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Variations in COVID-19–Prevention Strategies Employed by Canadian Dental Schools
Monday, October 03, 2022 02:55 PM
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed dental education and practices. This survey aimed to identify variations in the commonly used COVID-19–prevention strategies employed by Canadian dental schools. Read more. 
 
Oral Manifestations of Monkeypox
Monday, October 03, 2022 02:52 PM
With the recent outbreak of the monkeypox virus, oral healthcare professionals should consider monkeypox in the differential diagnosis of acute-onset oral ulcerations, especially in high-risk patients. Read more. 
 
Relationship Between Periodontitis and COVID-19.
Monday, October 03, 2022 02:49 PM
This review critically summarizes the nature of the clinical relationship between the most common inflammatory disease of the oral cavity, periodontitis, and the worst global health challenge of the present day, COVID-19. Read more. 
 
Flu may be poised for a comeback after historic lows during COVID-19 pandemic
Monday, October 03, 2022 02:37 PM
Doctors have a message for vaccine-weary Americans: Don’t skip your flu shot this fall -- and seniors, ask for a special extra-strength kind. Read more. 
 
APIC Urges IPs to Continue Universal Masking in Patient Care Areas
Monday, October 03, 2022 02:35 PM
Despite CDC’s recent guidance shift that relaxes recommendations for universal healthcare personnel masking, APIC strongly urges its 15,000 infection preventionist members to maintain mandatory mask requirement policies for healthcare employees in all patient care areas. Read more. 
 
Microbial resistance to oral antiseptics used in hospitalized patients: A systematic scoping review of randomized clinical trials
Sunday, October 02, 2022 10:41 AM
Aims: To evaluate the prevalence and proportions of bacteria resistant to oral antiseptics used in hospitalized patients. Read more. 
 
HAN - Hurricanes Fiona and Ian—Clinical Guidance for Carbon Monoxide (CO) Poisoning
Sunday, October 02, 2022 10:39 AM
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reminding healthcare professionals seeing patients from areas affected by Hurricanes Fiona or Ian to maintain a high index of suspicion for carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Other people who may have been exposed to the same CO source may need to be identified and evaluated. Read more. 
 
UAB School of Dentistry renews $3.2 million from NIH to train future dentistry academicians
Sunday, October 02, 2022 10:37 AM
The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry received $3.2 million from the National Institutes of Health as part of the National Research Service Award Institutional Research Training Grant. They will receive this funding over the course of the next five years. Read more. 
 
Tooth decay and beyond
Sunday, October 02, 2022 10:35 AM
Starting when we are little, we are taught that good breath, strong teeth and clean gums are all important parts of oral health, and that's certainly true. But oral health is much more than just clean teeth. While most people are aware of common dental problems such as cavities, halitosis and gum disease, fewer know that simply brushing your teeth two times a day can also help you avoid more serious problems, such as Alzheimer’s disease, pancreatic cancer, cardiovascular diseases and birth complications. The mouth is indeed a window into the rest of your body! Read more.
 
Universal masking no longer recommended in health care facilities, CDC says
Saturday, October 01, 2022 01:30 PM
The CDC no longer recommends universal masking in health care settings unless the facilities are in areas of high COVID-19 transmission, according to updated guidance posted on the agency’s website. Read more. 
 
September's Top 5 Infectious Disease Stories
Saturday, October 01, 2022 01:28 PM
As Fall officially began, respiratory viruses took center stage this month. Read more. 
 
Studies detail monkeypox transmission risks
Saturday, October 01, 2022 01:25 PM
A study of almost 400 samples taken from men with monkeypox reveals a high prevalence of the virus on skin, throat, and anus swabs compared to in blood or urine—with detections in semen in the midrange—and high viral loads in skin and anal swabs. Read more. 
 
COVID-19 continues upward trend in Europe
Saturday, October 01, 2022 01:23 PM
Europe's COVID cases showed more signs of rising last week, marking the first regionwide spike since the most recent BA.5 wave, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) said today in a weekly update. Read more. 
 
