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Summer Safety Tips
Wednesday, July 03, 2024 11:28 AM
What’s your plan for this summer? Enjoying the water? Going camping? Firing up the grill? Whatever you prefer, we have safety steps to follow. And don’t forget your furry friends. There are steps you can take to help keep them safe too. Read more. 
What Influences the Close Contact between healthcare workers and patients? An Observational Study in a Hospital Dental Outpatient Department
Tuesday, July 02, 2024 02:18 PM
Dental outpatient departments, characterized by close proximity and unmasked patients, present a considerable risk of respiratory infections for healthcare workers (HCWs). However, the lack of comprehensive data on close contact (<1.5m) between HCWs and patients poses a significant obstacle to the development of targeted control strategies. Read more. 
Keeping your team safe: How to de-escalate encounters with aggressive patients
Tuesday, July 02, 2024 02:05 PM

Recent violence against dentists, including the fatal shooting of a California dentist by a former patient in February, underscores the dangers dentists may face in their workplace. Read more. 


Dentists’ role in monitoring, managing care of patients using buprenorphine
Tuesday, July 02, 2024 02:01 PM
The possible connection between caries and buprenorphine should prompt dentists to teach patients about proper oral hygiene practices. Read more. 
NIOSH eNews: July 2024
Tuesday, July 02, 2024 11:04 AM
NIOSH eNews: July 2024. Read more.
New COVID-19 vaccine aims to cut hospitalizations and deaths, especially among older Americans. Everything you need to know about the 2024-25 COVID-19 vaccine.
Tuesday, July 02, 2024 10:29 AM
Federal health experts have authorized a new 2024-25 COVID-19 vaccine that they hope will reduce deaths and hospitalizations among the most vulnerable people in the country. Read more. 
The Case for Revamping Cleaning and Disinfecting Instructions
Monday, July 01, 2024 03:44 PM
Healthcare facilities should advocate for developing a standardized format for instructions for use and making them last the product’s lifespan. Read more.
What you miss: Understanding deaf or hard-of-hearing barriers in dentistry
Monday, July 01, 2024 03:24 PM
Health-care professionals can have a positive impact on the world by making sure the deaf and hard of hearing have access to the tools they need to be able to communicate effectively. Learn more from Amanda Zubricki, BS, RDH. Read more.
NIH-sponsored trial of nasal COVID-19 vaccine opens
Monday, July 01, 2024 02:57 PM
Candidate vaccine could provide enhanced breadth of protection against emerging SARS-CoV-2 variants. Read more. 
N.C. universities to develop dental residency programs
Monday, July 01, 2024 02:41 PM
High Point University's Workman School of Dental Medicine and Wake Forest University School of Medicine, both in North Carolina, plan to collaborate on dental residency programs. Read more. 
CDC: New COVID-19 variant has potential to infect some people more easily
Monday, July 01, 2024 10:30 AM
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said last week that a new COVID-19 variant spreading across the United States shows a higher potential to infect certain individuals, although the agency added that there is “no evidence” it causes more severe symptoms. Read more. 
JADA - Oral health care practitioners as vaccine administrators
Monday, July 01, 2024 09:34 AM
Before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, 4 states—Illinois, Louisiana, Minnesota, and Oregon—authorized dentists to administer the influenza vaccine. During the pandemic, in response to the urgent need and high demand for widespread vaccinations and poor access to health care services, all US states authorized dentists to administer the COVID-19 vaccine to patients. Read more. 
Yoga and Meditation for Worker Well-Being
Sunday, June 30, 2024 08:26 PM
