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Personal Protective Equipment and Personal Protective Technology Product Standardization for a Resilient Public Health Supply Chain: A Workshop
Wednesday, February 01, 2023 10:14 AM
This two-day workshop will examine standards gaps related to personal protective equipment (PPE) and personal protective technology (PPT) and explore innovative approaches and technologies to update and streamline the U.S. standardization system for PPE and PPT in support of supply chain resiliency. It will provide the opportunity to engage and exchange knowledge and ideas among key partners - including policy makers, manufacturers, users, and relevant technical contributors - and to facilitate discussion on opportunities to improve the effectiveness, safety, supply stability, and accessibility of PPE/PPT designed for use in U.S. health care settings, by critical infrastructure workers, and by the general public. Read more. 
Dental aerosols and the pandemic: A necessary wake-up call.
Wednesday, February 01, 2023 10:10 AM
Dental pros became much more aware of airborne droplets during the earlier stages of the pandemic, and that awareness served to up our safety game. Amanda Hill takes a look at current best practices and recommendations. Read more. 
Should COVID vaccines be given yearly? Proposal divides US scientists
Wednesday, February 01, 2023 10:07 AM
Some say the US Food and Drug Administration’s suggestion of updating COVID-19 vaccines each year, as happens with influenza jabs, could boost uptake. Read more. 
FDA’s advisers back plan to simplify COVID-19 vaccinations
Wednesday, February 01, 2023 10:04 AM
The U.S. is poised to make COVID-19 vaccinations more like a yearly flu shot, a major shift in strategy despite a long list of questions about how to best protect against a still rapidly mutating virus. Read more. 
Oral Manifestations of Mpox
Wednesday, February 01, 2023 10:01 AM
Oral Manifestations of Mpox. Registration required. Read more. 
An FDA advisory panel endorsed a one-shot approach to COVID-19 vaccination. Here’s what that means
Wednesday, February 01, 2023 09:58 AM
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s key science advisory panel, the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee, met on Jan. 26, 2023, to chart a path forward for COVID-19 vaccine policy. Read more.
OSHA to cite employers for each instance of certain respiratory protection violations
Wednesday, February 01, 2023 09:55 AM
Beginning March 20, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration may in certain cases cite for penalty each instance an employer violates certain standards, including for respiratory protection, the agency said in guidance yesterday to its regional administrators. Read more. 
Antibodies against coronavirus coldspots discovered
Tuesday, January 31, 2023 11:16 AM
Can one single antibody catch them all? Scientists discover antibodies that recognise all SARS-CoV-2 variants and also other coronaviruses that cause human disease. Read more. 
Simplifying Infection Preventionist Requirements From the COVID-19 Pandemic
Tuesday, January 31, 2023 11:13 AM
How do infection preventionists navigate the many—and often contradictory—requirements that fighting the COVID-19 pandemic has brought upon them? Read more. 
Infection control reminders during this challenging respiratory virus season
Tuesday, January 31, 2023 11:10 AM
Over the past few months, there has been an increase in respiratory virus activity nationwide, causing additional strain on an already overburdened healthcare system. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen atypical circulation of other respiratory viruses, including influenza (flu), respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and rhinovirus/enteroviruses (often causes of the common cold). Read more. 
OSHA Application of Instance-by-Instance Penalty Adjustments
Tuesday, January 31, 2023 11:07 AM
The purpose of this memorandum is to provide guidance to Regional and Area Offices when issuing Instance-By-Instance (IBI) citations for high-gravity serious violations of OSHA standards specific to falls, trenching, machine guarding, respiratory protection, permit required confined spaces, lockout tagout, and other-than-serious violations of OSHA standards specific to recordkeeping. Regional Administrators and Area Directors have discretion to apply IBI penalty adjustments in appropriate cases to achieve a deterrent effect. This new Instance-by-Instance Penalty Adjustments policy outlined in this memorandum will become effective 60 days from the date of issuance of this memorandum. Read more. 
