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NSC calls White House initiative a ‘meaningful step’ toward ending opioid epidemic
Friday, March 22, 2024 12:36 PM
The White House is calling on stakeholders across all sectors to “commit to save lives” by increasing training on – and access to – lifesaving opioid overdose reversal medications. Read more. 
 
The Joint Commission - New and Revised Workplace Violence Prevention Requirements
Friday, March 22, 2024 09:53 AM
Effective July 1, 2024, The Joint Commission approved new and revised workplace violence prevention requirements for all Joint Commission-accredited behavioral health care and human services (BHC) organizations. Read more.
 
COVID-19 is waning but these viruses are still hanging around as we head into early spring
Friday, March 22, 2024 07:11 AM
As the country begins to thaw out in preparation for spring, COVID-19 cases are finally waning although other viruses are on the rise. Read more. 
 
MMWR Weekly - March 21, 2024
Thursday, March 21, 2024 05:49 PM
Weekly / Vol. 73 / No. 11. Read more. 
 
Penicillin allergy reassessment for treatment improvement: A dental office tool to support appropriate penicillin allergy labeling
Thursday, March 21, 2024 01:31 PM
Dental appointments offer an opportunity to evaluate a documented penicillin (PCN) allergy and determine whether the patient might be a candidate for medical reassessment of their allergy. The authors gathered feedback on the Penicillin Allergy Reassessment for Treatment Improvement (PARTI) tool, designed to enhance dentist-patient communications regarding PCN allergies. Read more.
 
COVID’s toll on the brain: new clues emerge
Thursday, March 21, 2024 01:28 PM
A leaky blood–brain barrier and inflammation might account for some of the cognitive symptoms of COVID-19. Read more.
 
Experts warn climate change will fuel spread of infectious diseases
Thursday, March 21, 2024 12:52 PM
A team of infectious diseases experts is calling for more awareness and preparedness in the medical field to deal with the impact of climate change on the spread of diseases. Their article, published today in JAMA raises the alarm about the emergence and spread of harmful pathogens. The authors also urge the medical community to update their education and training and take steps to combat global warming. Read more. 
 
CDC details 2021-2023 hepatitis deaths of 8 US children, with possible link to adenovirus
Thursday, March 21, 2024 12:37 PM

Yesterday in Emerging Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) researchers described the cases of eight US children who died of acute hepatitis of unknown cause—half of whom tested positive for adenovirus—from October 2021 to June 2023. Read more. 

 
IZ Express #1,748: Measles health advisory, remembering “Polio Paul”, and more
Wednesday, March 20, 2024 03:44 PM
IZ Express #1,748: Measles health advisory, remembering “Polio Paul”, and more. Read more. 
 
Severe lung infection during COVID-19 can cause damage to the heart
Wednesday, March 20, 2024 03:34 PM
NIH supported study shows that the virus that causes COVID-19 can damage the heart without directly infecting heart tissue. Read more. 
 
Warming up for World Hand Hygiene Day 2024
Wednesday, March 20, 2024 02:57 PM
Each year the WHO’s World Hand Hygiene day aims to maintain a global profile on the importance of hand hygiene in health care and to ‘bring people together’ in support of hand hygiene improvement globally. On this day, everyone, in countries and health facilities, can renew their support and promote and implement strategies and innovations to improve hand hygiene practices in health care. Read more. 
 
The Role of Environmental Hygiene in Preventing Antimicrobial Resistance
Wednesday, March 20, 2024 02:51 PM
Uncover the pivotal role of environmental hygiene in thwarting antimicrobial resistance (AMR) for infection prevention teams. Learn how rigorous cleaning protocols and advanced technologies enhance patient safety and combat AMR. Read more. 
 
Good-as-gold way to kill oral germs, cut antibiotic use
Wednesday, March 20, 2024 02:35 PM
Sugar-coated gold nanoparticles may wipe out stubborn bacteria that get lodged in teeth and potentially eliminate biofilms quicker than antibiotics, according to the U.S. National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering. Read more.
 
