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Analyzing The Emergence Of Covid Variant KP.2 And Its Potential Impact
Wednesday, June 05, 2024 10:31 AM
It is clear that SARS-CoV-2, the agent of the Covid-19 epidemic, is here to stay. Like influenza, an easily transmissible respiratory virus, SARS-CoV-2 mutates to evade the immune system of those who have been previously vaccinated, infected, or both. The question remains: how dangerous is each new version of SARS-CoV-2? Again, like the Flu, if you have been previously vaccinated, infected, or both, new variants are not so dangerous, but if you have not, emerging versions of SARS-CoV-2 could be life-threatening for those vulnerable. Read more.
 
A new discovery about carbon dioxide is challenging decades-old ventilation doctrine
Tuesday, June 04, 2024 11:24 AM
Carbon dioxide monitors have been around for decades. But in 2020, they became, almost overnight, a hot commodity. All of a sudden, people wanted them to help assess the safety of indoor spaces — to gauge the likelihood of breathing in coronavirus-laced particles that until very recently had been in someone else’s lungs. Read more. 
 
Safety concerns highlighted in dental practice report
Tuesday, June 04, 2024 10:22 AM
A dental practice is "not providing safe care" for patients, the health watchdog has found. Read more. 
 
Dental Facts And Statistics In 2024
Tuesday, June 04, 2024 10:17 AM
Despite advances in orthodontic solutions like invisible braces and teeth aligners, millions of people still struggle with maintaining dental and oral hygiene. In fact, one-quarter of U.S. adults ages 20 to 64 have at least one untreated cavity, according to dental statistics from the Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC). Read more. 
 
CDC reports nearly 3-fold jump in pertussis cases
Tuesday, June 04, 2024 10:08 AM
The CDC is reporting a steep increase in pertussis cases this year, according to ABC News. Read more. 
 
David E. Barmes Global Health Lecture 2024 | Global HIV/AIDS Response: Then, Now, Future.
Tuesday, June 04, 2024 10:01 AM

NIDCR and the NIH Fogarty International Center (FIC) present the David E. Barmes Global Health Lecture 2024: Global HIV/AIDS Response: Then, Now, Future. The keynote speaker is Ambassador Dr. John Nkengasong, Senior Bureau Official for Global Health Security and Diplomacy, in which role he oversees the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
NIH Director Monica Bertagnolli, M.D., and the directors of NIDCR and FIC will also give remarks.
For more information, visit FIC’s Barmes 2024 webpage.

Read more. 

 
Why the Pandemic Probably Started in a Lab, in 5 Key Points
Monday, June 03, 2024 10:27 AM
Dr. Chan is a molecular biologist at the Broad Institute of M.I.T. and Harvard, and a co-author of “Viral: The Search for the Origin of Covid-19.” Read more. 
 
Doctors, nurses at Indianapolis hospital only using paper after hackers took over their systems
Monday, June 03, 2024 10:20 AM
Everything is being hand-written and hand-charted for patients, so there's room for errors. Read more. 
 
(Not) total recall: What dental hygienists need to know about Alzheimer’s disease and its treatment
Monday, June 03, 2024 09:57 AM
Recent research shows a connection between oral health and Alzheimer’s disease/dementia. Dental professionals must understand the disease’s dental implications to care for patients who are suffering. Read more. 
 
Maryland launches new program to increase number of dentists
Monday, June 03, 2024 09:01 AM
The Maryland Department of Health is launching a new program to bring more dentists and dental hygienists to underserved communities in the state. Read more. 
 
Dental unit waterline infection control practice and knowledge gaps
Monday, June 03, 2024 08:52 AM
Dental unit waterline (DWL) infection control is critical to infection prevention. Identifying challenges and barriers to its implementation is a first step toward understanding how to improve engagement. Read more. 
 
UK Announces Next Phase in Combating Antimicrobial Resistance
Sunday, June 02, 2024 05:58 PM
The 2024-2029 5-year UK national action plan for antimicrobial resistance is the second to emerge from the 20-year strategy announced in 2019. Read more.
 
