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US Department of Labor announces $11.7M funding availability of Susan Harwood Training grants for workplace safety, health hazards training
Friday, June 17, 2022 01:45 PM
The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a funding opportunity for $11.7 million in Susan Harwood Training Grants to support the delivery of training and education to help workers and employers identify and prevent workplace safety and health hazards. Read more. 
Viewpoint: Battling COVID-19 Disinformation
Friday, June 17, 2022 11:37 AM
Disinformation is continuing, even in the face of staggering evidence that COVID-19 is an ongoing dangerous pandemic. Read more. 
Health Outcomes in People 2 Years After Surviving Hospitalization With COVID-19
Friday, June 17, 2022 11:35 AM
Health Outcomes in People 2 Years After Surviving Hospitalization With COVID-19. Read more. (Registration Required)
COVID-19 Vaccines: US Overview
Friday, June 17, 2022 11:33 AM
COVID-19 Vaccines: US Overview. Read More. (Registration Required)
Knowledge, Attitude and Practice in oral cancer: a national survey on 150 dental hygienists
Friday, June 17, 2022 11:31 AM
The aim of this study is to explore knowledge, practice, and attitude on oral cancer among a cohort of Italian dental hygienists, in consideration of their role in the field of early diagnosis. Read more. 
Bieber Fever Gets Serious: What RDHs Should Know about Ramsay-Hunt Syndrome
Thursday, June 16, 2022 03:04 PM
Ramsay-Hunt syndrome (RHS) is a neurological disorder caused by the varicella zoster virus, which is the same virus that causes chickenpox and shingles. Read more. 
5 ways teledentistry can improve the oral health system
Thursday, June 16, 2022 03:02 PM
Beyond the pandemic, teledentistry holds great promise to improve and increase access to dental care at a lower cost. Read more.  
New report: gains in patient safety have stalled over the past decade
Thursday, June 16, 2022 03:00 PM
Hospital care helps patients recover from serious illness and injury but, all too often, patients can also be harmed by it. Read more. 
MMWR Weekly -- June 17, 2022
Thursday, June 16, 2022 12:59 PM
Weekly / Vol. 71 / No. 24. Read more. 
Mobile phones are hazardous microbial platforms warranting robust public health and biosecurity protocols
Thursday, June 16, 2022 09:20 AM
Advancements in technology and communication have revolutionised the twenty-first century with the introduction of mobile phones and smartphones. These phones are known to be platforms harbouring microbes with recent research shedding light on the abundance and broad spectrum of organisms they harbour. Read more. 
FDA advisory panel votes unanimously that Pfizer and Moderna shots be authorized for young children
Thursday, June 16, 2022 09:18 AM
Apanel of advisers convened by the Food and Drug Administration voted unanimously Wednesday to recommend that the Covid vaccines made by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna be made available to children as young as 6 months old. Read more. 
Pa. hospital workers face increasing abuse, violence from patients and visitors
Thursday, June 16, 2022 09:17 AM
Geisinger nurses and staff members face daily verbal and physical abuse from patients and family members, with the frequency of incidents increasing significantly since 2020, says Janet Tomcavage, the chief nursing executive. Read more. 
COVID-19 isn't only infection that causes long-term symptoms: 3 findings
Wednesday, June 15, 2022 02:06 PM
Flu and pneumonia patients also experience long-term symptoms similar to COVID-19 survivors, a study published June 14 by EpicResearch found. Read more. 
NIAID Director Fauci Tests Positive for COVID-19
Wednesday, June 15, 2022 02:04 PM
Today, Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, and Chief Medical Advisor to President Biden, tested positive for COVID-19 on a rapid antigen test. He is fully vaccinated and has been boosted twice. He is currently experiencing mild symptoms. Dr. Fauci will isolate and continue to work from his home. He has not recently been in close contact with President Biden or other senior government officials. Dr. Fauci will follow the COVID-19 guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and medical advice from his physician and return to the NIH when he tests negative. Read more. 
Salivary diagnostics: The 411
Wednesday, June 15, 2022 02:02 PM
Saliva can tell us a lot about a person's overall health. Anne O. Rice, BS, RDH, CDP, FAAOSH, explains "salivaonomics" and the possible applications in dentistry. Read more. 
Gloves Off: Infection control—you promised to do no harm
Wednesday, June 15, 2022 10:41 AM
More than 80% of dental practices think they’re doing infection control well, but are they? In this episode of Gloves Off, Dr. David Rice and Tija Hunter talk about how to keep up with ever-evolving infection control guidelines. Read more. 
Newest Omicron Covid-19 lineages gaining ground in United States
Wednesday, June 15, 2022 10:38 AM
We’re still in the Age of Omicron, but the face of it keeps changing. Read more.
IZ Express #1,638: Immunize.org updates vaccination schedule guides for adults with risk factors, and more
Wednesday, June 15, 2022 10:36 AM
IZ Express #1,638: Immunize.org updates vaccination schedule guides for adults with risk factors, and more. Read more. 
Dental Quality Alliance seeking volunteers for workgroup
Wednesday, June 15, 2022 10:34 AM
New workgroup will develop practice- and clinician-level oral heath quality measures. Read more. 