The US Will Transition to Trivalent Vaccines for Next Year's Influenza Season
Tuesday, March 19, 2024 06:16 PM
Since changes in vaccine composition can sometimes lead to confusion or misinformation, effective communication is crucial to promote vaccine uptake. Read more. 
 
Paper up or paper down? Clarifying instrument reprocessing standards
Tuesday, March 19, 2024 06:13 PM
Details, details. Does the autoclave paper go up or down? Amanda Hill answers this question and more as she shares some evidence-based SOPs for instrument sterilization that you can implement in your practice. Read more. 
 
HAN-Increase in Global and Domestic Measles Cases and Outbreaks: Ensure Children in the United States and Those Traveling Internationally 6 Months and Older are Current on MMR Vaccination
Tuesday, March 19, 2024 06:09 PM
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is issuing this Health Alert Network (HAN) Health Advisory to inform clinicians and public health officials of an increase in global and U.S. measles cases and to provide guidance on measles prevention for all international travelers aged ≥6 months and all children aged ≥12 months who do not plan to travel internationally. Measles (rubeola) is highly contagious; one person infected with measles can infect 9 out of 10 unvaccinated individuals with whom they come in close contact. Read more. 
 
Impact Wellbeing™ Guide: Taking action to improve healthcare worker wellbeing
Tuesday, March 19, 2024 02:27 PM
To help hospital leaders make meaningful changes to improve professional wellbeing, NIOSH and the Dr. Lorna Breen Heroes’ Foundation developed the Impact Wellbeing Guide: Taking Action to Improve Healthcare Worker Wellbeing. The Guide is designed to help hospital leaders and executives accelerate or supplement professional wellbeing work in their hospitals at the operational level. Read more. 
 
Over 1 in 3 people affected by neurological conditions, the leading cause of illness and disability worldwide
Monday, March 18, 2024 03:15 PM
A major new study released by The Lancet Neurology shows that, in 2021, more than 3 billion people worldwide were living with a neurological condition. The World Health Organization (WHO) contributed to the analysis of the Global Burden of Disease, Injuries, and Risk Factor Study (GBD) 2021 data. Read more. 
 
CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s Impact Wellbeing™ Campaign Releases Hospital-Tested Guide to Improve Healthcare Worker Burnout
Monday, March 18, 2024 02:31 PM
As part of the first federal campaign to address healthcare worker burnout, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) today released an evidence-informed and actionable guide for the nation’s hospital leaders to improve healthcare worker wellbeing – Impact Wellbeing™ Guide: Taking Action to Improve Healthcare Worker Wellbeing. This Guide is the newest addition to the Impact Wellbeing™ Campaignlaunched in October 2023, and provides a step-by-step process for hospitals to start making organizational-level changes that will impact and improve the mental health of their employees. Read more. 
 
At a glance: Pink Eye
Monday, March 18, 2024 12:09 PM
Pink eye is common, and some types of pink eye spread very easily. You can keep from spreading it to other people by washing your hands often and not sharing items like pillowcases, towels, or makeup. Read more. 
 
Health workers fear it's profits before protection as CDC revisits airborne transmission
Monday, March 18, 2024 11:26 AM
The agency is developing a crucial set of guidelines that health care facilities will use to control the spread of infectious diseases for years to come. Read more.
 
WHO urges investments for the scale up of tuberculosis screening and preventive treatment
Monday, March 18, 2024 11:17 AM
Ahead of World Tuberculosis (TB) Day, which is marked on 24 March, WHO has released an investment case for TB screening and preventive treatment. A modelling study developed with Governments of four countries - Brazil, Georgia, Kenya and South Africa - highlights the impact to be achieved from expanding TB screening and preventive treatment. Read more. 
 
Governor Mills Announces Popular Veterans Dental Care Program to Continue with Generous Donation from Northeast Delta Dental
Sunday, March 17, 2024 12:17 PM
Maine Veterans' Dental Network provides oral health services for Maine veterans who could otherwise not afford them. Read more. 
 
