Oral Health
Will Humble

Journal Article of the Week: Chronic Diseases & Oral Health

Burden of chronic diseases associated w/ periodontal diseases: a retrospective cohort study using UK primary care data Conclusions: In this cohort, periodontal diseases appeared to be associated with an increased risk of developing cardiovascular, cardiometabolic, autoimmune diseases and mental ill health. Periodontal diseases are very common; therefore, an increased risk of other chronic diseases represent a substantial public health burden.

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Public Health
Will Humble

Please Consider A Charitable Donation to the Arizona Public Health Association: Your Independent Voice for Public Health

The Arizona Public Health Association is your independent voice for evidence-based public health policy. We couldn’t do that work without your support via Individual, Organizational, and Sustaining memberships, conference sponsorships, and donations.  If you’re not yet a member of the Arizona Public Health Association, we’d love to add you to our collective voice! Our Individual Memberships are just $75/year. You can join here! You can also include AzPHA in your annual charity

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Disease Control
Will Humble

CDC Director Makes a Rookie Mistake: Announces a Major Policy Change Without Backing It Up with Evidence

CDC Could & Should Have Backed Up Their Isolation and Quarantine Policy Change with Evidence – A Major Unforced Error Yesterday the CDC shortened the recommended isolation time for people that test positive for COVID-19 from 10 to 5 days if a person is asymptomatic (followed by 5 days of wearing a mask when around others). In their press statement the CDC wrote that:  “… the change is motivated by science

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Disease Control
Will Humble

Increasing Transmission in 20-39 Year Old’s (COVID’s Amplifiers) Suggests AZ is Poised for A Large Omicron Wave in January w/ Increased Hospitalizations 10 – 14 Days Behind

Arizona COVID_19 Update December 24 From Dr. Gerald’s Summary in this week’s report: Arizona continues to experience high levels of community transmission attributable to the newly dominant Omicron variant and to a lesser extent Delta. Test positivity remains high reminding us that test capacity, accessibility, and/or uptake is inadequate. Given how quickly the Omicron variant impacted the United Kingdom and the US Northeast, Arizona is poised to experience another large

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Disease Control
Will Humble

Emerging Evidence Suggests Omicron has a Less Severe Clinical Presentation Compared with Delta

Arizona Will Remain in Contingency & Crisis Standards of Care in January – but the Worst-case Scenarios Are Now Less Likely Evidence from the U.K and South Africa this week has lowered my freak out factor about what’s coming in January when Omicron rifles through Arizona. Omicron is far more contagious than Delta, but new evidence suggests it has a less severe clinical presentation compared with Delta. That doesn’t mean

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Disease Control
Will Humble

Early Assessment of Omicron Severity in South Africa Shows Encouraging Results: Don’t Do Handstands – We’re Still in Trouble

Early assessment of the clinical severity of the SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant in South Africa | medRxiv Today we got some encouraging results from researchers in South Africa who published a study (which is not yet peer-reviewed) suggesting that people diagnosed with Omicron in South Africa in October & November were 80% less likely to be admitted to hospital than those diagnosed with a Delta infection during the same period. People

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