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New light on key differences in immune response to SARS-CoV-2 vaccines
Thursday, November 03, 2022 06:28 PM
While both protect from severe disease, inactivated SARS-CoV-2 and spike mRNA vaccines trigger different T-cell responses. Read more. 
 
Self-disinfecting High Touch Surfaces in Practical Use
Thursday, November 03, 2022 09:31 AM
Can antimicrobial products withstand day-to-day real-life wear and tear if the antimicrobial material is part of the product and not only a coating? A study in Switzerland tried to find out. Read more. 
 
Continuing Education: Implementation and Use of Enhanced Barrier Precautions in Nursing Homes (1-2pm EST)
Thursday, November 03, 2022 09:29 AM
You are invited to a webinar discussing Enhanced Barrier Precautions in nursing homes. Discussion will include a detailed review of what Enhanced Barrier Precautions are, why Enhanced Barrier Precautions are recommended in nursing homes, and how to be successful with implementation. Presentations will be followed by conversation with the experts about frequently asked questions from the field. Read more.
 
Efficacy of Aerosol Reduction Measures for Dental Aerosol Generating Procedures
Thursday, November 03, 2022 09:27 AM
Aerosol particles generated by dental procedures could facilitate the transmission of infectious diseases and contain carcinogen particles. Such particles can penetrate common surgical masks and reach the lungs, leading to increased risk for dental care professionals. However, the risk of inhaling contaminated aerosol and the effectiveness of aerosol reduction measures in dental offices remain unclear. Read more. 
 
NIH-funded study shows blood pressure levels rose during pandemic
Thursday, November 03, 2022 09:25 AM
Telemedicine, home-monitoring may have helped lessen impact. Read more. 
 
Dental visits tied to lower risk of head and neck cancer
Thursday, November 03, 2022 09:23 AM
Visiting the dentist may reduce one's risk of head and neck cancer, according to a new study. Researchers analyzed the relationship between the time that had elapsed since patients' most recent dental visit and a diagnosis of head and neck cancer. The results were published in Oral Oncology Reports on October 28. Read more. 
 
Creepy Crawlies on the Teeth
Wednesday, November 02, 2022 07:24 PM
This creeping creature did not walk out of a sci-fi film—it actually plays a starring role in the mouth. It’s composed of cavity-causing bacteria (green) that piggyback on fungi (blue), forming superorganisms with unusual powers—“walking” and “lunging” on tooth-like surfaces. Read more. 
 
U.S. CDC director experiences COVID rebound after taking Pfizer's Paxlovid
Wednesday, November 02, 2022 07:21 PM
U.S. CDC director experiences COVID rebound after taking Pfizer's Paxlovid. Read more. 
 
CDC Health Alert Network (HAN) Health Advisory: Outbreaks of Nontuberculous Mycobacteria Infections Highlight Importance of Maintaining and Monitoring Dental Waterlines.
Wednesday, November 02, 2022 07:19 PM
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is issuing this Health Alert Network (HAN) Health Advisory to emphasize the importance of following existing recommendations for maintaining and monitoring dental waterlines. Multiple outbreaks of nontuberculous Mycobacteria (NTM) infections have occurred in children who received pulpotomies in pediatric dental clinics where the dental treatment water contained high levels of bacteria. CDC provides guidelines on infection control in dental settings which contain recommendations to treat dental unit waterlines and monitor water quality. Dental providers should be familiar with these recommendations on how to properly maintain and monitor their dental equipment to ensure that dental treatment water is safe for patient care. Read more. 
 
Celebrating National Ergonomics Month
Wednesday, November 02, 2022 09:46 AM
National Ergonomics Month is celebrated annually in October. While ergonomics broadly is the scientific study of people at work, one important aspect of ergonomics is to prevent injuries and musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) caused by poor workstation design and work environment. NIOSH ergonomists have been pioneering the study of MSDs through the development of risk assessment tools, the use of emerging technologies and sharing information on effective interventions. Read more. 
 
