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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. 
Global health groups propose new terminology for pathogens that spread through the air
Thursday, April 18, 2024 04:43 PM
During the COVID-19 pandemic, health groups used and continue to use various terms such as "airborne," "airborne transmission," and "aerosol transmission" to describe the spread of the virus through the air, which can lead to misleading information and confusion about how the disease was circulating. Read more. 
New Comprehensive Review Examines Potential Harms of COVID-19 Vaccination and Intramuscular Vaccination
Thursday, April 18, 2024 04:08 PM
A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine reviews evidence for 19 potential harms of the COVID-19 vaccines, and for nine potential shoulder injuries from intramuscular administration of vaccines more broadly. The committee that conducted the review identified sufficient evidence to draw 20 conclusions about whether these vaccines could cause specific harms, and drew 65 conclusions where it did not find enough evidence to establish, accept, or reject a causal relationship. Read more. 
CDC/IDSA Clinician Call: Focus on Measles
Thursday, April 18, 2024 10:34 AM
CDC/IDSA Clinician Call: Focus on Measles. Read more. 
Infection Control in Healthcare Personnel
Wednesday, April 17, 2024 01:28 PM
Epidemiology and Control of Selected Infections Transmitted Among Healthcare Personnel and Patients (2024). Read more.
CDC Data Modernization Efforts Accelerate Nation’s Ability to Detect and Rapidly Respond to Health Threats
Wednesday, April 17, 2024 12:59 PM

CDC highlights progress from 2023 and sets ambitious goals for 2024-2025. Read more.

Bacteria in cancer unmasked
Wednesday, April 17, 2024 12:51 PM
Researchers at the Netherlands Cancer Institute have compiled a detailed catalogue of bacteria living in cancer metastases. Read more. 
National Minority Health Month 2024
Wednesday, April 17, 2024 12:49 PM
As the FDA Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE) kicks off National Minority Health Month (NMHM), we invite you to join our ongoing efforts this month to advance health equity and reduce health disparities among racial and ethnic minority and other diverse populations. Read more. 
IZ Express #1,752: Updated Ask the Experts pneumococcal and meningococcal sections, nominate IZ champions, and more
Wednesday, April 17, 2024 09:54 AM
IZ Express #1,752: Updated Ask the Experts pneumococcal and meningococcal sections, nominate IZ champions, and more. Read more. 
Feds probe injuries from counterfeit Botox injections
Tuesday, April 16, 2024 04:43 PM
Federal health officials and their state and local health partners are investigating reports of harmful reactions in women who received counterfeit or mishandled botulinum toxin (Botox) injections, with 19 injuries reported in nine states, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced yesterday. Read more. 
Barriers and facilitators to guideline concordant dental antibiotic prescribing in the United States: A qualitative study of the National Dental PBRN
Tuesday, April 16, 2024 04:34 PM
The purpose of this study was to use an evidence-based conceptual model to identify barriers and facilitators of appropriate antibiotic prescribing by dentists as a guide for future interventions aimed at modifying antibiotic prescribing. Read more. 
US should prep for smallpox's return, experts say
Tuesday, April 16, 2024 01:21 PM
Smallpox, the only human disease to be fully eradicated, could reappear in the U.S. and across the globe, researchers said in a new report. Read more.
WHO sounds alarm on viral hepatitis infections claiming 3500 lives each day
Monday, April 15, 2024 03:14 PM
According to the World Health Organization (WHO) 2024 Global Hepatitis Report, the number of lives lost due to viral hepatitis is increasing. The disease is the second leading infectious cause of death globally -- with 1.3 million deaths per year, the same as tuberculosis, a top infectious killer. Read more. 
Magnify Your Impact: Loupes and Lights for Dental Hygienists
Monday, April 15, 2024 02:45 PM
Loupes are an important tool in any hygienist's arsenal. Here is how to know which loupe works best for your dental practice. Read more. 
Dental assisting laws, rules changed in these U.S. states
Monday, April 15, 2024 02:34 PM
Recently, states in the U.S. made a new unlicensed dental auxiliary designation and instituted other changes that affect dental assistants, according to the Dental Assisting National Board'ss (DANB) spring 2024 State of the States report. Read more.
A Dentist’s Tool for Tackling the Unexpected
Monday, April 15, 2024 01:39 PM
In a crisis, a checklist can bring clarity over confusion. First widely adopted by the U.S. military after the fatal crash of an early-model B17 “Flying Fortress” in the years before World War II, checklists have since become a staple for fields such as aviation, nuclear energy, and medicine. Read more. 
Aruba Aloe Balm N.V. Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Aruba Aloe Hand Sanitizer Gel Alcohol 80% and Aruba Aloe Alcoholada Gel Due to Presence of Methanol
Monday, April 15, 2024 09:54 AM
Oranjestad, Aruba, Aruba Aloe Balm N.V. is voluntarily recalling 40 lots of Aruba Aloe Hand Sanitizer Gel Alcohol 80% and Aruba Aloe Alcoholada Gel to the consumer level. The products have been found to contain alcohol denatured with methanol. Read more. 
Increase in ransomware attacks to healthcare’s vulnerable remote access systems threatens patients
Sunday, April 14, 2024 03:42 PM
Ransomware groups are increasingly targeting vulnerable remote access systems in healthcare, with several high-profile incidents in recent months. Ransomware attacks can cripple a hospital’s ability to serve patients by cutting off access to or manipulating essential technologies and patient data. Hackers can exploit remote systems to divert emergency vehicles, cancel appointments, and in worse-case scenarios, shut down entire facilities. Read more. 
Documentary features Pittsburgh work in catching medical errors
Sunday, April 14, 2024 02:15 PM
Inside UPMC Presbyterian, researchers used genetic sequencing to identify 10 patients sick with the exact same strain of a hospital-acquired infection. They then used a machine learning algorithm to track the paths of those patients, figuring out that nearly all of them had visited the same interventional radiology lab — where they found improper sterilization procedures, driven in part by a faulty training video distributed by the equipment manufacturer. Read more.
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