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Report highlights the deadly impact of bacterial infections
Sunday, November 27, 2022 09:49 AM
Deaths caused by bacterial infections accounted for more than 1 in 8 global deaths in 2019, with five pathogens accounting for more than half of those deaths, an international team of researchers reported yesterday in The Lancet. Read more. 
Gratitude for Biomedical Progress and All Those Who Make It Possible
Sunday, November 27, 2022 09:48 AM
t’s good for our health to eat right, exercise, and get plenty of rest. Still, many other things contribute to our sense of wellbeing, including making it a point to practice gratitude whenever we can. With this in mind, I can’t think of a better time than Thanksgiving to recognize just a few of the many reasons that I—and everyone who believes in the mission of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)—have to be grateful. Read more. 
Researchers find novel RSV variant responsible for prolonged infection
Sunday, November 27, 2022 09:45 AM
Researchers found a novel respiratory syncytial virus variant responsible for prolonged infection in infants. Read more. 
Vigilance urged in dental offices this flu season – and staff vaccination may be required
Sunday, November 27, 2022 09:42 AM
The CDC stresses that “vaccination after October can still provide protection during the peak of flu season.” Dental practice owners should educate staff on the importance of taking necessary precautions to protect against the flu and COVID-19 by following best safety practices. Some California counties and cities mandate the flu vaccine annually for all health care workers. CDA has a resource on local public health orders related to the flu and COVID-19 plus an infection-control safety poster and over a dozen exposure-related resources for use in the dental office. Read more. 
Expect more fungal infections as their geographic ranges expand, experts warn
Saturday, November 26, 2022 09:43 AM
Many fungal infections are found outside areas where the pathogens are thought to be endemic, a new paper says. Climate change may be to blame. Read more. 
Why doesn’t the U.S. have at-home flu tests?
Saturday, November 26, 2022 09:41 AM
Flu season is underway. RSV is putting record numbers of children in hospitals. And health professionals are gearing up for another Covid winter. Read more. 
Bacterial Infections 'Second Leading Cause of Death Worldwide'
Saturday, November 26, 2022 09:39 AM
Bacterial infections are the second leading cause of death worldwide, accounting for one in eight of all deaths in 2019, the first global study of their lethality revealed on Tuesday. Read more. 
NIH establishes website for self-reporting COVID-19 test results
Saturday, November 26, 2022 09:37 AM
Reporting a positive or negative test result just became easier through a new website from the National Institutes of Health. MakeMyTestCount.org, developed through NIH’s Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx®) Tech program, allows users to anonymously report the results of any brand of at-home COVID-19 test. Read more. 
Sharps 101: What You Need to Know About Handling and Disposal
Saturday, November 26, 2022 09:34 AM
Proper sharps handling both during use and disposal can prevent injury and cross-contamination. Read more. 
Aspiration Pneumonia: Understanding the Importance of Oral Care among the Elderly..
Friday, November 25, 2022 10:30 AM
As human beings age, disease progression occurs more frequently and rapidly. Oral health providers understand the systemic connection between the mouth and the rest of the body. However, this concept can remain foreign to a large percentage of the general population and is sometimes even disregarded by other trained medical professionals. Read more. 
Therapy Animals in Hospitals: Preventing Infection Risks
Friday, November 25, 2022 10:27 AM
Hospitalized children may be scared and uncertain, and therapy animals can help ease their insecurities. But what is done to protect the humans—and the animals—from infectious diseases? Read more. 
RSV Resurges as COVID Pandemic Precautions Recede
Friday, November 25, 2022 10:25 AM
Earlier and higher rates of RSV and other respiratory illnesses following reduced COVID precautions challenge capacity of pediatric units. Read more. 
Pfizer-BioNTech Adapted Bivalent Booster Neutralizes Emerging Omicron Subvariants
Friday, November 25, 2022 10:23 AM
New clinical findings suggest the Pfizer-BioNTech bivalent booster elicited more neutralizing antibody titers for all tested emerging Omicron sublineages, compared to their original COVID-19 vaccine. Read more. 
