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April is National Facial Protection Month.
Tuesday, March 26, 2024 11:59 AM
National Facial Protection Month is sponsored by the Academy for Sports Dentistry, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Dental Association, American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and the American Association of Orthodontists. Together we encourage children and adults to enjoy the pleasures of the season by using common sense and taking the necessary precautions to prevent sports injuries. Read more. 
Should we be worried about Alaskapox?
Tuesday, March 26, 2024 10:37 AM
An elderly man in South Alaska died of Alaskapox last month, state health officials confirmed. Characterized by skin lesions and related to viruses like smallpox and mpox, this is the first recorded fatality attributed to Alaskapox since its identification in 2015. The unnamed elderly man is only the seventh recorded case of the virus. Read more. 
More measles cases detected in Illinois, New York as US total climbs to 64
Monday, March 25, 2024 05:14 PM
Over the weekend, public health officials in Illinois and New York identified three more measles cases. Read more. 
Improving interprofessional collaboration through Integrated Electronic Health Records
Monday, March 25, 2024 12:01 PM
The integration of dental and medical Electronic Health Records (EHRs) holds immense potential to revolutionize healthcare, but its success hinges on understanding user needs and applicability in diverse settings. In 2023, FDI, in collaboration with Henry Schein, initiated a project to identify user needs, develop recommended oral health (OH) indicators, and promote holistic patient data collection. Read more. 
Do dentists really need to take blood pressure on their patients?
Monday, March 25, 2024 11:58 AM
Is it realistic to take blood pressure readings on every dental patient? Have you ever had a patient get upset when you say you need to take their blood pressure? Join us as we discuss these questions and more. Read more. 
Attitude and performance in controlling dust particles from dental prosthesis and appliance adjustment: a survey of dentists and dental assistants
Monday, March 25, 2024 11:50 AM

Objective: To assess the attitude and practices of dentists and dental assistants in managing dust particles generated during dental prostheses or appliances grinding and polishing. Read more. 

8 Strategies for a Healthy Spring
Monday, March 25, 2024 11:13 AM
Prioritize your health this spring by moving more, eating healthy foods, getting enough sleep, being sun safe, and more. Your efforts could even help prevent chronic diseases like Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Read more. 
Disposal of Unused Medicines: What You Should Know
Sunday, March 24, 2024 12:28 PM
Learn how to dispose of unused or expired drugs. Read more. 
Senate Passes Resolution Commemorating 75th Anniversary of NIDCR
Sunday, March 24, 2024 12:23 PM
he United States Senate has passed a resolution, requested by the American Association for Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Research (AADOCR), celebrating the 75th anniversary of the founding of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR). Read more. 
Scientists close in on TB blood test which could detect millions of silent spreaders
Sunday, March 24, 2024 12:14 PM
Millions of people are spreading tuberculosis unknowingly - now scientists say they are close to developing a new test that is as simple as the lateral flows used during the Covid pandemic. Read more. 
New York State Department of Health Provides Updates On Nassau County Measles Case
Sunday, March 24, 2024 12:04 PM
The New York State Department of Health today provided updates on the first case of measles in New York State outside of New York City in 2024, the third case in the State this year. The Department is closely monitoring this case—along with Nassau County health officials—and urges all New Yorkers, especially young children, who have not had the Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) immunization to get immunized as soon as possible. Read more.
World TB Day 2024 – Yes! We Can End TB!
Saturday, March 23, 2024 05:34 PM
In observance of World Tuberculosis Day (Sunday, March 24) the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, joins our partners in reaffirming our commitment to ending the tuberculosis (TB) pandemic while honoring the lives lost to TB disease. Read more. 
Red Cross Works With Military on Dental Assistant Training
Saturday, March 23, 2024 08:16 AM
“The six-month program at Fort Leonard Wood offers trained personnel for the dental services and provides a portable job skill that always is in demand,” said Jason Ramlow, Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces regional program manager. Read more. 
US flu activity declines, along with other respiratory viruses
Saturday, March 23, 2024 08:15 AM
Flu activity finally declined last week following a lengthy post-holiday bump, though levels are still elevated, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today in its latest weekly FluView report. Read more. 
Top 5 Infectious Disease Stories Week of March 16
Saturday, March 23, 2024 08:13 AM
This week learn more about CDC's strategies to reduce waterborne diseases; the US change to a trivalent influenza vaccine; new data for Merck's pneumococcal vaccine; and how PCR testing can influence a patient diagnosis and outcome. Read more. 
CDA - Dentists must screen patients for measles, other ATDs, before providing treatment
Saturday, March 23, 2024 08:11 AM
Confirmed cases of measles are on the rise. Dental offices are responsible for screening patients for measles and other aerosol-transmissible diseases before providing treatment. Screening consists of observing patients for signs of illness and asking them how they are feeling. Patients with suspected or confirmed illness should be rescheduled. See CDA's member resource Cal/OSHA Regulation on Aerosol Transmissible Diseases. Read more.
Ready to give up the lead vest?
Friday, March 22, 2024 03:25 PM
New guidelines say protective gear is no longer needed during dental x-rays. What's changed? Read more. 
Inter-Hospital Transfer Is an Independent Risk Factor for Hospital-Associated Infection
Friday, March 22, 2024 03:12 PM
Regionalization of surgical care shifts higher acuity patients to larger centers. Hospital-associated infections (HAIs) are important quality measures with financial implications. In our ongoing efforts to eliminate HAIs, we examined the potential role for inter-hospital transfer in our cases of HAI across a multihospital system. Read more.
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. 
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