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Wellness Wednesday | Drinking Water Week : The impact of water on oral health
Thursday, May 09, 2024 12:23 PM
It's time for a little weekly check in this Wellness Wednesday. In case you haven't heard, Governor Kay Ivey has declared May 5 -11 Drinking Water Week. Read more.
How do you get ready for hurricane season?
Thursday, May 09, 2024 12:09 PM
With the start of hurricane season around the corner on June 1, now is the time to review your insurance and prepare your house and your family for hurricanes. Read more. 
Here’s What Is Safe to Eat During the Bird Flu Outbreak
Thursday, May 09, 2024 11:16 AM
If you’ve heard the rumors flying around about the bird flu outbreak showing up in weird places, it’s true: H5N1, the avian influenza that typically affects poultry and wild birds, has recently spread to some dairy herds that supply our milk and beef products. Read more. 
What the new WHO report validating 'aerosol transmission' over distances means for dentistry
Wednesday, May 08, 2024 02:47 PM

Back in the early to mid-1980s prior to the vaccine availability of hepatitis B, concerns about proper infection control in dentistry emerged. Ungloved dentists, especially oral surgeons, were implicated in the largest number of outbreaks in healthcare settings. One dental outbreak involving an ungloved oral surgeon infected the most number of patients (n = 55) in any healthcare setting. These concerns were only heightened after HIV/AIDS came along. Read more. 

IZ Express #1,755: Immunize.org's new "Translations" web page simplifies access, and more
Wednesday, May 08, 2024 02:29 PM
IZ Express #1,755: Immunize.org's new "Translations" web page simplifies access, and more. Read more.
Musculoskeletal disorders and risk indicators for pain chronification among German dentists: A cross-sectional questionnaire-based study
Wednesday, May 08, 2024 02:24 PM
The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of musculoskeletal (MS) disorders in practicing German dentists and identify risk factors for pain chronification. Read more. 
Give Veterans A Smile
Wednesday, May 08, 2024 10:27 AM
Give back through meaningful service and experience professional growth as you make a difference in the lives of those who have served us—our veterans. Read more. 
NIH to open long COVID clinical trials to study sleep disturbances, exercise intolerance, and post exertional malaise
Wednesday, May 08, 2024 10:02 AM
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) will launch clinical trials to investigate potential treatments for long-term symptoms after COVID-19 infection, including sleep disturbances, exercise intolerance and the worsening of symptoms following physical or mental exertion known as post-exertional malaise (PEM). Read more. 
Healthcare and Public Health Cybersecurity
Tuesday, May 07, 2024 07:28 PM
With its focus on caring for people, the Healthcare and Public Health (HPH) sector touches each of our lives in powerful ways. Today, much of the work the HPH sector carries out is based in the digital world, leveraging technology to store patient and medical information, carrying out medical procedures, communicating with patients, and more. Any disruptions to the HPH digital ecosystem can impact patient safety, create openings for identity theft, and expose intellectual property among other damaging effects. Read more. 
New York State Department of Health Issues A Health Advisory On Proper Use of Automated External Defibrillators In Pediatric Emergency Care
Tuesday, May 07, 2024 11:42 AM
The New York State Department of Health has issued a health advisory to all providers and emergency medical services (EMS) agencies, regarding the proper use of Automated External Defibrillator (AED) equipment to ensure AED pads that are in use are compatible with AED units during pediatric emergency care. Read more. 
Scientists Developing Vaccine Against Present and Future COVID Viruses
Tuesday, May 07, 2024 11:23 AM
Scientists are busy working on a vaccine that might fight strains of the COVID virus SARS-CoV-2 that haven't even emerged yet. Read more. 
Morehead City dentist facing second license suspension in nearly three years
Tuesday, May 07, 2024 11:07 AM
A dentist and owner of Parrot Dental in Morehead City faced her second license suspension in nearly three years after a public complaint. Read more.
Crafting Confidence One Tooth at a Time: Soon-to-be Dental Graduates Share Their Stories
Tuesday, May 07, 2024 10:58 AM
It wasn’t easy tackling the first year of dental school online. Listening to virtual lectures for hours on end; finding ways to make connections with classmates through the height of the COVID-19 pandemic — but the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine (CU SDM) Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) Class of 2024 has come a long way since then. Read more. 
Evaluation of Forensic Luminol in Detection of Blood Stains in Instruments Following Dental Treatment
Tuesday, May 07, 2024 10:36 AM
Background Saliva and blood, being biological materials with a high potential for infectious transmission in dental environments, pose significant risks to dental professionals, assistants, and patients alike. Read more. 
Air Quality Awareness Week
Monday, May 06, 2024 01:40 PM
EPA is partnering with National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. National Park Service, U.S. Department of Energy, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, as well as state, local, and Tribal agencies to share information with the public about efforts to protect and improve air quality. This week also includes World Asthma Day on Tuesday, May 7th. Read more. 
Poor Oral Health May Contribute to the Risk of Dementia
Monday, May 06, 2024 01:19 PM
This visual report from CareQuest Institute examines current research on the links between poor oral health and the risk of being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD). It is estimated that by 2040, the number of individuals with ADRD in the US could reach 12 million, making it critical to determine whether improvements in oral health may prevent or reduce the symptoms of this disease. Read more.
Naloxone Should be In Workplace First Aid Kits
Monday, May 06, 2024 09:51 AM
Providing access to naloxone and appropriate training can protect workers and possibly save someone's life, says ISEA. Read more. 
