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One more reason to brush your teeth?
Tuesday, February 27, 2024 12:37 PM
Hospital-acquired pneumonia rates lower with twice-daily toothbrushing. Read more. 
EPA Launches New List of Disinfectants Effective Against HIV, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C Viruses
Tuesday, February 27, 2024 12:24 PM
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has combined and updated information from several disinfectant lists to create a new list titled “EPA-Registered Antimicrobial Products Effective Against Bloodborne Pathogens (HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C) [List S]." EPA launched this new disinfectant list to increase the accessibility, accuracy, and functionality of the information for all readers, including health care providers and hospital staff. Read more. 
Workplace violence: De-escalating tense situations in the dental office
Tuesday, February 27, 2024 11:43 AM
Workplace violence in health-care settings is a pervasive problem that leads to employee turnover. Our response to these offensive behaviors plays a crucial role in diffusing tense situations and promoting positive outcomes. Read more. 
Public meeting: FDA Rare Disease Day 2024
Monday, February 26, 2024 02:43 PM
FDA will host Rare Disease Day, a virtual public meeting, on March 1, 2024 in global observance of Rare Disease Week. Read more.
Six Tips for Left-Handed Dental Hygienists in a Right-Handed Operatory
Monday, February 26, 2024 11:26 AM
Left-handed dental hygienists have an added struggle to an already demanding career because many operatories have inadequate space on the left-hand side of the patient chair. Read more.
CDC identifies states with highest and lowest rates of long COVID
Monday, February 26, 2024 11:23 AM
Seven U.S. states have a prevalence of adult long COVID that surpasses 8.8%, according to survey data published by the CDC. Read more. 
Potential new weapon in battle against superbugs
Monday, February 26, 2024 11:21 AM
Harvard team’s synthetic molecule highly effective against drug-resistant bacteria. Read more. 
SARS-CoV-2 Contamination on Healthy Individuals' Hands in Community Settings During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Monday, February 26, 2024 10:54 AM

Hand hygiene is an infection control measure for COVID-19 in our daily lives; however, the contamination levels of SARS-CoV-2 in the hands of healthy individuals remain unclear. Thus, we aimed to evaluate SARS-CoV-2 contamination levels by detecting viral RNA and viable viruses in samples obtained from the hands of 925 healthy individuals. Read more. 

Report cites progress, but says leading economies need to do more to fight antimicrobial resistance
Saturday, February 24, 2024 01:12 PM
A new report indicates the world's leading economies have made progress in their efforts to address antimicrobial resistance (AMR) but need to do more to lessen the health and financial impact of the looming public health crisis. Read more.
Role and relevance of dentists in a multiprofessional palliative care team: results of a cross-sectional survey study
Saturday, February 24, 2024 01:10 PM
Despite the multiprofessional concept surrounding palliative care patients (PCPs) and their high prevalence of oral issues, licensed dentists (LDs) are often not included in their treatment team. This study aimed to examine the current state of cooperation and to determine whether and how LDs should be included in the care for PCPs. Read more. 
More Measles Cases Confirmed in New Orleans, Ohio, Minnesota, and More
Saturday, February 24, 2024 01:04 PM
Despite the severity of a measles diagnosis, outbreaks continue. Health care workers should encourage their patients to receive the vaccine and explain its safety. Read more. 
Dental aerosol-producing treatments: Comparison of contamination patterns of face shields and surgical masks
Saturday, February 24, 2024 12:50 PM
During the COVID-19 pandemic, dental face shields were recommended to protect the eyes. This study aimed to examine to what extent face shield and mask contamination differ when a pre-procedural mouth rinsing with Chlorhexidine (CHX) is conducted before treatment. Read more. 
'Hygiene Happy Hour' podcast: The oral-systemic link, waterline safety, and more with Amanda Hill, RDH
Friday, February 23, 2024 05:24 PM
In the inaugural episode of the "Hygiene Happy Hour" podcast, Misty Mattingly, RDH, hosted Amanda Hill, RDH, aka "The Waterline Warrior," a passionate dental hygienist dedicated to educating others about oral hygiene’s crucial role in overall health. Hill shared her journey from dental hygiene school to becoming a prominent figure in the dental community advocating for better oral health practices. Read more. 
What dental assistants need to know about the latest imaging recommendations
Friday, February 23, 2024 05:21 PM
In this episode of the "Dental Assistant Nation" podcast, Mary Govoni, CDA, RDH, joined me to discuss the use of lead aprons in conjunction with dental radiography. During our podcast, she addressed the recent recommendations from the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology and the ADA regarding patient shielding. Read more. 
Refusing to wear a mask during COVID-19 outbreak is not free speech right, court rules
Friday, February 23, 2024 05:19 PM
A federal appeals court in New Jersey ruled that residents’ refusal to wear masks at a school board meeting during the COVID-19 pandemic was not protected as free speech under the First Amendment. Read more. 
US flu levels stubbornly high as COVID declines further
Friday, February 23, 2024 05:10 PM
Flu levels remain elevated, with increases in half of US regions, as COVID-19 and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) levels stayed on downward trends, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today in its latest weekly updates. Read more. 
Undiagnosed Cancer Cases in the US During the First 10 Months of the COVID-19 Pandemic
Friday, February 23, 2024 02:32 PM
hese findings identify a substantial deficit of diagnosed cancer cases in the US during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, which underscores the need to reengage individuals in recommended cancer screenings and routine health care visits. Read more. 
