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Draft National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Healthcare Personal Protective Technology (PPT) Targets for 2020 to 2030; Request for Comment
Monday, May 16, 2022 04:49 PM
A Notice by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on 05/16/2022. Read more. 
Dentist treated patients during lockdown, faces disciplinary charge
Monday, May 16, 2022 04:47 PM
A "renowned" dentist allegedly flouted lockdown rules and performed extractions and dental implants on patients in the early months of New Zealand's Covid-19 outbreak. Read more. 
New York authorizes dental hygienists to use nitrous oxide, local infiltration anesthesia
Monday, May 16, 2022 04:44 PM
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul recently signed into law a bill that allows dental hygienists to use nitrous oxide and local infiltration anesthesia to assist dentists with dental procedures. Read more. 
The Underlying Threat of Multidrug-Resistant Pathogens in the COVID-19 Era.
Monday, May 16, 2022 03:21 PM
Over half of patients admitted with positive SARS-CoV-2 testing received antibiotics, but evidence of bacterial infection is uncovered in far fewer cases. We may already be seeing the effects of antibiotic overprescribing. Read more. 
Health Worker Mental Health
Monday, May 16, 2022 09:26 AM
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Join the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in bringing attention and encouraging steps to improve health worker mental health. Read more. 
Infectious disease experts not phased by coronavirus uptick
Sunday, May 15, 2022 11:01 AM
Infectious disease experts are optimistic about the future, saying that while COVID-19 cases may be on the rise, hospitalizations and deaths are nowhere near the levels seen in past surges. Read more. 
55% of COVID-19 survivors have at least one symptom 2 years later, study finds
Sunday, May 15, 2022 10:59 AM
In what researchers are calling the longest follow-up study to date, findings published May 11 in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine suggest more than half of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 still have at least one symptom two years later. Read more. 
CDC study reveals hybrid SARS-CoV-2 spike from Delta/Omicron recombination event
Sunday, May 15, 2022 10:57 AM
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has conducted national-level genomic surveillance to identify and characterize delta-omicron recombinant genomes of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). A total of nine genomes with a hybrid delta-omicron spike protein have been identified. The study is published in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases. Read more. 
Updates on severe hepatitis of unknown etiology
Saturday, May 14, 2022 12:33 PM
While the cause(s) of acute, severe hepatitis of unknown etiology remain uncertain, several key updates are cited below from the past week, May 5-12. Read more. 
Flu Causes Cardiac Complications by Indirectly Infecting the Heart
Saturday, May 14, 2022 12:31 PM
Cardiac problems associated with the flu are not caused by raging inflammation in the lungs, as has long been predicted. Instead, the electrical malfunctions and heart scarring seen in some of the sickest patients are caused by direct influenza infection of cardiac cells, according to research conducted in a mouse model. Read more. 
Maine Children Getting Access to Virtual Dental Services
Saturday, May 14, 2022 07:54 AM
Maine is now home to a network of virtual dental services that supporters said would make dental care more readily available to children. Read more. 
The New USPSTF Recommendation Regarding Aspirin Use to Prevent Cardiovascular Disease
Saturday, May 14, 2022 07:53 AM
The new USPSTF guidelines do not recommend routine preventive aspirin for everyone. The USPSTF recommends that the decision to initiate low-dose aspirin for the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD) events in adults 40–59 years who have a 10% or greater CVD risk with no increased risk for bleeding is an individual one between physician and patient, with moderate certainty that that the net benefit is small. The USPSTF recommends against initiating low-dose aspirin use for the primary prevention of CVD in patients aged 60 or older. Read more. 
Antibiotic use associated with inflammatory bowel disease in older adults
Friday, May 13, 2022 04:14 PM
Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis higher in seniors with more rounds of antibiotic treatment. Read more.
Hepatitis and HIV Care
Friday, May 13, 2022 04:12 PM
May’s observance of Hepatitis Awareness Month is an opportunity to highlight approaches to addressing the syndemic of HIV and viral hepatitis, approaches called for in both the National HIV/AIDS Strategy and the Viral Hepatitis National Strategic Plan. Read more. 
2nd COVID-⁠19 Co-Host Statement
Friday, May 13, 2022 04:11 PM
Maintaining the momentum for pandemic response and Prioritizing Preparedness. Read more. 
Doctors, Sleep, and Patient Safety
Friday, May 13, 2022 04:09 PM
National policy leads to reduction in harmful, fatal medical errors. Read more. 
Coronavirus ‘ghosts’ found lingering in the gut
Friday, May 13, 2022 04:07 PM
Scientists are studying whether long COVID could be linked to viral fragments found in the body months after initial infection. Read more. 
Biden orders flags lowered to mark country’s 1 million COVID-19 deaths
Friday, May 13, 2022 09:51 AM
President Biden has ordered flags lowered to half-staff Thursday to mark 1 million Americans lost to COVID-19. The president released a statement Thursday morning ahead of a pre-recorded address to a virtual COVID-19 summit. Read more. 
U.S. licenses key Covid vaccine technology to WHO so other countries can develop shots
Friday, May 13, 2022 09:48 AM
The NIH has licensed its stabilized spike protein technology to the WHO, President Joe Biden said. Read more. 