This installment of the NIOSH Total Worker Health® Webinar Series explores the benefits of yoga and meditation in workplace settings. We are pleased to welcome Sat Bir Singh Khalsa, PhD from Harvard University and the Kundalini Research Institute, and Stuart Rothenberg, MD, of the David Lynch Foundation and the Transcendental Meditation Health Professionals Association. In this presentation, we hear from experts on ways to use complementary approaches to traditional workplace well-being interventions. Dr. Khalsa presents the science and research behind yoga at work. Dr. Rothenberg then discusses current research on using transcendental meditation to improve healthcare worker well-being. A question-and-answer session follows the presentations. Read more. 
Travelers beware: It’s a big year for dengue
Sunday, June 30, 2024 04:17 PM
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning of an increased risk of the mosquito-borne virus in the U.S., as summer weather and vacation travel heat up. Read more.
US sees more signs of possible COVID-19 surge
Sunday, June 30, 2024 04:09 PM
COVID-19 levels in the United States were at their lowest of the pandemic in April and May, but growth in activity across several states indicate the possible start of a summer rise, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today in its latest respiratory disease snapshot. Read more. 
How to Stay Safe During a Heat Wave
Sunday, June 30, 2024 03:55 PM
Scorching temperatures and high humidity—especially together—can pose serious health risks. Here's how to protect yourself. Read more.
Optimizing Ergonomics: A Guide to Creating a Healthy Work Environment for Dental Hygienists
Saturday, June 29, 2024 06:29 PM
Dental professionals can find value in putting ergonomics at the forefront, saving their physical bodies and the longevity of their practice. Read more. 
Breathing Better: Hospitals Phase Out Major Pollutants in Care
Saturday, June 29, 2024 05:54 PM
This article highlights IHI's Decarbonizing Care Learning Community (DCLC) and other efforts to improve climate and health. The piece includes quotes from IHI's Becka DeSmidt and Bhargavi Sampath, and also tells the stories of Northwell Health and Mass General Brigham, who participated in the learning community. Read more. 
Hands Off: How Hands-Free Doors Help Reduce Pathogen Transmission
Saturday, June 29, 2024 04:55 PM
Door manufacturers discuss hands-free doors and how they aid in reducing germ spread. Read more. 
Many Tennesseans don't like their smiles, but poor dental health can cause health problems
Saturday, June 29, 2024 09:13 AM
A healthy smile is more than just a sign of good oral hygiene, it's a cornerstone of overall health, well-being, and self-confidence. It influences our personal interactions, professional success, and quality of life. Read more. 
NIDCR Lab Snapshots: Molecular Genetics Section
Friday, June 28, 2024 04:55 PM
Pain really is in your head. Lab chief Dr. Mark Hoon and doctoral student Yizhen Zhang describe their work to understand how the brain modifies pain signals to change our perception of pain under different circumstances. What they learn could help scientists find safer alternatives to opioids for treating pain. Read more. 
CDC Recommends Updated 2024-2025 COVID-19 and Flu Vaccines for Fall/Winter Virus Season
Friday, June 28, 2024 04:40 PM
The CDC has recommended the updated 2024-2025 COVID-19 vaccines and the updated 2024-2025 flu vaccines to protect against severe COVID-19 and flu this fall and winter. Read more. 
Top 5 Infectious Disease News Stories Week of June 21-June 28
Friday, June 28, 2024 10:37 AM
The FDA recalls ice cream, orzo, and mixed nuts. Also this week, interviews with Jared Baeten, MD, PhD, on Lenacapavir's 100% efficacy against HIV, and Jason Roberts, PhD, on the promise of continuous β-Lactam against sepsis, and more from Contagion. Read more.
Diagnostic Stewardship Approach to C. diff Reduces Unnecessary Testing
Friday, June 28, 2024 10:20 AM
New study from South Florida highlights the benefits of a clearly defined, evidence-based test ordering process. Read more.
FDA Permits Marketing of First Point-of-Care Hepatitis C RNA Test
Friday, June 28, 2024 10:12 AM
