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An Infection Preventionist Considers Why Manufacturers Need to Update IFUs
Thursday, July 11, 2024 04:49 PM
Katharine J. Hoffman, MPH, CIC, LSSGB: It’s time to take the devil out of the details in interpreting and successfully following manufacturers' instructions for use; why do manufacturers need to update IFUs? Read more. 
Alcohol is driving a half-dozen types of cancer in the U.S., study finds
Thursday, July 11, 2024 04:42 PM
Alcohol has long been classified as a cancer-causing substance, but a study out Thursday gives a clearer sense of just how many cancer cases and deaths may be driven by drinking. Read more. 
Experts choose target pathogens for Olympic wastewater monitoring
Thursday, July 11, 2024 04:00 PM
Experts from the French national public health agency have developed a model framework to identify priority pathogens for wastewater surveillance (WWS) at the upcoming summer Olympic and Paralympic Games in Paris, expected to draw 16 million visitors from around the world. Read more.
6 steps to an effective job hazard analysis
Thursday, July 11, 2024 01:56 PM
All workplaces have job hazards. Whether you are a construction worker working at heights, an agricultural worker handling a chemical substance, or a warehouse worker lifting heavy objects, these hazards can cause injurie, illnesses, and even deaths. Read more. 
Yes, the plague does still exist – here’s how to avoid it
Thursday, July 11, 2024 12:21 PM
The plague is caused by a bacterium called Yersinia pestis. Humans can get infected from the bite of an infected rodent flea or by handling an infected animal. Read more. 
GAO report critical of FEMA's handling of pandemic
Wednesday, July 10, 2024 04:07 PM
A new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has yet to identify lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more. 
IZ Express #1,765: Standing orders for mpox vaccine, COVID-19 epidemiology update, and more
Wednesday, July 10, 2024 02:59 PM
IZ Express #1,765: Standing orders for mpox vaccine, COVID-19 epidemiology update, and more. Read more.
Imaging Study Reveals Viral RNA Persists for Years in Tissues of Long COVID Patients
Wednesday, July 10, 2024 10:45 AM
Dental Hygienist's Unexpected Discovery Leads to Life-Saving Diagnosis for Woman (Exclusive)
Tuesday, July 09, 2024 03:48 PM
In May, Christine Lee was diagnosed with B non-Hodgkin's lymphoma for the second time. Read more. 
Study: Long-term post-COVID altered sense of smell in healthcare workers common
Tuesday, July 09, 2024 03:36 PM
A new study based on 2,149 healthcare workers (HCWs) employed at Danderyd Hospital in Stockholm, Sweden, shows that a significant proportion of those who contracted COVID-19 experienced lasting changes to taste and smell. Read more.
At risk? At least 1 in 5 U.S. dental programs reuse healing caps
Tuesday, July 09, 2024 02:43 PM
At a minimum, about 20% of accredited periodontics residency programs in the U.S. are reusing dental implant healing abutments, posing a risk of biological cross-contamination among patients. The study was published on July 4 in the Journal of Dental Education. Read more.
New ACIP recommendations for RSV, COVID-19 and pneumococcal vaccines, plus updated flu vaccine
Tuesday, July 09, 2024 12:23 PM

Is a new COVID vaccine coming out? Which RSV vaccine is better? Are there new PCV vaccines? Which vaccines can be given together? When is the new flu shot available?
Our guest is Sandra Fryhofer, MD, AMA’s liaison to the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), and a member of ACIP’s COVID-19 Vaccine Workgroup. AMA Chief Experience Officer Todd Unger hosts. Read more. 

Proposal to Prevent Surgical Site Infections Applies Antimicrobial Stewardship
Tuesday, July 09, 2024 10:45 AM
Proposed alternative to "unsustainable" wide use of broad spectrum antibiotic prophylaxis in surgeries confronts antimicrobial resistance. Read more. 
WHO clinical treatment guideline for tobacco cessation in adults
Monday, July 08, 2024 12:43 PM
Supporting tobacco users to quit is core demand-reduction measure of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) and a key component of WHO MPOWER policy package. This guideline provides technical guidance on a thorough set of tobacco cessation interventions for adults, and to support WHO Member States to use evidence-based behavioural interventions and pharmacological treatments for tobacco cessation as part of a comprehensive tobacco control approach. Read more. 
Is Whooping Cough (Pertussis) Hard To Diagnose?
Monday, July 08, 2024 12:37 PM
Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, is a contagious and serious respiratory illness caused by the bacteria Bordetella pertussis. Classic symptoms include intense, long-lasting coughing that can cause vomiting and a "whoop" noise when you inhale or gasp for air after coughing. Read more. 
Mosquitos kill more people than any other creature, the CDC warns
Monday, July 08, 2024 11:29 AM

The CDC considers mosquitoes to be the most dangerous animals on earth because of infectious disease transmission. They spread diseases like malaria, dengue and yellow fever. Read more. 