What Hygienists Should Say When Patients Refuse Dental Radiographs
Sunday, March 17, 2024 12:15 PM
When a dental hygienist struggles to obtain patient consent for the basic standard of care, the frustrating experience is not often forgotten. Eyes roll across the country during morning huddles when the hygienist spots a familiar patient name with the words “Overdue for x-rays” on the schedule. Read more. 
 
Transitioning new clinicians from education to practice named top patient safety concern of 2024
Sunday, March 17, 2024 12:13 PM
Nonprofit patient safety organization releases annual list of 10 patient safety threats in conjunction with Patient Safety Awareness week, March 10 to 16. Read more.
 
Top 5 Infectious Disease Stories Week of March 9
Saturday, March 16, 2024 11:31 AM
A vaccine targeting chronic HBV has entered its first human trial; Saskia Popescu, PhD, on the importance of pandemic preparedness and global health security; a successful phase 2 trial for a C diff treatment leads to the next phase; and more stories this week from Contagion. Read more. 
 
Four Years After COVID-19: What Has the Infection Prevention Community Learned?
Saturday, March 16, 2024 11:21 AM
Four years ago today, March 15, 2020, the COVID-19 lockdown began, and since then, the world has undergone significant changes. It has been a terrifying experience for everyone, especially for the infection prevention community, both within and outside of the health care sector. However, a crucial question remains unanswered: What has the infection prevention community learned from this pandemic, and where does it go from here? Read more. 
 
Measles in the United States — March 2024
Saturday, March 16, 2024 08:21 AM
Thanks to a strong childhood vaccination program, measles was declared eliminated from the United States in 2000. Although overall childhood vaccination rates remain high in the U.S., measles still occurs frequently in other parts of the world. That’s especially true right now. The World Health Organization has noted a significant increase in measles cases worldwide, with a 30-fold increase in Europe.  This includes popular international tourist destinations for Americans, like England. Read more. 
 
How effective are measles vaccines and do you need a booster? What to know
Saturday, March 16, 2024 08:17 AM
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, measles is considered "one of the most congtagious diseases" Read more. 
 
What happened to teledentistry after COVID-19?
Saturday, March 16, 2024 08:04 AM
After the COVID-19 pandemic, teledentistry seemed to fade away. This hygienist looks at how teledentistry could be used today if a few changes were made. Read more.
 
Brisk US flu activity continues as COVID indicators drop further
Friday, March 15, 2024 04:00 PM
The nation's flu activity remained elevated last week, with an increase in test positivity, as levels of two other respiratory viruses—COVID-19 and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)—continued their steady declines, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in updates today. Read more. 
 
Inside a push to create an NIH office for post-infection chronic illness
Friday, March 15, 2024 03:51 PM
A growing number are calling for increased research funding and the creation of a new body at the National Institutes of Health to study chronic conditions that spring from infections. Read more. 
 
Tuberculosis Cases Are Surging in California
Friday, March 15, 2024 10:49 AM
There has been a "substantial increase" in tuberculosis (TB) cases in California year over year, according to the state's Department of Public Health, while the number of people dying of the disease has also risen. Read more. 
 
Initial SARS-CoV-2 vaccinations prime immune cells to respond to subsequent variants
Friday, March 15, 2024 09:39 AM
Antibody responses to new SARS-CoV-2 variant infections and vaccinations are powerfully shaped by prior exposures to earlier SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, according to a new study from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Read more. 
 
Functional Dentistry: How Dentists Can Affect the Chronic Disease Epidemic in our Nation
Friday, March 15, 2024 09:34 AM
It’s no secret that Americans are getting sicker, quicker, as evidenced by the alarming statistics of chronic disease reaching even into our youngest population. Today 48.9% of Americans are on at least one pharmaceutical drug, 23.1% on 3 or more and 11.9% on 5 or more. More alarming is that 1 in 5 children are classified as obese. According to the CDC’s report in 2015-2016, “the prevalence of obesity was 39.8% in adults and 18.5% in children age 2-19”, a huge increase from 30.5 and 13.9% in 1999. Read more. 
 
MMWR Weekly - March 14, 2024
Thursday, March 14, 2024 05:24 PM
Weekly / Vol. 73 / No. 10. Read more. 
 
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