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted marketing authorization to Cepheid for the Xpert HCV test and GeneXpert Xpress System, the first hepatitis C virus (HCV) test that can be used to bring diagnosis to appropriately certified point-of-care settings for individuals at risk for hepatitis C. The test may be performed in settings operating under a CLIA (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments) Certificate of Waiver, such as certain substance use disorder treatment facilities, correctional facilities, syringe service programs, doctor’s offices, emergency departments and urgent care clinics. Rather than requiring a sample to be sent to a central lab for testing, the test detects HCV RNA and delivers results in about an hour using a blood sample from the fingertip. Read more. 
MMWR Weekly - June 27, 2024
Thursday, June 27, 2024 05:05 PM
Weekly / Vol. 73 / No. 25. Read more. 
CDC universally recommends RSV vaccines for oldest US adults
Thursday, June 27, 2024 01:55 PM
The CDC’s vaccine advisors voted unanimously Wednesday to recommend that everyone aged 75 years or older get vaccinated against respiratory syncytial virus. Read more. 
First Infectious Diseases in Appalachian Ohio Summit looks at dramatic rise in tick-borne disease
Thursday, June 27, 2024 01:49 PM
When Timothy McDermott, D.V.M., a national expert on ticks and tick-borne diseases, recently spoke to a gathering of Southeast Ohio health officials, he said he wanted them to be alarmed by what they heard. That’s because there has been a 35-fold increase in the number of Lyme disease cases in Ohio over the past 13 years. Even if they don’t know it, an estimated nine percent of Americans have had Lyme disease, which is carried by deer ticks. Read more. 
Summer COVID Cases Are Rising Across America
Thursday, June 27, 2024 01:02 PM
As scorching summer temperatures drive Americans indoors and millions travel for vacations and family gatherings, COVID infections are again climbing, US health officials warned Monday. Read more. 
Scientists closing in on why some people never get COVID. That could help with future vaccines
Thursday, June 27, 2024 12:55 PM
A new study identified a specific gene in people who didn't get infected. Read more. 
IZ Express #1,763: New video introduction to Immunize​.org, new pneumococcal vaccine licensed by FDA, and more
Wednesday, June 26, 2024 10:55 AM
IZ Express #1,763: New video introduction to Immunize​.org, new pneumococcal vaccine licensed by FDA, and more. Read more. 
Infection Control Breach at Podiatry Clinic
Wednesday, June 26, 2024 10:36 AM
The Chief Public Health Office (CPHO) is investigating a break in infection prevention and control measures at Johnson Podiatry, 142 Longworth Avenue in Charlottetown, which occurred between January 1st, 2022 to April 8th, 2024. Read more.
COVID cases on the rise in 39 states, marking the start of an anticipated summer surge
Wednesday, June 26, 2024 10:12 AM
Based on the data, California, Arizona and Florida are experiencing the highest percentage of probability for an increase in infections. Read more. 
Illinois Summit on Antimicrobial Stewardship
Wednesday, June 26, 2024 09:42 AM

Purpose of this Summit:

  • Summarize the regulatory and national landscape for antimicrobial stewardship
  • Apply national guidelines and best practices for implementing and evaluating facility antimicrobial stewardship programs
  • Review past successful antimicrobial stewardship programs and lessons learned
  • Identify tools and resources for implementing antimicrobial stewardship programs

Read more. 

Cardiovascular Risks of Xylitol: A Breakdown of the Study in Recent News Reports
Tuesday, June 25, 2024 03:18 PM
Sensationalized headlines based on a preliminary scientific study have become more and more common. These headlines can often be misleading and cause misunderstanding and distrust among patients and health care professionals. They are also often a source of misinformation largely due to the misinterpretation of the preliminary study and/or the lack of transparency about the need for further studies to determine the study’s validity. Read more. 
4 ways dental practices can protect themselves from cybercrime
Tuesday, June 25, 2024 02:38 PM
In early May, the FBI warned the ADA and the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) of a credible threat against dentists. In particular, there was an acknowledgment of cybersecurity threats targeting oral and maxillofacial surgeons. Read more. 
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