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Takeaways: New guideline on acute dental pain management
Tuesday, March 05, 2024 11:32 AM
In collaboration with the American Dental Association and University of Pittsburgh, Penn’s School of Dental Medicine has issued a new guideline for managing acute dental pain in adolescents, adults, and older adults. Read more. 
Supporting and addressing mental health after a workplace violence incident
Tuesday, March 05, 2024 11:30 AM
How to help employees recover from trauma and feel safe again. Read more. 
Inflation Now Impacting Tooth Fairy Giving, New Poll Reveals
Tuesday, March 05, 2024 11:27 AM
The 2024 Tooth Fairy Poll from Delta Dental reveals the first decline in Tooth Fairy giving in five years, due to inflation. Read more. 
FIU epidemiologist on measles and what you should know
Tuesday, March 05, 2024 11:00 AM
Measles cases are on the rise in the U.S. with 16 states reporting 41 confirmed infections. Read more.
Is COVID-19 Still a Pandemic?
Tuesday, March 05, 2024 10:54 AM
First it was 14 days, then 10 days, to 7 days, then down to 5 days—the time we’re supposed to isolate after testing positive for COVID-19 has changed drastically since the start of the pandemic. And now the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has cut it to 24 hours, after a person is fever-free and symptoms are improving. Read more. 
How Children with Autism View the Dental Experience
Monday, March 04, 2024 06:38 PM
Dental providers consistently strive to provide comfortable care to all patients. However, children on the autism spectrum present a particular challenge in dental care due to sensory and communication issues. Read more. 
UK Dentistry alum advances Kentucky by bringing care directly to those in need
Monday, March 04, 2024 06:36 PM
Good oral health is crucial for overall well-being and receiving dental services helps maintain it. But many people who need dental care are often unable to receive it, especially in rural areas or those in certain racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups. Read more. 
Preview The New CDC.gov
Monday, March 04, 2024 06:33 PM
A sneak peek into the redesigned CDC.gov for public feedback. Read more.
Update: Measles Cases Are Being Reported: Are We Losing Our Herd Immunity?
Monday, March 04, 2024 06:29 PM
Ten cases of measles have been reported Florida alone. With measles transmission rates soaring, questions abound about how this latest case emerged, and why these numbers keep rising. Read more
Join the movement to improve Sustainability in Dentistry for a greener future
Monday, March 04, 2024 05:56 PM
Over the past three years, FDI has developed diverse resources as part of its Sustainability in Dentistry initiative. Discover them now to start your journey as a Sustainability Champion. Read more.
Vaping and the coronavirus Vaping can increase susceptibility to infection by SARS-CoV-2
Sunday, March 03, 2024 02:12 PM
Vapers are susceptible to infection by SARS-CoV-2, the virus that spreads COVID-19 and continues to infect people around the world, a University of California, Riverside, study has found. Read more. 
New group strives to create brighter career future for dental assistants
Sunday, March 03, 2024 02:10 PM
The career opportunities and respect dental assistants crave are getting closer, thanks to a new workgroup formed to enhance the future of the profession. Read more.
U of M receives grant to improve care for dental patients with complex conditions
Sunday, March 03, 2024 02:08 PM
The Special Healthcare Needs Clinic (SHNC) at the University of Minnesota’s School of Dentistry has been awarded a Clinical Dental Education and Innovations Grant from the Minnesota Department of Health, which will support technological and facility needs to improve efficiency in diagnosis, treatment planning and increase accessibility for patients. Read more. 
Understand the Value of Certified Dental Assistants during Dental Assistants Recognition Week 2024
Sunday, March 03, 2024 01:38 PM
Each year, the Ontario Dental Assistants Association dedicates the first week of March to celebrating a valuable member of the oral health team — the Certified Dental Assistant! Read more.
Norovirus Illnesses Rising; Here's What You Need to Know
Sunday, March 03, 2024 11:51 AM
Cases of norovirus, a nasty stomach bug that spreads easily, are climbing in the Northeastern U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday. Read more. 
Measles Makes a Comeback: What Parents Need to Know
Saturday, March 02, 2024 10:44 AM
A highly contagious childhood disease once eradicated by vaccination has made a comeback. Read more.
Medical emergencies in the dental office
Saturday, March 02, 2024 10:42 AM
Medical emergencies at first glance seem counter to the concept of dental office “success.” Yet the fact is that medical emergencies can – and do – occur in the dental office environment. As health care providers it is essential that we develop a culture of safety within our offices, both for our patients and those who work in this environment. Read more. 
Top 5 Infectious Disease Stories: Week of February 25
Saturday, March 02, 2024 10:12 AM
This week, why measles and vibrio vulnificus infections are seeing outbreaks and increases in incidence rates; a medical association recommends fecal microbiota-based therapies for recurrent or severe C difficile; and an antiviral reduced a median time-to-symptom resolution. Read more. 
Can long COVID lower your IQ? What a new study found.
Saturday, March 02, 2024 10:09 AM
According to a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, long COVID may lead to marked cognitive decline equal to a drop of six IQ points compared to those who have never been infected. Read more.