Case-finding for HPV vaccination eligibility within a dental office with concurrent development of a dialogue tool
Monday, May 06, 2024 09:43 AM
Human papillomavirus (HPV) immunization can prevent cancers, but uptake has been incomplete (and worse with the COVID-19 pandemic). Dental clinicians already screen for oral cancers, many of which are caused by HPV, and could identify vaccination candidates, but this requires a case-finding strategy. Read more. 
Rising scooter injuries: Dentists warn of growing trend in e-scooter accidents
Monday, May 06, 2024 09:24 AM
A recent study published in the British Dental Journal reports an overall increase in electric scooter-related dental injuries in the United Kingdom between 2020 and 2022. Read more. 
NIOSH Total Worker Health® Webinar Series: Training supervisors to help reduce burnout among public health workers
Sunday, May 05, 2024 04:31 PM
Burnout is a real concern among public health professionals. To address this growing issue, The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) developed a freely available internet-based training for supervisors to better prevent and address burnout among those they lead. Read more. 
World Hand Hygiene Day: Insights From the 2024 Healthy Handwashing Habits Survey
Sunday, May 05, 2024 04:15 PM
Happy Hand Hygiene Day! Bradley's 2024 survey unveils American handwashing trends: It increased during illness and travel but decreased after restroom use. Parents are key in fostering hygiene habits. Read more.
Survey Results Reveal Trends in Oral Healthcare
Sunday, May 05, 2024 03:30 PM
Delta Dental’s 2024 State of America’s Oral Health and Wellness Report underscores a growing understanding of oral health’s significance in overall well-being. Read more.
Towards transparent and antimicrobial surfaces for touch displays
Saturday, May 04, 2024 04:32 PM
The interest in antimicrobial solutions for personal and multi-user touch screens, such as tablets and mobile devices, has grown in recent years. Traditional methods like sprayable alcohols or wipes are not ideal for these delicate displays. Read more. 
NIOSH eNews: Volume 22, Number 1 (May 2024)
Saturday, May 04, 2024 11:35 AM
NIOSH eNews: Volume 22, Number 1 (May 2024). Read more. 
Saturday, May 04, 2024 11:12 AM
On World Hand Hygiene Day, RCN Head of Health, Safety and Wellbeing Kim Sunley and RCN Professional Lead for Infection Prevention and Control Rose Gallagher talk about the importance of good skin care. Read more. 
Chronic Hepatitis B Virus Is Undertreated
Saturday, May 04, 2024 10:52 AM
Findings seen in global study of patients in nine countries. Read more.
Tuberculosis Outbreak Confirmed in Long Beach California
Saturday, May 04, 2024 10:45 AM
Long Beach tuberculosis outbreak includes 14 people and 1 death. Read more. 
Tracking the Evolution of Clostridioides difficile and Implications for Healthcare
Friday, May 03, 2024 07:28 PM
A study presented at ESCMID aims to understand ribotype 955 as a new challenge in C difficile management. Read more. 
CDC’s top flu scientist says the risk to the public from H5N1 is low, but she isn’t sleeping well. Here’s why
Friday, May 03, 2024 03:21 PM
The director of the influenza division at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dugan is leading the team of CDC scientists that is working with partners — in the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Food and Drug Administration, and state and local health departments — to respond to the H5N1 bird flu outbreak in dairy cattle. Read more. 
May 5 is World Hand Hygiene Day
Friday, May 03, 2024 11:54 AM
Each year the SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands campaign aims to progress the goal of maintaining a global profile on the importance of hand hygiene in health care and to ‘bring people together’ in support of hand hygiene improvement globally. Read more. 
MMWR Weekly - May 2, 2023
Thursday, May 02, 2024 06:40 PM
Weekly / Vol. 73 / No. 17. Read more. 
Marijuana: A new risk factor for heart disease
Thursday, May 02, 2024 06:35 PM
In a recent study, the risk of stroke rose 42% and the risk of heart attack rose 25% with the daily use of cannabis. In Medical History Mysteries, we unpack what this means for your patients and practice. Read more.
Workplace violence prevention plan must be implemented by many California dental practices by July 1
Thursday, May 02, 2024 03:53 PM
California dental practices that have 10 employees and are open to the public are required to establish, implement and maintain a workplace violence prevention plan no later than July 1 under legislation signed into law last year. Employers must involve employees in the plan's development for preventing and responding to threats of violence and violent incidents and report such incidents in a log among other requirements. CDA’s new sample plan and other resources can help members comply. Read more.
Bird flu virus circulated in cows for four months before outbreak confirmed by USDA, analysis shows
Thursday, May 02, 2024 03:18 PM
As agricultural authorities and epidemiologists try to get their arms around the scope of the latest confounding chapter in the decades-long story of the H5N1 avian influenza virus — its jump into U.S. herds of dairy cattle — they’re turning to the genetic breadcrumbs the virus leaves behind in the animals’ nose, lungs, and, primarily, milk. Read more. 
Floss & Flip Flops – Episode 29 – Trauma Awareness Month with Dr Sabrina Sanchez
Thursday, May 02, 2024 12:09 PM
Join the Sanders sisters and trauma and acute care specialist Dr Sabrina Sanchez as they discuss putting the patient at the forefront, and the connection between trauma care and oral health. Read more. 
Peer support valuable intervention for health worker stress during COVID-19, study shows
Wednesday, May 01, 2024 03:53 PM
With healthcare worker (HCW) burnout one of the most pressing issues facing US clinicians, a new study in JAMA Network Open indicates that Stress First Aid, a peer-to-peer support intervention, improved the well-being of HCWs compared with usual care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more. 
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