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First-year dental students provide care for children in Elliott County
Sunday, October 22, 2023 03:57 PM
The University of Kentucky College of Dentistry sent first-year dental students to Elliott County to provide oral health services to elementary-aged children. Read more.
Sentinel Event Alert 68: Updating surgical fire prevention for the 21st century
Sunday, October 22, 2023 03:55 PM
Surgical fires continue to occur and represent a significant risk to patients and healthcare professionals. This Sentinel Event Alert provides updated information and replaces one on this topic that published in 2003. Read more.
What is OSHA Certification?
Sunday, October 22, 2023 03:09 PM
OSHA certification is a recognition workers obtain for completing courses in OSHA’s Safety and Health Fundamentals Program. Some OSHA certification courses are designed to teach general workplace safety, while others may be geared towards specific hazards or specific roles. Read more.
National Dental Hygiene Month: Advocacy for your patients, your profession, and yourself
Sunday, October 22, 2023 03:07 PM
Advocacy is the driving force behind a compassionate, patient-centered, and equitable health-care system. Dental hygienists can celebrate advocacy during National Dental Hygiene Month. Read more.
In brief: Large dental professional shortage predicted
Sunday, October 22, 2023 03:05 PM
Learn about a predicted shortage of thousands of DPs within 8 years; the factors that lead 4 of 5 OH professionals to report feeling burnout; and more. Read more.
NIOSH Will Conduct Comprehensive Respirator Use Survey Beginning November 2023
Saturday, October 21, 2023 03:59 PM
Insights from the survey will inform safety protocols and readiness for future pandemics. Read more.
NIDCR Funded Winner of 2023 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
Saturday, October 21, 2023 03:56 PM
Third Nobel laureate with NIDCR support in last three years. Read more.
New Pitt Research Points Out Ways to Improve Tuberculosis Vaccines
Saturday, October 21, 2023 03:54 PM
A new study from the University of Pittsburgh Center for Vaccine Research published today in the Journal of Experimental Medicine describes a previously unappreciated role for a class of immune cells in the early stages of tuberculosis (TB) infection. Read more.
Study Finds Diabetes Drug Could Prevent Gum Disease
Saturday, October 21, 2023 03:52 PM
King’s College London researchers found a common drug for treating type 2 diabetes could be a new method for preventing oral and systemic disease. Read more.
Universal Decolonization Prevents Infection/Hospitalization According to Study's Results
Saturday, October 21, 2023 03:45 PM
A study of 28 nursing homes and nearly 29,000 residents reveals that universal decolonization significantly lowered infection-related hospitalizations, offering hope for improved healthcare outcomes. Read more.
Serotonin levels are depleted in long Covid patients, study says, pointing to a potential cause for ‘brain fog’
Friday, October 20, 2023 03:17 PM
If you’ve been following the mystery of long Covid since it emerged in 2020, you’ll recall interferons and serotonin have been clues from the start as combatants in the body’s prolonged battles against the virus. Read more.
A descriptive study of percutaneous injuries in National Healthcare Group POLYCLINICS dental clinics in Singapore from 2014 to 2020
Friday, October 20, 2023 03:06 PM
All dental staff face risk of percutaneous injuries (PCI)s. Blood-borne diseases may be transmitted to staff via contaminated sharp instruments. Hence there are significant impacts on staff when PCIs occur. Though a PCI is an occupational hazard, it is preventable. Read more.
Family Dollar issues nationwide recall of dental, medical products
Friday, October 20, 2023 03:03 PM
Family Dollar recently issued a voluntary recall of certain dental and medical products shipped to stores in 23 states. Read more. 
Finding a Different Pathway to Dental School
Friday, October 20, 2023 02:47 PM
One student’s story on how he got accepted to dental school when he thought he had run out of options. Read more.
Top 5 Stories From IDWeek
Friday, October 20, 2023 02:45 PM
Contagion attended IDWeek, and here are some of the top stories we reported on while we were there. Continue to catch our coverage in the days to follow! Read more.
MMWR Weekly - October 20, 2023
Thursday, October 19, 2023 12:54 PM
Weekly / Vol. 72 / No. 42. Read more.
Pertussis in adults aged 50 and older costs UK about $290 million yearly, study estimates
Thursday, October 19, 2023 12:43 PM
Pertussis (whooping cough) costs among older adults in the United Kingdom are high, at about £238 million ($290 million) per year, with the greatest expense among those aged 55 to 59, estimates a study published late last week in Vaccine. Read more.
Oral health workers are burned out too, says report
Thursday, October 19, 2023 12:41 PM
Burnout is a prevalent problem for the health workforce, associated with employee turnover, absenteeism and depression. Burnout has also been shown to increase risk of medical errors and raises concerns about patient safety. Read more.
Can RSV and COVID Vaccines Prevent Another ‘Tripledemic’?
