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UCSF, Institut Pasteur Develop Center on Emerging Infectious Disease
Saturday, October 29, 2022 01:20 PM
Building on their successful research partnership during the pandemic, UC San Francisco’s Quantitative Biosciences Institute (QBI) and the Institut Pasteur (Paris, France) have signed a comprehensive agreement to establish the Institut Pasteur-UCSF QBI Center of Excellence in Emerging Infectious Diseases. Read more. 
WHO releases list of threatening fungi. The most dangerous might surprise you
Friday, October 28, 2022 05:11 PM
The idea of deadly fungi might conjure up images of poisonous red mushroom caps with distinctive white spots – or sneaky false morels that can turn a fun day of foraging into an evening of gastrointestinal distress. Read more. 
Toolkit for Engaging Patients To Improve Diagnostic Safety
Friday, October 28, 2022 05:07 PM
Diagnostic errors occur in all care settings and one in three patients will experience a diagnostic error firsthand. Research suggests that communication breakdowns during the patient-provider encounter are a leading contributor to diagnostic errors. Read more. 
Dental Public Health Research Fellowship
Friday, October 28, 2022 04:53 PM
The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) sponsors a three-year fellowship program in Dental Public Health Research. This fellowship includes a 12-month full-time residency in Dental Public Health (DPH) followed by a 24-month full-time postdoctoral fellowship with a strong focus on oral health research. Read more.
Is monkeypox spreading through the air like COVID-19?
Friday, October 28, 2022 04:50 PM

CLAIM - Monkeypox spreads through the air, just like SARS-CoV-2. Read more. 

Is monkeypox related to chickenpox?
Friday, October 28, 2022 04:45 PM

Is monkeypox related to chickenpox? Read more. 

HHS Announces Listening Session on Protecting the Safety of Patients and Healthcare Workers
Friday, October 28, 2022 09:51 AM
Join the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), including leaders from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and the Food and Drug Administration, on November 14 as they recommit to the advancement of patient and healthcare worker safety. Read more.
Inflammation: A major link between oral and systemic diseases
Friday, October 28, 2022 09:49 AM
Inflammation is the body’s response to bacteria, and unfortunately, with many diseases, it doesn’t settle but becomes chronic—such as with periodontitis. Read more. 
Dental Expert Offers Five Helpful Tips to Celebrate October’s National Dental Hygiene Month
Friday, October 28, 2022 09:47 AM
The American Dental Association’s general oral care recommendations include brushing twice a day, regular dentist visits, and flossing daily but there's more that can be done to maintain optimal oral health. There’s no better time than October’s National Dental Hygiene Month to start good habits like choosing or avoiding certain foods, proper dental care, and selecting the right product, which can make a big difference in achieving that megawatt smile. Read more.
Everything you need to know about COVID-19 vaccines
Friday, October 28, 2022 09:45 AM
Donna Hallas, CPNP, FAAN, FAANP, PMHS, PPCNP-BC, PhD, discusses the top news from the October issue of Contemporary Pediatrics®. Read more. 
Covid-19 vaccine study links side effects with greater antibody response
Friday, October 28, 2022 09:43 AM
People who reported experiencing side effects to the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna Covid-19 vaccines such as fever, chills or muscle pain tended to have a greater antibody response following vaccination, according to new research. Read more. 
Prevalence of oral HPV in the adult sample population in Sydney
Thursday, October 27, 2022 04:22 PM
Oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinomas are increasing in incidence. Risk factors include sexual behaviour, high-risk oral HPV infection and poor oral hygiene. We aimed to provide initial information on the prevalence and assess the feasibility of testing in dental settings. Read more. 
Heart attack deaths jumped sharply among young U.S. adults in 2nd year of COVID pandemic
Thursday, October 27, 2022 04:20 PM
As the number of COVID-19 infection surged during the pandemic, deaths from heart attacks rose sharply as well, with adults ages 25-44 experiencing the most significant increases, according to new research from scientists at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Read more. 
Afraid of needles? Oral COVID-19 vaccine being used in China
Thursday, October 27, 2022 04:18 PM
The Chinese city of Shanghai started administering an inhalable COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday in what appears to be a world first. Read more. 
Antibiotic use by dentists in Germany: a review of prescriptions, pathogens, antimicrobial resistance and antibiotic stewardship strategies
Thursday, October 27, 2022 04:16 PM
In Germany, 85% of all antibiotics are prescribed in the outpatient care sector, and dentists account for 11% of the total outpatient antibiotic prescriptions. Read more. 
IZ Express #1,659: Immunize.org summarizes Oct. 19–20 ACIP meeting, and more
Thursday, October 27, 2022 04:14 PM
IZ Express #1,659: Immunize.org summarizes Oct. 19–20 ACIP meeting, and more. Read more. 
Scientific Peer Review During the Pandemic and Beyond: Changes, Benefits, and Impacts
Thursday, October 27, 2022 10:01 AM
The COVID-19 pandemic began significantly impacting the operations of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in March 2020. Travel restrictions were implemented, and CDC employees ordered to work from home. The Office of Extramural Programs (OEP) Review Team had a confirmed in-person peer review meeting for World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) research applications occurring within a week. Suddenly it was impossible to convene this, or any, in-person panel to review applications. Read more. 
Oral germs show bacterial resistance to common antiseptics
Thursday, October 27, 2022 09:59 AM
Streptococcus mutansLactobacillus acidophilus, and other oral germs may show bacterial resistance to antiseptics, including chlorhexidine, according to a review published on October 21 in the International Journal of Dental Hygiene. What's more, resistance may rise over time. Read more. 
New research shows e-cigarettes cause cardiac arrhythmias
Thursday, October 27, 2022 09:57 AM
Some cardiac effects of e-cigarette ingredients are similar to or worse than conventional cigarettes. Read more. 
Safety recommendations to address diagnostic errors
Thursday, October 27, 2022 09:09 AM
Study in November 2022 issue of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient SafetyTuesday, October 25 2022. Read more.
World AIDS Day 2022: Putting Ourselves to the Test: Achieving Equity to End HIV
Thursday, October 27, 2022 09:07 AM
Each year on December 1st, we commemorate World AIDS Day. This important awareness day remains a time to reflect on our worldwide response to HIV/AIDS while honoring the lives of those lost to AIDS-related illnesses. On this day, we also renew our commitment to supporting the wellbeing of those with HIV, as well as those at risk for infection. Read more. 
WHO releases first-ever list of health-threatening fungi
Wednesday, October 26, 2022 05:37 PM
WHO today published a report highlighting the first-ever list of fungal "priority pathogens" – a catalogue of the 19 fungi that represent the greatest threat to public health.  The WHO fungal priority pathogens list (FPPL) is the first global effort to systematically prioritize fungal pathogens, considering the unmet research and development (R&D) needs and the perceived public health importance. The WHO FPPL aims to focus and drive further research and policy interventions to strengthen the global response to fungal infections and antifungal resistance. Read more. 
Omicron keeps finding new evolutionary tricks to outsmart our immunity
Wednesday, October 26, 2022 05:30 PM
Throughout the pandemic, the virus that causes COVID-19 has been evolving fast, blindsiding the world with one variant after another. Read more.
Des Moines dental clinic resolves DOJ complaint over ADA violation
Wednesday, October 26, 2022 05:28 PM
The clinic agrees to undertake a number of improvements to ensure appropriate interpreter services for clients who are deaf, the DOJ said. The complainant in the case will be paid $45,000 in compensation for the discrimination she suffered. Read more. 
The most common COVID-19 symptoms have changed. Here’s what they are
Wednesday, October 26, 2022 10:14 AM
The most commonly reported COVID-19 symptoms in recent weeks have changed since the coronavirus started to spread across the globe nearly three years ago, a study has found. Read more. 
Assessment of dental health care personnel protocol deviations and self-contamination during personal protective equipment donning and doffing
Wednesday, October 26, 2022 10:11 AM

