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Linkage of In-Refrigerator Water Dispensing Systems to Elevated Exposure to Microbial Contamination at the Microbiome Scale
Thursday, March 14, 2024 05:20 PM
In-refrigerator water dispensing systems are ubiquitous in residential homes with tap water as the inflow. Read more.
Health Workforce Well-Being Day Celebratory Event
Thursday, March 14, 2024 05:17 PM
In an ongoing commitment to prioritize health workforce well-being, the NAM is excited to establish the Health Workforce Well-Being Day on March 18, and host a kickoff event celebrating the inaugural Day on March 11. Read more. 
Could cleaner air be driving rise in Legionnaire's disease?
Thursday, March 14, 2024 03:52 PM
Legionnaire's disease (LD) cases rose ninefold between 2000 and 2018, and the reasons for the dramatic global rise have been a scientific mystery. This week, a research team proposed a surprising factor: a drop in air pollution. Read more. 
EPA announces final rule to slash toxic emissions of ethylene oxide and reduce cancer risk.
Thursday, March 14, 2024 01:51 PM
Today, March 14, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a rule that will reduce lifetime cancer risks for people living near commercial sterilization facilities across the country. The final amendments to the air toxics standards for ethylene oxide commercial sterilization facilities put in place the strongest measures in U.S. history to reduce emissions of EtO, one of the most potent cancer-causing chemicals. Through the installation of proven and achievable air pollution controls, commercial sterilizers will reduce emissions by more than 90%. Read more. 
Tip sheet: A primer on the growing field of AI and dentistry
Wednesday, March 13, 2024 03:51 PM

New software products are exploding in the field of dentistry, with many in the category of detection aided by artificial intelligence. Read more. 


