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IZ Express #1,754: MMWR published on the additional COVID-19 vaccine doses for age 65+, and more
Wednesday, May 01, 2024 03:00 PM
IZ Express #1,754: MMWR published on the additional COVID-19 vaccine doses for age 65+, and more. Read more. 
With pandemic over, deadliest infectious disease in world is still tuberculosis
Wednesday, May 01, 2024 02:26 PM
Just a short time after “Gone With the Wind star” Vivien Leigh appeared at Atlanta’s Loews Grand Theatre for the 1939 premiere of the legendary film, the British actress caught tuberculosis on a trip to North Africa. The airborne disease would ultimately claim her life in 1967. Yet by the 1960s, a cocktail of antibiotics helped people beat TB, working so well that many today have never heard of the disease. Read more. 
Obsessed patient arrested for stalking dental practice
Tuesday, April 30, 2024 03:55 PM
A patient in Ohio believed to be obsessed with his former dental practice and one of its employees was arrested for stalking the office, according to a story published on April 30 in the Chagrin Solon Sun. Read more. 
The WHO overturned dogma on how airborne diseases spread. Will the CDC act on it?
Tuesday, April 30, 2024 10:19 AM
A new report comes as the CDC is updating its guidance for infection control. A committee advising the agency seems poised to brush the latest science aside. Read more. 
Periodontal Implications of HIV Not Always Understood by Dentists
Monday, April 29, 2024 06:15 PM
A new study found that dentists were lacking in experience when it came to dental aspects of HIV infection. Read more. 
Facing Cancer Head-On
Monday, April 29, 2024 03:47 PM
This year, an estimated 65,000 people in the United States will be diagnosed with head and neck cancers. This group of diseases includes cancers of the larynx (voice box), throat, lips, oral cavity, nose, and salivary glands. Read more. 
Actions to Fight Antimicrobial Resistance
Monday, April 29, 2024 10:41 AM
Antimicrobial resistance happens when germs like bacteria and fungi develop the ability to defeat the drugs designed to kill them. That means the germs are not killed and continue to grow. Antimicrobial resistance has been found in every U.S. state and country. Read more. 
ESCMID 2024: Using AI in infection prevention and control
Monday, April 29, 2024 10:35 AM
Artificial intelligence tools can be used for infection control through facial recognition systems designed to identify proper face mask use within hospitals. Read more. 
Curriculum Content for Environmental Sustainability in Dentistry
Monday, April 29, 2024 09:54 AM
Objectives: (i) Identify suitable strategies and opportunities to embed Environmental Sustainability (ES) within an existing Oral Health Professional (OHP) curriculum through a series of focus groups with students and academic staff and (ii) Create high-level evidence-based and subject-specific ES content through an approach grounded in evidence and collaboration with key stakeholders in OHP education. Read more. 
Dental hygiene care: Face and neck screening
Sunday, April 28, 2024 01:53 PM
Dr. Michele White explains the characteristics of commonly appearing pink and brown lesions that may be found on the skin of the face and neck, what to watch for, and when to refer for further evaluation.Read more. 
Workers’ Memorial Day 2024: Statement by NIOSH Director John Howard, M.D.
Sunday, April 28, 2024 01:47 PM
Each year, on April 28, we pause to recognize Workers’ Memorial Day and honor those whose death or suffering resulted from exposure to hazards at work. Words are not enough when it comes to change. Research has shown that the health and safety of workers relies on active and intentional involvement in ways that take into consideration workplace hazards, work arrangements and environment, employer-worker relationships, the workers themselves, and their families. Read more.
U.S. Lags Behind Other Countries in Hepatitis-C Treatment
Sunday, April 28, 2024 12:23 PM
Despite an arsenal of drugs, many Americans are still unaware of their infections until it’s too late. A Biden initiative languishes without Congressional approval. Read more. 
The most important stool in the dental office: Your ergonomic stool
Saturday, April 27, 2024 04:17 PM
When shopping for the very necessary saddle stool, there are several features you should consider. Each stool must fit each operator for optimum effectiveness. Read more. 
Rise seen in use of antibiotics for conditions they can’t treat – including COVID-19
Saturday, April 27, 2024 04:14 PM
Five-year trend study shows rebound in inappropriate use after an early-pandemic dip, and a need to tackle overuse in all patients during viral illness outbreaks. Read more.
Research Finds Potential Association Between Oral Bacteria and High Blood Pressure
Saturday, April 27, 2024 02:42 PM
Research published in the Journal of the American Heart Association has identified an association between certain oral bacteria and the development of hypertension among postmenopausal women. The potential association may offer new insights into the prevention of this disease in older adults. Read more.
Antibiotic-resistant hospital infections well above pre-COVID-19 levels
Saturday, April 27, 2024 12:50 PM
Hospital-acquired antimicrobial-resistant infections remain at least 12% above pre-pandemic levels, according to a new study from data at 120 U.S. hospitals. Read more. 
Top 5 Infectious Disease News Stories Week of April 20- April 26
Friday, April 26, 2024 05:02 PM
US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service issued a public health alert over ground beef, FDA approves antibiotics for female adults with uncomplicated UTI, The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene reports a record amount of Leptospirosis cases, and more this week from Contagion. Read more. 
New guide addresses burnout in the health care industry
Friday, April 26, 2024 04:01 PM
NIOSH has published a step-by-step process for improving the mental health of hospital health care workers. Read more. 
