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CDC Data Modernization Efforts Accelerate Nation’s Ability to Detect and Rapidly Respond to Health Threats
Wednesday, April 17, 2024 12:59 PM

CDC highlights progress from 2023 and sets ambitious goals for 2024-2025. Read more.

Bacteria in cancer unmasked
Wednesday, April 17, 2024 12:51 PM
Researchers at the Netherlands Cancer Institute have compiled a detailed catalogue of bacteria living in cancer metastases. Read more. 
National Minority Health Month 2024
Wednesday, April 17, 2024 12:49 PM
As the FDA Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE) kicks off National Minority Health Month (NMHM), we invite you to join our ongoing efforts this month to advance health equity and reduce health disparities among racial and ethnic minority and other diverse populations. Read more. 
IZ Express #1,752: Updated Ask the Experts pneumococcal and meningococcal sections, nominate IZ champions, and more
Wednesday, April 17, 2024 09:54 AM
IZ Express #1,752: Updated Ask the Experts pneumococcal and meningococcal sections, nominate IZ champions, and more. Read more. 
Feds probe injuries from counterfeit Botox injections
Tuesday, April 16, 2024 04:43 PM
Federal health officials and their state and local health partners are investigating reports of harmful reactions in women who received counterfeit or mishandled botulinum toxin (Botox) injections, with 19 injuries reported in nine states, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced yesterday. Read more. 
Barriers and facilitators to guideline concordant dental antibiotic prescribing in the United States: A qualitative study of the National Dental PBRN
Tuesday, April 16, 2024 04:34 PM
The purpose of this study was to use an evidence-based conceptual model to identify barriers and facilitators of appropriate antibiotic prescribing by dentists as a guide for future interventions aimed at modifying antibiotic prescribing. Read more. 
US should prep for smallpox's return, experts say
Tuesday, April 16, 2024 01:21 PM
Smallpox, the only human disease to be fully eradicated, could reappear in the U.S. and across the globe, researchers said in a new report. Read more.
WHO sounds alarm on viral hepatitis infections claiming 3500 lives each day
Monday, April 15, 2024 03:14 PM
According to the World Health Organization (WHO) 2024 Global Hepatitis Report, the number of lives lost due to viral hepatitis is increasing. The disease is the second leading infectious cause of death globally -- with 1.3 million deaths per year, the same as tuberculosis, a top infectious killer. Read more. 
Magnify Your Impact: Loupes and Lights for Dental Hygienists
Monday, April 15, 2024 02:45 PM
Loupes are an important tool in any hygienist's arsenal. Here is how to know which loupe works best for your dental practice. Read more. 
Dental assisting laws, rules changed in these U.S. states
Monday, April 15, 2024 02:34 PM
Recently, states in the U.S. made a new unlicensed dental auxiliary designation and instituted other changes that affect dental assistants, according to the Dental Assisting National Board'ss (DANB) spring 2024 State of the States report. Read more.
A Dentist’s Tool for Tackling the Unexpected
Monday, April 15, 2024 01:39 PM
In a crisis, a checklist can bring clarity over confusion. First widely adopted by the U.S. military after the fatal crash of an early-model B17 “Flying Fortress” in the years before World War II, checklists have since become a staple for fields such as aviation, nuclear energy, and medicine. Read more. 
Aruba Aloe Balm N.V. Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Aruba Aloe Hand Sanitizer Gel Alcohol 80% and Aruba Aloe Alcoholada Gel Due to Presence of Methanol
Monday, April 15, 2024 09:54 AM
Oranjestad, Aruba, Aruba Aloe Balm N.V. is voluntarily recalling 40 lots of Aruba Aloe Hand Sanitizer Gel Alcohol 80% and Aruba Aloe Alcoholada Gel to the consumer level. The products have been found to contain alcohol denatured with methanol. Read more. 
