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New guide addresses burnout in the health care industry
Friday, April 26, 2024 04:01 PM
NIOSH has published a step-by-step process for improving the mental health of hospital health care workers. Read more. 
Risk of serious head and neck infections related to lack of dental care and poor oral hygiene
Friday, April 26, 2024 01:48 PM
A recent study indicates the risk of severe head and neck infections is exacerbated by poor oral hygiene. Lack of access to care was also a background factor for infections requiring hospitalization. Read more.
Inspired by Rural Upbringing, Student Aims to Lower Hurdles as Small-Town Dentist
Friday, April 26, 2024 01:34 PM
Growing up in rural northeast Tennessee, fourth-year dental student Molly Ramsey was used to the hourlong car ride to see her dentist. She says her home of Hancock County has no private practice dentist, and although a dentist occasionally visits the local health department, most residents are forced to trek for regular care. Read more.
CDC describes first known cases of HIV transmitted via 'vampire facial' injections
Friday, April 26, 2024 12:40 PM
Three women were likely infected while getting cosmetic procedures at an unlicensed spa in New Mexico, the CDC said. Read more. 
MMWR Weekly - April 25, 2024
Thursday, April 25, 2024 04:42 PM
Weekly / Vol. 73 / No. 16. Read more. 
1 in 5 US retail milk samples test positive for H5N1 avian flu fragments
Thursday, April 25, 2024 04:35 PM
A senior official from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said today that its nationwide survey of retail milk has found remnants of H5N1 avian flu viruses in one in five samples, with the highest concentrations in regions where outbreaks in dairy cattle have been reported. Read more. 
Impaired sense of smell still common 1 year after COVID-19
Thursday, April 25, 2024 04:25 PM
Sense of smell—but not taste—was still impaired in some COVID patients at 1 year, according to a new study in JAMA Network OpenRead more. 
Climate change and dentistry: Understanding our impact and opportunities
Thursday, April 25, 2024 10:07 AM
Dental offices should actively participate in helping to preserve the environment. It's easier than you think, and all efforts make a difference. Here are some steps you can take. Read more. 
Risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection in dental healthcare workers - a systematic review and meta-analysis
Thursday, April 25, 2024 09:42 AM
Mounting evidence supports an association between the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and the risk of infection from the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) in dental healthcare workers (DCW). However, the prevalence and incidence of SARS-CoV-2 infections in the setting of dental care remains poorly characterized. Read more.
How dentists can protect themselves from an attack | with retired police lt. Frank Borelli
Wednesday, April 24, 2024 12:33 PM
Our offices are not as safe as we think they are, as evidenced by the recent attacks on dental offices resulting in the death of a dentist. Today we are joined by retired police Lt., Frank Borelli to talk about what we should do, what we are allowed to do, and how to reprogram our minds in the moment of an attack. What would you do if someone walked through your front door waving a gun? Get all of that crucial information in this episode! Read more.
A Protocol for Treating Patients with Post-Covid Conditions in Dental Settings
Wednesday, April 24, 2024 12:21 PM
The relative newness of Post-COVID Conditions (PCC) has revealed a void in assessment protocols and treatment guidelines for dental settings. Providing oral health care practitioners with an assessment and treatment protocol could facilitate the delivery of comprehensive oral health care. The purpose of this study was to test a protocol for assessing and treating patients with PCC in dental practice settings. Read more. 
Update on Oral and Oropharyngeal Cancers: A guide for oral health care providers
Wednesday, April 24, 2024 12:18 PM
Oral squamous cell carcinomas (OSCC) signs and symptoms may be first identified by dental hygienists during routine extra and intra-oral examinations. Read more. 
IZ Express #1,753: Pentavalent meningococcal recs, #ProtegeATuBaby resources during NIIW, and more
Wednesday, April 24, 2024 12:12 PM
IZ Express #1,753: Pentavalent meningococcal recs, #ProtegeATuBaby resources during NIIW, and more. Read more. 
MPS Foundation partners with FDI World Dental Federation to tackle stress and anxiety in dentistry
Wednesday, April 24, 2024 11:04 AM
The MPS Foundation has partnered with FDI World Dental Federation (FDI) on a project aimed to raise awareness of the importance of managing mental health and develop further resources for oral health professionals. Read more.
Bird flu virus found in grocery milk as officials say supply still safe
Tuesday, April 23, 2024 05:09 PM
Viral evidence of bird flu has been identified in samples of milk taken from grocery store shelves in the United States, a finding that does not necessarily suggest a threat to human health but indicates the avian flu virus is more widespread among dairy herds than previously thought, according to two public health officials and a public health expert who was briefed on the issue. Read more. 
HAN - Adverse Effects Linked to Counterfeit or Mishandled Botulinum Toxin Injections
Tuesday, April 23, 2024 01:22 PM
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is issuing this Health Alert Network (HAN) Health Advisory to alert clinicians about risks of counterfeit or mishandled botulinum toxin injections. Read more. 
Preventing Waterborne Germs at Home.
Tuesday, April 23, 2024 11:17 AM
Waterborne germs can live and grow in our pipes and in devices that use water, such as humidifiers. Some of these germs can make people sick. Read more.
Tuesday, April 23, 2024 10:50 AM
Four years after COVID-19, researchers warn of a new “invisible epidemic.” Read more.