Risk of serious head and neck infections related to lack of dental care and poor oral hygiene
Friday, April 26, 2024 01:48 PM
A recent study indicates the risk of severe head and neck infections is exacerbated by poor oral hygiene. Lack of access to care was also a background factor for infections requiring hospitalization. Read more.
Inspired by Rural Upbringing, Student Aims to Lower Hurdles as Small-Town Dentist
Friday, April 26, 2024 01:34 PM
Growing up in rural northeast Tennessee, fourth-year dental student Molly Ramsey was used to the hourlong car ride to see her dentist. She says her home of Hancock County has no private practice dentist, and although a dentist occasionally visits the local health department, most residents are forced to trek for regular care. Read more.
CDC describes first known cases of HIV transmitted via 'vampire facial' injections
Friday, April 26, 2024 12:40 PM
Three women were likely infected while getting cosmetic procedures at an unlicensed spa in New Mexico, the CDC said. Read more. 
MMWR Weekly - April 25, 2024
Thursday, April 25, 2024 04:42 PM
Weekly / Vol. 73 / No. 16. Read more. 
1 in 5 US retail milk samples test positive for H5N1 avian flu fragments
Thursday, April 25, 2024 04:35 PM
A senior official from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said today that its nationwide survey of retail milk has found remnants of H5N1 avian flu viruses in one in five samples, with the highest concentrations in regions where outbreaks in dairy cattle have been reported. Read more. 
Impaired sense of smell still common 1 year after COVID-19
Thursday, April 25, 2024 04:25 PM
Sense of smell—but not taste—was still impaired in some COVID patients at 1 year, according to a new study in JAMA Network OpenRead more. 
Climate change and dentistry: Understanding our impact and opportunities
Thursday, April 25, 2024 10:07 AM
Dental offices should actively participate in helping to preserve the environment. It's easier than you think, and all efforts make a difference. Here are some steps you can take. Read more. 
Risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection in dental healthcare workers - a systematic review and meta-analysis
Thursday, April 25, 2024 09:42 AM
Mounting evidence supports an association between the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and the risk of infection from the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) in dental healthcare workers (DCW). However, the prevalence and incidence of SARS-CoV-2 infections in the setting of dental care remains poorly characterized. Read more.
How dentists can protect themselves from an attack | with retired police lt. Frank Borelli
Wednesday, April 24, 2024 12:33 PM
Our offices are not as safe as we think they are, as evidenced by the recent attacks on dental offices resulting in the death of a dentist. Today we are joined by retired police Lt., Frank Borelli to talk about what we should do, what we are allowed to do, and how to reprogram our minds in the moment of an attack. What would you do if someone walked through your front door waving a gun? Get all of that crucial information in this episode! Read more.
A Protocol for Treating Patients with Post-Covid Conditions in Dental Settings
Wednesday, April 24, 2024 12:21 PM
The relative newness of Post-COVID Conditions (PCC) has revealed a void in assessment protocols and treatment guidelines for dental settings. Providing oral health care practitioners with an assessment and treatment protocol could facilitate the delivery of comprehensive oral health care. The purpose of this study was to test a protocol for assessing and treating patients with PCC in dental practice settings. Read more. 
Update on Oral and Oropharyngeal Cancers: A guide for oral health care providers
Wednesday, April 24, 2024 12:18 PM
Oral squamous cell carcinomas (OSCC) signs and symptoms may be first identified by dental hygienists during routine extra and intra-oral examinations. Read more. 
IZ Express #1,753: Pentavalent meningococcal recs, #ProtegeATuBaby resources during NIIW, and more
Wednesday, April 24, 2024 12:12 PM
IZ Express #1,753: Pentavalent meningococcal recs, #ProtegeATuBaby resources during NIIW, and more. Read more. 
MPS Foundation partners with FDI World Dental Federation to tackle stress and anxiety in dentistry
Wednesday, April 24, 2024 11:04 AM
The MPS Foundation has partnered with FDI World Dental Federation (FDI) on a project aimed to raise awareness of the importance of managing mental health and develop further resources for oral health professionals. Read more.
Bird flu virus found in grocery milk as officials say supply still safe
Tuesday, April 23, 2024 05:09 PM
Viral evidence of bird flu has been identified in samples of milk taken from grocery store shelves in the United States, a finding that does not necessarily suggest a threat to human health but indicates the avian flu virus is more widespread among dairy herds than previously thought, according to two public health officials and a public health expert who was briefed on the issue. Read more. 
HAN - Adverse Effects Linked to Counterfeit or Mishandled Botulinum Toxin Injections
Tuesday, April 23, 2024 01:22 PM
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is issuing this Health Alert Network (HAN) Health Advisory to alert clinicians about risks of counterfeit or mishandled botulinum toxin injections. Read more. 
Preventing Waterborne Germs at Home.
Tuesday, April 23, 2024 11:17 AM
Waterborne germs can live and grow in our pipes and in devices that use water, such as humidifiers. Some of these germs can make people sick. Read more.
Tuesday, April 23, 2024 10:50 AM
Four years after COVID-19, researchers warn of a new “invisible epidemic.” Read more.
5 Things to Know about Infant Immunization
Monday, April 22, 2024 04:21 PM
National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) on April 22-29, 2024, is an annual observance highlighting the importance of protecting children age 2 years and younger from vaccine-preventable diseases. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that children stay on track with their well-child appointments and routine vaccinations. On-time vaccination is critical to help protect against potentially life-threatening diseases. Read more. 
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