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MMWR Weekly - July 1, 2022
Thursday, June 30, 2022 04:40 PM
Weekly / Vol. 71 / No. 26. Read more. 
The Joint Commission issues new Quick Safety advisory on managing packaged sterile supplies and devices
Thursday, June 30, 2022 02:54 PM
Guidance to keep patients safe from expired or compromised supplies and devices. Read more. 
Tens of thousands of monkeypox vaccine doses to be distributed immediately in U.S.
Thursday, June 30, 2022 02:52 PM
The shots will be sent to areas across the country with the highest numbers of cases, White House officials said Tuesday. Read more. 
FDA panel recommends changing Covid shots to fight omicron this fall
Thursday, June 30, 2022 02:50 PM
The Food and Drug Administration’s panel of independent vaccine experts on Tuesday voted 19 to 2 to recommend new Covid-19 shots that target the omicron variant this fall, when public health officials are expecting a new wave of infections. Read more. 
Pfizer and BioNTech Announce New Agreement with U.S. Government to Provide Additional Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine
Thursday, June 30, 2022 10:02 AM

105 million 30 µg, 10 µg and 3 µg doses to be delivered into Q4 2022, with an option for the U.S. Government to purchase up to 195 million additional doses. Read more. 

CDC Activates Emergency Operations Center for Monkeypox Response
Wednesday, June 29, 2022 04:33 PM
Today, CDC continues to lean forward with an aggressive public health response to the monkeypox outbreak by activating its Emergency Operations Center (EOC). This action stands up the CDC’s command center for monitoring and coordinating the emergency response to monkeypox and mobilizing additional CDC personnel and resources.  CDC’s activation of the EOC allows the agency to further increase operational support for the response to meet the outbreak’s evolving challenges. Read more. 
IZ Express #1,640: Immunize.org summarizes ACIP’s June 22–23 meeting, and more
Wednesday, June 29, 2022 04:31 PM
IZ Express #1,640: Immunize.org summarizes ACIP’s June 22–23 meeting, and more. Read more. 
FDA advisory panel recommends Omicron-containing booster shots
Wednesday, June 29, 2022 04:29 PM
Meetings of the Food and Drug Administration’s vaccines advisory committee are never dull affairs. Drenched in data, maybe, but never dull. Read more. 
Bacterial contamination on the inner surface of the masks used by clinicians in a dental clinic
Wednesday, June 29, 2022 04:27 PM
Wearing masks has become an essential safety measure during the coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Especially clinicians in dental clinics should focus on infection control. However, there is currently no data regarding the frequency of replacement of the masks used in hospitals. Hence, it is necessary for dental clinic staff, who deal with many patients in an aerosol-producing environment, to have precise mask-wearing guidelines. Read more. 
Is the pediatric hepatitis outbreak real? A top WHO physician weighs in
Wednesday, June 29, 2022 04:25 PM
Philippa Easterbrook says more data, expected soon, may illuminate which countries are experiencing a genuine outbreak—and its cause. Read more. 
NIH scientists discover norovirus and other “stomach viruses” can spread through saliva
Wednesday, June 29, 2022 11:40 AM
A class of viruses known to cause severe diarrheal diseases – including the one famous for widespread outbreaks on cruise ships – can grow in the salivary glands of mice and spread through their saliva, scientists at the National Institutes of Health have discovered. Read more. 
NIH-funded project offers efficient approach when tracking SARS-CoV-2 variants
Wednesday, June 29, 2022 11:39 AM
An interdisciplinary research team has developed a fast, cost-effective method to detect the circulation of SARS-CoV-2 variants. SARS-CoV-2 is the virus that causes COVID-19. The team, funded by the National Institutes of Health’s Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx®) Tech program, adopted a customizable genotyping approach to identify known variants and subvariants. Read more. 
First reported case of a person getting COVID from a cat
Wednesday, June 29, 2022 11:37 AM
Scientists in Thailand have established that a tabby passed SARS-CoV-2 to a veterinary surgeon — although such cases of cat-to-human transmission are probably rare. Read more. 
Influenza Vaccine Update: What Can We Expect This Immunization Season?
Wednesday, June 29, 2022 11:34 AM
With the impending start to the 2022-2023 influenza season just a few months away, here is some information on what is being studied for vaccines as well as recommendations and new testing. Read more. 
Long COVID symptoms linked to inflammation
Tuesday, June 28, 2022 03:09 PM
The effects of COVID-19 can persist long after the initial symptoms of the illness are gone. These effects, called post-acute sequelae of COVID-19 (or PASC), can include brain fog, fatigue, headaches, dizziness, and shortness of breath. Long COVID—when symptoms last weeks or months after the acute infection has passed—affects about 2.5% of COVID patients. While patients who were hospitalized are more susceptible, even those with mild cases can experience Long COVID. Read more.
Highly antibiotic-resistant strain of MRSA that arose in pigs can jump to humans
Tuesday, June 28, 2022 03:06 PM
A new study has found that a highly antibiotic-resistant strain of the superbug MRSA – methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus – has emerged in livestock in the last 50 years, probably due to widespread antibiotic use in pig farming. Read more. 
ADEA Releases New Data on Faculty Vacancies and Lost Positions in U.S.
Tuesday, June 28, 2022 02:59 PM
Data includes faculty positions and demographics, along with historical trends on vacancies and separations. Read more. 
US grapples with whether to modify COVID vaccine for fall
Tuesday, June 28, 2022 11:57 AM
U.S. health authorities are facing a critical decision: whether to offer new COVID-19 booster shots this fall that are modified to better match recent changes of the shape-shifting coronavirus. Read more. 
