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V-safe After Vaccination Health Checker
Monday, November 21, 2022 04:33 PM
Enroll in v-safe and tell CDC how you, or your dependent, feel after getting a COVID-19 or monkeypox vaccine. It takes just a few minutes to enroll and then you will receive text messages to complete short, confidential health check-ins. Your participation in v-safe helps CDC monitor the safety of vaccines for everyone. Read more. 
Worker Well-being Takes Center Stage: Fireside Chat with the U.S. Surgeon General
Monday, November 21, 2022 10:58 AM
U.S. Surgeon General, Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy, MD, MBA, participated in a fireside chat on the final day of the 3rd International Symposium to Advance Total Worker Health®. Dr. Murthy joined Dr. L. Casey Chosewood, Director of the NIOSH Total Worker Health (TWH) Program, for a conversation about protecting and promoting worker safety, health, and well-being. Read more. 
An omicron subvariant 'cheat sheet'
Monday, November 21, 2022 10:56 AM
Since omicron first appeared in the U.S. nearly a year ago, the variant has maintained dominance, splintering into an increasingly complicated patchwork of sublineages. Read more. 
Teledentistry and its Evolution Since COVID-19
Sunday, November 20, 2022 09:35 AM
The COVID-19 pandemic upended the healthcare system and prompted the use of telehealth by providers in medicine, behavioral health, and oral health. Read more. 
Hot Topics in IPC: Health Care Associated-Infections, COVID-19, Ebola, Dengue
Sunday, November 20, 2022 09:33 AM
Saskia v. Popescu, PhD, MPH, MA, CIC, covers updates on health care associated-infections, masking at schools, and Ebola in Uganda and Dengue in Arizona. Read on for all the details. Read more. 
5 Unusual Covid Symptoms — and What to Do About Them
Sunday, November 20, 2022 09:31 AM
“Hairy tongue,” pins and needles and Covid toe are just a few unnerving yet real manifestations of the coronavirus. Read more. 
World AIDS Day #WorldAIDSDay.
Sunday, November 20, 2022 09:26 AM
This year’s theme for World AIDS Day is “Putting Ourselves to the Test: Achieving Equity to End HIV.” It encourages people to unite globally to eliminate the disparities and inequities that create barriers to HIV testing, prevention, and access to HIV care. First observed in 1988, World AIDS Day is a day to unite to help end HIV and remember those lost to AIDS-related illnesses. Read more. 
Study: Rapid COVID tests allow up to 74% of college students to end isolation early
Sunday, November 20, 2022 09:24 AM
According to a study published yesterday in Emerging Infectious Diseases from researchers at Yale Universityexit COVID-19 rapid antigen tests (RATs) enabled 53% to 74% of college students to leave isolation early when they began isolation at the time of the first positive test, but 15% to 22% remained positive beyond the recommended isolation period. Read more. 
HHS to create Action Alliance to advance patient and workforce safety
Saturday, November 19, 2022 12:18 PM
Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra and leaders from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and Food and Drug Administration yesterday held a listening session with certain health system leaders and patient safety advocates they invited to discuss the department’s plan to launch next year a National Healthcare System Action Alliance to Advance Patient Safety. Read more. 
Using big data to make better vaccines
Saturday, November 19, 2022 12:16 PM
Researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital’s Precision Vaccines Program develop new tool to identify cellular and molecular signatures of vaccines. Read more. 
What is the association between diabetes and SARS-CoV-2 infections?
Saturday, November 19, 2022 12:14 PM
In a recent review published in Nature Metabolism, researchers explored whether severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) can expedite or trigger the development of diabetes mellitus (DM). Read more. 
COVID-19 vaccination status among parents of hospitalized children with SARS-CoV-2 infection
Saturday, November 19, 2022 12:12 PM
Researchers found in this study that parental vaccination was associated with a reduced risk of COVID-19 hospitalization in children younger than age 5 during the Delta and Omicron waves. These results reinforce recommendations for widespread vaccination of parents of young children. Read more. 
Mental health of teachers, teens takes big COVID-19 hit
Saturday, November 19, 2022 12:10 PM
The COVID-19 pandemic extracted mental health tolls from both teachers and young teens, with the former—remote instructors in particular—experiencing more anxiety than other workers, and the latter reporting depression owing to financial stress, according to two new US studies. Read more. 
Got the sniffles? Here's how to make the right decision around family gatherings
Friday, November 18, 2022 05:39 PM
Study shows that pausing for self reflection can lead to decisions that reduce others' COVID-19 risk. Read more. 
IZ Express #1,663: Current ACIP recs for bivalent COVID-19 boosters published in MMWR, and more
Friday, November 18, 2022 05:37 PM
IZ Express #1,663: Current ACIP recs for bivalent COVID-19 boosters published in MMWR, and more. Read more.
Dr. Fauci Reflects on His 54 Year Career at the NIH
Friday, November 18, 2022 05:34 PM
Viral Immunology Journal’s editor-in-chief Dr. Rod Russell from Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador, had the distinct pleasure to speak Dr. Anthony Fauci. Read more. 
Princeton researchers tackle infectious disease, climate, and the link between the two
Friday, November 18, 2022 05:30 PM
Professors Jessica Metcalf, Bryan Grenfell and Gabe Vecchi are working together, across disciplines, to study the linkages between climate change and infectious disease. In this video, they tell us how they learned to talk to each other, instead of past each other, to forge collaboration and to answer critical questions for today’s interconnected and climate-challenged world. Read more. 