OHSU researchers find immune response to COVID-19 strengthens over time
Tuesday, January 31, 2023 11:04 AM
Study suggests people who have had COVID-19 benefit from vaccination, even if they’ve delayed it. Read more. 
COVID by the numbers at UCLA Health: A million tests; 300,000 vaccines; 55,000 patients
Tuesday, January 31, 2023 11:01 AM
Three years since the first U.S. case of COVID-19. Read more. 
Gum infection may be a risk factor for heart arrhythmia, researchers find
Tuesday, January 31, 2023 10:59 AM
Periodontitis, a gum disease, can lead to a litany of dental issues from bad breath to bleeding and lost teeth. Now, researchers at Hiroshima University have found that it could be connected to even more severe problems elsewhere in the body — the heart. Read more. 
Researchers develop tool to assess antibiotic resistance knowledge
Monday, January 30, 2023 12:04 PM
A team of researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine have developed a tool that they say can reliably assess awareness of antibiotic resistance (ABR) among human and animal healthcare professionals. Read more. 
Episode 123: Nowhere Land
Monday, January 30, 2023 12:01 PM
In "Nowhere Land," Dr. Osterholm and Chris Dall discuss the state of the pandemic in the U.S. and around the world, the latest data on the XBB.1.5 subvariant, and a measles outbreak in Ohio. Read more. 
Study: Home COVID tests lead to vast undercount of cases, positivity rates
Monday, January 30, 2023 11:59 AM
With over 80% of US COVID-19 tests now being conducted at home, official case counts underreport the number of positive results and greatly underestimate the number of true infections, suggests a research letter published yesterday in JAMA Network Open. Read more. 
FDA panel recommends move toward streamlined COVID vaccine approach
Monday, January 30, 2023 11:57 AM
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) vaccine advisory group today recommended streamlining COVID-19 vaccine campaigns by offering just the newer bivalent (two-strain) versions of the vaccine for both primary and booster series. Read more. 
How one health system developed AI to tackle patient safety
Monday, January 30, 2023 11:54 AM
Beyond the benefit of quality of care, there are cost savings and efficiencies in being able to interpret more scans. It also helps ease the workforce shortage of radiologists. Read more. 
Dire shortage of infectious disease specialists in US, for 'complex' reasons
Monday, January 30, 2023 11:50 AM
Next generation of doctors in America isn't showing strong interest in field. Read more. 
Emergency protocol in the dental clinic: Assessing medical emergency training requirements and guidelines for dentists
Monday, January 30, 2023 11:44 AM
Just over 2 years ago, the first COVID-19 vaccines arrived—and a roller coaster ride of hope and science began. It soon became clear that although the vaccines protected against severe disease, their ability to fend off infection was limited and faded fast. Meanwhile, SARS-CoV-2 began to evolve rapidly to elude immunity. By now, many people have had four or five vaccine doses, including an updated booster tailored to Omicron strains that was introduced last fall. Read more. 
U.S. Department of Justice Disrupts Hive Ransomware Variant
Sunday, January 29, 2023 12:17 PM
The Justice Department announced its months-long disruption campaign against the Hive ransomware group that has targeted more than 1,500 victims in over 80 countries around the world, including hospitals, school districts, financial firms, and critical infrastructure. Read more
Core Practices for Infection Prevention and Control in Oral Healthcare
Sunday, January 29, 2023 12:14 PM
Infection prevention and control (IPC) is an essential part of every encounter with patients in a healthcare setting, including oral healthcare. To ensure best practices are being followed, dental healthcare personnel (DHCP) should be familiar with several guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including the Core Infection Prevention and Control Practice. Read more. 
Early Estimates of Bivalent mRNA Booster Dose Vaccine Effectiveness in Preventing Symptomatic SARS-CoV-2 Infection Attributable to Omicron BA.5– and XBB/XBB.1.5–Related Sublineages Among Immunocompetent Adults — Increasing Community Access to Testing Prog
Sunday, January 29, 2023 12:12 PM
As new SARS-CoV-2 variants emerge, continued vaccine effectiveness monitoring is important. All persons should stay up to date with recommend COVID-19 vaccines, including receiving a bivalent booster dose when eligible. Read more.
