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Helmet use reduces moderate or severe head injuries in youths riding ATVs and dirt bikes
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 11:51 AM
Neurosurgeons see many young people presenting with traumatic brain injuries following all-terrain vehicle (ATV) or dirt bike crashes. Often these youths were wearing no protective headgear at the time of the crash. To quantify what differences helmet use makes, Vanderbilt University Medical Center researchers examined cases of young riders following such crashes. Read more. 
Common respiratory virus manipulates immune genes to protect itself
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 11:49 AM
Nearly everyone gets infected with respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) repeatedly over the course of a lifetime, starting in childhood. Most times, people fight off the virus handily and only end up with a mild cold. But some people — most often young children experiencing their first infection or older adults whose immunity has waned — develop pneumonia or bronchiolitis, serious lung infections that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes death. Read more.
U.S. FDA removes concessions on hand sanitizer production as supply recovers
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 11:47 AM
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Tuesday companies manufacturing certain alcohol-based hand sanitizers under its previous relaxed guidance must stop making these products by the end of the year as there is no longer a shortage. Read more. 
Supporting healthy environments for children more important than ever
Tuesday, October 12, 2021 03:27 PM
Children’s Environmental Health Day will be celebrated Oct. 14. On this day, we recognize the vitality of children and applaud their resilience through another year of environmental challenges. Read more.
NIH’s Nobel Winners Demonstrate Value of Basic Research
Tuesday, October 12, 2021 12:44 PM
Last week was a big one for both NIH and me. Not only did I announce my plans to step down as NIH Director by year’s end to return to my lab full-time, I was reminded by the announcement of the 2021 Nobel Prizes of what an honor it is to be affiliated an institution with such a strong, sustained commitment to supporting basic science. Read more. 
HEPA Filters May Clean Coronavirus Particles from the Air: Study
Tuesday, October 12, 2021 10:34 AM
A combination of HEPA filters and UV light was effective in reducing airborne COVID particles from the air of hospitals in the first test of its kind, researchers reported. Read more.
Impact of circulating SARS-CoV-2 variants on mRNA vaccine-induced immunity
Tuesday, October 12, 2021 10:32 AM
The emergence of SARS-CoV-2 variants with mutations in major neutralizing antibody-binding sites can affect humoral immunity induced by infection or vaccination1–6. We analysed the development of anti-SARS-CoV-2 antibody and T cell responses in previously infected (recovered) or uninfected (naive) individuals that received mRNA vaccines to SARS-CoV-2. While previously infected individuals sustained higher antibody titres than uninfected individuals post-vaccination, the latter reached comparable levels of neutralization responses to the ancestral strain after the second vaccine dose. Read more. 
Most state workers, WA hospital staff vaccinated for COVID
Tuesday, October 12, 2021 09:54 AM
Nearly 90% of Washington’s hospital staff statewide are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to a recent survey released a week before a deadline for workers to either be vaccinated or receive an exemption in order to keep their jobs. Read more. 
How antiviral pill molnupiravir shot ahead in the COVID drug hunt
Monday, October 11, 2021 01:21 PM
The Merck pill, which could become the first oral antiviral COVID treatment, forces the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus to mutate itself to death. Read more. 
Could mouth rinses be an adjuvant in the treatment of SARS-CoV-2 patients? An appraisal with a systematic review
Monday, October 11, 2021 01:19 PM
A wide variety of mouth rinses are available to combat micro-organisms in the oral cavity. At the present global pandemic, the need of the hour is to control the viral infection due to the novel corona virus SARS-COV-2, as its port of entry is through the receptors located in the oral and pharyngeal mucosa. This systematic literature review focuses on the in vivo studies [Randomized Control Trials, (RCTs)] done on the efficacy of existing mouth rinses which have been used in reducing the viral loads. Read more. 
All About the Flu and How to Prevent It
Monday, October 11, 2021 01:18 PM
Each winter, millions of people suffer from seasonal flu. Flu — the short name for influenza — is caused by viruses. Viruses are very small germs. Some viruses can spread easily from one person to another. They cause illnesses or infections like the flu. Read more. 