What the current spike in Covid-19 cases could say about the coronavirus’ future
Friday, May 13, 2022 09:47 AM
As the Omicron wave subsided in the United States earlier this year, many experts anticipated a sort of reprieve. We certainly weren’t done with Covid, but perhaps we would get a well-deserved rest. Read more. 
Massachusetts to pay $56 mln over deadly COVID outbreak at veterans' home
Friday, May 13, 2022 09:45 AM
The state of Massachusetts on Thursday agreed to pay $56 million to resolve a lawsuit by families of veterans who contracted COVID-19 during an outbreak at a veterans' care center that killed 84 people early in the pandemic. Read more. 
Here's what to know about respiratory safety in 2022
Friday, May 13, 2022 09:43 AM
The COVID-19 pandemic has forever changed the way dental practices think about respiratory safety. In an interview with DrBicuspid.com Editor-in-Chief Theresa Pablos, Nancy Dewhirst, RDH, who will speak at the 2022 California Dental Association's (CDA) CDA Presents the Art and Science of Dentistry meeting, discusses the issues that have arisen because of the pandemic and what dental professionals need to be aware of. Read more. 
South Africa's COVID-19 spike intensifies
Friday, May 13, 2022 09:42 AM
As daily COVID-19 cases in South Africa topped 10,000 cases today, officials from the World Health Organization (WHO) African regional office said today that an uptick there and in a few other African countries is an early warning sign for other nations to step up their preparedness. Read more. 
MMWR Weekly - May 13, 2022
Thursday, May 12, 2022 04:31 PM
Weekly / Vol. 71 / No. 19. Read more. 
Duke doctor removes dental drill bit inhaled during procedure
Thursday, May 12, 2022 11:51 AM
A Duke Health doctor recently removed a dental drill bit from a patient's lung after it was inhaled during a procedure. Read more. 
Americans Are Washing Their Hands Less Often than at Start of Pandemic
Thursday, May 12, 2022 11:49 AM
In 2022, only 56 percent of Americans wash their hands six to 15 times per day. Read more. 
People with CMV have increased risk for TB, review finds
Thursday, May 12, 2022 11:48 AM
The results of a systematic review and meta-analysis suggest there is an increased risk for tuberculosis among people with cytomegalovirus infection, researchers reported in The Lancet. Read more. 
CDC issues alert for parents on outbreak of hepatitis among children. Here’s what to know
Thursday, May 12, 2022 11:46 AM
Parents are being asked to look out for symptoms of hepatitis in their kids as an unexplained outbreak of cases in children continues across the United States. Read more. 
FACT SHEET: The Biden-⁠Harris Administration Global Health Worker Initiative
Thursday, May 12, 2022 11:44 AM
This pandemic has spotlighted the critical role and bravery of health and care workers. That’s why I’ve asked my Administration to develop a global health workforce plan, to accelerate our contributions to the Sustainable Development Agenda and investments in health and care workers. Read more. 
Web-Based Hand Hygiene Application Improves HCW Compliance
Thursday, May 12, 2022 11:42 AM
Swiss hospital developed and implemented “Clean Hands,” and the results are significant over paper data collection. Read more. 
The Role of Children in Household Transmission of COVID-19: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Wednesday, May 11, 2022 04:49 PM
Household is potentially the highest-risk exposure setting of SARS-COV-2 transmission, in which the role of children has remained controversial. Read more. 
NIAID Scientists Advance Understanding of More Broadly Protective Flu Vaccines
Wednesday, May 11, 2022 04:45 PM
In 1968, an influenza pandemic swept the globe, exposing everyone to a new flu strain and wiping out all traces of the H2N2 virus subtype, which had been responsible for the 1957 pandemic and had circulated for a decade afterward. People born after 1969 have thus never been exposed to H2 subtype influenza, while those born earlier have immunological experience with it. Read more. 
Long-term COVID-19: Tackling Tough Questions About the Body’s Immune Response and Brain Symptoms
Wednesday, May 11, 2022 03:15 PM
When SARS-CoV-2 began to surface in early 2020, not much was known about the COVID-19, the brand-new disease caused by the virus—except that it was highly contagious and spreading rapidly. As the virus raged on and was classified as a global pandemic, there were many questions about COVID-19. Some individuals had severe cases and were hospitalized with life-threatening symptoms and later discharged with lingering health conditions, including brain fog, memory problems, and other mysterious symptoms. Many other patients died. Yet, others were asymptomatic. Why was it presenting itself in such extreme cases? And who was at risk, and why? Read more. 
Unique binding of Delta variant may explain high transmissibility
Wednesday, May 11, 2022 03:13 PM
Unlike other SARS-CoV-2 variants, the Delta variant can attach to copies of itself, forming larger aggregations, or clumps, of viral particles, suggests a study by scientists at the National Institutes of Health. The researchers theorize that this linking property may have played a role in the ability of the Delta variant to spread more rapidly than all the variants that preceded it. Read more. 
230th meeting of the National Advisory Dental and Craniofacial Research Council:
Wednesday, May 11, 2022 03:09 PM

Wednesday, May 18, 2022
Open to the Public
Virtual Meeting
Watch the NIH Videocast 
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IZ Express #1,631: FDA limits use of Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine, and more
Wednesday, May 11, 2022 03:06 PM
IZ Express #1,631: FDA limits use of Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine, and more. Read more. 
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