Crafting smiles: UNE dental student combines art and education to improve access to care
Sunday, June 02, 2024 05:53 PM
After working as a dental assistant, Macy Punzalan (D.M.D.,’ 24) decided to attend the University of New England to further her education in dental medicine. At UNE, she has been combining her past experience in medicine, love for art, and education to support individuals who have trouble accessing dental care. Read more. 
 
Effect of Different Isolation Methods on Bioaerosol Distribution: An In Vitro Study
Sunday, June 02, 2024 10:20 AM
The purposes of this in vitro study were to evaluate the effect of three isolation methods to mitigate bioaerosols during stainless steel crown (SSC) preparations and assess the distribution of Streptococcus mutans by aerosolization in closed-room operatories. Read more. 
 
Peer Review: List of Hazardous Drugs in Healthcare Settings 2019
Saturday, June 01, 2024 06:47 PM
NIOSH created a peer review plan for the 2019 update of our List of Hazardous Drugs in Healthcare Settings. Healthcare workers who prepare or administer hazardous drugs (e.g., some cancer therapy, antiviral, hormone therapy, and bioengineered agents) may be exposed to these agents in the workplace. Those who work in areas where these drugs are used, such as environmental services workers, may also be exposed. Read more. 
 
Assessing a Continuing Education Course for Dental Hygienists to Improve HPV and HPV Vaccine Knowledge and Self-efficacy
Saturday, June 01, 2024 06:40 PM
Human papillomavirus is the most common sexually transmitted infection and causes anogenital and oropharyngeal cancers. Although HPV-related cancers can be prevented through vaccination, HPV vaccination rates are low compared to other vaccines. Read more.
 
Top Infectious Disease News Stories Week of May 24-31
Saturday, June 01, 2024 06:18 PM
FDA approves Moderna's RSV vaccine for seniors, young women struggling with recurrent C difficile over the years, FDA grants Karius test to assist diagnosing infectious diseases, and more this week from Contagion. Read more. 
 
Unsuspecting Bedfellows: Sepsis and Nonventilator Hospital-Acquired Pneumonia
Saturday, June 01, 2024 06:13 PM
Discover the critical connection between sepsis and nonventilator hospital-acquired pneumonia (NV-HAP), impacting healthcare quality measures and patient outcomes. Read more. 
 
Prioritizing our Healthcare Workers: The Importance of Addressing the Intersection of Workplace Violence and Mental Health and Wellbeing
Friday, May 31, 2024 05:03 PM
Workplace violence impacts the mental health and wellbeing of the healthcare workforce. The negative outcomes not only affect the healthcare worker but can trickle down to patient safety and satisfaction. It is important that healthcare institutions implement workplace violence prevention programs that benefit the entire healthcare workforce. This blog post highlights current efforts across government and industry to address this critical issue. Read more. 
 
Shouldn't Instructions for Use be Useful?
Friday, May 31, 2024 03:08 PM
Consider the ubiquitous blood pressure cuffs and the glucometer as a microcosm for what is wrong with medical instrument cleaning instructions in healthcare today. Read more. 
 
Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizers Ineffective Against Norovirus: Effective Alternatives and Infection Control Strategies
Friday, May 31, 2024 02:53 PM
As most health care professionals know, norovirus, or the stomach flu, consists of viruses that irritate and inflame the stomach and intestine linings. Highly contagious, norovirus can cause days of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and fever, resulting in severe dehydration, reduced nutrient absorption, and even death. Read more. 
 
OSHA HCS Amendments Primarily Align with GHS Rev 7
Friday, May 31, 2024 11:33 AM
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a final rule on May 20, 2024, that amends the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) to conform to the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS), primarily Revision 7 (Rev 7), address issues that arose during the implementation of the 2012 update to the HCS, and provide better alignment with other U.S. agencies and international trading partners while enhancing the effectiveness of the standard. Read more. 
 
