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A New Normal for The Clinician's Third Hand: Stethoscope Hygiene and Infection Prevention
Wednesday, November 09, 2022 10:01 AM
Health care associated infections (HAI) are a substantial problem in contemporary health care. Read more. 
 
7 steps to selecting the perfect headlight system
Tuesday, November 08, 2022 10:02 AM
The quality and performance of today’s lighting systems vary widely. Anne Guignon, MPH, RDH, discusses seven factors to consider when choosing the optimal product for your practice. Read more. 
 
CMS Revises HCP COVID Vaccination Guidance
Monday, November 07, 2022 08:12 PM
CMS has revised guidance for healthcare facility staff COVID-19 vaccination requirements to address the frequency of review of the facility staff vaccination requirement compliance policies. Read more. 
 
Researchers seek to understand why vaccine responses vary from person to person
Monday, November 07, 2022 08:10 PM
New findings from a meta-analysis examine the biological mechanisms responsible for why some people's immune systems respond differently to vaccinations, which could have global implications for the development and administration of vaccines. Read more.
 
CDC data suggests attitudes are shifting about the HPV vaccine: Utah vaccine rates among teens increased more than 16%
Monday, November 07, 2022 08:08 PM
HPV is a group of more than 200 related viruses, of which 40 are spread through direct sexual contact. It is the most common sexually transmitted infection and causes nearly all cervical cancers, in addition to five other kinds of cancer: vaginal, vulvar, anal, penile, and oropharyngeal (cancers of the throat and mouth). HPV vaccines, given as a series of shots, protect against HPV infection and cancer. Read more. 
 
VIDEO: Long COVID ‘predominantly affects the nervous system’
Monday, November 07, 2022 08:05 PM
Igor J. Koralnik, MD, discusses highlights from his presentation at the 2022 American Neurological Association’s annual meeting on long COVID and its effect on the nervous system. Read more. 
 
CDC reports highest early flu hospitalization rate in decade
Monday, November 07, 2022 07:59 PM

The United States is experiencing a resurgence in non-COVID-19 respiratory viruses, with the flu hospitalization rate at this early time in the season the highest in a decade, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported. Read more. 

 
New tools for preventing the next pandemic
Monday, November 07, 2022 11:03 AM
In November 2021, researchers in the Botswana lab of Sikhulile Moyo discovered a coronavirus genome that contained dozens of new potentially dangerous mutations. The researchers rapidly alerted the rest of the world about the mutated virus — which eventually became known as the highly transmissible Omicron variant. Read more. 
 
Weekly U.S. Influenza Surveillance Report..
Monday, November 07, 2022 11:01 AM
Early increases in seasonal influenza activity continue nationwide. The southeastern and south-central areas of the country are reporting the highest levels of activity followed by the Mid-Atlantic and the south-central West Coast regions. Read more. 
 
HAN - Severe Respiratory Illnesses Associated with Rhinoviruses and/or Enteroviruses Including EV-D68 – Multistate, 2022.
Monday, November 07, 2022 10:59 AM
Healthcare providers and hospitals in several regions of the United States notified the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) during August 2022 about increases in pediatric hospitalizations in patients with severe respiratory illness who also tested positive for rhinovirus (RV) and/or enterovirus (EV). RVs and EVs can have clinically similar presentations and are indistinguishable from one another on multiplex assays often used in clinical settings. Read more. 
 
California Medication Error Reduction Plan: Time for Regulators and Accreditors to Adopt Similar Initiatives
Monday, November 07, 2022 10:46 AM
ISMP has always been an advocate for learning from the experiences of others—taking certain aspects of another’s experience and incorporating it into your own work and life for the purpose of improvement. It is in this spirit of learning that we again share with readers our support of a 20-year statewide initiative in California (CA) to reduce medication-related errors, which we hope hospital regulators and accreditors, if not US hospitals themselves, will adopt. Since 2002, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has required every licensed general, acute care hospital in CA to establish a Medication Error Reduction Plan (MERP), referred to as the CA MERP. CDPH defines a medication-related error as any preventable medication-related event that adversely affects a patient and is related to professional practice, healthcare products, and organizational procedures and systems. Read more. 
 
CDC Releases UPDATED Clinical Practice Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Pain
Monday, November 07, 2022 10:36 AM
Expanded recommendations support clinicians and patients, improve patient care and safety. Read more. 
 
Equitable Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Protections Workshop – Meeting at a Glance
Sunday, November 06, 2022 08:56 PM
The NIOSH Personal Protective Technology Program will host a free two-day virtual workshop to highlight ongoing activities and discuss prominent issues regarding the equitable PPE protections of all United States workers. Read more. 
 
Infection Prevention Hot Topics: Week of Halloween
Sunday, November 06, 2022 08:54 PM
What is scary in infection prevention and control? Dr. Popescu tells us what's in the news this week of Halloween. Read more. 
 
Half of Dentists Say Patients Are High at Dental Appointments
Sunday, November 06, 2022 01:10 PM
Marijuana Use May Affect Oral Health and Treatment. Read more. 
 
Hepatitis C Can Be Cured in Young People Who Inject Drugs
Sunday, November 06, 2022 01:08 PM
Previously thought to be difficult or impossible, one study found HCV and drug use can be treated concurrently in young adults. Read more. 
 
CDC Clinical Practice Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Pain — United States, 2022
Sunday, November 06, 2022 01:06 PM
Pain is one of the most common reasons adults seek medical care in the United States. Read more. 
 
