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More than 140,000 U.S. children lost a primary or secondary caregiver due to the COVID-19 pandemic
Thursday, October 07, 2021 05:29 PM
New study highlights stark disparities in caregiver deaths by race and ethnicity, calls for urgent public health response. Read more.
Did COVID-19 Permanently Change Hand Hygiene Practices? Likely Not, Study Finds
Thursday, October 07, 2021 05:27 PM
Although the COVID-19 pandemic increased attention to hand hygiene, did it really have a lasting impression? Read more. 
How the pandemic has forever changed health care in the US
Thursday, October 07, 2021 05:17 PM
Even after the lockdowns, restrictions, and social distancing subside, COVID-19 will have a lasting impact on the American health care system, and it can already be seen. Read more.
Thanks to COVID-19, MRSA Makes a Comeback
Thursday, October 07, 2021 05:15 PM
Preliminary data for the last quarter of 2020 revealed a jump of 34% in methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) compared with the same quarter in 2019. Several states had much higher increases. In Arizona, for instance, rates leapt 80%; in New Jersey, that figure was 99%. Read more.
COVID-19 hospitalizations in Pa. rise again, topping 3,000 for first time since February
Thursday, October 07, 2021 05:13 PM
After appearing to level off somewhat, Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 hospitalizations are rising again. Read more. 
Real-world data show that filters clean COVID-causing virus from air
Thursday, October 07, 2021 05:11 PM
An inexpensive type of portable filter efficiently screened SARS-CoV-2 and other disease-causing organisms from hospital air. Read more. 
Dentists more likely to see domestic abuse during pandemic
Thursday, October 07, 2021 05:00 PM
Dentists are more likely to encounter victims of domestic abuse in their practices during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an article published on October 4 in BDJ In Practice. To be ready to help, dentists should recognize the lesser-known signs of abuse, encourage disclosure, and know how to respond in a sensitive manner. Read more. 
National Nanotechnology Day: A big day for small things
Thursday, October 07, 2021 04:57 PM
Every year on October the 9th we celebrate National Nanotechnology Day. The date 10-9 pays homage to the nanometer scale: 10-9. Anything that can be measured in nanometers (nm) is extremely small! Read more. 
Pfizer, BioNTech ask FDA to authorize coronavirus vaccine for children 5 to 11
Thursday, October 07, 2021 04:56 PM
An estimated 28 million children would be eligible for the shots in the United States if regulators give the green light. Read more. 
Learning to Protect Communities with COVID-19 Home Testing Programs
Thursday, October 07, 2021 04:53 PM
With most kids now back in school, parents face a new everyday concern: determining whether their child’s latest cough or sneeze might be a sign of COVID-19. If so, parents will want to keep their child at home to protect other students and staff, while also preventing the spread of the virus in their communities. And if it’s the parent who has a new cough, they also will want to know if the reason is COVID-19 before going to work or the store. Read more. 
MMWR Weekly - October 8, 2021
Thursday, October 07, 2021 04:50 PM
Weekly / Vol. 70 / No. 40. Read more.
Washington State University to lead $125 million USAID project to detect emerging viruses
Wednesday, October 06, 2021 04:18 PM
To better identify and prevent future pandemics, WSU has entered into a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to head up a new five-year, approximately $125 million global project. Read more. 
People with substance use disorders may be at higher risk for SARS-CoV-2 breakthrough infections
Wednesday, October 06, 2021 04:16 PM
Co-occurring health disorders appear to contribute to increased risk, NIH study suggests. Read more. 
Cancer costs US more than $156 billion, with drugs a leading expense
Wednesday, October 06, 2021 04:13 PM
Care for the 15 most prevalent types of cancer in the U.S. cost approximately $156.2 billion in 2018, according to a team of Penn State College of Medicine researchers. The team also found that medication was the biggest expense and that medication expense for breast, lung, lymphoma and colorectal cancers incurred the most costs. Read more.
Study gauges healthcare worker stress during pandemic
Wednesday, October 06, 2021 04:11 PM
Healthcare workers, women, and people under age 50 experienced especially high levels of stress during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new study published October 6th in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Sebastien Couarraze of University Hospital of Toulouse, France, and colleagues. Read more. 
WHO endorses use of first-ever malaria vaccine
Wednesday, October 06, 2021 02:01 PM

The World Health Organization on Wednesday recommended the world’s first vaccine to prevent malaria for widespread use in children, a tool it said can help save tens of thousands of lives each year. Read more. 


