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5 Ways that COVID-19 Has Changed the Future of Dentistry
Wednesday, September 15, 2021 04:13 PM
We take a look at some of the ways that the future of dentistry has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more. 
 
2021 American Heart Association Guidelines for the Prevention of Infective Endocarditis
Wednesday, September 15, 2021 04:12 PM
In this episode of CDA Oasis Live, Dr. John O’Keefe invites Dr. PJ Murphy, Clinical Assistant Professor at UBC, to discuss the 2021 American Heart Association guidelines for the prevention of bacterial endocarditis and explain how they impact the practice of dentists across North America. Read more. 
 
FDA staff say Pfizer COVID-19 boosters may not be needed, but do improve immunity
Wednesday, September 15, 2021 04:10 PM
U.S. Food and Drug Administration scientists said on Wednesday that booster doses of Pfizer's (PFE.N) COVID-19 vaccine may not be needed, even though the third shot generates a higher immune response in recipients. Read more. 
 
Why Older Adults Are More at Risk for Severe Breakthrough Infections
Wednesday, September 15, 2021 01:29 PM
Catching a serious case of COVID is rare if you’re vaccinated, but older adults bear the burden. Read more. 
 
Blood clot risks are high following SARS-CoV-2 infection, not vaccination
Wednesday, September 15, 2021 01:27 PM
Researchers from the University of Oxford have today announced the results of a study into thrombocytopenia (a condition with low platelet counts) and thromboembolic events (blood clots) following vaccination for Covid-19, some of the same events which have led to restricted use of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine in a number of countries. Read more. 
 
NIH builds large nationwide study population of tens of thousands to support research on long-term effects of COVID-19
Wednesday, September 15, 2021 01:23 PM
The National Institutes of Health awarded nearly $470 million to build a national study population of diverse research volunteers and support large-scale studies on the long-term effects of COVID-19. The NIH REsearching COVID to Enhance Recovery (RECOVER) Initiative made the parent award to New York University (NYU) Langone Health, New York City, which will make multiple sub-awards to more than 100 researchers at more than 30 institutions and serves as the RECOVER Clinical Science Core. This major new award to NYU Langone supports new studies of COVID-19 survivors and leverages existing long-running large cohort studies with an expansion of their research focus. This combined population of research participants from new and existing cohorts, called a meta-cohort, will comprise the RECOVER Cohort. This funding was supported by the American Rescue Plan. Read more.
 
IAC Express #1,589 - White House COVID-19 vaccine strategy. IAC influenza webinar Sept. 20. VIS translations, and more.
Wednesday, September 15, 2021 10:11 AM
IAC Express #1,589 - White House COVID-19 vaccine strategy. IAC influenza webinar Sept. 20. VIS translations, and more. Read more. 

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Fauci warns of potential of ‘new mutations’ that would be resistant to vaccine
Wednesday, September 15, 2021 10:09 AM
Dr. Anthony Fauci on Tuesday warned that COVID-19 could mutate into an even more virulent variant if the pandemic is not stamped out with mass vaccination. Read more.
 
Kids' COVID-19 cases continue to rise in US
Tuesday, September 14, 2021 05:23 PM
The American Academy of Pediatrics' (AAP's) latest numbers on US pediatric COVID-19 cases once again show a significant rise in confirmed cases in patients under 18. Read more. 
 
White House encouraging state, local COVID-19 vaccine mandates
Tuesday, September 14, 2021 05:21 PM
The Biden administration is advocating for state and local leaders to enact COVID-19 vaccine mandates, White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters on Tuesday. Read more. 
 
New CDC Training Available - Foundations: Building the Safest Dental Visit
Tuesday, September 14, 2021 02:25 PM
Each September marks Dental Infection Control Awareness Month (DICAM), an annual campaign highlighting the importance of infection prevention and control in dental offices. This September, CDC is proud to release a new training resource, Foundations: Building the Safest Dental Visit. This online, self-paced training is designed to provide an overview of the basic expectations for safe care—the principles of infection prevention and control that form the basis for CDC recommendations for dental healthcare settings. Read more. 
 
FDA hopeful younger children can get COVID-19 shots by year’s end
Tuesday, September 14, 2021 01:07 PM
Jacksonville pediatric infectious diseases says he hopes to see approval of Pfizer vaccine for those ages 5-11 very soon. Read more.
 
