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Infection control review: More viewpoints to consider
Wednesday, October 19, 2022 09:54 AM
In part two of this series, Maryanne Ferree, PHDHP, BS, RDH, and Nicole Giesey, MBA MSPTE, BSDH, RDH, look at infection control from the perspectives of the dental equipment manufacturer, the product supply purchaser, and the business owner. Read more. 
CDA Journal editorial about emotional understanding in the dental office receives William J. Gies Editorial Award
Wednesday, October 19, 2022 09:42 AM
Dr. Kerry K. Carney, a dentist in Benicia, California, who is in her 14th year as editor-in-chief of the CDA Journal, received the William J. Gies Editorial Award for "Sad or Mad: Fear and Loss of Control in the Pandemic." This is the seventh Gies Editorial Award for the CDA Journal. Read the winning editorial in the April 2021 issue of the Journal. Read more. 
Study Shows Benefits of COVID-19 Vaccines and Boosters
Wednesday, October 19, 2022 09:10 AM
As colder temperatures settle in and people spend more time gathered indoors, cases of COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses almost certainly will rise. That’s why, along with scheduling your annual flu shot, it’s now recommended that those age 5 and up should get an updated COVID-19 booster shot [1,2]. Not only will these new boosters guard against the original strain of the coronavirus that started the pandemic, they will heighten your immunity to the Omicron variant and several of the subvariants that continue to circulate in the U.S. with devastating effects. Read more. 
Boston University says reports it created new, more lethal COVID strain are ‘false and inaccurate’
Wednesday, October 19, 2022 09:07 AM
Boston University did not create a new, more lethal strain of COVID-19 in its laboratory. Read more. 
A multicenter comparison of prevalence and predictors of antimicrobial resistance in hospitalized patients before and during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic
Tuesday, October 18, 2022 01:18 PM
Antibacterial therapy is frequently used in patients with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) without evidence of bacterial infection, prompting concerns about increased antimicrobial resistance (AMR). We evaluated trends in AMR before and during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. Read more.
CDC notes ocular monkeypox cases, needlestick infection
Tuesday, October 18, 2022 01:15 PM
In the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published two monkeypox studies, one that details five cases of ocular monkeypox and a case study of a nurse in Florida who contracted the disese through a needlestick injury. Read more.
Monkeypox Virus Infection Resulting from an Occupational Needlestick — Florida, 2022
Tuesday, October 18, 2022 01:13 PM
In August 2022, the Florida Department of Health notified CDC of a nurse who acquired monkeypox through an occupational exposure while providing care to a patient with monkeypox. To date, occupationally acquired Monkeypox virus (MPXV) infections in health care personnel (HCP) have been rarely reported during the 2022 multinational outbreak (1,2). This report describes the first reported U.S. case and recommends approaches for preventing occupationally acquired MPXV infections in HCP. Read more. 
Monkeypox cases in the U.S. are way down — can the virus be eliminated?
Tuesday, October 18, 2022 01:11 PM
Just a few months ago, it looked like the U.S. had lost its chance to eliminate the spread of monkeypox – that is, stamp out the outbreak and get cases down to zero, except for new infections that come from abroad. Read more. 
CDC: Signs point to an early start for flu season, with cases already ticking up in parts of the U.S.
Tuesday, October 18, 2022 01:08 PM

Before the Covid-19 pandemic emerged, influenza trackers would begin reading tea leaves around this time of the year, looking for signs of whether there would be an early start to the flu season in the northern hemisphere and which of the various flu viruses might be responsible for the most cases over the coming winter. Read more. 

A Case Study to Demonstrate Noise and Ergonomic Issues in the Workplace
Monday, October 17, 2022 10:09 AM
October is National Protect Your Hearing Month and National Ergonomics Month. Read more. 
No filling, no drilling: An expert’s guide to the top tooth tech of 2022
Monday, October 17, 2022 10:07 AM
Are you a daily flosser? Or have you been avoiding the dentist since the 20th century? Either way, here are some major dental innovations over the past decade. Read more. 