Dental health care personnel (DHCP) may be at increased risk of exposure to severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, the virus that causes COVID-19, as well as other clinically important pathogens. Proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE) reduces occupational exposure to pathogens. The authors performed an assessment of PPE donning and doffing practices among DHCP, using a fluorescent marker as a surrogate for pathogen transmission.
Read more. 

Occupational ergonomics and related musculoskeletal disorders among dentists: A systematic review
Wednesday, October 26, 2022 10:09 AM
There is an increasing concern about musculoskeletal disorders (MSD), resulting from occupational health hazards among dentists. Dentists who are susceptible to occupational health hazards could develop cumulative trauma disorders, lead to absenteeism from work, loss of productivity and performance or even long-term disability. Read more. 
European, US officials track BQ.1 Omicron subvariant rises
Wednesday, October 26, 2022 10:07 AM
The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) late last week projected that the Omicron BQ.1 sublineage and its offshoots will likely fuel rises in COVID-19 activity in the weeks and months ahead. Read more. 
New vaccine roadmap eyes future threats of coronaviruses
Wednesday, October 26, 2022 10:05 AM
Today the University of Minnesota's Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) published a draft version of a Coronavirus Vaccines Research & Development (R&D) Roadmap (CVR), highlighting strategies to develop vaccines that are effective against new COVID-19 variants, as well as coronaviruses that have not yet emerged in people. Read more. 
Researchers stress screening for white coat hypertension
Wednesday, October 26, 2022 10:02 AM
It's no secret that stress can cause high blood pressure. For many patients, going to the dental office is stressful. Add in the COVID-19 pandemic, and it's all the more important for dental professionals to help manage patient stress, according to a letter published in the Journal of Dental Sciences. Read more. 
Is a 'tripledemic' here? US grapples with surges of Covid-19, flu, and RSV
Tuesday, October 25, 2022 08:45 AM
Health experts have long been concerned about a potential "twindemic" of rising Covid-19 and flu cases. But now, an early surge of severe respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) cases among children is overwhelming hospitals nationwide, prompting worries of a "tripledemic." Read more. 
Tuesday, October 25, 2022 08:43 AM
AAPD Provides Helpful Tips on Celebrating Halloween. Read more. 
Oops, I did it again! Top 5 ergonomic mistakes in hygiene
Tuesday, October 25, 2022 08:40 AM
If they don't prioritize their health, dental hygienists run the risk of health and musculoskeletal disorders. These ergonomic tips will prevent you from suffering. Read more. 
COVID-19: life expectancy mostly continued to decline in 2021
Tuesday, October 25, 2022 08:36 AM
Shift in deaths from the very old to people in middle age. Read more.
One in 10 older Americans has dementia
Tuesday, October 25, 2022 08:34 AM
In the first nationally representative study of cognitive impairment prevalence in more than 20 years, Columbia University researchers have found almost 10% of U.S. adults ages 65 and older have dementia, while another 22% have mild cognitive impairment. People with dementia and mild cognitive impairment are more likely to be older, have lower levels of education, and to be racialized as Black or Hispanic. Men and women have similar rates of dementia and mild cognitive impairment. Read more.   
Shaping the Nation’s Smiles with Dental Public Health
Monday, October 24, 2022 04:51 PM
NIDCR fellows strive to improve oral health for all. Read more. 
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