NSAIDs may worsen arthritis inflammation
Friday, November 25, 2022 10:20 AM
Taking anti-inflammatory pain relievers like ibuprofen and naproxen for osteoarthritis may worsen inflammation in the knee joint over time, according to a new study being presented next week at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). Read more. 
Current flu trends, in 2 charts
Thursday, November 24, 2022 01:51 PM
Although it is still early on in the flu season, cases are surging across the United States, and CDC data shows that the current estimated disease burden from the flu increased 1.5-fold in a single week. Read more. 
Nation’s health care organizations urge COVID-19 and influenza vaccination and treatment
Thursday, November 24, 2022 01:48 PM
Given the anticipated increase in COVID-19 and influenza cases this fall and winter, America’s healthcare professional organizations are coming together to remind the public of the importance of vaccinations and early treatment. A strong recommendation from a trusted clinician is one of the most effective strategies to increase vaccine uptake. We encourage our members to use every interaction with patients as an opportunity to make strong vaccine recommendations, educate and answer questions about prevention and treatment options, encourage vaccination, and where feasible provide vaccination. Read more. 
Study shows superbugs in the environment rarely transfer over to humans: Hospitals are more risky than farms
Thursday, November 24, 2022 01:47 PM
An international team of scientists investigating transmission of a deadly drug resistant bacteria that rivals MRSA, has found that whilst the bugs are found in livestock, pets and the wider environment, they are rarely transmitted to humans through this route. Read more.
The impact of COVID-19 and masking practices on pertussis cases at a large academic medical center (2019-2021)
Thursday, November 24, 2022 01:45 PM
We reviewed cases of Bordatella pertussis (B. pertussis) cases in ambulatory clinics at a large academic healthcare institution in Los Angeles from 2019-2021. Public health prevention measures during the Coronavirus disease 19 (COVID-19) pandemic impacted the number of pertussis cases identified. Read more. 
HHS Releases Long COVID Report Providing Insights and Opportunities to Support Patient Community
Thursday, November 24, 2022 01:43 PM
A new report released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) highlights patients’ experience of Long COVID to better understand its complexities and drive creative responses by government leaders, clinicians, patient advocates and others. Read more. 
Flu Vaccines are Important for Children
Wednesday, November 23, 2022 05:25 PM
Children younger than 5 years old–especially those younger than 2–are at higher risk of developing serious flu-related complications. Children of any age with certain chronic health conditions are also at higher risk; during the 2021-2022 flu season, 65 percent of children 0 to 17 years old hospitalized with flu had at least one underlying health condition, such as asthma, neurologic disease, obesity, or immune suppression. More information is available about children at higher risk of potentially serious flu complications. Read more. 
US pandemic death toll higher than in 20 peer countries
Wednesday, November 23, 2022 05:23 PM
COVID-19 exacted a higher infection-related and excess all-cause death toll from the United States than from 20 peer countries throughout the pandemic but had less of an impact in the most-vaccinated states in the Delta and Omicron surges, suggests a study published late last week in JAMA. Read more. 
The case for universal oral health coverage, according to a new WHO report
Wednesday, November 23, 2022 05:17 PM
On Friday, oral health advocates across the globe got an early holiday gift from their longtime wish lists. They had been waiting their whole careers — for some STAT spoke with, up to nearly half a century — for oral health to be folded into conversations calling for health care access for all. The World Health Organization’s new Global Oral Health Status report took that first step. Read more. 
How infectious disease experts are responding to Covid nearly three years in
Wednesday, November 23, 2022 10:56 AM
The world is fast approaching the third anniversary of those days when we got our first inkling that a new disease was spreading in China. In the months that followed, normal life was suspended, then upended. At this point, everyone is well and truly sick of Covid-19 and the accommodations we have had to make to co-exist with it. Read more.