Dynamics of healthcare-associated SARS-CoV-2 infections revealed with whole genome sequencing
Tuesday, September 14, 2021 01:05 PM
Outbreaks of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) are a frequent occurrence in healthcare settings such as hospitals and nursing homes, as physical distancing is difficult to achieve despite all infection prevention and control measures that are implemented in these settings. Early case detection allows individuals to be isolated and secondary transmissions better prevented, though pre- or asymptomatic cases that may still be transmitted between both healthcare workers and patients must also be considered. Read more.
 
Method That Repels Pathogens from Hospital Surfaces Studied
Tuesday, September 14, 2021 01:03 PM
Investigators used acetone-washed, pre-autoclaved stainless-steel coupons coated with reformulated quaternary ammonium polymer to keep deadly pathogens at bay. Read more. 
 
Fauci says he supports vaccine mandates for air travel
Tuesday, September 14, 2021 01:01 PM
Top infectious-disease expert Anthony S. Fauci says air travelers should get the coronavirus vaccine to fly. Read more.
 
"PERFECT STORM" INCREASED HEALTHCARE-ASSOCIATED INFECTIONS DURING PANDEMIC
Tuesday, September 14, 2021 12:56 PM
Major increases were found in 2020 compared to 2019 in four serious infection types: central line-associated bloodstream infections, catheter-associated urinary tract infections, ventilator-associated events, and antibiotic resistant staph infections. Read more. 
 
Breakthrough Infections in Vaccinated People Less Likely to Cause ‘Long COVID’
Tuesday, September 14, 2021 09:21 AM
There’s no question that vaccines are making a tremendous difference in protecting individuals and whole communities against infection and severe illness from SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. And now, there’s yet another reason to get the vaccine: in the event of a breakthrough infection, people who are fully vaccinated also are substantially less likely to develop Long COVID Syndrome, which causes brain fog, muscle pain, fatigue, and a constellation of other debilitating symptoms that can last for months after recovery from an initial infection. Read more. 
 
Study of some risk factors for fungal contamination of dental unit waterlines in Alexandria, Egypt
Tuesday, September 14, 2021 07:13 AM
Monitoring the microbial quality of water in dental unit waterlines is an important part of infection control measures carried out in dental clinics. Fungal contamination of such waterlines has not been extensively studied, compared with bacterial contamination. This study aimed at assessing the magnitude and risk factors for fungal contamination of dental unit waterlines. Read more. 
 
How to establish an infection control plan and ensure patient and team safety
Monday, September 13, 2021 04:55 PM
Dr. Mehmood Asghar offers an overview of the CDC’s infection control guidelines for dental settings in seven areas and suggests steps dental professionals can undertake to keep their patients safe and healthy. Read more. 
 
Majority of older adults say health care workers should have to get COVID-19 vaccine
Monday, September 13, 2021 04:53 PM
Poll taken before new federal policy announced shows strong support across the board among people age 50 to 80, with some exceptions. Read more.
 
Vaping is linked to heightened eating disorder risk among U.S. college students
Monday, September 13, 2021 04:51 PM
An increase in eating disorders during the COVID-19 pandemic and the prevalence of vape pens and e-cigarettes among young people is cause for concern. Read more. 
 
Mount Sinai researchers use wearable devices to identify psychological effects of pandemic
Monday, September 13, 2021 04:49 PM
Health care workers with high resilience or strong emotional support were protected against the effects of stress related to the COVID-19 pandemic compared to those who had low emotional support or resilience, according to a study published September 13 in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. Mount Sinai researchers also found that the number of individuals with COVID-19 in the community was a significant factor associated with stress in health care workers over time. Read more. 
 
AAMI Standards Insider: General Updates from the AAMI Standards Program (Sept 2021)
Monday, September 13, 2021 04:47 PM
Please join the AAMI Standards team on September 23rd for the inaugural session of the new AAMI Standards Insider webinar series. This one-hour free webinar is intended to provide news and updates about AAMI’s standards program and portfolio. Please join us for introductions to the AAMI Standards staff, information about the migration of AAMI committees to the NEW AAMI Committee Central platform, and highlights and news from across AAMI’s standardization activities. Read more.
 
