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Getting X-rays at the Dentist? It’s Safer Than You Realize
Tuesday, November 07, 2023 12:30 PM
Since dental X-rays became commonplace some seven decades ago, dentists and hygienists have been draping their patients with protective gear to shield them from the possibility of radiation exposure to body parts other than the jaw. But experts in dental radiology say it’s time to hang up those lead aprons for good. Read more.
NIOSH - Impact Wellbeing
Tuesday, November 07, 2023 12:28 PM
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s (NIOSH) Impact Wellbeing™ campaign gives hospital leaders evidence-informed solutions to reduce healthcare worker burnout, sustain wellbeing, and build a system where healthcare workers thrive. Read more.
Study links flu vaccination to reduced antibiotic use
Tuesday, November 07, 2023 12:26 PM
A new study out of Japan suggests that seasonal flu vaccination is associated with less unnecessary antibiotic use in people over 65, researchers reported late last week in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. Read more.
Xylazine and fentanyl: Implications for oral health care
Tuesday, November 07, 2023 12:24 PM
There’s a dangerous cocktail brewing in the US: a mixture of xylazine and fentanyl. Dentist Pamela Maragliano-Muniz and pharmacist Tom Viola talk about the effects this has on dental treatment. Read more.
EPA Testing Shows the Power of DIY Air Filters to Trap Viruses
Tuesday, November 07, 2023 12:23 PM
The results are in: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency research testing of do-it-yourself ‘Corsi-Rosenthal Box’ indoor air filters shows they are 99% effective in removing airborne virus. The 'Owl Force One' device tested by the EPA was built by UConn Indoor Air Quality Initiative researchers with Middletown, Connecticut public school children. Read more.
Surgeon General Launches Nationwide “We Are Made to Connect” College Tour to Inspire Students to Build, Strengthen, and Prioritize Relationships
Monday, November 06, 2023 12:44 PM
After Warning about the Profound Public Health Challenge Loneliness Poses – Especially for Young Adults – Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy to Issue 5-for-5 Connection Challenge to Students to Help Build More Connection in Their Lives. Read more.
What dentists are saying about managing pediatric pain
Monday, November 06, 2023 12:42 PM
Dentists reported that pediatric pain management practices need to improve because controlling pain, as well as anxiety or fear, in kids is a problem. The study was published on October 25 in the Journal of the American Dental Association. Read more.
Eye drops sold at Rite Aid, CVS and Target made in unsanitary facility, FDA says
Monday, November 06, 2023 12:35 PM
People have been urged not to use some eye drops that were made in what the FDA says was an “insanitary” facility. Read more.
Hospital acquired infections are down post-COVID, but other risks remain for patients
Monday, November 06, 2023 11:27 AM
Hospital-acquired infections, which became substantially more common during the pandemic, have returned to pre-pandemic levels, according to a new report from a patient safety watchdog group. It's key to note, researchers say, that infection rates before March 2020 were nothing to celebrate. Read more.
Ending TB Is Within Reach — So Why Are Millions Still Dying?
Monday, November 06, 2023 11:15 AM
Tuberculosis has passed Covid as the top infectious disease killer, despite new medicines and better diagnostic tools. Read more.
CDC issues report on health care worker crisis
Sunday, November 05, 2023 04:24 PM
According to a recent report by the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), health care workers continue to face significant challenges within the workspace. On Tuesday, the CDC’s “Vital Signs” report revealed that more than double the number of health care workers reported harassment at work last year compared to 2018. From threats to bullying to verbal abuse, the rise in harassment has only exacerbated other issues health care heroes are facing in the field. Read more.
Nearly 1,400 people helped during free, two-day dental clinic in New Haven
Sunday, November 05, 2023 04:19 PM
The Connecticut Mission of Mercy hosts this event every year to help people who are underinsured or can't afford dental treatment. Read more.
Malaria Is Spreading In The U.S. An Infectious Disease Doctor Explains This Troubling
Sunday, November 05, 2023 03:59 PM
For the first time in two decades, 10 people in the United States have contracted malaria without ever leaving the country, raising concerns among health officials that a treatable but deadly disease may slip past doctors and patients if they let their guards down. Read more.
SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant more common, tied to more severe outcomes than flu, RSV
Sunday, November 05, 2023 03:56 PM
SARS-CoV-2 Omicron infections were more common and linked to more severe outcomes than influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) in emergency department (ED) patients in Sweden, especially among those unvaccinated against COVID-19. Read more.
8 dental staffing updates to know
Sunday, November 05, 2023 03:52 PM
The U.S. is projected to be short 36,517 dental professionals by 2031. Read more.
HHS Letter to COVID-19 therapeutics manufacturers, distributors, pharmacies and the health care payer community.
Saturday, November 04, 2023 04:25 PM
The COVID-19 response remains a significant public health priority for the Biden-Harris Administration. People are still at risk of infection and re-infection, and millions are experiencing the longer-term effects of the virus. Read more.
Pennsylvania looks to add extensive dental care to Medicaid, again
Saturday, November 04, 2023 04:23 PM
Lawmakers are looking to reinstate most forms of dental care to Medicaid. Read more.
University of the Pacific Collaborating With Stanford
Saturday, November 04, 2023 04:20 PM
The University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry is collaborating with Stanford University on an ambitious program aimed at bridging the gap between biomedical research and clinical practice. Read more.
