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Air flow research could reduce disease, contamination spread
Monday, March 27, 2023 10:39 AM
Study shows how modeling can enhance ventilation to mitigate microbe spread. Read more. 
Where and How to Dispose of Unused Medicines
Monday, March 27, 2023 10:37 AM
Is your medicine cabinet full of expired drugs or medications you no longer use? Your medicine is for you. What’s safe for you might be harmful for someone else. The best way to dispose of your expired, unwanted, or unused medicines is through a drug take back program — or you can do it at home. Read more. 
US Department of Labor certifies Maine's completion of developmental steps of occupational safety, health plan for state, local government workers
Monday, March 27, 2023 10:35 AM
The U.S. Department of Labor announced that its Occupational Safety and Health Administration has certified the completion of all structural and developmental aspects of Maine's State Plan for protecting the safety and health of state and local government workers. Read more. 
Preventing Waterborne Germs at Home
Monday, March 27, 2023 10:33 AM
Waterborne germs can live and grow in our pipes and in devices that use water, such as humidifiers. Some of these germs can make people sick. Read more. 
Efficacy of a Mouthwash Containing CHX and CPC in SARS-CoV-2-Positive Patients: A Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial
Monday, March 27, 2023 10:31 AM
Soon after the outbreak of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, preprocedural mouthwashes were recommended for temporarily reducing intraoral viral load and infectivity of individuals potentially infected with the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) in order to protect medical personnel. Read more.
Two more deaths linked to drug-resistant bacteria in eye drops, recall of ‘Artificial Tears’
Sunday, March 26, 2023 08:49 AM
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported two more deaths linked to the recall of over-the-counter eye drops that may be contaminated with a drug-resistant bacteria that has never been reported in the U.S. before. Read more.
Study Finds a Larger Dental Workforce Could Lead to Better Oral Health for Children
Sunday, March 26, 2023 08:46 AM
A recent study in JAMA Health Forum evaluated the affect of expanding the dental workforce in the U.S. to provide care in underserved areas. Read more. 
RSV Vaccines Are Nearly Here after Decades of False Starts
Sunday, March 26, 2023 08:42 AM
Decades of failed attempts have given way to several successful vaccines and treatments for the respiratory disease RSV. Read more. 
CDC reports dramatic increase in US Candida auris cases
Sunday, March 26, 2023 08:40 AM
New surveillance data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that US healthcare facilities have seen an alarming increase in the spread of Candida auris. Read more. 
COVID-19: Study Suggests Long-term Damage to Immune System
Sunday, March 26, 2023 08:38 AM
NIH News Release: "...findings suggest that SARS-CoV-2 infection damages the CD8+ T cell response, an effect akin to that observed in earlier studies showing long-term damage to the immune system after infection with viruses such as hepatitis C or HIV." Read more. 
Mycobacterial Infections in Cardiac Patients Tied to Ice, Water Machines
Saturday, March 25, 2023 09:19 AM
Four cases of severe mycobacterial infections that occurred in cardiac surgery patients were likely caused by contamination of hospital ice and water machines. Three patients died. Read more. 
The potentially deadly Candida auris fungus is spreading quickly in the U.S.
Saturday, March 25, 2023 09:17 AM
The fungus Candida auris is becoming a more dangerous public health care threat, as the number of drug-resistant cases jumped in 2021. Read more. 
PROTECT Initiative: Advancing Children’s Medication Safety
Saturday, March 25, 2023 09:15 AM
The PRevention of Overdoses and Treatment Errors in Children Taskforce (PROTECT) Initiative is an innovative collaboration bringing together public health agencies, private sector companies, professional organizations, consumer/patient advocates, and academic experts to develop strategies to keep children safe from unintentional medication overdoses. Read more. 
Increasing Threat of Spread of Antimicrobial-resistant Fungus in Healthcare Facilities
Saturday, March 25, 2023 09:13 AM
Candida auris (C. auris), an emerging fungus considered an urgent antimicrobial resistance (AR) threat, spread at an alarming rate in U.S. healthcare facilities in 2020-2021, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Read more. 
COVID-19 in Nursing Homes: Experts Identified Actions Aimed at Improving Infection Prevention and Control
Saturday, March 25, 2023 09:11 AM
Nursing home residents are among the most vulnerable populations for COVID-19 and other infectious diseases. Proper infection control practices—like handwashing—remain critical to the safety of over 1 million U.S. nursing home residents. Read more. 
World TB Day 2023 – ‘Yes! We Can End TB!’
Friday, March 24, 2023 05:28 PM

Statement of Hugh Auchincloss, M.D., Lakshmi Ramachandra, Ph.D. and Peter Kim, M.D.
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
National Institutes of Health
Read more. 