Do Not Use Smartwatches or Smart Rings to Measure Blood Glucose Levels: FDA Safety Communication
Friday, February 23, 2024 10:42 AM
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers, patients, caregivers, and health care providers of risks related to using smartwatches or smart rings that claim to measure blood glucose levels (blood sugar) without piercing the skin. Read more. 
MMWR Weekly - February 22, 2024
Thursday, February 22, 2024 09:20 PM
Weekly / Vol. 73 / No. 7. Read more. 
Study shows persistent COVID-19 infections fairly common
Thursday, February 22, 2024 05:02 PM
Researchers at the University of Oxford published new findings yesterday in Nature suggesting as many as 1 to 3 out of every 100 COVID-19 infections in the United Kingdom persist longer than 30 days, and patients with persistent infections are 55% more likely to report developing long COVID. Read more. 
Dentist stabbed at La. practice has surgery, faces long recovery
Thursday, February 22, 2024 04:41 PM
A dentist who may have lost an eye after being stabbed multiple times by a patient while working at a practice in New Orleans on February 7 has been identified and isn’t expected to treat patients any time soon. Read more. 
A Potential New Way to Prevent Noise-Induced Hearing Loss: Trapping Excess Zinc
Thursday, February 22, 2024 11:11 AM
Hearing loss is a pervasive problem, affecting one in eight people aged 12 and up in the U.S. While hearing loss has multiple causes, an important one for millions of people is exposure to loud noises, which can lead to gradual hearing loss, or people can lose their hearing all at once. Read more. 
Understanding AAMI ST108:2023: Essential Guide to New Water Quality Standards in Health Care
Thursday, February 22, 2024 11:08 AM
Water is essential in health care settings for basic hygiene, complex medical procedures, and device processing. Recognizing its critical role, the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) has introduced ST108. This standard evolves from its predecessor, AAMI TIR34. This new standard marks a significant advancement in defining water quality parameters, underscoring the integral link between water quality and patient safety. Read more.
What Will It Take to End Tuberculosis?
Wednesday, February 21, 2024 11:44 AM
A boundary-pushing global collaboration is betting on the power of science. Read more. 
IZ Express #1,743: Shingles Awareness Week, standing order templates, and more
Wednesday, February 21, 2024 11:24 AM
IZ Express #1,743: Shingles Awareness Week, standing order templates, and more. Read more.
Bubonic plague in the US: Do you need to worry about catching the rodent-borne disease?
Wednesday, February 21, 2024 11:09 AM
After a case of bubonic plague was confirmed in Oregon earlier this week, some people may wonder if there’s a danger of the disease spreading in the US. Read more.
OSHA issues a ‘hazard huddle’ challenge
Wednesday, February 21, 2024 11:04 AM
OSHA has launched a challenge aimed at boosting worker participation in implementing hazard controls and job hazard analyses. Read more. 
Mass. town says it’s ‘not facing a public health crisis’ amid tuberculosis concerns
Wednesday, February 21, 2024 10:58 AM
A Massachusetts town says it’s “not facing a public health crisis” amid the recent rise in concerns over tuberculosis cases that have popped up. Read more. 
What is Alaskapox? Here’s a quick guide
Tuesday, February 20, 2024 02:41 PM
For nine years, Alaska health officials have been aware of an unusual virus causing rare, relatively mild illnesses in the Fairbanks area. But a recent case in another part of the state — this one resulting in a man’s death — has brought new attention to the so-called Alaskapox virus. Read more. 
COVID-19 vaccination and boosting during pregnancy protects infants for six months
Tuesday, February 20, 2024 02:36 PM
Women who receive an mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccination or booster during pregnancy can provide their infants with strong protection against symptomatic COVID-19 infection for at least six months after birth, according to a study from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health. Read more. 
The Last of Us and the Question of a Fungal Pandemic in Real Life
Tuesday, February 20, 2024 02:34 PM
The television series The Last of Us imagines a postapocalyptic world ravaged by a fungal pandemic caused by a Cordyceps species. We evaluate whether a fungal pandemic is possible (and reasons behind its current improbability). We further discuss the series’ effect on public perception of fungi, fungal infections, and pandemic response. Read more. 
Lessons Learned from Contact Tracing COVID-19 cases in Dental Settings in East Scotland
Tuesday, February 20, 2024 02:26 PM
Dental settings were considered high risk settings for COVID-19. A Dental Public Health Team in East Scotland worked to risk assess each situation timeously to break chains of transmission. Read more. 
Infectious disease lessons for today from New York City tenement reform
Tuesday, February 20, 2024 10:46 AM
Updating buildings to these modern standards and pairing them with a serious commitment from federal and local governments to ensure improvement, compliance, and funding can kickstart a new clean air movement today. In the process, we can build safer homes, schools, and workplaces, create a healthier population and workforce, and increase housing stock to make cities and towns more affordable, allowing the benefits of clean air reforms to multiply. Read more. 
Ergonomic loupes: Your key to practicing smarter dental hygiene
Monday, February 19, 2024 03:29 PM
Ergonomic loupes are proving to be game-changers for extending careers in dental hygiene. They help prevent MSDs due to awkward positions. Read more. 
Measles Outbreaks Highlight Just How Vital Vaccinations Are
Monday, February 19, 2024 03:27 PM
As immunization rates fall and skepticism grows, family physicians play a fundamental role in dispelling myths around vaccines. Read more. 
What You Need to Know About 3 Rare Infectious Eye Diseases
Monday, February 19, 2024 03:16 PM
Eric D. Donnenfeld, MD, discusses 3 uncommon yet highly infectious eye diseases, emphasizing the importance of timely treatment and preventative measures. Read more. 
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