COVID breakthrough cases: What to know about symptoms, length, quarantine, long-term effects
Monday, October 11, 2021 01:16 PM

The existing COVID-19 vaccines offer strong protection against hospitalization, severe illness and death.
They are not 100% effective against preventing COVID-19 infection, though. These cases are called “breakthrough infections” where fully vaccinated people come down, in most instances, with a less severe form of the virus. Read more.

Dental hygienist fined $100 by state for coming to work after positive COVID test
Monday, October 11, 2021 01:14 PM
A western Iowa dental hygienist who kept working while aware she had COVID-19 agreed to pay $100 fine in a settlement with the Iowa Dental Board. Read more.
Families reach $6.2M settlement in 2018 Wanaque Center outbreak that killed 11 children
Monday, October 11, 2021 12:13 PM
Thirteen families of children who either died or became severely ill from a viral outbreak in 2018 at a pediatric nursing home in Wanaque have reached settlements totaling $6.2 million with the facility's former owners and other entities. Read more.
Kidney transplant patients are more susceptible to harmless bacterium, finds study
Monday, October 11, 2021 12:12 PM
It's a pervasive bacterium found in soil and water that rarely causes disease, but a new national review of nocardia infection in people who have had a kidney transplant shows that when it occurs it most commonly causes pneumonia and brain abscess, and reminds their physicians to stay on the lookout for it, investigators say. Read more. 
Merck Asks US FDA to Authorize Promising Anti-COVID Pill
Monday, October 11, 2021 12:10 PM
If cleared by the Food and Drug Administration — a decision that could come in a matter of weeks — it would be the first pill shown to treat COVID-19. Read more. 
‘Are You Going to Keep Me Safe?’ Hospital Workers Sound Alarm on Rising Violence
Monday, October 11, 2021 12:08 PM
The San Leandro Hospital emergency department, where nurse Mawata Kamara works, went into lockdown recently when a visitor, agitated about being barred from seeing a patient due to covid-19 restrictions, threatened to bring a gun to the California facility. Read more. 
Does the 1918 pandemic offer any clues on emerging from COVID-19?
Sunday, October 10, 2021 07:30 PM
Vaccines have been hailed by the medical community as society’s quickest, safest path to emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic. Their availability is arguably the biggest difference between today’s pandemic and the 1918 influenza pandemic. Read more. 
Fauci says he 'strongly suspects' that COVID-19 deaths will go down in the winter
Sunday, October 10, 2021 07:28 PM
Top infectious diseases expert Anthony Fauci said that he “strongly suspects” COVID-19 deaths will go down in the winter. Read more.
Protection Against SARS-CoV-2 Wanes Months After BNT162b2 Vaccination
Sunday, October 10, 2021 07:26 PM
Declines seen in humoral responses, effectiveness against SARS-CoV-2 infection, within several months after the second dose. Read more. 
A Guide to Respiratory Viruses in Children
Sunday, October 10, 2021 07:24 PM
Whether it's a flu, cold, RSV, or COVID-19, it's important to keep kids home when they're sick. Here's what to know about treatments, warning signs, and more. Read more. 
U.S. administers nearly 402 mln COVID-19 vaccine doses, CDC says
Sunday, October 10, 2021 07:23 PM
The United States has administered 401,819,240 doses of COVID-19 vaccines in the country as of Saturday morning and distributed 487,277,035 doses, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. Read more.
What Your Tongue (and Mouth) Can Tell You About Your Health
Saturday, October 09, 2021 01:58 PM
Patches, puffiness and sores can point to a variety of diseases and conditions. Read more.
Millions of kids’ coronavirus shots ‘ready’ to go; initial doses to be shared on a population basis
Saturday, October 09, 2021 01:54 PM
Kickoff likely in early November once regulators give okay. Read more. 
COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations rise among vaccinated in PA
Saturday, October 09, 2021 01:52 PM
The proportion of COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations among vaccinated Pennsylvania residents rose sharply last month, reflecting the fact that a higher percentage of the population has now gotten the shot but also likely that protection has waned somewhat, state health officials said Friday. Read more.
COVID tool accelerator is likely to continue through 2022
Saturday, October 09, 2021 01:51 PM
While COVID-19 surges continue to ride out across the world, the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator (ACT-A) published today an independent strategic review looking at how it has made progress across its three pillars of diagnostics, therapeutics, and vaccines. Read more. 
ISMP Warns about Mix-Ups between Flu Vaccine and COVID-19 Vaccines
Saturday, October 09, 2021 01:48 PM
Since the 2021-2022 influenza (flu) vaccine became available in September, the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) has received multiple reports of mix-ups. Some patients have consented to a flu vaccine but received one of the COVID-19 vaccines instead, while others have received the flu vaccine instead of the intended COVID vaccine. Read more. 
Clinical Considerations in Caring for Individuals Recently Returning and Evacuated from Afghanistan to the United States
Saturday, October 09, 2021 01:46 PM
The U.S. government is in the process of working with returning U.S. citizens and resettling Afghan nationals from Afghanistan. The Infectious Diseases Society of America, the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America recommend, in collaboration with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that clinicians caring for these evacuees consider the varied presentations of medical conditions, including infectious diseases. The spectrum of infections may include tropical diseases, vaccine preventable diseases and infections caused by multidrug-resistant organisms. Read more. 
2021 International Infection Prevention Week
Friday, October 08, 2021 01:45 PM
COVID-19 continues to show the world what we’ve always known—infection preventionists (IPs) play a crucial role in keeping our neighborhoods safe and healthy. In addition to fighting a global pandemic, the infection prevention and control community is protecting us from surges in healthcare-associated infections, measles outbreaks, flu season, and so many other day-to-day infectious battles. Read more. 
Biden, Awaiting an OSHA Rule, Urges Companies to Require Vaccinations
Friday, October 08, 2021 01:43 PM
“Businesses have more power than ever before to change the arc of this pandemic and save lives,” the president said during a trip to the Chicago area. Read more. 
Oral health linked to COVID-19 severity in patients with cardiac diseases
Friday, October 08, 2021 01:41 PM
The correlation between poor oral health and COVID-19 severity, as well as the correlation between oral health and delayed recovery, demonstrates a potential need to consider oral health an additional risk factor for cardiac patients who may contract COVID-19. Read more. 
CDC director defends decision to overrule expert panel on Covid booster shots for health and other frontline workers
Friday, October 08, 2021 01:39 PM
Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on Thursday defended her decision to overrule an expert panel on whether health care workers and other frontline workers should be offered Covid-19 booster shots, saying it was based on how she would have voted, had she been able to cast a vote. Read more. 
Study: COVID-19 pandemic led to lower immunization rates among children
Friday, October 08, 2021 01:35 PM
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a decline in childhood immunization rates nationwide, a new study shows. Read more. 
COVID-19 Vaccine Acceptance and Hesitancy Among Dental and Medical Students
Friday, October 08, 2021 10:41 AM
The results highlight the need for profession-specific curricula designed to enhance student knowledge about the COVID-19 vaccines and teach them vaccine counseling. Dentists can play a critical role in advocating for and providing vaccination to their patients. Read more. 
COVID vaccine-related myocarditis rare, usually mild, studies say
Friday, October 08, 2021 10:39 AM
Two studies in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) and a research letter in JAMA Internal Medicine this week found that myocarditis—inflammation of the heart muscle—following COVID-19 mRNA vaccination is rare and usually mild. Read more. 
Study highlights impact of antibiotic resistance on older Americans
Friday, October 08, 2021 10:38 AM
New research shows that roughly 40% of the deaths caused by the most common antibiotic-resistant infections occur in American 65 years and older. Read more.
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