White House’s Jha isn’t predicting a severe Covid surge this holiday season
Friday, November 18, 2022 05:28 PM
Ashish Jha, the White House Covid-19 coordinator, predicted Tuesday that the United States will not be heading toward another Covid-19 surge driven by holiday gatherings akin to the Omicron wave in 2021. Read more. 
Antibiotic-resistant infections rose 15% in 2020: 3 things to know
Friday, November 18, 2022 10:51 AM
An estimated 2.8 million antibiotic-resistant infections occur in the U.S. every year, and that number is on the rise, according to research by the Partnership to Fight Infectious Disease. Read more. 
Northern Hemisphere flu activity picks up pace
Friday, November 18, 2022 10:49 AM
Flu activity in the Northern Hemisphere is rising, with levels up sharply over the past few weeks in North America, the World Health Organization (WHO) said yesterday in its latest global flu update, which roughly covers the last half of October. Read more. 
MMWR Weekly - November 18, 2022
Thursday, November 17, 2022 06:56 PM
Weekly / Vol. 71 / No. 46. Read more. 
These are the differences between COVID, RSV, a cold and the flu as cases rise
Thursday, November 17, 2022 10:33 AM
Though flu cases in Massachusetts rank the state’s estimated severity of the illness as “low,” according to the CDC, the state is seeing an early uptick this season in cases, along with “soaring” RSV infections among children and ever-present COVID rates, according to a Massachusetts pediatrician, Boston 25 reported. Read more. 
Moderna data suggest new Covid booster is more effective against Omicron variants
Thursday, November 17, 2022 10:31 AM
New data indicate Moderna’s Covid bivalent booster may be more effective against currently circulating Omicron variants of the virus than its original vaccine, the company said Monday. Read more. 
Changes in dental and medical visits before and during the COVID-19 pandemic among U.S. children aged 1–17 years
Thursday, November 17, 2022 10:29 AM
The COVID-19 pandemic has tremendously impacted the U.S. healthcare system, but no study has examined the impact of the pandemic on utilization of dental care among U.S. children. Changes in past-year dental versus medical visits and perceived unmet health needs between 2019 and 2020 among U.S. children aged 1–17 years were examined. Read more. 
U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week (USAAW)..
Thursday, November 17, 2022 10:26 AM
USAAW is an annual observance that raises awareness of the threat of antibiotic resistance and the importance of appropriate antibiotic use. Read more.
Opioid overdose reversal drug likely safe for OTC use, says FDA
Thursday, November 17, 2022 10:23 AM
Opioid overdose reversal drug likely safe for OTC use, says FDA. Read more. 
The First Line of Defense Against Infection in the Dental Practice
Wednesday, November 16, 2022 10:51 AM

Dental practices can begin their defense against infections in the reception room, protecting patients before they even step foot in the treatment room. Read more. 

What Every Dental Professional Should Know About Personal Protective Equipment
Wednesday, November 16, 2022 10:49 AM
Correctly using personal protective equipment (PPE) is the difference between helping or hindering every day dental practice. What does it mean to utilize PPE to optimize infection control? Read more. 
Healthcare Facilities Suffered More Cyberattacks than Other Industries
Wednesday, November 16, 2022 10:47 AM
Phishing was the most common type of cyberattack. Read more. 
Indicators of Severe Outcomes in Chronic Hepatitis B Patients
Wednesday, November 16, 2022 10:45 AM
What are the characteristics and demographics of the chronic hepatitis B patients who develop severe outcomes? Read more. 
WHO Identifies Actions to Address Invasive Fungal Infections
Wednesday, November 16, 2022 10:43 AM
The World Health Organization (WHO) describes measures necessary to confront invasive fungal infections from the pathogens posing highest threat and greatest disease burden. Read more. 
The health risks of multiple Covid-19 infections
Tuesday, November 15, 2022 09:21 AM
Astudy published Thursday in Nature Medicine found that Covid-19 patients with reinfections are more likely to be diagnosed with long Covid and experience health complications, including death, heart problems, blood-clotting disorders, and more. Read more. 
8 safe and effective exercises for dental professionals
Tuesday, November 15, 2022 09:14 AM
Working in a dental setting is hard on the body. Here are eight exercises (with photos) you can do to strengthen muscle imbalances so you can practice pain-free. Read more. 
The Joint Commission recognized at COP27 for joining White House pledge to decarbonize healthcare sector
Tuesday, November 15, 2022 09:10 AM
The Joint Commission was today recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) at the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) for its ongoing action to decarbonize the healthcare sector and make healthcare facilities more resilient to the effects of climate change. The Joint Commission formally pledged to achieve the White House’s climate goal to reduce emissions by 50% by 2030 and achieve net zero admissions by 2050. Read more. 
CDC MMWR: Monkeypox Epidemiologic Information and the Public Health Response
Tuesday, November 15, 2022 09:08 AM
On Friday, November 11, 2022, CDC issued in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) new information on epidemiologic features of monkeypox cases reported during May 17–October 6, 2022, and their implications for the public health response. Read more. 
Study: COVID-19 rapid home tests not highly sensitive for Omicron
Tuesday, November 15, 2022 09:02 AM
Dutch researchers reveal that the sensitivities of three commonly used rapid antigen tests, when used in asymptomatic people in the Omicron period, were very low and suggest repeat testing after a negative test. The study is published in Clinical Microbiology and Infection. Read more. 
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