How much radiation is in a dental x-ray? You might be surprised
Friday, March 24, 2023 09:57 AM
Dental professionals can only see about a third of the tooth, so x-rays help them check the rest. But is the exposure to that "extra" radiation worth it, and how do they compare to other common sources of exposure? Find out here. Read more. 
Prepare for Spring Weather.
Friday, March 24, 2023 09:55 AM
Spring weather can be unpredictable. When severe weather hits unexpectedly, the risk of injury and weather-related death increases, so planning makes sense. Prepare for storms, floods, and tornadoes as if you know in advance they are coming, because in the spring, they very likely will. Read more. 
U.S. Army Dentistry Monument forever honors those who have served
Friday, March 24, 2023 09:53 AM
Monument will be formally dedicated at the U.S. Army Medical Department Museum. Read more. 
COVID-19: A look back on where the US succeeded and where we didn’t
Friday, March 24, 2023 09:51 AM
On the third anniversary of COVID-19 being declared a global pandemic, public health experts can point to clear instances where the United States succeeded in beating back the virus and others where it didn't. Read more. 
SARS-CoV-2 infection weakens immune-cell response to vaccination
Friday, March 24, 2023 09:49 AM
NIH-funded study suggests need to boost CD8+ T cell response after infection. Read more. 
MMWR Weekly - March 24, 2023
Thursday, March 23, 2023 01:52 PM

Weekly / Vol. 72 / No. 12. Read more. 

Cyberattacks Play a Role in Patient Deaths
Thursday, March 23, 2023 01:21 PM
An increase in cybersecurity events in 2022 have left patients feeling vulnerable and exposed. Hospitals and other healthcare facilities have been struggling to keep personal data safe as ransomware groups become more tactical.  Read more. 
Raccoon dogs may have been linked to the pandemic. What are they?
Thursday, March 23, 2023 01:16 PM
The World Health Organization is asking Chinese officials to release data that may show a link between raccoon dogs and the coronavirus. That left many wondering — what is a raccoon dog, anyway? Read more.
Clinicians know the value of hand hygiene, but barriers get in the way: study
Thursday, March 23, 2023 09:51 AM
While the majority of clinicians view hand hygiene as critical to patient safety, environment and other factors can stand in the way of high reliability, according to a new survey-based study led by researchers at Boston Children's Hospital. Read more. 
Community-associated C. Difficile Infection Is Rising; Disease Carries Significant Social, Economic Burden
Thursday, March 23, 2023 09:49 AM
Clostridioides difficile infection can have a significant impact on feelings of depression and anxiety, while worsening quality of life. Read more. 
Raising Awareness About RSV in Older Adults
Thursday, March 23, 2023 09:47 AM
Former NBA star Magic Johnson has partnered with GSK to educate the public about this virus, specifically in seniors and those at high-risk for contracting a severe form of RSV. Read more. 
FAQs: What happens to EUAs when a public health emergency ends?
Wednesday, March 22, 2023 10:02 AM
HHS has announced that, based on current COVID-19 trends, the Department is planning for the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) declared under the Public Health Service (PHS) Act to expire on May 11, 2023. Read more. 
COVID-19 News Update: The Top 5 Stories This Week
Wednesday, March 22, 2023 10:00 AM
The FDA took a major step toward officially approving Paxlovid. Catch up on this story and the other top COVID-19 news updates from the past week. Read more. 
The Last of Us: Could it Really Happen?
Wednesday, March 22, 2023 09:03 AM
Is the global community in danger of a fungal pandemic, as portrayed in the series The Last of Us? Infection Control Today® finds out. Read more
William Hanage on COVID lessons we haven’t learned
Wednesday, March 22, 2023 09:01 AM
Epidemiologist looks back and ahead. Read more. 
Personal protective equipment use among dental healthcare personnel during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic and the impact of an educational video in clinical practice
Wednesday, March 22, 2023 08:59 AM
Dental healthcare personnel (DHCP) are at high risk of exposure to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). We sought to identify how DHCP changed their use of personal protective equipment (PPE) as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and to pilot an educational video designed to improve knowledge of proper PPE use. Read more. 
Evaluation of Fluid Leakage at The Coverall and Glove Interface in Single and Double Glove Conditions
Tuesday, March 21, 2023 09:14 AM
Fluid leakage through the glove-protective clothing interface is an area of concern for many healthcare personnel. Read more. 
EPA proposes first-ever national standard on PFAS in drinking water
Tuesday, March 21, 2023 09:12 AM
Learn about newly proposed national standards on PFAS, the "forever chemicals" linked to health issues, in drinking water in the United States. Read more. 
Test Your Knowledge of Bleeding Disorders
Tuesday, March 21, 2023 09:10 AM
Bleeding disorders are conditions in which the blood does not clot normally because certain proteins in the blood are missing or do not work properly. Read more. 
Dental drill noise reduction using a commercially-available earplug device
Tuesday, March 21, 2023 09:09 AM
The dental handpiece noise in a dental surgery is concerning to both patients and staff as a major cause of dental phobia in patients and potential hearing loss in clinical staff. Read more. 
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