Monkeypox: what do dental professionals need to know?
Monday, October 17, 2022 10:05 AM
Infection control is critical for the safe delivery of dental care. Infection control practices must be responsive to emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases and outbreaks, as was clearly seen during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more. 
How fostering a safety culture can save money and stress
Monday, October 17, 2022 10:02 AM
Compared to other health-care settings, safety in dentistry has typically been considered a secondary priority. Michelle Strange, explains how fostering a safety culture in your practice can have big benefits. Read more. 
Omicron sublineage BA.2.75.2 exhibits extensive escape from neutralising antibodies
Monday, October 17, 2022 09:50 AM
SARS-CoV-2 omicron sublineage BA.2.75 expanded rapidly in parts of the world, but it has so far not outcompeted BA.5 globally. Despite similar geometric mean neutralising titres (GMT) to BA.5, BA.2.75 remained sensitive to classes of antibodies that BA.5 had escaped, suggesting scope for antibody evasion. Read more. 
Have you recovered from COVID-19, or Just Survived?
Sunday, October 16, 2022 10:34 AM
The additive effects of long COVID-19 with repeat infections, combined with the long-term persistence of long COVID-19 systems, does not bode well for the United States’ workforce. N95 masks, vaccines, boosters, and improvements in ventilation are keys to prevention. Read more. 
HHS: COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Still Exists
Sunday, October 16, 2022 10:32 AM

Despite the wishes of the president and most Americans, COVID-19 is not over, according to many experts. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra reinforced that message on Oct. 13, when he renewed the public health emergency declaration for COVID-19, which has existed since Jan. 27, 2020. Read more. 

The Top Infectious Disease Stories This Week
Sunday, October 16, 2022 10:30 AM
This week, respiratory infections dominated as the most popular infectious disease topic. Read more. 
US COVID levels decline as new subvariants rise steadily
Sunday, October 16, 2022 10:27 AM
US COVID-19 indicators continue to slowly fall, but multiple new Omicron lineages are steadily cutting into the dominance of BA.5, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today in its latest update. Read more. 
Passing the dental unit waterline test: 4 steps you need to know
Sunday, October 16, 2022 10:22 AM
Have you ever made any of your patients sick? How do you know for sure? Amanda Hill was surprised at what she was missing regarding dental unit waterline maintenance. Read more. 
Risk of Severe Breakthrough COVID-19 Infection is Higher for People with HIV with Moderately Low CD4 Cell Counts
Saturday, October 15, 2022 02:22 PM
Finding suggests that people with HIV who have CD4 counts lower than 350 cells per microliter should take extra precautions against COVID-19. Read more. 
COVID-19 in Unvaccinated Patients Increases Long-Term Cardiovascular Disease Risk
Saturday, October 15, 2022 02:19 PM
Unvaccinated survivors of COVID-19 infection were found to be at increased risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD) compared with unvaccinated individuals with no history of infection. These study findings were published in eClinicalMedicine. Read more. 
Infectious Diseases Experts: “Don’t Wait to Be Boosted”
Saturday, October 15, 2022 02:18 PM
Only 4% of eligible people have received updated bivalent boosters since the vaccines were authorized in early September. IDSA urges everyone who is eligible to get boosted now as COVID-19 cases increase in Europe and other parts of the world — a sign that a surge could happen in the United States. Read more. 
Study Reveals Manual Cleaning of Medical Instruments Exposes Staff and Surrounding Environment to Potentially Contaminated Fluids
Saturday, October 15, 2022 02:15 PM
Findings reinforce importance of engineering controls and appropriate PPE use to protect processing personnel and reduce contamination risks. Read more. 
New testing method could make tuberculosis diagnosis easier
Saturday, October 15, 2022 02:13 PM
Tuberculosis can be tough to detect. Diagnosis usually requires coughing up a sputum sample from the lungs, which can be unpleasant, impractical, and even hazardous. But in a promising new study, a multinational team of researchers may have found another way to identify the bacterial disease. Read more. 
