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How To Create a My Medicines List
Thursday, October 13, 2022 03:32 PM
It can be hard to keep track of medicines. A My Medicines List can remind you when, how, and how much medicine to take. Here are step-by-step instructions to create a My Medicines List for yourself, a family member, a friend, or anyone you take care of. Read more. 
 
CDC Expands Updated COVID-19 Vaccines to Include Children Ages 5 Through 11
Thursday, October 13, 2022 03:30 PM
CDC’s Director Rochelle P. Walensky, M.D., M.P.H., signed a decision memo expanding the use of updated (bivalent) COVID-19 vaccines to children ages 5 through 11 years. This follows the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) authorization of updated COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech for children ages 5 through 11 years, and from Moderna for children and adolescents ages 6 through 17 years. Read more. 
 
MMWR Weekly - October 14, 2022
Thursday, October 13, 2022 03:25 PM
Weekly / Vol. 71 / No. 41. Read more. 
 
U.S. preventive health group recommends anxiety screening for kids 8 to 18
Thursday, October 13, 2022 09:08 AM
An influential national panel of preventive health experts on Tuesday recommended for the first time that children and adolescents between 8 and 18 should be screened for anxiety, but said there was insufficient evidence to say that children 7 and under should be screened. Read more. 
 
5-day isolation period inadequate, study finds: 3 COVID-19 updates
Thursday, October 13, 2022 09:06 AM
Experts are raising concerns over COVID-19 isolation guidelines after a new study showed 80 percent of symptomatic participants who were infected when the omicron BA.1 variant was dominant were still testing positive five days after symptom onset. Read more. 
 
Study finds toothbrushing key to preventing pneumonia in ICU patients, leads to U.S. guideline changes
Thursday, October 13, 2022 09:04 AM
A study led by researchers at the University of Toronto and its partner hospitals has contributed to a major change in American guidelines for pneumonia prevention among ICU patients on mechanical ventilators. Read more. 
 
October is National Dental Hygiene Month, when the focus is on the important work of dental hygienists, and good oral health.
Thursday, October 13, 2022 09:02 AM
The Dental Health Program at the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) supports good oral health for all Virginians. VDH dental hygienists work throughout the state to provide dental services and education. These dental hygienists work remotely in schools, providing dental cleanings, sealants and education. They also work in WIC clinics providing fluoride varnish and education to young children and their families. Read more. 
 
IZ Express #1,657: Association of COVID-19 infection with new-onset diabetes in children, and more
Thursday, October 13, 2022 09:00 AM
IZ Express #1,657: Association of COVID-19 infection with new-onset diabetes in children, and more. Read more.
 
‘We are in trouble’: Study raises alarm about impacts of long covid
Wednesday, October 12, 2022 05:22 PM
A new long-covid study based on the experiences of nearly 100,000 participants provides powerful evidence that many people do not fully recover months after being infected with the coronavirus. Read more. 
 
Updated coronavirus boosters now available for children as young as 5
Wednesday, October 12, 2022 05:20 PM
Updated coronavirus booster shots are now available for children as young as 5, following an emergency authorization Wednesday by the Food and Drug Administration. Read more. 
 
Opioid prescribing by oral and maxillofacial surgeons in the United States, 2016-2019
Wednesday, October 12, 2022 05:17 PM
Objective: To describe opioid prescribing trends among oral and maxillofacial surgeons (OMFS). Read more. 
 
Researchers find monkeypox virus on hospital surfaces, in air
Wednesday, October 12, 2022 05:15 PM
A new study from the United Kingdom shows widespread monkeypox DNA surface contamination in healthcare settings, with 93% of surfaces in occupied patient rooms contaminated, and significant contamination on healthcare worker personal protective equipment (PPE). Read more. 
 
A tangled web: 42% of Americans ignored COVID precautions or lied about taking them
Wednesday, October 12, 2022 05:12 PM
During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, 4 of 10 Americans didn't follow public health measures or lied about being compliant, mostly because they wanted life to feel normal and exercise their personal freedoms, reveals a survey published yesterday in JAMA Network Open. Read more. 
 