Delays, snags hampered HHS pandemic relief efforts to vulnerable groups
Sunday, January 29, 2023 12:09 PM
A new US Government Accountability Office (GAO) report shows that the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS's) distribution of federal pandemic relief funds to support communities disproportionately affected by COVID-19 was hampered by delayed state acceptance of the funds and resource problems. Read more. 
COVID toll realized: CVD deaths take big jump, especially among certain populations
Sunday, January 29, 2023 12:06 PM
American Heart Association 2023 Statistical Update reports largest increase in the number of CVD deaths in the U.S. in years, highest among Asian, Black and Hispanic populations. Read more. 
How do e-cigarettes affect the lungs?
Sunday, January 29, 2023 12:04 PM
New research published in The FASEB Journal indicates that e-cigarettes can cause cellular and molecular changes in the lungs. Specifically, prolonged inhalation of e-cigarette aerosols by mice caused changes in the animals’ pulmonary immune cell composition and altered gene and protein levels in the lungs. Read more. 
Charted: Has the 'tripledemic' peaked?
Sunday, January 29, 2023 12:01 PM
New cases are finally on the decline after a surge of COVID-19, respiratory syncytial virus, and influenza across the country. And while some experts say this decrease in new cases could signal the end of the "tripledemic," others warn that "we are still very much in the throes of winter." Read more. 
Hot Topics in IPC: January 25, 2023, COVID-19, CDC Shake-Up, and Bird Flu
Saturday, January 28, 2023 03:51 PM
Saskia v. Popescu, PhD, MPH, MA, CIC, discusses the latest in COVID-19, a CDC shake-up, and the bird flu. Read more. 
IZ Express #1,674: Register for Immunize.org's Feb 28 webinar on improving the vaccination experience, and more
Saturday, January 28, 2023 03:48 PM
IZ Express #1,674: Register for Immunize.org's Feb 28 webinar on improving the vaccination experience, and more. Read more. 
European consumers ask officials to do more to address antibiotics shortages
Saturday, January 28, 2023 03:45 PM
Eleven European patient and consumer groups have sent a letter to the European Medicines Agency (EMA) to urge the organization to take more action to mitigate months-long antibiotics shortages, Reuters reports. Read more.
The COVID vaccine success story as a springboard for future research
Saturday, January 28, 2023 03:43 PM
The harmonized approach and broad database created by the COVID-19 Prevention Network (CoVPN), or Operation Warp Speed (OWS), to rapidly develop life-saving SARS-CoV-2 vaccines can be harnessed for future research on other public health threats that require a speedy response, according to a special communication published in JAMA Network Open. Read more. 
OSAP premieres updated, digital version of “If Saliva Were Red”
Saturday, January 28, 2023 03:41 PM
After years in the making, OSAP has released a digital, freely accessible update to its famous 2002 "If Saliva Were Red" video. Read more. 
Ask OSAP: Does jewelry cause cross-contamination?
Saturday, January 28, 2023 03:39 PM
Is it safe for dental professionals to wear hand and nail jewelry at work? In our new feature, OSAP gets to the bottom line of jewelry and potential cross-contamination. Read more. 
Dental aerosols and the pandemic: A necessary wake-up call
Saturday, January 28, 2023 03:37 PM
Dental pros became much more aware of airborne droplets during the earlier stages of the pandemic, and that awareness served to up our safety game. Amanda Hill takes a look at current best practices and recommendations. Read more.
Affordable air monitors identify ‘super-spreader’ areas in health settings
Friday, January 27, 2023 07:15 PM
Measuring levels of CO2, the gas we produce naturally when breathing, can help to identify poorly ventilated spaces that carry a high risk of COVID-19 transmission. Read more. 
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