COVID-19 booster adds 70% extra protection against omicron, Providence study finds
Saturday, October 01, 2022 01:21 PM
COVID-19 boosters add about 70 percent extra protection against omicron, which lasts four to five months, a study published Sept. 23 in the Journal of the American Medical Association found. Read more. 
 
4 infection control missteps to avoid
Friday, September 30, 2022 03:58 PM
Dental teams should be reviewing infection control procedures regularly—but are you? The risk of pathogen transmission is ever-present, explains Megen Elliott, MS-OCL. Read more. 
 
Hurricanes & Floods
Friday, September 30, 2022 03:56 PM
The NIEHS Worker Training Program (WTP) and its awardees have been actively involved in hurricane and flood response and cleanup activities, including those related to Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Read more.
 
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health study identifies hundreds of hospitals on Atlantic and Gulf coasts at risk of flooding from hurricanes
Friday, September 30, 2022 03:53 PM
Climate change expected to increase hospital flooding risk by 22% this century. Read more. 
 
US Department of Labor urges first responders, recovery crews, public to be vigilant, protect themselves from hazards in Hurricane Ian recovery
Friday, September 30, 2022 03:51 PM
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration reminds first responders, those involved in rescue and recovery efforts, and residents in areas affected by Hurricane Ian to be vigilant and protect themselves from the many hazards that flooding, power loss, structural damage, fallen trees and storm debris may create. Read more. 
 
Are dental professionals properly using PPE?
Friday, September 30, 2022 03:48 PM
Are dental healthcare personnel (DHCP) properly using personal protective equipment (PPE)? Researchers used a fluorescent marker to illustrate pathogen transmission and assessed PPE donning and doffing practices among DHCP. The findings were published on September 26 in the Journal of the American Dental Association. Read more. 
 
Severe Manifestations of Monkeypox among People who are Immunocompromised Due to HIV or Other Conditions
Friday, September 30, 2022 03:43 PM

The purpose of this Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Health Alert Network (HAN) Health Advisory is to inform healthcare providers that

  1. Severe manifestations of monkeypox have been observed in the United States in the current outbreak.
  2. People who are immunocompromised due to HIV or other conditions are at higher risk for severe manifestations of monkeypox than people who are immunocompetent.
  3. Because people with HIV-associated immunocompromise are at risk for severe manifestations of monkeypox, the HIV status of all sexually active adults and adolescents with suspected or confirmed monkeypox should be determined.
  4. There are diagnostic and clinical management strategies that may help address severe manifestations of monkeypox.

Read more. 

 
MMWR Weekly - September 30, 2022
Thursday, September 29, 2022 03:33 PM
Weekly / Vol. 71 / No. 39. Read more.
 
Stay Safe After a Hurricane or Other Tropical Storm
Thursday, September 29, 2022 03:29 PM
The storm might be over, but that doesn’t mean the danger is. Keep your loved ones safe after the storm by following our safety tips. Read more. 
 
Alzheimer’s Disease
Thursday, September 29, 2022 03:27 PM
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia among older adults. An estimated 6.5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease. It is the fifth leading cause of death for adults aged 65 and older, and the seventh leading cause of death for all adults. Alzheimer’s disease involves parts of the brain that control thought, memory, and language, and, over time, can seriously affect a person’s ability to carry out daily activities. Although the cause is still unknown, scientists are learning more every day about Alzheimer’s disease and what can be done to reduce your risk and manage this fatal illness. Read more. 
 
When Should You Get the New COVID Booster and the Flu Shot?
Thursday, September 29, 2022 10:43 AM
Now is a good time to get both your COVID and flu shots, according to a nurse and public health expert. Read more. 
 
Dental Unit Water Content and Antibiotic Resistance of Pseudomonas Aeruginosa and Pseudomonas Species
Thursday, September 29, 2022 10:41 AM
In this study, the authors explored the antibiotic resistance of Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Pseudomonas species strains in dental unit (DU) water lines in a public dental clinic in Milan. Read more. 
 
