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This year’s flu shot should be a good match for current influenza strains. Expert urges everyone to get it as soon as possible.
Tuesday, November 14, 2023 01:18 PM
This year’s flu vaccine should be very protective against the current influenza strains, so as Thanksgiving approaches, now is the perfect time to get your flu shot. Read more.
Infection Control Today Exclusive: The Challenge of Health Care-Associated Infections (HAIs) and Evolving Prevention: A Focus on Hand Hygiene
Tuesday, November 14, 2023 01:16 PM
Health care-associated infections (HAIs) significantly impact patient outcomes, hospital expenses, and mortality rates in the United States. Hand hygiene stands as the most effective preventive method. While manual observation often produces biased results, Electronic Hand Hygiene Monitoring Systems (EHHCM) offer evolving methods for more accurate adherence assessment. Read more.
Marijuana use raises risk of heart attack, heart failure and stroke, studies say
Tuesday, November 14, 2023 01:14 PM
Older adults who don’t smoke tobacco but do use marijuana were at higher risk of both heart attack and stroke when hospitalized, while people who use marijuana daily were 34% more likely to develop heart failure, according to two new non-published studies presented Monday at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions in Philadelphia. Read more.
CDC recommends more tuberculosis testing, treatment as 5 Arizona counties have higher rates
Monday, November 13, 2023 12:27 PM
Arizona’s TB rate falls in the lower half of the U.S. and its territories, but some of its counties are hotspots: Apache and Graham counties exceed the national incidence rate; Santa Cruz and Pinal roughly double it; and Yuma County more than triples it. Read more. 
CDC Advisors Recommend Masks in Hospitals Without Naming Type
Monday, November 13, 2023 12:25 PM
Advisors to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have voted to recommend that health providers wear masks during routine care for patients who are thought to be contagious. Read more.
US CDC to expand surveillance of traveler samples for respiratory viruses
Monday, November 13, 2023 12:23 PM
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Monday it was expanding testing of samples collected from international air travelers beyond COVID-19, to include flu and respiratory synctial virus (RSV) beginning November. Read more.
In case you missed it: November HICPAC Public Meeting recap
Monday, November 13, 2023 11:51 AM
The Healthcare Infection Control Advisory Committee (HICPAC) held a public meeting Nov. 2-3, in Atlanta, Ga. Per the Federal Advisory Committee Act, and as has been done throughout the HICPAC meetings, official meeting minutes will be available on the HICPAC website in the coming weeks. Until then, below is a summary of key issues from the day’s discussion. Read more. 
Be Antibiotics Aware Partner Toolkit
Monday, November 13, 2023 11:06 AM
U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week is November 18-24, 2023. Read more.
“Progress is slowing”: The pandemic’s effect on dental opioid prescribing rates
Sunday, November 12, 2023 03:31 PM
Even as dental professionals are less likely to prescribe opioids than in years past, the COVID-19 pandemic seems to have slowed efforts to reduce opioid prescribing in dentistry. Read more.
Exploring dental students' attitudes toward patient-centered management of dental fear
Sunday, November 12, 2023 03:29 PM
A patient-centered care (PCC) paradigm undergirds modern dental education. PCC is particularly relevant in the management of patient dental fear. The aims of this study were three-fold: (a) to examine the preliminary psychometric properties of an author-designed survey administered to explore dental fear knowledge and perceptions, (b) to assess how 4th-year dental students regard dental fear, (c) and to investigate the relationship between students' knowledge and perceptions of dental fear and their clinical behavior. Read more. 
Dentists' considerations concerning treating patients from the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community: A national survey
Sunday, November 12, 2023 03:26 PM
Research shows that adults who were Deaf or Hard of Hearing (HoH) had poorer oral health than adults who did not belong to this community. The objectives were to assess dentists' education, knowledge, attitudes, and professional behavior related to treating patients from the Deaf or HoH community and the relationships between these constructs. Read more.
CDC panel backs looser guidance on hospital masking
Sunday, November 12, 2023 02:20 PM
A CDC advisory committee voted Nov. 3 to finalize a draft of infection control guidelines that recommends healthcare workers wear masks during routine care to prevent the spread of common, endemic respiratory infections — a move National Nurses United has condemned for not going far enough to protect patients and staff from aerosol transmission. Read more.
Critics Slam Updated Infection Control Recommendations for Hospitals
Sunday, November 12, 2023 02:17 PM
But health care workers worry whether the guidelines, which suggest that surgical masks are as good as N-95 masks at preventing the spread of respiratory infections during routine care, are protecting a hospital's bottom line rather than worker health, CNN reported. Read more.
Oral Health is a Right, Not a Privilege
Saturday, November 11, 2023 02:43 PM
The health of the mouth can dictate the health of the body, and vice versa. Having a healthy and pain-free smile also contributes to overall quality of life, including how one feels about themselves.
Read more.
Study Investigates Antibiotic Resistance Patterns of P. Gingivalis
Saturday, November 11, 2023 02:41 PM
A new study out of Temple University School of Dentistry in Philadelphia evaluated the antibiotic resistance patterns of Porphyromonas gingivalis, a major pathogen in periodontal disease. Read more.
Q&A: CDC recommends testing all children exposed to hepatitis C
Saturday, November 11, 2023 02:34 PM
In new guidelines, the CDC recommends testing all infants and children who were perinatally exposed to hepatitis C. Read more.
High-volume evacuation mitigates viral aerosol spread in dental procedures
Dental healthcare personnel (DHCP) are subjected to microbe-containing aerosols and splatters in their everyday work. Safer work conditions must be developed to ensure the functioning of the healthcare system. Read more.