Monkeypox update: Where the outbreak stands now
Tuesday, June 14, 2022 05:24 PM
With the number of monkeypox cases continuing to grow, health officials have encouraged providers to look for a broader range of potential symptoms, and the United States has purchased an additional half a million vaccine doses for its stockpile. Read more. 
Innovative Combined Proactive Risk Assessment identifies vulnerable points in healthcare processes
Tuesday, June 14, 2022 05:22 PM
Healthcare facilities aim for zero avoidable patient harm. Toward that aim, healthcare organizations continuously identify, assess and remediate sources of risk. Reactive risk assessments (RRAs) such as incident reporting and root causes analysis and proactive risk assessments (PRAs) like failure mode and effects analysis are tools to reduce risk; however, they are generally conducted independently. Read more. 
Study spotlights Omicron's impact on unvaccinated, rural Americans
Tuesday, June 14, 2022 05:20 PM
Though it causes less severe disease than the Delta variant, the highly transmissible Omicron SARS-CoV-2 variant has been twice as deadly in unvaccinated people and has therefore hit rural Americans harder than those living in cities, a study today in Frontiers in Medicine finds. Read more. 
New industry guidelines aim to limit antibiotic manufacturing waste
Tuesday, June 14, 2022 05:18 PM
A coalition of companies representing the pharmaceutical, biotech, and diagnostics industries today released new guidelines to help antibiotic manufacturers limit the release of antibiotic manufacturing waste into the environment. Read more. 
Barriers to Hand Hygiene Include Availability of Products, Lack of Feedback
Tuesday, June 14, 2022 03:30 PM
Health care worker hand hygiene compliance ticked up during COVID, but levels remain low nationwide. A 3-hospital network in Illinois wanted to know why. Read more. 
Linking medical and dental records could improve dental patient safety, preventive care, and treatment outcomes
Tuesday, June 14, 2022 03:27 PM
Dental professionals require access to each patient's complete electronic health record—including laboratory test results and current prescriptions—so they can provide the best care possible; care that is safe for the patient, promotes preventive management and improves dental treatment outcomes. Read more. 
Using Science To Solve Oral Health Inequities
Tuesday, June 14, 2022 10:20 AM
At NIH, we have a front row seat to remarkable advances in science and technology that help Americans live longer, healthier lives. By studying the role that the mouth and saliva can play in the transmission and prevention of disease, the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) contributed to our understanding of infectious agents like the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, the cause of COVID-19. While these and other NIH-supported advances undoubtedly can improve our nation’s health as a whole, not everyone enjoys the benefits equally—or at all. As a result, people’s health, including their oral health, suffers. Read more. 
Covid is making flu and other common viruses act in unfamiliar ways
Tuesday, June 14, 2022 10:18 AM
Covid is making flu and other common viruses act in unfamiliar ways. Read more. 
CDC Completes County-Level Documentation of 7 Tick-Borne Diseases
Tuesday, June 14, 2022 10:16 AM
The CDC recently compiled surveillance data showing the span and prevalence of 7 major pathogens commonly carried by blacklegged ticks. Read more. 
Virginia Hospital System develops reusable gown that eases supply chain and environmental impact issues
Monday, June 13, 2022 02:56 PM
Inova Health System shares success of developing user-friendly gown at APIC Annual Conference. Read more.
Resources for 2022 National HIV Testing Day
Monday, June 13, 2022 02:54 PM
National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) is observed on June 27th each year to emphasize and encourage HIV testing. Read more. 
Statement from HHS Secretary Becerra on the CDC Decision to Rescind the Order Requiring Pre-Departure COVID-19 Testing Prior to Flight to the U.S.
Monday, June 13, 2022 02:52 PM
Today, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra issued the following statement after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that – based on science and available data – pre-departure COVID-19 testing for U.S.-bound air travelers will no longer be required, starting this Sunday. Read more. 
Research leading to COVID-19 vaccines reaps close to $1B in royalties for Penn
Monday, June 13, 2022 02:50 PM
The University of Pennsylvania has reaped extraordinary financial gain from COVID-19 vaccines — approaching $1 billion since the beginning of last year — thanks to patents on a process Penn researchers developed more than 15 years ago. Read more. 
Latent TB testing, positivity increased throughout 2021
Monday, June 13, 2022 02:48 PM
Data collected between 2019 and 2021 assessing trends in latent tuberculosis testing and positivity showed increased rates correlating with COVID-19 testing, researchers said at ASM Microbe. Read more. 
How Long Can You Test Positive for COVID Following Infection?
Monday, June 13, 2022 02:45 PM
When it comes to testing, the PCR tests are more likely to continue picking up the virus following infection. Read more.
Factors influencing opioid prescribing after tooth extraction
Monday, June 13, 2022 09:29 AM
Read more. Tooth extractions account for most opioid prescriptions from dentists, but specific characteristics that influence likelihood are less established. Improving understanding can facilitate development of tailored interventions to reduce unnecessary opioid prescribing. Read more. 
NIDCR's Summer 2022 E-Newsletter
Monday, June 13, 2022 09:27 AM
NIDCR's Summer 2022 E-Newsletter. Read more.
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