Early analysis suggests monkeypox vaccine is reducing risk of infection in U.S.
Thursday, September 29, 2022 10:38 AM
Avery preliminary analysis of data from 32 states appears to suggest that the monkeypox vaccine being used in the United States is reducing the risk of infection among vaccinated people, Rochelle Walensky, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Wednesday. Read more. 
 
WHO: COVID-19 cases, deaths drop globally
Wednesday, September 28, 2022 04:07 PM
Today the World Health Organization (WHO) said global COVID-19 cases were down 11% in the week ending on Sep 25, and deaths were down 18% compared to the previous week. Read more. 
 
Increase in hepatitis C infections in young adults
Wednesday, September 28, 2022 03:57 PM
This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Morgan Lange about increasing hepatitis C infections in young adults and effective treatments for this condition. Dr. Lange is a clinical pharmacist at MUSC. Read more. 
 
Inpatient and Outpatient Clinics Must Monitor Fomites as Part of IPC Protocols
Wednesday, September 28, 2022 03:55 PM
Thorough cleaning and disinfection reduce the role fomites play in the spread of disease. Read more. 
 
COVID-19 drives new research into smell loss
Wednesday, September 28, 2022 03:53 PM
COVID-19 has left thousands with a distorted or lost sense of smell, but some of those who have been affected are helping researchers get a better handle on the phenomenon. This understanding and growing awareness of olfactory disorders could help people facing smell loss from COVID-19 or other causes, according to a cover story in Chemical & Engineering News, an independent news outlet of the American Chemical Society. Read more. 
 
IZ Express #1,655: NAIIS releases adult vaccination tip sheet for clinicians, and more
Wednesday, September 28, 2022 03:51 PM
IZ Express #1,655: NAIIS releases adult vaccination tip sheet for clinicians, and more. Read more. 
 
Bioaerosol distribution characteristics and potential SARS-CoV-2 infection risk in a multi-compartment dental clinic
Wednesday, September 28, 2022 03:48 PM
Dental clinics have a potential risk of infection, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. Multi-compartment dental clinics are widely used in general hospitals and independent clinics. This study utilised computational fluid dynamics to investigate the bioaerosol distribution characteristics in a multi-compartment dental clinic through spatiotemporal distribution, working area time-varying concentrations, and key surface deposition. Read more. 
 
Importance of education on infection control and on the hand skin health of dental personnel
Wednesday, September 28, 2022 09:46 AM
Hand hygiene plays a significant role in infection control, yet it is performed correctly only 40% of the time. The daily use of soap, disinfectants and gloves can also affect hand skin health. Periodical educational interventions regarding hand hygiene can improve infection control. Read more. 
 
What you need to know about dental teams and mental health
Wednesday, September 28, 2022 09:43 AM
Dr. Karen Foster, a pediatric dentist and a past president of the Colorado Dental Association, was thrilled when a friend and colleague moved to her state and began working as an associate at her practice. However, she had no idea he was privately struggling. Read more. 
 
COVID-19 vaccines protect against severe outcomes but less so over time
Wednesday, September 28, 2022 09:41 AM
A pair of studies published yesterday in JAMA show that COVID-19 vaccines offer good protection against severe illness and death, but with one finding waning effectiveness against milder disease, Omicron infection, and hospitalization after a few months—even in previously infected and boosted participants. Read more. 
 
IDSA Statement on Global Fund Replenishment
Wednesday, September 28, 2022 09:38 AM
IDSA and HIVMA are pleased that global efforts to end the HIV, tuberculosis and malaria epidemics received much needed investment at the seventh replenishment of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Governments and private donors have pledged a record amount of $14.25 billion to date. The Global Fund expects this investment will save 20 million lives, prevent 450 million new infections, strengthen global health and prevent future pandemics. Read more. 
 
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