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Study highlights prevalence of dental problems among Medicare beneficiaries
Tuesday, September 26, 2023 02:48 PM
A recent study showed a “considerable prevalence” of dental problems among nursing home residents enrolled in Medicare — as well as disparities between certain groups of patients. Read more.
Weekly Rounds: Data-Driven Action Against COVID-19, Emerging Pathogens, HIV Vaccine Trials Begin, and More
Tuesday, September 26, 2023 02:44 PM
Here are 5 highlights from Infection Control Today®'s (ICT®’s) wide-ranging coverage of the infection prevention and control world. Read more.
Why the CDC recommends that everyone over the age of 6 months get the updated COVID vaccine
Tuesday, September 26, 2023 02:42 PM
An independent panel of advisers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending that everyone over the age of 6 months get the updated COVID vaccine this fall. Read more.
Do mobile phone surfaces carry SARS-CoV-2 virus? A systematic review warranting the inclusion of a "6th" moment of hand hygiene in healthcare.
Tuesday, September 26, 2023 02:34 PM
Mobile phones, used in billions throughout the world, are high-touch devices subject to a dynamic contamination of microorganisms and rarely considered as an important fomite to sanitise systematically. The emergence of SARS-CoV-2 resulted in the COVID-19 pandemic, arguably the most impactful pandemic of the 21st century with millions of deaths and disruption of all facets of modern life globally. Read more.
WVU to offer first pediatric dentistry residency program in state
Tuesday, September 26, 2023 02:24 PM
The WVU School of Dentistry is adding to its list of advanced education programs. Read more.
NIOSH Updated Certified Equipment List
Monday, September 25, 2023 02:22 PM
NIOSH has updated and reformatted its Certified Equipment List. This tool can be used to find NIOSH Approved® respirators and allows for quick searches for identifying respirators of current interest. NIOSH encourages users to update their bookmarks to point to the new Certified Equipment List page. Read more.
Main US COVID markers continue slow rise
Monday, September 25, 2023 02:19 PM
US COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths continued their slow rise over the past week, but two early indicators showed declines, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in its latest data update. Read more.
Type 2 diabetes rates in US youth rose 62% after COVID pandemic began, study suggests
Monday, September 25, 2023 01:53 PM
Rates of new-onset type 2 diabetes climbed 62%—and type 1 diabetes increased 17%—among US youth after the COVID-19 pandemic began, especially in Black and Hispanic children, according to a study published yesterday in JAMA Network Open. Read more.
CDC advisers recommend RSV vaccine for pregnant women to protect newborns
Monday, September 25, 2023 01:51 PM
The vaccine advisory group to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today approved a recommendation for pregnant women to receive Pfizer's respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) vaccine as a way to protect newborns, a group at high risk for serious complications. Read more.
The many forms of hospital masking
Monday, September 25, 2023 01:49 PM
With masking policies now left in the hands of individual hospitals and health systems to decide, one thing is clear: There is no one-size-fits-all approach for the infection control measure this fall. Read more.
CDC Awarding More Than $250 Million For Network Of 13 Infectious Disease Forecasting Centers
Sunday, September 24, 2023 10:11 AM
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced it’s awarding an estimated $262.5 million, pending the availability of funds, over the next five years to establish a national network of 13 infectious disease forecasting and analytics centers. Read more. 
Northeastern receives $17.5 million from CDC to launch infectious disease prediction center
Sunday, September 24, 2023 10:08 AM
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is giving Northeastern University $17.5 million over the next five years to head an innovation center designed to help detect and prepare the United States for the next outbreak of infectious disease, especially in rural areas. Read more.
Federal government to start providing free coronavirus tests once again
Sunday, September 24, 2023 10:06 AM
Just as a summer covid wave shows signs of receding, the Biden administration announced Wednesday that it is reviving a program to mail free rapid coronavirus tests to Americans. Read more.
5 myths of strength training for dental clinicians
Sunday, September 24, 2023 10:04 AM
Katrina Klein, bodybuilder, ergonomic specialist, and dental hygienist, wants to help her peers stay pain-free and in shape by dispelling the myths that surround strength training. Read more.
Preventing work-related musculoskeletal injuries among oral and maxillofacial surgeons
Sunday, September 24, 2023 10:01 AM
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons (OMS) are continually required to adjust position and posture to access the limited surgical field in and around the head and neck, oral cavity, and oropharynx. Very limited data exists that quantifies the burden of musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) among OMS. Read more.
IZ Express #1,715: Immunize.org summarizes ACIP meeting on 2023–2024 COVID-19 vaccine recommendations, and more
Saturday, September 23, 2023 03:37 PM
IZ Express #1,715: Immunize​.org summarizes ACIP meeting on 2023–2024 COVID-19 vaccine recommendations, and more. Read more.
Clinical trial of HIV vaccine begins in United States and South Africa
Saturday, September 23, 2023 03:34 PM
Novel vaccine includes NIH-funded technology in development since 2004. Read more.
Experts say CDC not getting right advice on hospital infection prevention
Saturday, September 23, 2023 03:32 PM
This week hundreds of industrial hygienists, healthcare worker union reps, epidemiologists, and aerosol scientists plan to send a second letter to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), asking the agency to hold public meetings to discuss the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee's (HICPAC's) proposal to update the CDC's Isolation Precautions guidance, last updated in 2007. Read more.