’Tis the Season…for Norovirus
Wednesday, November 02, 2022 09:44 AM
In August 2022, researchers at Virginia Tech University and the University of Indiana announced they were testing a new vaccine that might help stop the spread of norovirus. If the test vaccine works, this could help prevent norovirus illness for thousands of people every year. Read more. 
 
Estimating the risk of airborne SARS-CoV-2 transmission in a train carriage
Wednesday, November 02, 2022 09:37 AM
In a recent Indoor Air journal study, researchers in the United Kingdom evaluated the risk of airborne transmission of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) in a mechanically ventilated inter-city train carriage in the United Kingdom. Read more. 
 
US COVID-19 admissions tick up: 10 CDC findings
Wednesday, November 02, 2022 09:35 AM
COVID-19 hospitalizations increased slightly this week after nearly two months of decline, while omicron subvariants BQ.1 and BQ.1.1 — dubbed 'escape variants' for their immune evasiveness — continued to gain prevalence nationwide, according to the CDC's COVID-19 data tracker weekly review published Oct. 28. Read more. 
 
An Update on Long COVID (Oct. 29, 2022)
Wednesday, November 02, 2022 09:32 AM
Igho Ofotokun, MD, FIDSA, principal investigator of the RECOVER study funded by NIH, and Alba Azola, MD, co-director of the Johns Hopkins Post-Acute COVID-19 Team, discuss the latest research on long COVID. Read more. 
 
Patient recounts terrifying moments after standoff suspect walked in dental clinic
Tuesday, November 01, 2022 08:24 PM
A man seen barricading himself inside a Wilton Manors dental clinic for hours Thursday faces felony charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and criminal mischief. Read more. 
 
ACIP Recommends Adding COVID-19 Vaccination to All Schedules
Tuesday, November 01, 2022 08:22 PM
Vote Comes as End of Emergency Use Authorization Inches Closer. Read more. 
 
Adults with hepatitis C at increased risk for developing active TB
Tuesday, November 01, 2022 08:20 PM
People with hepatitis C, either treated or untreated, had an increased risk for developing active tuberculosis, according to data published in Clinical Infectious Diseases. Read more.
 
COVID ‘variant soup’ is making winter surges hard to predict
Tuesday, November 01, 2022 09:53 AM
Descendants of Omicron are proliferating worldwide — and the same mutations are coming up again and again.  Read more. 
 
Some 80% of patients hospitalized with COVID are unvaccinated
Tuesday, November 01, 2022 09:52 AM
With holidays approaching, medical experts fear a surge in infections. Read more. 
 
Oral germs show bacterial resistance to common antiseptics.
Tuesday, November 01, 2022 09:49 AM
Streptococcus mutansLactobacillus acidophilus, and other oral germs may show bacterial resistance to antiseptics, including chlorhexidine, according to a review published on October 21 in the International Journal of Dental Hygiene. What's more, resistance may rise over time. Read more. 
 
Masks in schools do not increase infection risk
Tuesday, November 01, 2022 09:47 AM
In a simulated back-to-school trial, rate of hand-to-face contact among students wearing face masks did not differ from those without face masks, and risk of infection did not increase. Read more. 
 
Study shows temporary isolation wards provided effective protection against healthcare-associated COVID-19 transmission
Monday, October 31, 2022 02:22 PM
Findings published in AJIC suggest that temporary units could offer a safe, interim option to manage patients with infectious respiratory illnesses. Read more. 
 
Episode #83 - Minimize infection at health care facilities
Monday, October 31, 2022 02:20 PM
Half the health care facilities in the world do not have basic hygiene services. What are the points when you are most at risk of infection at a healthcare facility? How can you lower your risk of infection? WHO’s Dr Richard Johnston explains in Science in 5. Read more. 
 
Respiratory therapy: Vital to post-COVID-19 recovery
Monday, October 31, 2022 02:18 PM
UC Davis Health respiratory therapists working with post-COVID patients to help them return to their pre-COVID lives. Read more.
 