Chemical component in mouthwash suppresses SARS-CoV-2
Wednesday, October 12, 2022 09:42 AM
A team of researchers from Hokkaido University in Japan has found that a chemical component in some mouthwashes may suppress SARS-CoV-2. Read more. 
 
Thirdhand smoke can trigger skin diseases
Wednesday, October 12, 2022 09:40 AM
UC Riverside-led clinical study advances molecular understanding of THS effects on skin. Read more. 
 
The new compound that destroys the MRSA superbug
Wednesday, October 12, 2022 09:38 AM
A compound that both inhibits the MRSA superbug and renders it more vulnerable to antibiotics in lab experiments has been discovered by scientists at the University of Bath in the UK. Read more. 
 
Fire Sprinkler Systems
Wednesday, October 12, 2022 09:36 AM
Fires can be devastating and fatal, but they do not have to be. Fire sprinkler systems were effective at controlling the fire in 97% of home fires between 2015-2019. Installing a fire sprinkler system is a practical way to keep people and firefighters safe from the risks of fires. Read more. 
 
Oral Health Literacy Bill Advancing Through Congress
Wednesday, October 12, 2022 09:34 AM
The Oral Health Literacy and Awareness Act (H.R. 4555), legislation that would promote oral health literacy among vulnerable populations, passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a 369-58 vote in December of last year. Read more. 
 
New Antibiotic Comes From a Pathogenic Bacterium in Potatoes
Tuesday, October 11, 2022 04:23 PM
The growing threat of antimicrobial resistance has led researchers to search for new compounds everywhere. This week in mBio, a multinational team of researchers in Europe report the discovery of a new antifungal antibiotic named solanimycin. The compound, initially isolated from a pathogenic bacterium that infects potatoes, appears to be produced by a broad spectrum of related plant pathogenic bacteria. Read more. 
 
COVID-19 transmission in dental practice during the pandemic: A questionnaire-based survey in private dental clinics in Japan
Tuesday, October 11, 2022 11:44 AM
The global coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic continues to cause a significant impact on patient care due to its considerable transmissibility, morbidity, and mortality. The aim of this study was to investigate whether dental procedures performed at private dental clinics were associated with the occurrence of COVID-19 clusters and measures taken to prevent nosocomial infection of COVID-19. Read more. 
 
National collaborative improves antibiotic prescribing for common pediatric infections
Tuesday, October 11, 2022 11:42 AM
An antimicrobial stewardship initiative involving more than 130 U.S. hospitals has shown promise — particularly when it comes to treating children for an appropriate duration, researchers reported here. Read more. 
 
Covid-19 is surging in Europe. Is America next?
Tuesday, October 11, 2022 11:40 AM
While infections, hospitalizations, and deaths from Covid-19 have been steadily declining in the United States in recent months, experts warn that rising cases in Europe may be "a harbinger for what's about to happen in the United States," Rob Stein writes for NPR's "Shots." Read more. 
 
New HHS Report: COVID-19 Vaccinations in 2021 Linked to More than 650,000 Fewer COVID-19 Hospitalizations and Over 300,000 Fewer Deaths Among Medicare Beneficiaries, Underscoring Importance of Getting Updated COVID-19 Vaccines This Fall
Tuesday, October 11, 2022 11:38 AM
A new report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) shows that the Biden Administration's historic vaccination program, which has gotten over 90 percent of seniors fully vaccinated and over 70 percent of seniors a booster shot, is linked to more than 650,000 fewer COVID-19 hospitalizations and more than 300,000 fewer deaths among seniors and other Americans enrolled in Medicare. Read more. 
 
Association Between Vaccination Status and Mortality Among Intubated Patients With COVID-19–Related Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome
Monday, October 10, 2022 05:35 PM
Is there an association between COVID-19 vaccination status and mortality among critically ill patients who require invasive mechanical ventilation owing to acute respiratory distress syndrome related to COVID-19? Read more. 
 