Increase in ransomware attacks to healthcare’s vulnerable remote access systems threatens patients
Sunday, April 14, 2024 03:42 PM
Ransomware groups are increasingly targeting vulnerable remote access systems in healthcare, with several high-profile incidents in recent months. Ransomware attacks can cripple a hospital’s ability to serve patients by cutting off access to or manipulating essential technologies and patient data. Hackers can exploit remote systems to divert emergency vehicles, cancel appointments, and in worse-case scenarios, shut down entire facilities. Read more. 
Documentary features Pittsburgh work in catching medical errors
Sunday, April 14, 2024 02:15 PM
Inside UPMC Presbyterian, researchers used genetic sequencing to identify 10 patients sick with the exact same strain of a hospital-acquired infection. They then used a machine learning algorithm to track the paths of those patients, figuring out that nearly all of them had visited the same interventional radiology lab — where they found improper sterilization procedures, driven in part by a faulty training video distributed by the equipment manufacturer. Read more.
Study: No link between COVID-19 and asthma in children
Saturday, April 13, 2024 12:07 PM
Researchers found no association between a positive COVID-19 test and the development of asthma in children, according to a study published in Pediatrics. Read more.
MMWR Weekly - April 11. 2024
Saturday, April 13, 2024 07:58 AM
Weekly / Vol. 73 / No. 14. Read more. 
Are You Saying Farewell To Lead Aprons at Your Next Dentist Visit?
Saturday, April 13, 2024 07:50 AM
A dental office memory for many – the heavy lead apron – faces retirement for many patients after new recommendations the American Dental Association (ADA) announced in February. Read more. 
Feds launch indoor air quality research program
Friday, April 12, 2024 04:19 PM
The Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H) this week announced the launch of the Building Resilient Environments for Air and Total Health (BREATHE) program, which is a platform with a goal of improving indoor air quality across the country. Read more. 
What to know about head and neck cancers
Friday, April 12, 2024 10:50 AM
April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, and dentists can play an important part in detecting head and neck cancers and educating their patients about ways to prevent them. Read more.
Study: Pathogens that cause surgical infections may be coming from patients' skin
Thursday, April 11, 2024 03:56 PM
A study of patients who developed infections after spinal surgery found that for most, the bacteria causing the infection was present on their skin before surgery, researchers reported yesterday in Science Translational Medicine. Read more. 
CDC: Spike in measles cases poses threat to US elimination status
Thursday, April 11, 2024 03:51 PM
A rapid rise in measles cases in the first months of 2024 threatens the United States' elimination status, a situation the nation hasn't faced since 2019, when prolonged outbreaks posed a similar problem, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today. Read more.
Microbe Normally Found in the Mouth May Drive Progression of Colorectal Cancer
Thursday, April 11, 2024 01:40 PM
Colorectal cancer is a leading cause of death from cancer in the United States. We know that risk of colorectal cancer goes up with age, certain coexisting health conditions, family history, smoking, alcohol use, and other factors. Researchers are also trying to learn more about what leads colorectal cancer to grow and spread. Now, findings from a new study supported in part by NIH add to evidence that colorectal tumor growth may be driven by a surprising bad actor: a microbe that’s normally found in the mouth. Read more. 
The Shifting Responsibilities of Infection Preventionists
Thursday, April 11, 2024 11:09 AM
The role of infection preventionists (IPs) has evolved significantly over 75 years, from early surveillance of nosocomial infections to becoming data-driven experts navigating pandemics like COVID-19. Read more. 
David E. Barmes Global Health Lecture 2024 | Global HIV/AIDS Response: Then, Now, Future
Wednesday, April 10, 2024 04:32 PM

NIDCR and the NIH Fogarty International Center (FIC) present the David E. Barmes Global Health Lecture 2024: Global HIV/AIDS Response: Then, Now, Future. The keynote speaker is Ambassador John Nkengasong, Ph.D., U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy, overseeing the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). NIH Director Monica Bertagnolli, M.D., and the directors of NIDCR and FIC will also give remarks. Read more. 