OSHA’s proposed HazCom standard update imposes new burdens
Saturday, November 04, 2023 04:16 PM
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) has recently submitted to the White House Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) a final rule to update its Hazard Communication Standard (“HazCom”), which regulates the classification and labeling of hazardous chemicals in the workplace. The rule aims to align the HazCom with the latest version of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (“GHS”), which is an international framework for consistent chemical hazard communication. The rule introduces some significant changes and challenges particularly for chemical companies and especially those exporting to the European Union (“EU”). Read more.
ADA Science & Research Institute to combine with Forsyth Institute
Saturday, November 04, 2023 04:13 PM
Goal of ADA Forsyth Institute is to improve patient care. Read more. 
‘Abysmal’: 2% of kids, 7% of adults have had COVID booster shots
Friday, November 03, 2023 04:05 PM
A month after federal officials recommended new versions of COVID-19 vaccines, 7% of U.S. adults and 2% of children have gotten a shot. Read more.
What will it take to end health care worker burnout?
Friday, November 03, 2023 04:03 PM
Long hours and high-pressure situations have long characterized the health care profession —  but in the wake of the pandemic, many workers are facing new challenges with regards to their mental health. Read more.
‘We’re absolutely making it too hard’: The complexity of adult immunization delivery hinders vaccine uptake
Friday, November 03, 2023 04:00 PM
Alison Buttenheim was floored by a sign she saw in her doctor’s office when she went to get the first jab of the two-dose shingles vaccine to protect her against painful flare-ups of varicella zoster. Read more.
Oral Health Care Strategies in Rural Communities: A Case Study
Friday, November 03, 2023 03:58 PM
Dental caries affect 97% of the world's population during their lifetime. Early childhood caries are the number one chronic disease affecting young children, and it disproportionately affects children of low-income families. Read more.
Doctors explain what to know about Candida Auris after cases at Lexington hospital
Friday, November 03, 2023 03:52 PM
UK HealthCare says several cases of the fungus Candida auris have been reported at UK Chandler Hospital. Read more. 
MMWR Weekly - November 3, 2023
Thursday, November 02, 2023 03:12 PM
Weekly / Vol. 72 / No. 44. Read more.
Why now is the time to create a vaping policy at your dental practice
Thursday, November 02, 2023 02:58 PM
Have you noticed that vaping is the new rage, especially among Gen Z? According to Gallup, 1 in 20 Americans are e-cigarette users. Read more.
University of the Pacific Collaborating with Stanford to Train Next Generation of Clinical Oral Health Researchers
Thursday, November 02, 2023 02:55 PM
The University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry is collaborating with Stanford University on an ambitious program aimed at bridging the gap between biomedical research and clinical practice. Read more.
OSHA Reveals Top 10 Safety Violations at NSC Safety Congress & Expo
Thursday, November 02, 2023 02:53 PM
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has announced its most frequently cited workplace safety standards for fiscal year 2023. Read more.
Advancing Infection Prevention: The Value of an In-House Journal Watch
Thursday, November 02, 2023 02:51 PM
Benjamin Chen, MD, MPH, speaks about how a journal watch in infection prevention keeps professionals updated on research, fosters evidence-based practices, and supports education and quality improvement efforts. Read more.
FDA warns consumers not to purchase or use certain eye drops from several major brands due to risk of eye infection
Wednesday, November 01, 2023 07:18 AM
FDA is updating the list of over-the-counter eye drop products consumers should not purchase or use to include Equate Hydration PF Lubricant Eye Drop 10 mL sold by Walmart in stores and online. Walmart is removing the product from their store shelves and website. Read more.
University of Puerto Rico School of Dental Medicine crowned winner of Dental Olympics
Tuesday, October 31, 2023 01:10 PM
Friendly SmileCon competition pitted four dental teams from Florida, Puerto Rico against one another. Read more.
Artificial intelligence and the reshaping of oral health care
Tuesday, October 31, 2023 01:08 PM
At the outset of the computer age, artificial intelligence (AI) quickly became a concept. John McCarthy, who coined the term at the Dartmouth Conference in 1956, defined AI as the science and engineering of making intelligent machines.
Fast-forward to the present and we are observing how AI is transforming the health care industry. Read more.
New Burnout Prevention Training for Public Health
Tuesday, October 31, 2023 01:05 PM
A new free online training, Understanding and Preventing Burnout among Public Health Workers: Guidance for Public Health Leaders will help managers and supervisors prevent burnout in the public health workers they lead and in themselves. The course, from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, is part of a health worker mental health initiative. Read more.
Vital Signs: Health Worker–Perceived Working Conditions and Symptoms of Poor Mental Health — Quality of Worklife Survey, United States, 2018–2022
Tuesday, October 31, 2023 01:01 PM
AstraZeneca today announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has agreed to review its application for the option for its FluMist flu vaccine to be self- or caregiver-administered, which if approved will be the first vaccine available for self-administration or by caregivers, offering another option for flu vaccination. Read more.
AstraZeneca submits FDA application for self-administered FluMist
Tuesday, October 31, 2023 01:00 PM
AstraZeneca today announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has agreed to review its application for the option for its FluMist flu vaccine to be self- or caregiver-administered, which if approved will be the first vaccine available for self-administration or by caregivers, offering another option for flu vaccination. Read more.
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