Thursday, October 19, 2023 12:39 PM
New vaccines and a monoclonal antibody could help people avoid severe disease from flu, RSV, and COVID-19. Read more.
HHS unveils $500 million more in ProjectNext Gen COVID funding, including for 3 vaccines
Thursday, October 19, 2023 12:36 PM
The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today announced more than $500 million more in funding through its Project NextGen program to speed the development of new vaccines and treatments for COVID-19. The funding, through the Administration for Strategic Planning and Response (ASPR), includes three next-generation vaccines and allows the developers to more quickly start phase 2 clinical trials. Read more.
New antibiotic prophylaxis guidelines for the prevention of bacterial endocarditis
Wednesday, October 18, 2023 10:38 AM
After many years, dental practitioners still find recommendations for infective endocarditis confusing. While this pool of patients is small, it’s still important to understand how to safely treat them. Read more.
Europe Fosters Collaboration Between Oral and Medical Healthcare Providers
Wednesday, October 18, 2023 10:35 AM
The Perio & Family Doctors campaign, led by the European Federation of Periodontology (EFP) and the European Regional Branch of the World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA Europe), aims to improve patient care by fostering collaboration between oral health professionals and family physicians. Read more.
Medication, Supply, Equipment Shortages are Harming Patients
Wednesday, October 18, 2023 10:28 AM
New Survey Reveals Shortages are Negatively Affecting Patient Care, Causing Harm. Read more.
Leading by Example for a Healthier Fall and Winter
Wednesday, October 18, 2023 10:26 AM
The fall and winter virus season is upon us. In some parts of the southeastern US, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) activity is increasing, which typically signals the beginning of RSV season nationwide. Influenza (flu) season is expected to start in the coming weeks, and COVID-19 hospitalizations edged up for most of late summer, while hundreds of people in the US are still dying from COVID-19 each week. Read more.
INFECTION PREVENTION: A Poem for International Infection Prevention and Control Week
Wednesday, October 18, 2023 10:24 AM
International Infection Prevention and Control Week highlights the importance of preventing infections in health care and other settings. Share this poem to help educate others about IPC. Read more.
New county vaccination orders include California dental offices
Tuesday, October 17, 2023 09:53 AM
Orders take effect Nov. 1 and end April 30, 2024, joining other orders already in place. Read more.
RSV vaccines: Questions patients may have and how to answer
Tuesday, October 17, 2023 09:51 AM
In many parts of the country, the fall season means crisp, cool breezes and leaves changing colors followed by a cold, snowy winter. But these seasons also bring with them respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), which can be serious for infants and older adults. And while there are RSV vaccines available for the first time this year, many require further guidance on what to do. Read more.
'Like gold': Patients cite reasons for nonprescription antibiotic use
Tuesday, October 17, 2023 09:50 AM
Convenience, past treatment experiences, and health system barriers are among the primary reasons patients said they take nonprescription antibiotics, according to a study presented yesterday at the IDweek 2023 meeting in Boston. Read more.
Seasonal Flu - Preventive Steps
Tuesday, October 17, 2023 09:47 AM
CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses. Read more.
Efficacy of mouthwash on reducing salivary SARS-CoV-2 viral load and clinical symptoms: a systematic review and meta-analysis
Tuesday, October 17, 2023 09:45 AM
COVID-19 has been a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC) for a lengthy period of time. The novel coronavirus is primarily spread via aerosols at a short distance, with infected individuals releasing large amounts of aerosols when speaking and coughing. However, there is an open question regarding whether mouthwash could effectively reduce virus transmission during the COVID-19 pandemic and support the prevention of infection among medical workers. Read more.
Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease: What Every Parent Needs to Know About This Common Illness
Monday, October 16, 2023 04:58 PM
Hand, foot and mouth disease is an infectious disease that’s highly contagious. Common in children, it spreads quickly at day care centers and schools. Read more.
Study: Oral Health Workers Are Burned Out Too
Monday, October 16, 2023 04:54 PM
University at Albany School of Public Health study shines light on rates of burnout among health care workers, leading causes of burnout and strategies to improve working conditions.Read more.
International ShakeOut Day is October 19
Monday, October 16, 2023 04:43 PM
This year's International ShakeOut Day is October 19, when millions of people worldwide will participate in earthquake drills at work, school, or home! Read more.
The golden years: Considerations for our geriatric patients
Monday, October 16, 2023 04:41 PM
Bethany Montoya, BAS, RDH, looks at the geriatric population and suggests ways dental professionals can support their physical and emotional well-being. Read more.
California’s Dental Clinic Grant Program is accepting applications
Monday, October 16, 2023 04:38 PM
Dental providers, schools can use funds to build or expand specialty clinics for treating patients with special health care needs. Read more.
29 states see increase in dental shortage areas: HRSA
Sunday, October 15, 2023 10:20 AM
Thirteen states have seen decreases in the number of Health Resources and Services Administration-designated dental shortage areas so far this year, according to recent data. Read more.
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