IZ Express #1,751: CDC parent-friendly vaccine schedules, CDC Health Advisory on avian influenza, and more
Wednesday, April 10, 2024 01:22 PM
IZ Express #1,751: CDC parent-friendly vaccine schedules, CDC Health Advisory on avian influenza, and more. Read more. 
Exploring the Microbiome Landscape of Dental Plaque: A Cross-Sectional Analysis in Periodontal Health and Disease
Wednesday, April 10, 2024 12:24 PM
This study aimed to comprehensively analyze the microbiome of dental plaque in individuals with varying periodontal statuses, encompassing both periodontal health and disease. The primary objectives were to identify microbial markers associated with different clinical conditions, explore variations in microbial diversity, and investigate potential correlations between the oral microbiome and clinical parameters. Read more. 
Vaping increases risk of heart disease
Wednesday, April 10, 2024 10:06 AM
Individuals who have used e-cigarettes containing nicotine at any point in their lives have a 19% higher risk of developing heart failure compared to those who have never used vapes, according to a study published April 2 by the American College of Cardiology. Read more. 
Poor oral health linked to negative long-term systemic health outcomes
Tuesday, April 09, 2024 02:02 PM
Those who report having poor oral health are as likely to have negative long-term systemic health outcomes as those previously diagnosed with periodontal disease, or gum disease, according to a new Tufts University School of Dental Medicine study published in The Journal of the American Dental Association. Read more.
Study suggests antibiotics before dental surgery cut risk of heart infection in high-risk patients
Tuesday, April 09, 2024 01:55 PM
A systematic review and meta-analysis found that the use of antibiotics prior to invasive dental procedures was associated with a reduced risk of infective endocarditis (IE) in high-risk patients, but not in those considered moderate- or low-risk, US and European researchers reported late last week in JAMA Cardiology. Read more.
Doctors take on dental duties to reach low-income and uninsured patients
Tuesday, April 09, 2024 01:46 PM
Pediatrician Patricia Braun and her team saw roughly 100 children at a community health clinic on a recent Monday. They gave flu shots and treatments for illnesses like ear infections. But Braun also did something most primary care doctors don't. She peered inside mouths searching for cavities or she brushed fluoride varnish on their teeth. Read more.
Development of interprofessional education programmes in nursing care and oral healthcare for dental and nursing students
Tuesday, April 09, 2024 09:13 AM
Interprofessional education (IPE) is essential for healthcare students to collaborate effectively in multidisciplinary teams. This study aimed to identify the effect of IPE programmes in nursing care and oral healthcare on dental and nursing students' perceptions of interprofessional collaboration. Read more. 
Patients with Special Needs and Complex Conditions: Addressing the Need and Provider Shortage
Monday, April 08, 2024 12:15 PM
For the many people in New York State living with a developmental disability or a chronic health condition, accessing dental care can be a huge struggle. Many dentists lack the training and facilities to treat these patients effectively. Read more. 
Weekly Rounds: Urgent Need for PPE, Enhancing Polio Surveillance, and More
Monday, April 08, 2024 12:11 PM
Here are 5 highlights from Infection Control Today®'s (ICT®’s) wide-ranging coverage of the infection prevention and control world. Everything from interviews with known opinion leaders to the news that infection preventionists and other health care professionals can use on their jobs. Read more. 
What to know about common drugs and dental treatment
Monday, April 08, 2024 11:38 AM
Every year, more than 4 billion prescriptions are dispensed. Do you know exactly what meds your patients are taking and how they might affect dental treatment? Here are some common drugs you may encounter and advice for when you do. Read more. 
Middletown woman worked as an advanced dental assistant in Bucks County without license: AG
Monday, April 08, 2024 10:42 AM
Horne was arraigned Friday before Bensalem District Judge Michael Gallagher on charges including multiple counts of prohibited use of radiation source, which are second-degree felonies, and misdemeanor charges for falsely claiming to hold a professional occupation license. Read more. 
As temperatures warm, valley fever fungus vastly expands its range
Monday, April 08, 2024 10:15 AM
A warming planet is creating more hospitable conditions for an exotic and sometimes deadly disease. Read more.
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