Diabetes and Oral Health
Wednesday, November 23, 2022 10:54 AM
Adults 20 or older with diabetes are 40% more likely to have untreated cavities than similar adults without diabetes. Read more.
Promoting Partnerships to Explore the Impacts of Technological Change on Work and Well-being
Wednesday, November 23, 2022 10:49 AM
Technology has a longstanding record of impacting work, the workplace, and the workforce. Automation, or finding new ways for tasks to be completed by machines and computers, has been a common industry practice since the 1970s [1]. Historically, the increased automation of routine tasks also increased demand for highly trained and educated people to focus on the more complex aspects of work requiring creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills [2]. Read more. 
How monoclonal antibodies lost the fight with new COVID variants
Wednesday, November 23, 2022 10:47 AM
Monoclonal antibodies were once the star of COVID-19 outpatient treatments. Since they first became available in 2020 – even before the first vaccines – more than 3.5 million infusions of the factory-grown proteins have been given to patients in the U.S. to help reduce risk of hospitalization. Read more. 
Reducing C difficile Transmission by Drafting the ED and EMS
Wednesday, November 23, 2022 10:44 AM
Most often, the first place a patient enters a hospital is through the emergency department and sometimes by emergency medical services. Where else to better stop Clostridioides difficile from coming into the hospital than at the entrance? Read more. 
Infectious Disease Update: This Week's Top Stories
Tuesday, November 22, 2022 08:01 PM
Infectious Disease Update: This Week's Top Stories. Read more. 
Understanding the ACIP and How Vaccine Recommendations are Made in the US
Tuesday, November 22, 2022 07:58 PM
The Public Health Foundation (PHF), in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has developed an educational video, Understanding the ACIP and How Vaccine Recommendations are Made in the US, to help inform viewers about the process, science, and safety behind vaccine recommendations. In the United States, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) develops clinical recommendations on the use of vaccines for children and adults to prevent and control the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases. Read more. 
WHO highlights oral health neglect affecting nearly half of the world’s population
Tuesday, November 22, 2022 07:54 PM
A new Global Oral Health Status Report published today by the World Health Organization (WHO) provides the first-ever comprehensive picture of oral disease burden with data profiles for 194 countries, giving unique insights into key areas and markers of oral health that are relevant for decision-makers. Read more. 
Flu rises to high levels across most of US
Tuesday, November 22, 2022 07:52 PM
Flu activity is at high or very high levels in 30 states as the nation approaches the Thanksgiving holiday, with H3N2 still dominant but with a growing percentage of 2009 H1N1 viruses, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today in its weekly update. Read more. 
1 in 10 U.S. dental hygiene students consider suicide
Tuesday, November 22, 2022 07:49 PM
About 4 in 10 dental hygiene students in the U.S. reported moderate or severe levels of depression, and nearly 1 in 10 reported thinking about suicide in the last year, according to a study published on November 16 in the International Journal of Dental Hygiene. Read more. 
Severe Forms of Tuberculosis, HIV Coinfection More likely in Women
Monday, November 21, 2022 04:48 PM
Although men are at increased risk for tuberculosis (TB) infection, the risk for severe forms of TB and TB and HIV coinfection is higher among women compared with men. These study findings were published in Open Forum Infectious Diseases. Read more. 
Antimicrobial Resistance Is Growing because of COVID
Monday, November 21, 2022 04:46 PM
Antibiotics won’t work on the virus that causes COVID, but in places like India, their overuse threatens to nullify their effects on other equally deadly pathogens. Read more.
Workplace Safety and the Flu
Monday, November 21, 2022 04:39 PM
This page includes information for workers and employers about reducing the spread of seasonal flu in workplaces. It provides information on the basic precautions for all workplaces, including additional precautions for healthcare settings. Read more.
COVID pandemic led to surge in superbug infections, EU agency says
Monday, November 21, 2022 04:36 PM
COVID pandemic led to surge in superbug infections, EU agency says. Read more. 
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