Trial of potential universal flu vaccine opens at NIH Clinical Center
Tuesday, June 28, 2022 11:55 AM
A Phase 1 clinical trial of a novel influenza vaccine has begun inoculating healthy adult volunteers at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Read more. 
Native Peruvian Genetic Ancestry Linked to Increased Risk of Tuberculosis Progression
Tuesday, June 28, 2022 11:53 AM
A higher proportion of native Peruvian ancestry is associated with an increased risk of tuberculosis pregression. Read more. (Registration required.)
The Race to Develop an Omicron-Specific Booster Vaccine
Monday, June 27, 2022 05:26 PM
Sanofi and GSK, Pfizer-BioNTech, and Moderna are all working on booster candidates specifically designed to neutralize Omicron and its subvariants. Read more. 
You're probably transporting your instruments the wrong way.
Monday, June 27, 2022 05:24 PM
The logistics and protocol of moving dental instruments from one location to another are more complex than some dental pros may realize. Michelle Strange, MSDH, RDH, breaks down how to transport your dental instruments properly. Read more. 
The surprising link between SARS-CoV-2 infection and new-onset diabetes
Monday, June 27, 2022 05:22 PM
Researchers from Osaka University find that infection with SARS-CoV-2 activates the IRF1 gene and impairs insulin/IGF signaling in the lung, liver, adipose tissue, and pancreatic cells. Read more. 
New study finds doctors prescribe fewer painkillers during nightshifts than during the day
Monday, June 27, 2022 05:20 PM
Researchers attribute discrepancy in pain med prescriptions at emergency rooms to reduced empathy. Read more. 
FDA panel to advise on whether — and how — Covid vaccines should be updated
Monday, June 27, 2022 03:43 PM
The Food and Drug Administration faces an important decision in coming days — whether to instruct companies that make Covid-19 vaccines to update the viral strain or strains of SARS-CoV-2 those products target. Read more. 
National HIV Testing Day
Monday, June 27, 2022 03:41 PM
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 1.2 million people in the United States have HIV. For people with undiagnosed HIV, testing is the first step in maintaining a healthy life and reducing the spread of HIV. Read more. 
What Omicron’s BA.4 and BA.5 variants mean for the pandemic
Monday, June 27, 2022 03:38 PM
The lineages’ rise seems to stem from their ability to infect people who were immune to earlier forms of Omicron and other variants. Read more. 
The Provision of Dental Care to COVID-19 Survivors: A Concise Review
Sunday, June 26, 2022 10:46 AM
It has been reported that there are a certain percentage of COVID-19 patients who recover but suffer from devastating permanent organ damage or failure. Others suffer from long Covid syndrome, with prolonged symptoms that persist more than 12 weeks. However, there is scarcity of literature regarding the provision of dental treatment for these two groups of patients. This manuscript reviews the impact of multi-system involvement on the provision of dental care to these patients. Read more. 
Understanding Monkeypox and How Outbreaks Spread
Sunday, June 26, 2022 10:42 AM
The global eradication of smallpox more than 40 years ago was one of the greatest achievements in public-health history, vanquishing a cause of death, blindness and disfigurement that had plagued humanity for at least 3,000 years. But, on the downside, it also led to the end of a global vaccination program that provided protection against other pox viruses. Read more. 
CDC weighs monkeypox vaccine for kids as outbreak grows: 6 updates
Saturday, June 25, 2022 01:22 PM
The CDC is developing a protocol to allow the use of Bavarian Nordic's Jynneos monkeypox vaccine in children, if it becomes necessary, according to agency meeting documents cited by Bloomberg in a June 23 report. Read more. 
HIV Testing Dropped Sharply Among Key Groups During First Year of COVID-19 Pandemic
Saturday, June 25, 2022 06:54 AM
Resolve and commitment to end the HIV epidemic remains strong, despite setbacks in testing and prevention during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more. 
When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!
Saturday, June 25, 2022 06:52 AM
Learn how to protect yourself and your loved ones during a thunderstorm. Being outside when lightning is present is not something to take lightly—ever. Read more. 
Virus causing monkeypox outbreak has mutated to spread easier
Friday, June 24, 2022 04:35 PM
The strain of the virus in the current monkeypox outbreak in nonendemic countries likely diverged from the monkeypox virus that caused a 2018-19 Nigerian outbreak and has far more mutations than would be expected, several that increase transmission, according to a study today in Nature Medicine. Read more. 
ACIP Recommends High-Dose Influenza Vaccine for Patients 65 Years or Older
Friday, June 24, 2022 04:33 PM
This recommendation comes at an critical time as this flu season is feared to be a rebound after the low numbers the last few years due to COVID-19 precautions. Read more.
WHO updates respiratory support guidelines for COVID-19 patients
Friday, June 24, 2022 04:30 PM
The World Health Organization issued a fourth update to its living guidelines on COVID-19 clinical management to include suggesting the use of three devices over standard oxygen therapy, according to a press release sent to Becker's. The suggestion is intended for hospitalized COVID-19 patients with acute respiratory failure but who are not at the stage where they need to be intubated. Read more. 
What to do when violence spills into the dental practice
Friday, June 24, 2022 04:29 PM
Unless you avoid the daily news, television, and social media, you are aware of the increasing number of violent crimes occurring in the U.S. Although some areas are hit harder than others, no community or business is safe from violent crimes. Read more. 
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