Contra Costa County health officials link tuberculosis cases to casino
Saturday, November 11, 2023 02:29 PM
Nearly a dozen cases of tuberculosis have been linked to a casino in Contra Costa County, public health officials announced Thursday. Anyone who spent time inside California Grand Casino in Pacheco within the past five years should take a TB test, according to Contra Costa Health Services (CCH). Read more.
Association between the COVID-19 outbreak and opioid prescribing by U.S. dentists
Friday, November 10, 2023 04:35 PM
U.S. data on opioid prescribing by dentists are limited to 2019. More recent data are needed to understand the effect of the COVID-19 outbreak on dental opioid prescribing, characterize current practices, and determine if dental opioid stewardship initiatives are still warranted. Read more.
Americans carry 'collective trauma' from COVID pandemic, survey suggests
Friday, November 10, 2023 04:31 PM
The COVID-19 pandemic caused Americans collective trauma, which predisposes to mental illness and chronic illnesses, according to a new online survey from the American Psychological Association (APA). Read more. 
American Cancer Society expands lung cancer screening guidelines for cigarette smokers
Friday, November 10, 2023 04:19 PM
Most lung cancer screening guidelines hinge on how much people smoked tobacco and when they last smoked, but the American Cancer Society now says it doesn’t matter how long ago they quit. On Wednesday, the ACS released guidance recommending that anyone with a significant smoking history get an annual low-dose CT scan for lung cancer. Read more.
CISA releases cybersecurity toolkit for health care sector
Friday, November 10, 2023 04:15 PM
Several government agencies have partnered to create a cybersecurity toolkit for the health care and public health sector, many elements of which will benefit dentists. Read more.
OSHA announces preparation meeting for UN Sub-Committee on the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals, Nov. 15
Friday, November 10, 2023 02:58 PM
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Department of Transportation will hold a joint, online meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 15 in advance of the United Nations' Sub-Committee of Experts on the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals. Read more.
Splatter generated by oral surgery irrigation and its implication for infection control.
Thursday, November 09, 2023 09:01 PM
This study aimed to evaluate the splatter contamination generated by rotary instrumentation and irrigation during simulations of surgical extractions. Specifically, comparisons of the splatters generated were made between traditional assistant-based irrigation and self-irrigating drills and between saline and hydrogen peroxide irrigant. Read more.
Monica Bertagnolli, M.D., takes the helm at NIH
Thursday, November 09, 2023 08:58 PM
Monica M. Bertagnolli, M.D., started today as the 17th director of the National Institutes of Health, the nation’s biomedical research agency and largest public funder of biomedical research in the world. Read more.
Antibiotic Stewardship when an Allergy Label is Present Improves Our Antibiotic Care and Treatment Outcomes
Thursday, November 09, 2023 03:50 PM

Although 10% of the population in the U.S. reports a penicillin allergy, less than 1% of the population is truly penicillin allergic. Broad-spectrum antibiotics are often used as an alternative to penicillins. The use of broad-spectrum antibiotics in patients labeled “penicillin-allergic” is associated with higher healthcare costs, increased risk for antimicrobial resistance, and suboptimal antibiotic therapy. Read more.

MMWR Weekly - November 10, 2023
Thursday, November 09, 2023 03:44 PM
Weekly / Vol. 72 / No. 45. Read more.
NIOSH eNews: Volume 21, Number 7 (November 2023)
Thursday, November 09, 2023 03:41 PM
NIOSH eNews: Volume 21, Number 7 (November 2023). Read more.
River plastics found to carry pathogenic bacteria, resistance genes
Thursday, November 09, 2023 03:14 PM
New research conducted in the United Kingdom provides another reason to be concerned about the proliferation of plastic in the environment. Read more.
Everyone for Veterans seeking dentists to provide pro bono care for nation’s heroes
Thursday, November 09, 2023 09:38 AM
Nonprofit connects veterans with comprehensive dental care. Read more.
Next-generation influenza B vaccines provide broad and long-lasting protection against flu viruses in preclinical tests
Wednesday, November 08, 2023 07:57 PM
Next-generation vaccines are designed to protect against multiple viral strains and increase the time needed between booster shots. Read more.
White House AI order calls for crackdown on abuses, harms in health care
Wednesday, November 08, 2023 07:55 PM
President Biden’s executive order on artificial intelligence amounts to a giant course correction in health care. The actions taken in response could dramatically reshape how AI is used — and how much it costs — in areas from drug research to hospital care. Read more.
CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Launches First Federal Campaign for Hospitals to Tackle Healthcare Workers Burnout
Wednesday, November 08, 2023 07:53 PM
Impact Wellbeing Campaign Supports Hospitals to Understand How Their Workforce is Doing and Identify Ways to Improve Professional Wellbeing. Read more.
Dental School Recognized by Insight Into Diversity Magazine
Wednesday, November 08, 2023 07:50 PM
As a recipient of the annual award — a national honor recognizing U.S. health colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion — UB will be featured, along with 61 other recipients, in the November/December 2023 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. Read more.
Most US Adults With Hepatitis C Unaware of Infection, Study Finds
Wednesday, November 08, 2023 07:37 PM
Patients being unaware of their hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is preventing the World Health Organization (WHO) from accomplishing its goal of eliminating HCV and hepatitis B virus as public threats by 2030. Read more.
Getting X-rays at the Dentist? It’s Safer Than You Realize
Tuesday, November 07, 2023 12:30 PM
Since dental X-rays became commonplace some seven decades ago, dentists and hygienists have been draping their patients with protective gear to shield them from the possibility of radiation exposure to body parts other than the jaw. But experts in dental radiology say it’s time to hang up those lead aprons for good. Read more.
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