XBB variant: What is known so far about the newest COVID variant
Friday, October 14, 2022 03:55 PM
New variants of COVID-19 are still popping up around the world, despite an overall decline in cases. Read more. 
Inspiring Dental Students To Pursue Careers in Academia
Friday, October 14, 2022 03:53 PM
While many students plan to head straight to the clinics after graduation, the UConn Chapter of ADEA provides students with opportunities to learn about paths associated with academic careers in dental medicine. Read more. 
Myocarditis seven times more likely with COVID-19 than vaccines
Friday, October 14, 2022 03:49 PM
The risk of developing myocarditis — or inflammation of the heart muscle — is seven times higher with a COVID-19 infection than with the COVID-19 vaccine, according to a recent study by Penn State College of Medicine scientists. Patients with myocarditis can experience chest pains, shortness of breath or an irregular heartbeat. In severe cases, the inflammation can lead to heart failure and death. Read more. 
How job burnout can hurt your health – and what to do about it
Friday, October 14, 2022 03:46 PM
There are many causes of stress, but experts say one leading factor has increased significantly in recent years: work-related burnout. Read more. 
Grocery chains could do more to prevent antibiotic overuse in meat, report says
Friday, October 14, 2022 03:17 PM
A new report card on the nation's largest grocery chains shows that most are getting a failing grade on their policies toward eliminating routine antibiotic use in the store-brand meat and poultry they sell. Read more. 
Dean reported opioid and pain management curriculum in US dental schools
Friday, October 14, 2022 09:26 AM
Purpose: Dental students learn to prescribe pain management medications in dental school, including opioids. Given the current state of opioid-related morbidity and mortality in the US, dental schools should evaluate the context and implementation of opioid prescribing in their dental school clinics (DSCs). Read more. 
Hot Topics in Infection Prevention: Rising COVID-19 Cases, Ebola Outbreak
Friday, October 14, 2022 09:23 AM
Winter is coming, which means influenza and COVID-19 rates are rising, but IPs have more issues like monkeypox and Ebola to contend with also. Read more. 
What does the future look like for monkeypox?
Friday, October 14, 2022 09:06 AM
With cases declining in the United States and Europe, Nature examines scenarios of how the outbreak might play out. Read more. 
State and City Departments of Health Update New Yorkers On Polio
Friday, October 14, 2022 09:04 AM
On Sunday, October 9, New York State extended the Executive Order to continue to maximize the resources available to protect New Yorkers against polio through vaccination. While only one case of polio has so far been identified, ongoing wastewater surveillance provides evidence of repeated poliovirus detections in sewage samples in the greater New York metropolitan area. The latest wastewater results include an August sample, collected in New York City from Brooklyn (Kings County) and a small, adjacent part of Queens County, tested by CDC, that is genetically linked to the case previously identified in Rockland County. Read more. 
How this Brazilian doc got nearly every person in her city to take a COVID vaccine
Friday, October 14, 2022 09:02 AM
It's one of the most impressive COVID vaccination campaigns in the world. And it began with a text message out of the blue. Read more. 
Global Handwashing Day.
Thursday, October 13, 2022 03:47 PM
Handwashing with soap and water is one of the simplest, most effective ways to stop the spread of germs and stay healthy. Keeping hands clean can prevent 1 in 3 diarrheal illnesses and 1 in 5 respiratory infections, such as the common cold or flu. Read more. 
Increased Detection of Carbapenemase-Producing Enterobacterales Bacteria in Latin America and the Caribbean during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Thursday, October 13, 2022 03:43 PM
During 2020–2021, countries in Latin America and the Caribbean reported clinical emergence of carbapenemase-producing Enterobacterales that had not been previously characterized locally, increased prevalence of carbapenemases that had previously been detected, and co-production of multiple carbapenemases in some isolates. Read more.
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