Study suggests substantial before-symptom spread of monkeypox
Sunday, November 06, 2022 01:03 PM
A new study in BMJ suggests that a substantial proportion of monkeypox cases—53%— in the ongoing global outbreak are transmitted 1 to 4 days before symptoms appear. Read more.
 
Health Care — Pfizer reports promising RSV vaccine findings
Sunday, November 06, 2022 01:00 PM
An experimental maternal vaccine for RSV from Pfizer, administered during pregnancy, was effective at preventing infants from developing severe symptoms from birth through their first six months, the company said. Read more. 
 
The New COVID Booster Shot Could Save Your Life; Get One Now, FDA Expert Says
Saturday, November 05, 2022 03:09 PM
FDA Chief Medical Officer Hilary Marston explains the importance of getting a booster shot, considers why so few people have gotten them and answers other questions. Read more. 
 
CDC issues health advisory on contaminated dental water leading to illness in children
Saturday, November 05, 2022 03:06 PM
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released an official health advisory about a rise in nontuberculosis mycobacteria discovered in dental water. Read more. 
 
New CDC opioid guidelines emphasize flexibility in treating pain
Saturday, November 05, 2022 03:04 PM
Federal health officials on Thursday updated their recommendations for using opioids to treat pain, removing specific dose and duration targets that pain experts said had caused unintended harm. Read more. 
 
MSU pediatric infectious disease expert discusses RSV, flu, COVID-19 in children
Saturday, November 05, 2022 03:02 PM
Hospitals around the country have reported an increase in the number of hospitalizations due to respiratory syncytial virus, RSV. Read more. 
 
NIH’s Climate and Health Initiative tackles global health effects associated with a changing climate
Saturday, November 05, 2022 02:59 PM
Agency leaders discuss new research plan in The Lancet. Read more. 
 
Medicare finalizes paying for select dental services in 2023
Friday, November 04, 2022 03:49 PM
The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is expanding access to dental care by finalizing payment for services deemed "integral to covered medical services," according to the Calendar Year 2023 Physician Fee Schedule final rule that was released on November 1. Read more. 
 
NIOSH eNews: Volume 20, Number 7 (November 2022)
Friday, November 04, 2022 03:47 PM
NIOSH eNews: Volume 20, Number 7 (November 2022). Read more. 
 
US patients tracked high blood pressure less, saw it rise in pandemic
Friday, November 04, 2022 03:45 PM
Americans with chronic high blood pressure (BP) monitored their condition less often and reported small but consequential BP increases early in the COVID-19 pandemic, finds an analysis conducted at three large health systems. Read more. 
 
MMWR Weekly - November 4, 2022
Friday, November 04, 2022 03:21 PM
Weekly / Vol. 71 / No. 44. Read more. 
 
CDC warns of bacteria in dental waterlines after children are infected
Friday, November 04, 2022 11:40 AM
Two outbreaks of nontuberculous Mycobacteria infections were linked to pediatric dental offices in 2015 and 2016, with another suspected in March. Read more. 
 
3 Ways Safety Professionals Can Benefit from Better Communication
Friday, November 04, 2022 11:31 AM
Effective communication is critical to establishing and maintaing a safety culture. Read more. 
 
IZ Express #1,660: Flu activity surging, vaccination lagging, and more
Friday, November 04, 2022 11:27 AM
IZ Express #1,660: Flu activity surging, vaccination lagging, and more. Read more. 
 
Celebrating the 3rd International Symposium to Advance Total Worker Health®
Friday, November 04, 2022 11:25 AM
October 11-14, 2022, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the Center for Health, Work & Environment (CHWE) presented the 3rd International Symposium to Advance Total Worker Health®Held virtually and in-person at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, the symposium is the only NIOSH-sponsored event focused solely on advancing Total Worker Health (TWH) research, practice, policies, and programs. Read more. 
 
‘A silent killer’ - COVID-19 shown to trigger inflammation in the brain
Friday, November 04, 2022 11:21 AM
Research led by The University of Queensland has found COVID-19 activates the same inflammatory response in the brain as Parkinson’s disease. Read more. 
 
Update on CDC Director and COVID-19
Thursday, November 03, 2022 06:34 PM
CDC Director Dr. Rochelle P. Walensky experienced mild symptoms from her recent COVID-19 infection, completed a course of Paxlovid, and, after a period of isolation, tested negative for the virus. On Sunday, Dr. Walensky began to develop mild symptoms and has again tested positive. Consistent with CDC guidelines, she is isolating at home and will participate in her planned meetings virtually. Read more. 
 
Watch: How pulse oximeters work, and why they sometimes do not
Thursday, November 03, 2022 06:32 PM
Pulse oximeters, which measure oxygen levels in blood, are one of the most widely used medical tools. They are affordable, portable, and easy to use, but they have a major drawback: Numerous studies show they are less accurate for people with darker skin. Read more. 
 
Pulse oximeters and their inaccuracies will get FDA scrutiny today. What took so long?
Thursday, November 03, 2022 06:30 PM
Food and Drug Administration advisory committee Tuesday will take up the issue of whether pulse oximeters, the ubiquitous medical devices that became a mainstay for assessing patient oxygen levels during the Covid-19 pandemic, need to be regulated differently — or even completely reconceived — based on research showing the devices are less accurate in people with darker skin. Read more. 
 
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