MMWR Weekly - May 30, 2024
Thursday, May 30, 2024 05:20 PM
Weekly / Vol. 73 / No. 21. Read more. 
 
A third U.S. farm worker infected with bird flu is the first to experience respiratory symptoms
Thursday, May 30, 2024 01:14 PM
third human case of H5 bird flu tied to the ongoing U.S. outbreak in cattle has been detected in a farm worker in Michigan, state health authorities confirmed on Thursday. Read more. 
 
IZ Express #1,759: Ask the Experts – Pneumococcal Vaccination of Children
Thursday, May 30, 2024 10:03 AM
IZ Express #1,759: Ask the Experts – Pneumococcal Vaccination of Children. Read more. 
 
California’s Workplace Violence Law Expands Policy Requirements
Thursday, May 30, 2024 09:57 AM
Nearly all employers in the state need to adopt a workplace violence prevention policy starting July 1, 2024. Read more. 
 
Novel vaccine concept generates immune responses that could produce multiple types of HIV broadly neutralizing antibodies
Thursday, May 30, 2024 09:41 AM
Using a combination of cutting-edge immunologic technologies, researchers have successfully stimulated animals’ immune systems to induce rare precursor B cells of a class of HIV broadly neutralizing antibodies (bNAbs). The findings, published today in Nature Immunology, are an encouraging, incremental step in developing a preventive HIV vaccine. Read more. 
 
IZ Express #1,758: Meningococcal disease and Saudi Arabia, remembering our colleague, influenza A(H5N1), and more
Wednesday, May 29, 2024 05:19 PM
IZ Express #1,758: Meningococcal disease and Saudi Arabia, remembering our colleague, influenza A(H5N1), and more. Read more. 
 
WHO - Infection prevention and control in-service education and training curriculum
Wednesday, May 29, 2024 05:02 PM
The primary objective of this curriculum is to equip health and care workers with the essential knowledge and competencies necessary for delivering safe and effective care. By doing so it aims to significantly reduce HAIs and combat antimicrobial resistance, thereby safeguarding both patient and HCWs well-being. Read more. 
 
National Safety Month Public Materials
Wednesday, May 29, 2024 04:46 PM
Download and review your National Safety Month® (NSM) materials. Share the NSM poster and use the NSM icon and email signature image to showcase your participation. Read more. 
 
Why Is Sepsis a Leading Cause of Death?
Wednesday, May 29, 2024 04:34 PM
Sepsis is a life-threatening medical emergency that happens when the body’s immune response to an infection causes damage to vital organs. Read more. 
 
Autistic people three times more likely to develop Parkinson's-like symptoms
Wednesday, May 29, 2024 03:11 PM
Largest study of its kind also finds increased risk in older adults with a range of intellectual disabilities. Read more. 
 
Text reminders help connect health care workers to care and improve their mental health
Tuesday, May 28, 2024 06:12 PM
Health care workers have reported spikes in feeling burnt out in the time since the COVID-19 pandemic began, with nearly half saying it took a toll in 2022 compared to 32 percent in 2018. Read more. 
 
Dentist suspended for soaking equipment in paint thinner, more
Tuesday, May 28, 2024 03:55 PM
A dentist in Washington accused of multiple sanitation and infection control violations, like soaking equipment in paint thinner and wearing dirty gloves during treatment, has been suspended, according to the Washington State Department of Health. Read more.
 
Measles cases across Europe continue to surge, putting millions of children at risk
Tuesday, May 28, 2024 10:49 AM
Rapid response to measles outbreak is critical, as cases this year predicted to soon exceed total number reported in 2023. Read more. 
 
Tick-Borne Diseases in the United States: An Escalating Challenge
Tuesday, May 28, 2024 10:43 AM
Tick-borne diseases, primarily transmitted by Ixodes scapularis (black-legged or deer tick), are increasingly prevalent in the United States, surpassing diseases spread by mosquitoes. With over 490,000 annual cases, these diseases, including Lyme disease, babesiosis, anaplasmosis, and Powassan virus, present significant public health challenges. Read more. 
 
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