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COVID vaccines: “We flew the aeroplane while we were still building it”
Monday, November 14, 2022 02:42 PM
Recently retired head of vaccine R&D at Pfizer, Kathrin Jansen, discusses the lightning speed development of SARS-CoV-2 vaccines — and the implications for vaccine platforms. Read more. 
 
America's RSV surge, explained
Monday, November 14, 2022 02:40 PM
COVID-19 isn't the only respiratory virus of note making the rounds this year — in fact, an "unusually early" spike in RSV infections is burdening underprepared and overwhelmed hospitals and pediatric units across the country. Read more. 
 
Hot Topics in IPC: Mid-term Election Week
Monday, November 14, 2022 02:37 PM
Infection prevention and control personnel don't elect to ever stop. Dr. Popescu tells us what's in the news this week of the mid-term elections. Read more. 
 
This Week in Infectious Disease: The Top 5 Articles
Monday, November 14, 2022 02:34 PM
Looking for the latest developments in infectious disease? Here are the top stories Contagion covered this week. Read more. 
 
COVID variants BQ.1/BQ.1.1 make up 44% of U.S. cases - CDC
Monday, November 14, 2022 02:32 PM
The U.S. national public health agency said on Friday that Omicron subvariants BQ.1 and BQ.1.1 were estimated to account for about 44.2% of COVID-19 cases in the country for the week ending Nov. 12, compared with 32.6% in the previous week. Read more. 
 
U.S. COVID public health emergency to stay in place
Sunday, November 13, 2022 01:04 PM
The United States will keep in place the public health emergency status of the COVID-19 pandemic, allowing millions of Americans to still receive free tests, vaccines and treatments, two Biden administration officials said on Friday. Read more. 
 
Global COVID cases will increase in coming months, but at a slower pace -report
Sunday, November 13, 2022 01:02 PM
Daily global COVID-19 infections are projected to rise slowly to about 18.7 million by February from the current 16.7 million average daily cases, driven by the northern hemisphere's winter months, the University of Washington said in an analysis. Read more.
 
Foundation aims to help people 'see' C difficile
Sunday, November 13, 2022 01:00 PM
Christian Lillis doesn't have a conscious recollection of exactly the moment he and his brother Liam decided to form a nonprofit to raise awareness of the bacterial infection that led to the death of their mother. But the events that led to that decision remain clear in his mind. Read more. 
 
Prescribing Opioids for Pain — The New CDC Clinical Practice Guideline
Sunday, November 13, 2022 12:57 PM
. Read more. Pain affects the lives of millions of Americans and potentially reduces their level of function, mental health, and quality of life. Yet limited access to pain treatments and lack of clarity regarding the evidence supporting pain treatments prevent many people with pain from accessing the full range of potentially helpful therapies. Read more. 
 
Current HAI Progress Report
Sunday, November 13, 2022 12:55 PM
2021 National and State Healthcare-Associated Infections Progress Report. Read more. 
 
Can adults get RSV?
Saturday, November 12, 2022 09:59 AM
Not just for kids: Infectious diseases expert explains how RSV can be severe for adults in high-risk groups. Read more. 
 
U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week 2022 Focuses on Prevention
Saturday, November 12, 2022 09:55 AM
Every year, CDC honors U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week to raise awareness and share information on the importance of improving antibiotic and antifungal use. Read more. 
 
CDC COCA Call: New 2022 CDC Clinical Practice Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Pain - November 17, 2022
Saturday, November 12, 2022 09:49 AM
All patients should have access to effective and safe pain treatment options to achieve their optimal health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) support the clinician-patient relationship in providing personalized pain management solutions. The 2022 CDC Clinical Practice Guideline provides 12 voluntary recommendations for managing acute, subacute, and chronic pain. Read more. 
 
Chances of finding COVID-virus ancestor ‘almost nil’, say virologists
Saturday, November 12, 2022 09:47 AM
Genome analysis finds SARS-CoV-2 and bat coronaviruses shared an ancestor just a few years ago, but extensive recombination has muddied the picture. Read more. 
 
Transcript for Telebriefing: Updated Clinical Practice Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Pain
Saturday, November 12, 2022 09:43 AM
Transcript for Telebriefing: Updated Clinical Practice Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Pain. Read more. 
 
Making the Right Choice: NIOSH Suggestions for Avoiding Counterfeit Respirators
Friday, November 11, 2022 03:01 PM
When you're purchasing respirators off a website, there are important elements to be on the lookout for. Read more. 
 
Waterline warning: Dental practices, listen up
Friday, November 11, 2022 02:57 PM
The recent news about failed waterlines and their harm to patients affected Amanda Hill on a personal level—and she wants to make sure your practice is doing what it needs to to protect everyone. Read more. 
 
MMWR Weekly - November 11, 2022
Friday, November 11, 2022 02:53 PM
Weekly / Vol. 71 / No. 45. Read more. 
 