White House to announce $1 billion purchase of rapid, at-home coronavirus tests
Wednesday, October 06, 2021 10:39 AM
New investment is part of Biden initiative to quadruple the number of tests available to Americans by December. Read more. 
Tooth loss in older adults linked to higher risk of dementia
Wednesday, October 06, 2021 10:37 AM
Older adults with tooth loss have a higher risk of cognitive impairment and dementia, with increasing risk with each missing tooth, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Directors Association. Read more. 
Evaluation of the Virucidal Efficacy of Chlorhexidine and Povidone–Iodine Mouthwashes Against Salivary SARS-CoV-2 Journal of Evidence-Based Dental Practice
Wednesday, October 06, 2021 10:35 AM
The authors concluded that 0.2% chlorhexidine and 1% povidone–iodine are effective preprocedural mouthwashes against SARS-CoV-2 and hence could be used as one of the preventive strategies to reduce intraoral viral load and the spread of SARS-CoV-2 in dental and other healthcare clinics. Read more. 
IAC Express #1,593 - CDC urges COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy. IAC summarizes Sep. 29 ACIP meeting. New VIS translations, and more.
Wednesday, October 06, 2021 10:34 AM
IAC Express #1,593 - CDC urges COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy. IAC summarizes Sep. 29 ACIP meeting. New VIS translations, and more. Read more. 
Low COVID-19 vaccine rates caused by disinformation, officials say: ‘Every single week, it’s a new myth’
Wednesday, October 06, 2021 10:29 AM
When it comes to misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccines, health advocates have heard it all. Read more. 
Keep Your Patients and Yourself Healthy
Tuesday, October 05, 2021 02:52 PM
Instrumentation for better ergonomics and outcomes. Read more. 
COVID-19: Without masks, two meters distancing is not enough
Tuesday, October 05, 2021 02:51 PM
Simulations track the spread of coughs and safe physical distancing indoors. Read more. 
New HHS Report: Vaccination Linked to a Reduction of Over a Quarter Million COVID-19 Cases, 100,000 Hospitalizations, and 39,000 Deaths Among Seniors
Tuesday, October 05, 2021 02:46 PM
A new report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) shows that COVID-19 vaccinations may have helped prevent hundreds of thousands of new COVID-19 infections and tens of thousands of deaths among seniors. The study, which was conducted by researchers with HHS's Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), found that vaccinations were linked to a reduction of approximately 265,000 COVID-19 infections, 107,000 hospitalizations, and 39,000 deaths among Medicare beneficiaries between January and May 2021. Read more. 
COVID vaccines cut the risk of transmitting Delta — but not for long
Tuesday, October 05, 2021 02:42 PM
People who receive two COVID-19 jabs and later contract the Delta variant are less likely to infect their close contacts than are unvaccinated people with Delta. Read more. 
Oral Manifestations of COVID-19: Early Studies Suggest Possible Systemic Link
Tuesday, October 05, 2021 11:57 AM
Information is updated often while we are still studying COVID-19 and its effects. Dental hygienists should be aware of even possible legitimate theories from scientists since this is a novel virus. Read more.
Study Reports Half of Pediatric Opioid Prescriptions Are ‘High Risk’
Tuesday, October 05, 2021 11:55 AM
Children and young adults who experience pain from routine dental care or oral surgery are frequently exposed to unsafe opioid prescriptions, according to a study led by University of Michigan researchers. Appearing in Pediatrics, the paper, “Opioid Prescribing to U.S. Children and Young Adults in 2019,” is based on data from the IQVIA Longitudinal Prescription Database. The team analyzed approximately four million opioid prescriptions written to children and young adults (< age 21) in 2019. Prescriptions were considered high risk if they exceeded the recommended supply or dose, or included a drug or combination of drugs not recommended for this patient population. Read more.  
CDC: There’s No Place Like Zoom for the Holidays
Tuesday, October 05, 2021 11:53 AM
As rates of infection, hospitalization, and deaths from COVID-19 plummet, we’re reminded that we’ve been here before. Too many Americans remain unvaccinated and too many questions about SARS-CoV-2 remain unanswered. Read more. 
Rapid Assessment, Infection Control Measures Key to Containing Spread of Candida Auris
Tuesday, October 05, 2021 11:51 AM
Strong public health measures coupled with infection control practices can contain the spread of Candida auris. Read more. 
Francis Collins to step down as director of the National Institutes of Health
Tuesday, October 05, 2021 09:57 AM
Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., today announced his decision to end his tenure as the director of the National Institutes of Health by the end of the year. Dr. Collins is the longest serving presidentially appointed NIH director, having served three U.S. presidents over more than 12 years. Read more. 
Improve Your Ergonomics
Monday, October 04, 2021 08:01 PM
Adapting the work environment to your personal needs is a necessity for attaining proper body mechanics. Read more. 
First evidence of inflammatory micro clots in blood of individuals suffering from Long COVID
Monday, October 04, 2021 07:59 PM
This may be the cause of some of the lingering symptoms experienced by individuals with Long COVID. Read more.
Fauci says U.S. is ‘turning the corner on this particular’ COVID surge
Monday, October 04, 2021 06:49 PM
The U.S. is turning the corner on the most recent surge in COVID-19 cases and more people need to get vaccinated to keep infections on a declining trend, infectious disease specialist Anthony Fauci said. Read more. 
Virus surge hits New England despite high vaccination rates: ‘It’s clearly frustrating for all of us’
Monday, October 04, 2021 06:46 PM
Despite having the highest vaccination rates in the country, there are constant reminders for most New England states of just how vicious the delta variant of COVID-19 is. Read more. 
NCI study highlights pandemic’s disproportionate impact on Black, American Indian/Alaska Native, and Latino adults
Monday, October 04, 2021 06:44 PM

The global COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on Black, American Indian/Alaska Native, and Latino individuals in the United States, causing more deaths by population size, both directly and indirectly, in these groups compared with white or Asian individuals. The findings, from a large surveillance study led by researchers at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), appeared October 5, 2021, in Annals of Internal Medicine. Read more.

Where Health Literacy Meets Inclusion
Monday, October 04, 2021 09:06 AM
October is Health Literacy Month, and this year CDC and NIOSH are celebrating with the theme “Health Literacy and Health Equity: Advancing Diversity, Accessibility, and Inclusion.” Within this title, there is a lot we can unpack. So, let’s break it down and see how all these ideas can interact to improve health communications and materials. Read more. 
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