Why isn’t there an RSV vaccine for kids?
Monday, October 31, 2022 02:16 PM
A failed clinical trial in the late '60s pushed the development of an RSV vaccine back decades. Read more. 
 
CDC Health Alert Network (HAN) Health Advisory: Outbreaks of Nontuberculous Mycobacteria Infections Highlight Importance of Maintaining and Monitoring Dental Waterlines
Monday, October 31, 2022 01:20 PM
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is issuing this Health Alert Network (HAN) Health Advisory to emphasize the importance of following existing recommendations for maintaining and monitoring dental waterlines. Multiple outbreaks of nontuberculous Mycobacteria (NTM) infections have occurred in children who received pulpotomies in pediatric dental clinics where the dental treatment water contained high levels of bacteria. CDC provides guidelines on infection control in dental settings which contain recommendations to treat dental unit waterlines and monitor water quality. Dental providers should be familiar with these recommendations on how to properly maintain and monitor their dental equipment to ensure that dental treatment water is safe for patient care. Read more. 
 
COVID-19 Related Impact on Overall Adult Health and Wellbeing
Sunday, October 30, 2022 02:44 PM
What are some of the overall health and well being impacts that the pandemic has had on adults? Read more. 
 
COVID-19 Pandemic's Impact on US Childhood Caries and Potential Mitigation
Sunday, October 30, 2022 02:35 PM
This 48-month cohort simulation model of children aged 7 years at the time of the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic estimated the impact of reduced delivery of sealants and restorative care during the pandemic on caries incidence in first permanent molars (1M). Read more. 
 
RSV season: Common symptoms of this respiratory virus to watch for
Sunday, October 30, 2022 02:32 PM
RSV, which stands for respiratory syncytial virus, is a common respiratory virus that usually causes mild, cold-like symptoms, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Read more. 
 
Doctors, pharmacists coping with amoxicillin shortage
Sunday, October 30, 2022 02:30 PM
A shortage of the antibiotic amoxicillin, which has affected countries around the world since early summer, is now complicating patient care in the United States. Read more. 
 
Tuberculosis deaths rose during pandemic, reversing years of decline, WHO says
Sunday, October 30, 2022 02:28 PM
Global deaths from tuberculosis are estimated to have increased between 2019 and 2021, reversing years of decline as the COVID-19 pandemic severely derailed efforts to tackle the disease, the World Health Organization said on Thursday. Read more. 
 
MMWR Weekly - October 28, 2022
Saturday, October 29, 2022 06:27 PM
Weekly / Vol. 71 / No. 43. Read more. 
 
The 3 C’s: Collaboration
Saturday, October 29, 2022 01:28 PM
"Although we have numerous strategies for improving prevention and control in our facilities," Heather Saunders, MPH, RN, CIC, in her third and final of 3 series on the 3'Cs of how to be a successful IP. "All too often these strategies fall short of succeeding." Why? Lack of collaboration. Read on to see how IPs can use the 3 C's to be more successful IPs? Read more. 
 
RSV - Symptoms and Care
Saturday, October 29, 2022 01:26 PM
People infected with RSV usually show symptoms within 4 to 6 days after getting infected. Read more. 
 
How Severe is the SARS-CoV-2 Omicron BA.2 Subvariant Compared with Earlier Variants?
Saturday, October 29, 2022 01:24 PM
In an analysis of COVID-19 cases from Mass General Brigham’s electronic health record system, mortality rates were 0.7% for the SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant, 0.4% for the original Omicron variant, and 0.3% for the Omicron BA.2 subvariant. Read more. 
 
How to eradicate the next pandemic disease
Saturday, October 29, 2022 01:22 PM
The elimination of smallpox from every region of the world took a huge effort. Getting rid of other infectious diseases, such as COVID-19, will be even more difficult. Read more. 
 
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