California bans flavored tobacco products, including vapes
Friday, November 11, 2022 09:25 AM
On Tuesday, Californians overwhelmingly voted to ban all flavored tobacco products in the state. Read more. 
 
IZ Express #1,662: Vaccinations key to countering respiratory virus surge, and more
Friday, November 11, 2022 09:22 AM
IZ Express #1,662: Vaccinations key to countering respiratory virus surge, and more. Read more. 
 
Hand sanitizer recalled because testing reveals presence of poisonous methanol
Friday, November 11, 2022 09:15 AM
A brand of hand sanitizer sold online has been recalled because testing revealed the presence of methanol - also known as wood alcohol - which is poisonous. Read more. 
 
Here’s why flu season could be nasty this year
Friday, November 11, 2022 09:13 AM
After two perilous winters of COVID-19, it’s the last news you want to hear: This year’s flu season is hitting early, and it could be the worst in many years. Read more. 
 
Structure of hepatitis C proteins reveals viral vulnerabilities
Friday, November 11, 2022 09:08 AM
Hepatitis C is a leading cause of long-term liver disease and liver cancer. Caused by a virus, it affects an estimated 58 million people worldwide. Hepatitis C is one of the most common blood-borne infections in the United States. Read more. 
 
Can infection control be environmentally sustainable?
Thursday, November 10, 2022 06:20 PM
COVID-19 resulted in millions of tons of health care-related waste. From buying reusable gowns to educating staff on the difference between hazardous and nonhazardous waste, here’s what teaching hospitals are doing to protect people and the environment. Read more.
 
Respiratory Spread and the Flawed Concept of Immunological Debt: A New Understanding
Thursday, November 10, 2022 06:14 PM
CDC discusses potential proposals to redefine spread and to produce uniform guidelines across different types of facilities because public health interventions do not cause immunological debt but instead may prevent immunocompromising infections. Read more.
 
Risk of rare heart inflammation may be higher after Moderna than Pfizer COVID vaccine
Thursday, November 10, 2022 06:05 PM
Myocarditis and pericarditis are rare after mRNA COVID-19 vaccination, but rates of the inflammatory heart conditions were twofold to threefold higher after receipt of the second dose of the Moderna vaccine than after the Pfizer/BioNTech formulation, suggests a head-to-head comparison in Canadian adults. Read more. 
 
No ‘singular definitive etiology’ found for acute hepatitis outbreak in children
Thursday, November 10, 2022 05:58 PM
Although adenovirus infection has been widely implicated in an outbreak of acute, severe hepatitis in children, data presented at The Liver Meeting found no “singular definitive etiology” for these cases. Read more. 
 
How the Black Death shaped human evolution
Thursday, November 10, 2022 05:55 PM
Researchers identified genetic variants that helped the immune system fight the Black Death, a pandemic in the fourteenth century. Read more. 
 
Cold, Flu, and Sinus Infections: Dental Care while Sick with Viruses
Thursday, November 10, 2022 11:14 AM
It’s that time of year when patients and dental professionals are more vulnerable to getting sick from the seasonal flu or common cold. Many dental hygienists still go on with their day ─ even though they are not at their peak yet in recovery ─ and they do not feel bad enough to use a vacation day for being sick. To get through a “bug,” it’s common to take more cough drops and medicine to subdue cough symptoms and congestion. Read more. 
 
E-cigarettes linked with blood vessel damage
Thursday, November 10, 2022 11:12 AM
Smoking cigarettes or other tobacco products has been proven to cause a host of health problems, from lung cancer to heart disease. In the past decade, electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, have risen in popularity as a potentially safer alternative. But recent studies suggest that these products have their own health risks. Read more. 
 
6 infection control updates for dentists to know
Wednesday, November 09, 2022 03:23 PM
A CDC health advisory warning of a bacteria in dental waterlines and five other infection control updates from the last seven days... Read more. 
 
WHO Global Oral Health Status Report
Wednesday, November 09, 2022 03:20 PM
WHO will release the latest Global Oral Health Status Report (GOHSR) on November 18, nearly twenty years after the publication of the World Oral Health Report in 2003. Read more. 
 
Charted: The staggering toll of alcohol in America
Wednesday, November 09, 2022 03:18 PM
Excessive alcohol use contributed to one in eight deaths among U.S. adults from 2015 to 2019, with rates even higher among younger adults, according to a new CDC study published in JAMA Network Open. Read more. 
 
The surging flu season, charted
Wednesday, November 09, 2022 10:07 AM
Flu cases are continuing to surge throughout the United States, with flu hospitalizations hitting their highest rates in a decade, according to CDC officials. Read more. 
 
New one-stop guideline for cardiovascular health in Canada
Wednesday, November 09, 2022 10:05 AM
83 recommendations from 11 guideline groups make it easier for primary care. Read more. 
 
Which COVID vaccine you get can impact myocarditis risk
Wednesday, November 09, 2022 10:03 AM
Study shows higher rates of heart inflammation with Moderna vs. Pfizer, but overall risk still very low. Read more. 
 
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