Features of H5N1 influenza viruses in dairy cows may facilitate infection, transmission in mammals
Monday, July 08, 2024 11:20 AM
A series of experiments with highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza (HPAI H5N1) viruses circulating in infected U.S. dairy cattle found that viruses derived from lactating dairy cattle induced severe disease in mice and ferrets when administered via intranasal inoculation. The virus from the H5N1-infected cows bound to both avian (bird) and human-type cellular receptors, but, importantly, did not transmit efficiently among ferrets exposed via respiratory droplets. Read more. 
World Hepatitis Day 2024
Monday, July 08, 2024 10:47 AM
Viral hepatitis is a serious infection that causes liver damage and liver cancer. Among the five strains of the hepatitis viruses, B and C are the most common. Read more. 
Pasteurization Inactivates Highly Infectious Avian Flu in Milk
Sunday, July 07, 2024 05:50 PM
In late March 2024, H5N1 bird flu was detected in dairy cattle and then in raw milk. Read more. 
Faster spreading strain of mpox raises alarm in Congo
Sunday, July 07, 2024 05:00 PM
Global health authorities are raising the alarm over a strain of mpox spreading through the Democratic Republic of Congo, with little known about the mutation other than it seems to spread more easily among humans. Read more. 
'COVID Tongue' Is Definitely a Thing—Here's What It Is and How to Know if You Have It
Sunday, July 07, 2024 11:27 AM
In the early days of COVID, it felt like we were learning new things about the virus in real time daily. Its severity, especially for specific populations like older adults and the immunocompromised, and the reality that the virus could cause temporary loss of taste and smell were rather unsettling. Read more. 
Top 5 Infectious Disease News Stories Week of July 29- July 5
Saturday, July 06, 2024 02:54 PM
Colorado man infected with avian influenza, Novavax reveals promising results in JN1 covid vaccine efficacy, and recent roundups of c difficile news, and more from Contagion. Read more. 
Timing of CPR Renewal
Saturday, July 06, 2024 02:39 PM
My cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) renewal deadline is in June but my office is not hosting a class until August. Is this a problem if I wait until August? Read more. 
Visual Acuity Is Key to Successful Patient Outcomes
Saturday, July 06, 2024 02:31 PM
Using magnification to enhance their visual acuity allows dental hygienists to more effectively identify periodontal problems and conduct accurate preventive and nonsurgical periodontal procedures. Read more. 
Changing epidemiological patterns in human avian influenza virus infections
Saturday, July 06, 2024 12:57 PM
Explosive geographical expansion of the avian influenza virus (AIV) continues to threaten human and animal health during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more. 
Health officials probe measles cases in Seattle, Ohio
Friday, July 05, 2024 02:43 PM
The public health department for Seattle and King County this week said it is investigating a measles case involving an adult who had recently traveled internationally and warned of possible exposures at multiple area locations that the patient visited before the illness was confirmed. Read more. 
Reshaping Dental Care with Artificial Intelligence
Friday, July 05, 2024 11:07 AM
Artificial intelligence has transformed industries worldwide in recent years, and dentistry is no exception. Read more.
Drug-disposal pouches handed out to patients prescribed opioids to combat misuse
Friday, July 05, 2024 10:55 AM

More than 1,200 of the pouches have been distributed at dental and doctor offices and pharmacies in East County and central San Diego. Read more. 

New Interactive Tool Allows Users To Explore Declines in Dental Visits During COVID-19
Thursday, July 04, 2024 10:55 AM
AHRQ's latest interactive data visualization (https://www.ahrq.gov/data/hcup/dental-utilization.html) allows users to explore how dental visits were substantially reduced early in the COVID-19 pandemic compared with prepandemic trends. The tool offers data insights on dental service utilization, expenditures and both office and emergency department dental visits. Data can be explored by age, year, and other factors. Read more. 
What to know about rubella versus rubeola
Thursday, July 04, 2024 10:49 AM
Different viruses cause rubella and rubeola. Rubella is more commonly known as German measles, and people typically refer to rubeola as measles. They can be difficult to tell apart because they have similar symptoms. Read more. 
COVID-19 can surge throughout the year
Thursday, July 04, 2024 10:44 AM
Many respiratory virus illnesses peak during the winter due to environmental conditions and human behaviors. COVID-19 has peaks in the winter and also at other times of the year, including the summer, driven by new variants and decreasing immunity from previous infections and vaccinations. You can protect yourself from serious illness by staying up to date with vaccinations, getting treated if you have medical conditions that make you more likely to get very sick from COVID-19, and using other strategies outlined in CDC's respiratory virus guidance. Read more. 
A Key Indicator of COVID Just Spiked in the Western U.S.
Thursday, July 04, 2024 10:35 AM
COVID-19 cases have been on the rise nationwide this summer, and now wastewater monitoring data suggests a further increase may be underway in the Western part of the US. Read more. 
‘Visionary’ study finds inflammation, evidence of Covid virus years after infection
Thursday, July 04, 2024 10:29 AM
Remember when we thought Covid was a two-week illness? So does Michael Peluso, assistant professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. Read more. 
Crashing the Legionella Party: Plumbing Design Meets Infection Control
Wednesday, July 03, 2024 12:24 PM
The key to preventing outbreaks of Legionnaires’ Disease is good management of building water systems. Read more.
IZ Express #1,764: June ACIP meeting summary, dengue infections in U.S., and more
Wednesday, July 03, 2024 12:04 PM
IZ Express #1,764: June ACIP meeting summary, dengue infections in U.S., and more. Read more.
Staying Safe on Independence Day: Food and Fireworks
Wednesday, July 03, 2024 11:40 AM
Independence Day is a time for celebration with friends and family, often centered around outdoor picnics and barbecues. However, amidst the festivities, it is important to prioritize food safety to prevent foodborne illnesses. Read more. 
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