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New insights on antibody responses to Omicron variants
Monday, October 24, 2022 04:49 PM
Understanding antibody responses will be key to offset coronavirus variants' evasion of earlier immunity. Read more. 
Dental Health in Patients With and Without HPV-Positive Oropharyngeal and Tongue Cancer
Monday, October 24, 2022 04:33 PM
Human papillomavirus (HPV)–related oropharyngeal and oral tongue cancers (OPC and OTC) and their relationship with oral health are unclear. This case–control study examined whether oral health may have a relationship with the HPV status in patients with OPC and OTC. Read more. 
CDC director tests positive for COVID-19, has mild symptoms
Monday, October 24, 2022 04:31 PM
The director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has tested positive for a coronavirus infection. Read more. 
You’re probably not cleaning these 11 very germy spots
Monday, October 24, 2022 04:27 PM
Don’t worry. Once you know about them, they’re easy to take care of. Read more. 
Pfizer Says COVID-19 Vaccine Will Cost $110-$130 Per Dose
Monday, October 24, 2022 09:06 AM
Pfizer will charge $110 to $130 for a dose of its COVID-19 vaccine once the U.S. government stops buying the shots. Read more. 
Radiant Exitance of Old, New, and Damaged LED Light Curing Units
Monday, October 24, 2022 09:04 AM
This study aimed to determine the radiant exitance of new, damaged, and 16-year-old light-curing units (LCUs) with and without infection control barriers, and before and after removal of any debris. Read more. 
Utilization of rapid antigen tests for screening SARS-CoV-2 prior to dental treatment
Monday, October 24, 2022 09:02 AM
Potential aerosols containing severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) viral particles can be generated during dental treatment. Hence, patient triage is essential to prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2 in dental clinical settings. The present study described the use of rapid antigen tests for SARS-CoV-2 screening prior to dental treatment in an academic dental clinical setting in Thailand during the pandemic. Read more.
Bacterial resistance to antiseptics used in dentistry: a scoping review of randomized clinical trials
Monday, October 24, 2022 08:59 AM
Objectives: To evaluate the prevalence and proportions of bacteria resistant to antiseptics used in dentistry. Read more. 
IDSA announces courage award honoring Fauci
Monday, October 24, 2022 08:58 AM
The Infectious Diseases Society of America on Friday announced the creation of an award honoring National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony S. Fauci, MD. Read more. 
Mouthwash use to prevent COVID-19 may change composites
Sunday, October 23, 2022 10:44 AM
To prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19, patients are sometimes asked to rinse with a disinfectant mouthwash during a dental visit. But a new study published on October 20 in the International Dental Journal suggests that these mouthwashes may change resin composites. Read more. 
Wildfire smoke chokes U.S. Northwest, residents don masks
Sunday, October 23, 2022 10:42 AM

Wildfires in Oregon and Washington are blanketing much of America's Pacific Northwest with smoke, choking residents in Seattle, Portland and other parts of the two states with the worst air in the United States, according to government data. Read more. 

Cases of BQ.1, BQ.1.1 COVID variants double in U.S. as Europe warns of rise
Sunday, October 23, 2022 10:40 AM
U.S. health regulators on Friday estimated that BQ.1 and closely related BQ.1.1 accounted for 16.6% of coronavirus variants in the country, nearly doubling from last week, while Europe expects them to become the dominant variants in a month. Read more. 
VA says it is working to improve electronic health record project
Sunday, October 23, 2022 10:36 AM
The VA said last week it is delaying the rollout of the new system until June 2023. The VA said it is working with Oracle Cerner to address a host of issues, including some which could affect patient safety. Read more. 
CDC Allows Novavax Monovalent COVID-19 Boosters for Adults Ages 18 and Older
Sunday, October 23, 2022 10:34 AM
This action gives people ages 18 years and older the option to receive a Novavax monovalent booster instead of an updated (bivalent) Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna booster if they have completed primary series vaccination but have not previously received a COVID-19 booster—and if they cannot or will not receive mRNA vaccines. Read more. 
CDC group endorses adding Covid shots to recommended vaccine schedule
Saturday, October 22, 2022 01:24 PM
The unanimous recommendation to add the vaccine to the annual schedule does not mandate the shots or preclude unvaccinated kids from attending school. Read more. 
ACIP Immunization Schedule Vote
Saturday, October 22, 2022 01:21 PM
Today, CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended updates to the 2023 childhood and adult immunization schedules, which includes incorporating additional information for approved or authorized COVID-19 vaccines. CDC only makes recommendations for use of vaccines, while school-entry vaccination requirements are determined by state or local jurisdictions. Read more. 
Influenza and COVID-19 Vaccination Coverage Among Health Care Personnel — United States, 2021–22
Saturday, October 22, 2022 01:19 PM
Enhanced efforts are needed to improve HCP vaccination coverage, especially with COVID-19 booster doses and annually for influenza vaccines. Staying up to date with COVID-19 and influenza vaccines can protect HCP and their patients. Read more. 