Using Sharps Safely
Saturday, September 23, 2023 03:29 PM
A recent article published in the Journal of the American Dental Association on needlestick injuries serves as a reminder that dentists should familiarize themselves with recommendations to prevent and manage these types of injuries. Read more.
Randomized controlled trials show masks are effective. With COVID-19, even one mistake in protective gear usage could lead to infection and obscure results.
Saturday, September 23, 2023 03:27 PM
Randomized controlled trials show masks are effective. With COVID-19, even one mistake in protective gear usage could lead to infection and obscure results. Read more.
What precautions should we take to limit the spread of COVID-19?
Friday, September 22, 2023 03:59 PM
 As the fight against COVID-19 continues, health officials are urging people to start taking precautions. Read more.
Cold virus may set the stage for Long COVID
Friday, September 22, 2023 03:46 PM
Prior infection with a common cold coronavirus may predispose some people to develop Long COVID. Read more.
Hot Topics in IPC: COVID-19 Updated Booster, Legionella Infections, and Hospital Leadership
Friday, September 22, 2023 03:43 PM
In this Hot Topics in IPC, Saskia v. Popescu, PhD, MPH, MA, CIC, FAPIC, discusses COVID-19 vaccines and boosters, Legionella infections from transplants, and hospital leadership. Read more.
IZ Express #1,714: Ask the Experts – Influenza Vaccination for the 2023–24 Season
Friday, September 22, 2023 03:40 PM
IZ Express #1,714: Ask the Experts – Influenza Vaccination for the 2023–24 Season. Read more.
Your Questions About RSV, Answered
Friday, September 22, 2023 03:37 PM
The respiratory illness can be dangerous for young children and older adults. But new immunizations are available for the first time this fall. Read more.
MMWR Weekly - September 22, 2023
Thursday, September 21, 2023 02:24 PM
Weekly / Vol. 72 / No. 38. Read more.
Webinar - Oral Hygiene to Prevent Non-ventilator Healthcare-associated Pneumonia (NV-HAP)
Thursday, September 21, 2023 02:22 PM
Pneumonia is the most common healthcare-associated infection in the United States, with Non-ventilator Healthcare-associated Pneumonia (NV-HAP) estimated to make up 65% of all healthcare-associated pneumonia cases. Preventing NV-HAP can reduce costs, length of hospitalization, and death. While all patients can be at risk for developing NV-HAP, the risk is associated with both modifiable and non-modifiable factors. Read more.
These Antibiotics Are Associated With C diff Infection, Small Study Shows
Thursday, September 21, 2023 02:19 PM
Perhaps one of the most challenging and neglected issues in healthcare infection prevention and control is Clostridioides difficile (C diff). This bacterial infection poses a problem for multiple reasons... Read more.
The surprising origin of a deadly hospital infection
Thursday, September 21, 2023 02:17 PM
Hospital staff spend a significant amount of time working to protect patients from acquiring infections while they are being cared for in the hospital. They employ various methods from hand hygiene to isolation rooms to rigorous environmental sanitation. Despite these efforts, hospital-onset infections still occur—the most common of which is caused by the bacterium Clostridioides difficile, or C. diff, the culprit of almost half a million infections in the U.S. each year. Read more.
The Joint Commission announces Sustainable Healthcare Certification for U.S. hospitals
Thursday, September 21, 2023 02:15 PM
As healthcare pursues environmental sustainability efforts, the voluntary certification provides framework to accelerate efforts. Read more.
Information for the 2023-2024 Flu Season
Wednesday, September 20, 2023 03:40 PM
Updates to the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) Flu Vaccine Recommendations for the 2023-2024 season. Read more.
Antibiotics in dentistry: Think twice before prescribing
Wednesday, September 20, 2023 03:38 PM
The statistics on antibiotic resistance are startling, and dentistry needs to take them seriously. Here's what to know about the results of overprescribing, ADA guidelines on dental antibiotics, alternative treatments, and more. Read more.
Webinar Recording - Assessment of Elastomeric Respirators in Healthcare Delivery Settings: Routine Elastomeric Use and Evaluations in healthcare (REUsE)
Wednesday, September 20, 2023 03:31 PM
This webinar will present the findings of the study REUsE – Routine Elastomeric Use and Evaluations in Healthcare – which focused on incorporating reusable elastomeric respirators into routine healthcare delivery. This study was contracted and completed by Wayne State University, Emory University, and University of Texas. Read more.
Green Dentistry: How to Lower your Practice’s Environmental Footprint.
Wednesday, September 20, 2023 09:20 AM
Have you ever thought about the amount of waste a dental practice produces? It can be hard to ignore when a large part of our day is dedicated to cleaning and changing over rooms for the next patient. Read more.
Expected CDC guidance on N95 masks outrages health care workers
Wednesday, September 20, 2023 09:18 AM
Health workers warn that loosening mask advice in hospitals would harm patients and providers. Read more.
Protect Yourself and Loved Ones with the New RSV Vaccines
Tuesday, September 19, 2023 04:14 PM
Shots successfully reduce the chance of becoming ill by over 80%. Read more.
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