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MMWR Weekly - June 20, 2024
Thursday, June 20, 2024 04:33 PM
Weekly / Vol. 73 / No. 24. Read more. 
Change Healthcare to begin notifying patients that cyberattack compromised their private info
Thursday, June 20, 2024 04:31 PM
Change Healthcare is beginning the process of notifying a “substantial proportion” of Americans that their private information, such as Social Security numbers and medical diagnoses, was compromised in the cyberattack that brought portions of the U.S. health care system to a halt earlier this year. Read more.
Reusable Health Care Textiles for Personal Protective Equipment: A Workshop..
Thursday, June 20, 2024 09:49 AM
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will host a virtual public workshop to examine opportunities to increase the use of reusable health care textiles (HCTs) for personal protective equipment (PPE) used in health care settings. This workshop will provide the opportunity for technical experts, policy makers, manufacturers, PPE users, and others to explore the potential benefits and feasibility of integrating more reusable HCTs into health care operations. Read more. 
ASHRAE and AIHA Sign Memorandum of Understanding
Wednesday, June 19, 2024 01:29 PM
“ASHRAE and AIHA will leverage our respective areas of expertise to develop comprehensive strategies and solutions for ensuring safer, healthier indoor environments,” said 2023-24 ASHRAE President Ginger Scoggins, P.E., Fellow ASHRAE. “This collaboration will draw upon ASHRAE’s deep understanding of building systems and standards and AIHA’s broad knowledge of industrial hygiene and occupational health to address the complexities of indoor air quality. Together, we will work towards establishing indoor spaces that benefit occupants across various settings and enhance the overall well-being and productivity of individuals worldwide.” Read more.
Midwife pleads guilty to destroying 2,600 COVID-19 vaccines and issuing fraudulent cards
Wednesday, June 19, 2024 01:18 PM
An upstate New York midwife pleaded guilty on Monday to federal fraud charges for her role in giving out thousands of COVID-19 immunization cards to people who never received the vaccine, prosecutors said. Read more.
IZ Express #1,762: Immunize.org updates, fall 2024 COVID-19 vaccine strain selection, free viewing of vaccine hesitancy documentary, and more
Wednesday, June 19, 2024 12:57 PM
IZ Express #1,762: Immunize.org updates, fall 2024 COVID-19 vaccine strain selection, free viewing of vaccine hesitancy documentary, and more. Read more. 
Lake Area Technical College to Launch Dental Hygiene Program in Response to Growing Demand
Wednesday, June 19, 2024 10:53 AM
Lake Area Technical College (LATC) announced in a release today it is set to expand its healthcare education offerings with the introduction of a new Associate of Applied Science (AAS) program in Dental Hygiene, slated to begin in fall 2025. Read more. 
Study: VA flu vaccine mandate for health workers successful
Tuesday, June 18, 2024 05:17 PM
Almost all—96%—of Veterans Administration (VA) hospitals and 74% of hospitals serving the general population currently require staff to get seasonal influenza vaccines, according to a recent research letter in JAMA Network Open. Read more.
US study finds shifting resistance patterns in Staph aureus
Tuesday, June 18, 2024 05:14 PM
An analysis of Staphylococcus aureus samples from US outpatient settings reveals a shift in antibiotic-resistance trends, researchers reported late last week in JAMA Network Open.Read more.
436 surgeries halted at Colorado VA hospital over unidentifiable residue
Tuesday, June 18, 2024 11:26 AM
As of June 13, 436 surgeries at Aurora, Colo,-based Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center have been delayed or moved to other hospitals, The Denver Post reported. Read more. 
Letting Go of Lead Aprons
Tuesday, June 18, 2024 10:20 AM

UConn faculty behind major new dental recommendation. Read more. 

Extreme Heat and Your Health
Monday, June 17, 2024 04:43 PM
Heat related deaths and illnesses are preventable. Despite this fact, approximately 1,220 people in the United States are killed by extreme heat every year. Read more. 
Studies find little to no immunity to H5N1 avian flu virus in Americans
Monday, June 17, 2024 04:13 PM
The American population has little to no pre-existing immunity to the H5N1 avian flu virus circulating on dairy and poultry farms, according to preliminary findings from ongoing testing by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Read more. 
WHO releases report on state of development of antibacterials
Monday, June 17, 2024 12:32 PM
The World Health Organization (WHO) today released its latest report on antibacterial agents, including antibiotics, in clinical and preclinical development worldwide. Although the number of antibacterial agents in the clinical pipeline increased from 80 in 2021 to 97 in 2023, there is a pressing need for new, innovative agents for serious infections and to replace those becoming ineffective due to widespread use. Read more.
Medical-Dental Integration in Ohio: Improving prevention and coordination at the local level
Monday, June 17, 2024 10:47 AM
Access to high-quality, preventive oral health care is fundamental for an individual to achieve positive health outcomes. Recognizing that health is influenced by where a person lives, it is important to consider how systems of care must adapt to meet the changing needs of a community over time. Read more. 
Patients with disabilities are more vulnerable to safety concerns
Monday, June 17, 2024 10:22 AM
Health systems need to do more to ensure those with physical or intellectual disabilities are getting the best care. Marcus Schabacker of ECRI talked about the issue. Read more. 
The use of electronic cigarettes and other tobacco products among university students and their potential relationship with oral health: A cross-sectional study
Sunday, June 16, 2024 11:40 AM
The aim of this study was to evaluate oral alterations among university students and explore possible associations with tobacco consumption in its various forms. Read more. 