Medical Evaluations for Workers Who Use Respirators
Monday, September 13, 2021 12:55 PM
Medical Evaluations for Workers Who Use Respirators. Read more. 
 
More Data Point to COVID-19 Mu Variant’s Antibody Resistance
Monday, September 13, 2021 12:48 PM
Researchers found the mu variant to be the most resistant variant to antibodies from either previous infection or from vaccines, a spot that had been previously occupied by the beta, or the South African, variant. Read more. 
 
How COVID is derailing the fight against HIV, TB and malaria
Monday, September 13, 2021 12:46 PM
The pandemic’s effects on efforts to thwart other infectious diseases could exceed the direct impact of COVID-19. Read more. 
 
I Got A 'Mild' Breakthrough Case. Here's What I Wish I'd Known
Sunday, September 12, 2021 12:42 PM
The test results that hot day in early August shouldn't have surprised me — all the symptoms were there. A few days earlier, fatigue had enveloped me like a weighted blanket. I chalked it up to my weekend of travel. Next, a headache clamped down on the back of my skull. Then my eyeballs started to ache. And soon enough, everything tasted like nothing. Read more. 
 
Crowded stadiums, pandemic create combustible mix this fall
Sunday, September 12, 2021 12:41 PM
Health experts say this fall’s crowded college and professional football stadiums could create ripe conditions for COVID-19 to spread among unvaccinated fans. Read more. 
 
Gorillas test positive for SARS-CoV-2 at the Atlanta Zoo
Sunday, September 12, 2021 12:39 PM
Zoo Atlanta reported Friday that they have received presumptive positive test results indicating that members of its western lowland gorilla troops are positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. They are currently treating 13 western lowland gorillas who have tested positive. Read more. 
 
What Every Worker Needs to Know About Vaccine Mandates
Saturday, September 11, 2021 08:37 AM
As people start to return to office buildings after working remote for more than a year in some cases, more employers are taking steps to deter the spread of COVID-19 in their workplaces. One practice that has gained momentum is the requirement that workers either get vaccinated or submit to regular testing for COVID-19. Read more. 
 
President Biden Announces New Actions To Fight COVID-19
Saturday, September 11, 2021 08:36 AM
NPR's Rachel Martin talks with NIH director Francis Collins about President Biden's new plans to get the latest coronavirus surge under control and increase vaccinations across the country. Read more.
 
Spread the news of Dental Infection Control Awareness Month
Saturday, September 11, 2021 08:34 AM
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect dental practices across the country, the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) is spearheading an annual campaign observing Dental Infection Control Awareness Month, with plans to hold it each year in September. Read more. 
 
CDC Updates COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control Guidance - Updated September 10, 2021
Friday, September 10, 2021 05:11 PM
CDC has updated its infection prevention and control (IPC) guidance for healthcare settings. These updates do not contain substantial changes in recommended practices but, rather, have primarily been made to streamline and consolidate existing healthcare IPC guidance so that it is applicable to multiple settings and scenarios, making it easier to for healthcare providers to find relevant guidance. As a part of this update, multiple setting-specific guidance documents, such as those for dental offices, assisted living facilities, emergency medical services, and dialysis clinics, have been streamlined and combined into the main IPC guidance for healthcare settings. Read more. 
 
Updated - Updated - Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Healthcare Personnel During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic
Friday, September 10, 2021 04:48 PM

The updated Infection Control Guidance for Healthcare Professionals about Coronavirus (COVID-19) is applicable to all U.S. settings where healthcare is delivered, including dental settings. Read more. 

 
CDA requires vaccination for 3-day convention
Friday, September 10, 2021 04:17 PM
The California Dental Association (CDA) kicked off its three-day convention on September 9 at San Francisco's Moscone Center. The association is requiring in-person attendees to provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination upon entering the building. Read more. 
 
Vaccine for caries? It's not science fiction, says NIDCR
Friday, September 10, 2021 04:16 PM
A vaccine for caries could be possible under a new division of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) tasked with using "crazy, bold ideas" to prevent and cure disease. Health leaders introduced the proposed agency at a September 9 meeting of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR). Read more.
 
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