How Your Oral Health Affects Your Overall Health
Saturday, October 22, 2022 01:16 PM
Your teeth and gums have a huge role to play in other, more systemic health conditions. Read more. 
Hot Topics in Infection Prevention: COVID-19, Ebola Outbreak, and Ocular and Needlestick Monkeypox
Saturday, October 22, 2022 01:14 PM
Saskia v. Popescu, PhD, MPH, MA, CIC, covers updates on COVID-19 in frontline workers, an Ebola outbreak in Uganda, and ocular and needlestick monkeypox. Read more. 
Increase in U.S. pregnancy-related deaths linked to COVID-19
Saturday, October 22, 2022 01:12 PM
COVID-19 drove a dramatic increase in the number of women who died from pregnancy or childbirth complications in the U.S. last year, a crisis that has disproportionately claimed Black and Hispanic women as victims, according to a government report released Wednesday. Read more. 
U.S. surgeon general says workplaces are taking a toll on Americans’ mental and physical health
Friday, October 21, 2022 10:17 AM
Your job can be hazardous to your health, according to a new report from the U.S. Surgeon General that highlights how the Covid-19 pandemic has revealed fractures in working Americans’ mental health and well-being. Read more. 
MMWR Weekly - October 21, 2022
Friday, October 21, 2022 10:15 AM
Weekly / Vol. 71 / No. 42. Read more. 
WHO highlights high cost of physical inactivity in first-ever global report
Friday, October 21, 2022 10:11 AM
Almost 500 million people will develop heart disease, obesity, diabetes or other noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) attributable to physical inactivity, between 2020 and 2030, costing US$ 27 billion annually, if governments don’t take urgent action to encourage more physical activity among their populations. Read more. 
Penn State College of Medicine working on COVID-19 vaccine that can withstand variants
Friday, October 21, 2022 10:06 AM
The most troublesome quality of COVID-19 has turned out to be its ability to mutate to evade human defenses. Read more. 
2022 International Infection Prevention Week
Friday, October 21, 2022 10:04 AM
COVID-19 continues to show the world what we’ve always known—infection preventionists (IPs) play a crucial role in keeping our neighborhoods safe and healthy. In addition to fighting a global pandemic, the infection prevention and control community is protecting us from surges in healthcare-associated infections, measles outbreaks, flu season, and so many other day-to-day infectious battles. Read more. 
4 ways oral health affects your quality of life
Thursday, October 20, 2022 10:24 AM
From your desire to socialize to your mental health, there are ways your oral health can impact your overall quality of life that you may not know about. Read more. 
IZ Express #1,658: COVID-19 bivalent booster recommended for children age 5–11, and more
Thursday, October 20, 2022 10:21 AM
IZ Express #1,658: COVID-19 bivalent booster recommended for children age 5–11, and more. Read more. 
Study: Milder COVID cases, lower viral loads in vaccinated frontline workers
Thursday, October 20, 2022 10:19 AM
A study of essential and frontline workers in six US states who tested positive for COVID-19 and received two or three mRNA vaccine doses before Delta infections and three doses before Omicron infections suggests that they had significantly milder infections and lower viral loads than their unvaccinated peers. Read more.
Occupational Hazard: COVID-19 False Positives in Lab Workers
Thursday, October 20, 2022 10:17 AM
A new study analyzed genes in nasal swabs from asymptomatic people who tested positive for SARS-CoV-2. Read more. 
A Dental Infection Control Glossary
Thursday, October 20, 2022 10:15 AM
There is some important infection control terminology that every dental professional should know. Experts weigh in on the key points for every clinician. Read more. 
Dr. Anthony Fauci reflects on over 50 years of public service
Wednesday, October 19, 2022 04:04 PM
Jonathan Karl sits down with Dr. Anthony Fauci on "This Week." Read more. 
Inequities Found in Flu Vaccine Uptake
Wednesday, October 19, 2022 04:02 PM
Increasing flu vaccination through more targeted outreach can help lower disparities. Read more. 
Inequities in Flu Vaccine Uptake
Wednesday, October 19, 2022 04:00 PM
More Vaccination Needed for People from Some Racial/Ethnic Groups. Read more.
Where BQ.1 is most prevalent: 5 notes on the new COVID-19 variant
Wednesday, October 19, 2022 03:57 PM
CDC estimates indicate a new omicron variant, BQ.1, and its descendent BQ.1.1 account for 11.4 percent of cases nationwide. The pair have been dubbed "escape variants" for their ability to escape immunity and are currently most prevalent in New York and New Jersey, where they account for nearly 20 percent of new infections. Read more. 
Historical Perspective: Lessons from SARS-CoV-1
Wednesday, October 19, 2022 03:54 PM
efore the emergence of COVID-19, this precursor virus was a global concern. Read more. 
Protecting workers from monkeypox: Cal/OSHA issues guidance
Wednesday, October 19, 2022 09:56 AM
New guidance from the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health is aimed at protecting workers from monkeypox – a viral disease that spreads mostly through close, intimate contact with someone who’s infected. Read more. 
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