IZ Express #1,747: Immunize.org handouts in new languages, nirsevimab effectiveness, and more
Wednesday, March 13, 2024 01:57 PM
IZ Express #1,747: Immunize.org handouts in new languages, nirsevimab effectiveness, and more. Read more. 
NIH scientists find weak points on Epstein-Barr virus
Wednesday, March 13, 2024 01:32 PM
New details of EBV protein could aid treatment, prevention efforts. Read more.
CDC sends team to Chicago over measles outbreak
Wednesday, March 13, 2024 10:32 AM
The CDC has deployed a team to help address an ongoing measles outbreak that originated at a temporary migrant shelter in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood, The Hill reported March 12. Read more. 
Vaccine monitoring crucial as SARS-CoV-2 variants continue to evolve
Wednesday, March 13, 2024 10:16 AM
Researchers have highlighted the importance of continued surveillance of emerging SARS-CoV-2 variants and vaccine performance as the virus continues to evolve. Read more. 
Hack at network of pediatric practices exposes patient data
Tuesday, March 12, 2024 03:23 PM
A network of pediatric dental practices in California notified patients on March 6 that it had been hit with a cyberattack and that their sensitive data, including billing information, were accessed by the hacker, according to the state's  attorney general. Read more. 
Vaccines Protect You & Your Kids From Measles: FDA
Tuesday, March 12, 2024 12:12 PM
As U.S. measles outbreaks make headlines once again, experts at the FDA are urging Americans to get vaccinated. Read more. 
Floss & Flip Flops – Episode 27 – Patient Safety Awareness with "OSHA Lady" Karen Daw
Tuesday, March 12, 2024 12:10 PM
Join the Sanders sisters and "OSHA Lady" Karen Daw as they dive deep on all things patient safety, honoring Patient Safety Awareness Week in March. Read more. 
Mayo Clinic Minute: What is hepatitis C?
Tuesday, March 12, 2024 11:55 AM
It's estimated that 2 to 3 million people in the U.S. are living with the hepatitis C virus, and hundreds of thousands of them are undiagnosed. That's primarily because it tends to be asymptomatic in the initial stages until liver damage sets in decades later. Read more. 
Why Do Some Vaccines Work Better Than Others?
Tuesday, March 12, 2024 11:15 AM
If someone is vaccinated against the measles virus, they likely won’t get measles. Read more. 
NIOSH eNews: Volume 21, Number 11 (March 2024)
Monday, March 11, 2024 03:52 PM
NIOSH eNews: Volume 21, Number 11 (March 2024). Read more. 
March is Blood Clot Awareness Month
Monday, March 11, 2024 03:46 PM
Anyone can be affected by a blood clot regardless of age, gender, or race. This Blood Clot Awareness Month, learn the signs and symptoms of a blood clot and find free resources to share with friends, family, and colleagues to help raise awareness about blood clots. Read more. 
Chicago, California report more measles cases
Monday, March 11, 2024 03:35 PM
Amid a small but steady rise in measles cases nationally, Chicago health officials reported a second case at a migrant shelter and California reported its third case of the year, which involves a child who had recently returned from international travel. Read more. 
Data breaches can happen to any person, business
Monday, March 11, 2024 03:27 PM
Gary Salman, CEO and co-founder of Black Talon Security,has a warning for dental workplaces. Read more. 
Georgia DPH - Tuberculosis remains a local health threat
Monday, March 11, 2024 10:25 AM
Georgia reported 262 new TB cases in 2022, an 18 percent increase over 2021 numbers. Read more. 
Time to finally stop worrying about COVID?
Sunday, March 10, 2024 11:05 AM
Chan School’s William Hanage says CDC may have eased some recommendations, but vulnerable populations remain just that. Read more. 
Obese dental patients can lead to ergonomic struggles
Saturday, March 09, 2024 10:18 AM
Obese patients present ergonomic challenges for dental hygienists. To avoid injury, gently guide patients about how they can help during their appointment. Read more. 
New Antibodies Target “Dark Side” of Influenza Virus Protein
Saturday, March 09, 2024 10:16 AM
Researchers at the National Institutes of Health have identified antibodies targeting a hard-to-spot region of the influenza virus, shedding light on the relatively unexplored “dark side” of the neuraminidase (NA) protein head. Read more. 
Dental Students' Satisfaction With Web-Based Learning During the Initial Phase of the COVID-19 Pandemic: Mixed Methods Study
Saturday, March 09, 2024 10:06 AM
The COVID-19 pandemic has precipitated an accelerated shift in education, moving from traditional learning to web-based learning. Read more. 
What dental practices need to know about workplace violence and safety
Saturday, March 09, 2024 09:43 AM
California enacted a new law in 2023 that mandates almost all employers (including dental practices) develop a comprehensive workplace violence prevention plan by July 1, 2024. This law, overseen by the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal-OSHA), aims to enhance workplace safety and reduce the risk of violence. Read more.
CDC advisers recommend spring COVID booster for seniors
Friday, March 08, 2024 02:26 PM
Vaccine advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have recommended that people ages 65 and older receive an additional dose of the current monovalent (single-strain) COVID-19 vaccine this spring. Read more. 
Get ready to celebrate World Oral Health Day on 20 March!
Friday, March 08, 2024 02:18 PM
World Oral Health Day (WOHD) is fast approaching. Explore our campaign resources and get involved. There are numerous ways you can engage in the initiative and raise awareness of the important link between oral health and general health. Read more. 
Many Community Colleges Serve Basic Needs. But Free Dental Care? That's A Crowning Achievement
Friday, March 08, 2024 01:56 PM
Basic needs services at California’s community colleges can take any number of forms. Students might find information on how to get help with housing and transportation, or get funding for laundry, utilities, or textbooks. Many schools have also opened up their gyms so that unhoused students can access a warm shower. Read more. 
Many viruses behind 2022 outbreak of hepatitis in children: Study
Friday, March 08, 2024 10:38 AM
Isolation during lockdown may have weakened children's immune systems. Read more. 
Topical solution halts tooth decay in children
Friday, March 08, 2024 10:31 AM
NIH-funded study finds non-invasive application of silver diamine fluoride superior to placebo. Read more.
MMWR Weekly - March 7, 2024
Thursday, March 07, 2024 04:09 PM
Weekly / Vol. 73 / No. 9. Read more. 
Substantial Increase in Tuberculosis in California: Recommendations for California Healthcare Providers
Thursday, March 07, 2024 11:52 AM

The CDPH Tuberculosis Control Branch (TBCB) has identified a substantial increase in reported TB cases in California in 2023 compared with 2022. In 2023, the number of reported TB cases increased by 271 (15%) from 1,842 in 2022 to 2,113 in 2023. Read more. 

SARS-CoV-2 fragments may cause problems after infection
Thursday, March 07, 2024 11:49 AM
Researchers found that fragments of SARS-CoV-2 left behind after the immune system fights off infection may continue to trigger immune responses. Read more. 
The role of viruses in oral mucosal lesions
Thursday, March 07, 2024 11:36 AM
This article will give an overview of the role of viruses infecting the oral mucosa, and in addition, describe their clinical manifestation and management. Read more. 
Supplemental Oxygen Concentrations and the Use of Suction to Mitigate Risk of Oral Surgical Fires Using a Laboratory Model
Thursday, March 07, 2024 11:18 AM
Intraoral oxygen pooling during dental sedation, especially using supplemental oxygen, is associated with an increased risk of spontaneous perioperative fire. Read more. 
Smoking cannabis associated with increased risk of heart attack, stroke
Wednesday, March 06, 2024 04:07 PM
NIH-funded observational study shows risk grows sharply with more frequent use. Read more. 
IZ Express #1,745: ACIP Feb 28–29 meeting summary, new Spanish translations, and more
Wednesday, March 06, 2024 12:00 PM
IZ Express #1,745: ACIP Feb 28–29 meeting summary, new Spanish translations, and more. Read more. 
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