UT Health San Antonio School of Dentistry to launch new Center for Regenerative Sciences
Sunday, June 16, 2024 11:30 AM
The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Dentistry is preparing to launch its Center for Regenerative Sciences, a new research initiative that aims to position the university at the forefront of regenerative dentistry and medicine. Read more. 
Experts highlight common waterborne illnesses, preventive tips for summer
Saturday, June 15, 2024 12:53 PM
Experts emphasize prevalent waterborne illnesses and offer preventive advice for the summer season. Read more. 
A Call for New Research in the Area of Hepatitis C
Saturday, June 15, 2024 12:45 PM
The Congressional Budget Office regularly provides information to the Congress about the effects on the federal budget of policies related to preventive medical care. Today the agency released a report providing background about hepatitis C treatment and the budgetary effects of illustrative increases in such treatment among Medicaid beneficiaries. Read more. 
Worldwide burnout in dentists
Saturday, June 15, 2024 08:58 AM
Sir, based on an FDI World Dental Federation publication, dentists and students face high burnout and mental health risks, worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more. 
FDA modifies strain recommendation for fall COVID vaccine amid variant shifts, uptick in cases
Friday, June 14, 2024 04:11 PM
Though the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last week recommended that vaccine companies switch to the JN.1 variant for updated shots for the fall, yesterday it urged companies to focus on the KP.2 lineage if possible, based on recent shifts and a national rise in cases. Read more. 
Infectious H5N1 influenza virus in raw milk rapidly declines with heat treatment
Friday, June 14, 2024 03:27 PM
The amount of infectious H5N1 influenza viruses in raw milk rapidly declined with heat treatment in laboratory research. Read more. 
Top 5 Infectious Disease News Stories Week of June 8-June 14
Friday, June 14, 2024 12:14 PM
Overcoming “RSV identity crisis,” Moderna announced data for its investigational mRNA-1083 vaccine, BWC0977 effort to target drug-resistant pathogens, and more this week from Contagion. Read more.
Health workforce for oral health inequity: Opportunity for action
Friday, June 14, 2024 09:40 AM
Oral health is high on the global agenda following the adoption of the 2022 global strategy on oral health at the 75th World Health Assembly. Read more. 
MMWR Weekly - June 13, 2024
Thursday, June 13, 2024 04:31 PM
Weekly / Vol. 73 / No. 23. Read more. 
Getting farmworkers to use PPE is hard, but it’s the best way to stop an H5N1 bird flu epidemic
Thursday, June 13, 2024 11:44 AM
Although a third U.S. dairy worker has been confirmed to be infected with the H5N1 bird flu, many dairy farms are still unwilling to use even freely offered personal protective equipment (PPE). This is cause for alarm. Working with a pathogen assigned a biosafety level of 3 — meaning it “can cause serious or potentially lethal disease through respiratory transmission” — with at best BSL 2 level protections is playing with fire. Read more.
Michigan stands out for its aggressive bird flu response. Will other states follow its lead?
Wednesday, June 12, 2024 03:51 PM
For weeks now, as the H5N1 bird flu has been spreading into dairy cattle herds in more and more places, one state continues to lead the pack. Read more. 
Convenient at-home test identifies at-risk individuals with inadequate immunity to COVID-19
Wednesday, June 12, 2024 02:18 PM
By late in the pandemic more than 96% of individuals in the U.S. ages 16 and older had COVID-19 antibodies from infection or vaccination. However, immunity from the virus tends to wane over time. Uptake of the boosters has been quite low, meaning that over time the current high levels of protection will dissipate. Read more. 
Rural Health Clinic Accreditation
Wednesday, June 12, 2024 02:10 PM
The Joint Commission’s Rural Health Clinic Accreditation Program was developed to help improve quality and safety for patients in rural communities who are seeking preventive and specialized outpatient care. As a leader in healthcare accreditation, we are dedicated to supporting rural health clinics in providing high-quality care to their communities. Read more. 
IZ Express #1,761: National Men’s Health Week, review your COVID-19 resources, and more
Wednesday, June 12, 2024 09:58 AM
IZ Express #1,761: National Men’s Health Week, review your COVID-19 resources, and more. Read more.
In Hospitals, Pest Control Is Infection Control
Tuesday, June 11, 2024 02:20 PM
By prioritizing pest control in hospitals, managers can create a hygienic environment that promotes healing, recovery and well-being. Read more. 
Attend FDI’s Second Virtual Summit on Sustainability in Dentistry
Tuesday, June 11, 2024 01:28 PM
FDI World Dental Federation (FDI) is hosting the second edition of its virtual Summit on Sustainability in Dentistry on June 18-20, 2024. Read more.
Putting Health care Where the Kids Are: US Public Attitudes About School-Based Health Centers
Tuesday, June 11, 2024 01:13 PM
School-based health centers (SBHCs) have been shown to offer substantial benefits to students but we know little about how the public thinks about them. We sought to assess US public attitudes about SBHCs and the provision of 7 health service lines-primary care, preventive care, vaccinations, preventive dental care, preventive vision care, mental health care, and nutrition counseling. Read more.
Overcoming Limitations in a Low-Resource Facility: Spotlight on the Navajo Nation
Tuesday, June 11, 2024 01:00 PM
Sage Memorial Hospital, Navajo Health Foundation in Arizona tackles health care and infection control challenges through innovative strategies and cultural sensitivity, serving the Navajo community with respect and resilience. Read more. 
Report reveals growing respect among population regarding oral-systemic link
Tuesday, June 11, 2024 10:44 AM
American consumers say they're taking their oral health more seriously due to their better understanding of the oral-systemic link. Overall, they're practicing better preventive care. Read more. 
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