Sterile Processing Week
Monday, October 10, 2022 05:33 PM
Sterile Processing Week (formerly named ‘International Central Service Week’) recognizes the committed specialists that fill Sterile Processing departments and make a difference in patient care. Read more. 
 
Discussing HPV and Detecting Oral Cancer: The Role of Oral Health Providers
Monday, October 10, 2022 03:07 PM
Human papillomavirus (HPV) causes 70% of mouth and throat cancers, which are mostly preventable through the HPV vaccine. A visual report from CareQuest Institute summarizes what we know about the relationship between HPV and oral cancer, and outlines the role that dentists and dental hygienists can play in educating patients and preventing HPV through vaccinations. Read more. 
 
Pre-existing illness strongest indicator of risk for severe COVID-19 in children
Monday, October 10, 2022 03:05 PM
A study found that having a pre-existing comorbidity was the strongest indicator of risk for severe COVID-19 in children, according to data reported here. Read more. 
 
Medicare considers expanding dental benefits for certain medical conditions
Monday, October 10, 2022 03:03 PM
If CMS receives sufficient medical evidence, officials said, dental services could be covered to detect and eradicate infections before total hip or knee replacement surgeries. Read more. 
 
Dentists' Perceptions of Personal Infection Control Measurements in Response to COVID-19
Sunday, October 09, 2022 10:47 AM
Objective: To explore through focus groups (FGs) the perceptions of dental practitioners (DPs) from different countries of the challenges of implementing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) related biosafety measures, especially personal protection equipment (PPE), during the COVID-19 pandemic period. Read more. 
 
Telemedicine was made easy during COVID-19. Not any more
Sunday, October 09, 2022 10:45 AM
Telemedicine exploded in popularity after COVID-19 hit, but limits are returning for care delivered across state lines. Read more. 
 
FDA Approves Vaccine for Use During Third Trimester of Pregnancy to Prevent Whooping Cough in Infants Younger Than Two Months of Age
Sunday, October 09, 2022 10:43 AM
Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Boostrix (Tetanus Toxoid, Reduced Diphtheria Toxoid and Acellular Pertussis Vaccine, Adsorbed [Tdap]) for immunization during the third trimester of pregnancy to prevent pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough, in infants younger than two months of age. Read more. 
 
HHS extends monkeypox emergency declaration, expands covered providers
Saturday, October 08, 2022 08:36 AM

Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra last week extended for 10 years his Aug. 4 public health emergency for monkeypox under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act, and authorized additional providers to administer vaccines and therapeutics under the emergency declaration. The original declaration was effective through Dec. 31. Read more. 

 
Omicron BA.4.6 subvariant makes up nearly 14% of COVID variants in U.S. - CDC
Saturday, October 08, 2022 08:33 AM
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday estimated that by Oct. 8 nearly 14% of the circulating coronavirus variants in the United States were of the BA.4.6 subvariant of Omicron. Read more. 
 
Becton recalls some sterilization containers due to quality breach
Saturday, October 08, 2022 08:31 AM
Becton Dickinson & Co is recalling some models of its sterilization containers sold under the Genesis Sterrad brand in the United States and Canada, the company said on Friday, citing "discrepant test results" during an internal quality assessment. Read more.
 
More than 2.5 Million Youth Reported E-Cigarette Use in 2022
Saturday, October 08, 2022 08:29 AM
Flavored products, disposable devices, and a wide variety of brands threaten the health of our nation’s youth. Read more. 
 
4 steps healthcare leaders can take to prepare for future outbreaks
Friday, October 07, 2022 02:20 PM
The U.S. healthcare industry would benefit from investing in infection prevention in control, especially in light of the missteps from the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Devin Jopp, EdD, CEO of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control & Epidemiology, wrote for Forbes Oct. 5. Read more. 
 
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