New scholarship promotes infection control education, certification
Saturday, March 02, 2024 09:18 AM
The Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention, the Dental Assisting National Board and the DALE Foundation launched the new OSAP-DANB-DALE Foundation Andrew Whitehead Education and Certification Scholarship in an effort to promote infection control education and certification. Read more. 
It’s DA Recognition Week! Make it memorable for your assistants
Friday, March 01, 2024 09:22 PM
Let dental assistants know how much you appreciate all their hard work. Do something special for them this week! And DAs, do something special for each other. Here are some fun ideas. Read more. 
Researchers identify mechanism behind brain fog in long COVID
Friday, March 01, 2024 05:25 PM
Disruptions in the blood-brain barrier along with a hyperactive immune system are the likely mechanisms behind "brain fog" in patients who are experiencing long COVID, an Irish research team reported today in Nature Neuroscience. Read more.
US respiratory virus levels remain high as flu rises in central states
Friday, March 01, 2024 04:33 PM
Respiratory illness levels in the United States remained high but stable last week, with flu activity rising in some regions of the country and indicators declining for both COVID-19 and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today in its latest data updates. Read more. 
CDC announces new respiratory virus guidance, ends COVID isolation policy
Friday, March 01, 2024 04:29 PM
Today Mandy Cohen, MD, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said the organization was officially replacing old isolation guidelines for COVID-19 and grouping the novel coronavirus into a respiratory virus category shared with influenza and RSV (respiratory syncytial virus). Read more. 
Norovirus Cases Rise in the U.S.
Friday, March 01, 2024 02:30 PM
The virus, which leads to nausea and vomiting, is spreading. Here’s how to stay safe. Registration required. Read more. 
APIC Statement on OIG Report on Lessons Learned During Pandemic in Nursing Homes
Friday, March 01, 2024 01:08 PM
Statement from the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) on “Lessons Learned During the Pandemic Can Help Improve Care in Nursing Homes,” by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) at the Department of Health and Human Services. Read more. 
MMWR Weekly - February 29, 2024
Thursday, February 29, 2024 04:22 PM
Weekly / Vol. 73 / No. 8. Read more. 
Largest multicountry COVID study links vaccines to potential adverse effects
Thursday, February 29, 2024 04:19 PM
A new study on COVID-19 vaccines that looked at nearly 100 million vaccinated individuals affirmed the vaccines’ previously observed links to increased risks for certain adverse effects including myocarditis and Guillain-Barré syndrome. Read more. 
Antibiotic stewardship in dentistry: What it is, and why it is important
Thursday, February 29, 2024 04:16 PM
The Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) held its annual Infection Control Boot Camp in Atlanta at the beginning of February. For the second year, OSAP dedicated the day preceding the conference to antibiotic stewardship. Read more. 
Pragmatic Return to Effective Dental Infection Control through Triage and Testing (PREDICT): an observational, feasibility study to improve dental office safety
Thursday, February 29, 2024 12:16 PM
During the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a substantial interruption of care, with patients and workers fearful to return to the dental office. As dental practice creates a highly aerosolized environment, the potential for spread of airborne illness is magnified. As a means to increase safety and mitigate risk, pre-visit testing for SARS-CoV-2 has the potential to minimize disease transmission in dental offices. The Pragmatic Return to Effective Dental Infection Control through Testing (PREDICT) Feasibility Study examined the logistics and impact of two different testing mechanisms (laboratory-based PCR viral testing and point-of-care antigen testing) in dental offices. Read more. 
Open wide: Covering the growing field of AI and dentistry
Thursday, February 29, 2024 11:08 AM
Artificial intelligence has been making its way into dentistry. New AI software products have emerged that could enhance dentists’ ability to detect tooth decay, cavities or bone loss and propose treatments before dental health worsens. The FDA already has approved eight such AI products, with more to come, and some large corporate dental chains have already begun using them. Read more. 
Get Seizure Smart!
Wednesday, February 28, 2024 02:10 PM
About 1 in 10 people may have a seizure in their lifetime.1,2 Follow these easy steps to help someone during or after a seizure. Read more. 
Feeling queasy? Norovirus, ‘stomach bug,’ outbreak hits Northeast
Wednesday, February 28, 2024 01:50 PM
The “stomach bug” is making the rounds these days. Norovirus rates in the Northeast are now at their highest levels since April, according to the CDC. The positive “stomach flu” rates in the Northeast are higher than the rest of the country. Read more. 
Change Healthcare’s cyberattack impacting dental practices
Wednesday, February 28, 2024 01:40 PM
A Feb. 21 cyber attack affecting Change Healthcare, one of the largest health care technology companies in the United States, is impacting dental, medical and pharmaceutical organizations. Read more. 
IZ Express #1,744: HPV Awareness Day, Immunize​.org handouts, and more
Wednesday, February 28, 2024 11:43 AM
IZ Express #1,744: HPV Awareness Day, Immunize​.org handouts, and more. Read more. 
Your Workforce's Health is Declining
Wednesday, February 28, 2024 11:30 AM
Cost of diabetes in 2022 was $412.9 billion, including $306.6 billion in direct medical costs and $106.3 billion in indirect costs. Read more. 
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