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October 2016

Frequent Routine Dental Care Protective Against Pneumonia

Get out the toothpaste, floss, and make an appointment with your friendly neighborhood dentist!  This news might bring you into the dentist office on a more frequent basis.  Researchers have noted a link between dental care and bacterial pneumonia.  Dr. Doll stated: "We found that people who visited their dentist more frequently were protected against pneumonia.  Compared to visits at least twice a year, persons who never saw a dentist had an 86% increased risk of acquiring pneumonia,"  

Shortness of Breath

Dyspnea or as non-specialists would say "shortness of breath" is defined by The American Thoracic Society as a subjective experience of breathing discomfort that consists of qualitatively distinct sensations that vary in intensity.  On Wednesday, October 26, 2016, from 8-9am PST  Dr. J.K. Gude will present a case discussion on Acute and Chronic Dyspnea.  Please review the time in your international location for this ONLINE presentation.
International Times for this ONLINE Conference

"Break The Chain"

    Concluding a week-long infection prevention and aware campaign, we highlight The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) "Break The Chain" program.
     There are many different germs and infections inside and outside of the healthcare setting. Despite the variety of viruses and bacteria, germs spread from person to person through a common series of events. Therefore, to prevent germs from infecting more people, we must break the chain of infection.

10 ways to protect a patient from infections

The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) list 10 ways that healthcare providers can use to help protect their patients from infections.
1. Wash or clean your hands before and after you for care a patient.
2. Use personal protective equipment the right way.
3. Get your shots—including your annual flu shot—and make sure everyone in your family does too.
4. Follow the rules of isolation for the patient’s protection, your protection, and everyone else’s protection.

It's flu season!!!!!

Many, if not most positions that bring volunteers into contact with scores of people require their volunteers to either wear a mask covering the mouth and nose or to get a flu shot.  If you elect not to receive a flu shot, do your best to protect others from the flu.

"The CDC estimates that from the 1976-1977 season to the 2006-2007 flu season, flu-associated deaths ranged from a low of about 3,000 to a high of about 49,000 people. Death certificate data and weekly influenza virus surveillance information was used to estimate how many flu-related deaths occurred among people whose underlying cause of death was listed as a respiratory or circulatory disease on their death certificate.

Stroke Syndrome 10/21/16 @8-9am

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A cerebrovascular accident(CVA) or more commonly known as stroke is due to a lack of oxygen-carrying blood to an area of the brain.  The signs and symptoms of a stroke are principally related to the region of the brain that is affected.  On Wednesday, October 19, 2016, from 8-9am PST  Dr. Finomo Oram Finomo from the Federal Medical Center-Yenagoa, Nigeria and Dr. Alan Bernstein Clinical Professor of Neurology at UCD will speak on Stroke Syndromes.

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Global Handwashing Day

Today is Global Handwashing Day!  Around our planet, many are bringing awareness to the importance of washing your hands with soap. The U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID’s) works with their partners in an efforts to end preventable child and maternal deaths. They display the following facts on handwashing:

*Millions of children under the age of 5 years die from diarrheal diseases and pneumonia. 

*Handwashing with soap could prevent about 1 out of every 3 episodes of diarrheal illnesses and almost 1 out of 6 episodes of respiratory infections like pneumonia.

CDC warns of a potential risk during cardiac surgery

A 3T heater-cooler pictured above(photo by CDC)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is advising hospitals to notify patients who underwent open-heart (open-chest) surgery involving a 3T heater-cooler that the device was potentially contaminated, possibly putting patients at risk for a life threatening infection.  New information indicates that these devices were likely contaminated with the rare bacteriaMycobacterium chimaeraduring manufacturing.  Hospitals should advise potentially exposed patients to seek medical care if they are experiencing symptoms such as night sweats, muscle aches, unexplained weight loss, fatigue, or unexplained fever.

International Day of the Girl

October 11, 2016, is celebrated as International Day of the Girl.  This year's theme is: Girls' Progress = Goals' Progress: What Counts for Girls.   International Day of the Girl supports more opportunity for girls and increased awareness of gender inequality faced by all girls.  These disparities include, but are not limited to discrimination, access to education, gender-based violence, and forced child marriage. 

Thanksgiving Day in Canada

Thanksgiving Day in Canada has been celebrated on second Monday in October since 1957.   It is an opportunity for people to give thanks for a good harvest and other good fortunes.   Originally the indigenous peoples of the Americas held ceremonies and festivals to commemorate the completion and bounty of the season long before European explorers and settlers arrived in what is now known as Canada.  Early European thanksgivings were held to give thanks for some exceptional fortune.