5 Things to Know about Infant Immunization
Monday, April 22, 2024 04:21 PM
National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) on April 22-29, 2024, is an annual observance highlighting the importance of protecting children age 2 years and younger from vaccine-preventable diseases. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that children stay on track with their well-child appointments and routine vaccinations. On-time vaccination is critical to help protect against potentially life-threatening diseases. Read more. 
Vaccination Is the Best Protection Against Measles
Monday, April 22, 2024 04:18 PM
Measles is one of the most contagious respiratory diseases in the world that has the potential to be life-threatening. It is caused by a virus and is still common in many countries. Read more. 
Marijuana and Youth: The Impact of Marijuana Use on Teen Health and Wellbeing
Monday, April 22, 2024 04:09 PM
National Cannabis Awareness Month is observed in April to increase awareness and education about marijuana. While scientists are still learning about the risks and benefits of using marijuana, we know that marijuana use can harm a teen’s health and wellbeing. Read more. 
Mother of Chicago child with measles: It was ‘one of the scarier moments of my life’
Monday, April 22, 2024 11:49 AM
When Jessica Coletti’s 3-year-old son Vincent lost his usual pep last month, she worried that something was really wrong. Read more. 
Study points to lack of formal education on cannabis in dentistry
Monday, April 22, 2024 09:51 AM
As the field of medicine continues to evolve, the American Dental Association (ADA) has recognised the importance of integrating knowledge about medical cannabis, including therapeutic issues and legal complexities, into dental education. In line with the ADA’s thinking, a recent study has explored dental students’ understanding of cannabis and cannabinoids, revealing significant educational gaps in the curriculum. The findings highlight the urgent need for enhanced instruction on cannabis at dental schools to ensure that future dental professionals are fully prepared to meet the emerging challenges and opportunities that medical cannabis presents in their practices. Read more. 
New Mexico man charged with threatening dental office staff
Sunday, April 21, 2024 11:51 AM
A New Mexico man was recently charged with threatening to kill dental staff for not seeing him without an appointment, Border Report reported April 19. Read more. 
Viruses and the oral cavity: A focus on HPV and HSV and their diverse clinical manifestations
Saturday, April 20, 2024 12:09 PM
From harmless bumps to potentially precancerous lesions, understanding the various viral presentations of HPV and HSV is crucial for accurate diagnosis and timely intervention. Regular dental checkups are key. Read more.
WHO unveils 10 patient safety rights
Saturday, April 20, 2024 11:44 AM
One in every 10 patients experience harm in healthcare, and about 50% of harms are preventable, according to an April 18 news release from WHO. The Patient Safety Rights Charter is the first to outline patients' rights in the context of safety. Read more. 
Top 5 Infectious Disease News Stories: April 13-April 19
Saturday, April 20, 2024 11:35 AM
Study highlighting the first documented case of C auris moving from adult to pediatric unit in Maryland, COVID-19 physical health problems lingering 1 year after their hospital stay, 5-in-1 meningococcal vaccine given FDA PDUFA, and more this week from Contagion. Read more.
Enhanced Infection Prevention Needed in Health Care Facilities Amid Growing Pathogen Threats
Saturday, April 20, 2024 11:22 AM
Amid escalating multidrug-resistant organism threats, hospitals face business risks and patient trust erosion, necessitating improved cleaning and infection prevention practices. Read more.
Harnessing Artificial Intelligence to Address Oral Health Disparities
Saturday, April 20, 2024 11:14 AM
Oral health care has been plagued by health disparities for decades. Despite multiple calls to action, the stubborn persistence of socioeconomic, racial, and ethnic disparities in oral health makes dental health among the most underserved areas of medicine. Read more. 
US respiratory virus activity continues to tail off
Friday, April 19, 2024 05:13 PM
Respiratory virus activity from flu, COVID-19, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) continues to decline across most of the country, with only two jurisdictions—North Dakota and Wyoming—reporting high activity, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in updates today. Read more. 
UK/Portuguese study strongly suggests antibiotic-resistant “superbugs” are being passed from cats and dogs to their owners
Friday, April 19, 2024 04:19 PM
Pet dogs and cats in Portugal and the UK were carrying the same antibiotic-resistant bacteria as their owners. Read more. 
“It Takes a Village”: Preventing MDRO Spread Through Public Health Partnerships
Friday, April 19, 2024 10:14 AM
Preventing the spread of multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs) must be a collaborative effort between public health departments and health care facilities. However, how can that be done effectively? Read more.
Covid ignited a global controversy over what is an airborne disease. The WHO just expanded its definition
Friday, April 19, 2024 10:09 AM
In the chaotic first few months of the Covid-19 pandemic, stores faced shortages of all kinds — toilet paper, canned food, and especially, cleaning supplies. With everyone scrubbing their groceries, mail, even library books, good luck finding antibacterial wipes or disinfectant sprays back then. That’s because public health advice in early 2020 focused on sanitizing surfaces, not protecting against a virus that could be spread through the air. Read more
Doctors underutilize next-gen antibiotics to fight resistant infections in U.S. hospitals
Friday, April 19, 2024 08:41 AM
NIH scientists find clinicians still rely often on older and toxic medicines. Read more. 
MMWR Weekly - April 18, 2024
Thursday, April 18, 2024 04:59 PM

Weekly / Vol. 73 / No. 15. Read more. 

How hygienists can avoid the hunchback
Thursday, April 18, 2024 04:48 PM
Dental hygienists frequently experience pain and even disability due to the physical demands of the job. Stephanie Botts tells us how to avoid these threats to our health through proper ergonomics both inside and outside the operatory. Read more. 
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