increase testing and laboratory screening and testing capacity, genomic sequencing, and other interventions to protect the health and safety of dairy and other potentially impacted food items. Read more. 
Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body
Friday, May 10, 2024 03:17 PM
For the last 40 years or so, NIDCR has supported research on the biological links between the mouth and the rest of the body, commonly known as the "oral-systemic connection." Read more. 
Changes coming to OSHA regions
Friday, May 10, 2024 10:31 AM
OSHA plans to open a new regional office, merge two of its regions and rename its regional offices. Read more. 
New COVID ‘FLiRT’ variants show virus isn’t going away
Friday, May 10, 2024 10:18 AM
The most recent dominant variants of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, are part of a group sometimes called “FLiRT” variants and serve as a reminder that the virus isn’t going away and some people continue to suffer. Read more.
Airborne pathogens: controlling words won’t control transmission
Friday, May 10, 2024 10:12 AM
WHO has proposed new terminology for “pathogens that transmit through the air”. Read more. 
MMWR Weekly - May 9, 2024
Thursday, May 09, 2024 03:48 PM
Weekly / Vol. 73 / No. 18. Read more. 
Three drug-resistant infections in US tied to stem-cell injections in Mexico
Thursday, May 09, 2024 03:18 PM
An investigation by the Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC) and clinicians and public health officials from Colorado and Arizona has linked a cluster of antibiotic-resistant infections in three US residents to embryonic stem-cell injections at clinics in Mexico. Read more. 
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