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R.I. dentist ordered to stop seeing patients after publicly defying vaccine mandate
Monday, October 04, 2021 07:16 AM
A Rhode Island dentist has been ordered to stop caring for patients after he publicly said he was going to defy the vaccine mandate that went into effect Friday. Read more. 
 
Doctors ‘Very Concerned’ Upcoming Flu Season Could Set Back Efforts To Contain Coronavirus Pandemic
Sunday, October 03, 2021 07:38 PM
Flu season is quickly approaching as cases of the COVID-19 delta variant continue to surge. Many doctors are fearing this flu season could set back efforts to contain the pandemic. Read more. 
 
How a small government agency will enforce the vaccine mandate for 80 million workers
Sunday, October 03, 2021 07:36 PM
In addition to responding to complaints, Fairfax thinks inspectors will simply add Covid-related tasks to their to do lists — looking to see if a company is keeping vaccination records and running a testing program — when they're already inside the workplace checking up on safety hazards or incidents. Read more.
 
For unvaccinated, reinfection by SARS-CoV-2 is likely, study finds
Saturday, October 02, 2021 09:07 PM

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been much uncertainty about how long immunity lasts after an unvaccinated person is infected with SARS-CoV-2.

Now a team of scientists led by faculty at Yale School of Public Health and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte have an answer: Strong protection following natural infection is short-lived. Read more. 

 
Occupational health in oral radiologists: A review
Saturday, October 02, 2021 08:32 AM
Work is a fundamental axis for the development of societies and human well-being, but if a person cannot adapt to their work area and work environment, the individual may be affected by occupational or coexisting illnesses that get exacerbated when working. Read more. 
 
Trends on Canadians’ Attitudes Related to COVID-19 and Dental Offices
Friday, October 01, 2021 07:27 PM
Ever since the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic back in March 2020, the Canadian Dental association (CDA) has continued to track evolving public behaviour, attitudes, and perceptions as they relate to the dental community in Canada through Abacus Data COVID-19 Tracking Surveys. Read more. 
 
Viewpoint: Here’s Why COVID-19 Is Much Worse Than Flu
Friday, October 01, 2021 07:25 PM
Unlike influenza, SARS-CoV-2 uses ACE2 receptors to infiltrate cells. Similar to HIV, SARS-CoV-2 can silently spread throughout the host’s body and attack almost every organ. Read more.
 
U.S. COVID-19 death toll hits 700,000
Friday, October 01, 2021 07:24 PM
The United States surpassed 700,000 coronavirus-related deaths on Friday, according to a Reuters tally, as officials roll out booster doses of vaccines to protect the elderly and people working in high-risk professions. Read more.
 
California will require all students to get coronavirus vaccine when it gets full FDA approval
Friday, October 01, 2021 03:34 PM
California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Friday that the state will require all schoolchildren to get immunized against the coronavirus when a vaccine gets full approval from the Food and Drug Administration, enacting the first statewide requirement. Read more.
 
NIOSH eNews - Volume 18, Number 10
Friday, October 01, 2021 03:32 PM
NIOSH eNews - Volume 18, Number 10. Read more.  
 
“Dentistry should be recognized as an essential health service”
Friday, October 01, 2021 03:30 PM
In the following interview, Dr. Fine states an obvious truth for most dentists, but not yet for most patients or governments: that dentistry is an essential health service. Read more. 
 
Get Your Dental Care Back on Track
Friday, October 01, 2021 03:28 PM
What’s also suffered during the pandemic? Our teeth. Dentists share what you must know now. Read more. 
 
Covid Will Soon Be Endemic, Thank Goodness
Friday, October 01, 2021 03:26 PM
Widespread immunity, vaccinated and natural, will bring control and a full return to normal. Read more.
 
Discussing Pros, Cons of Universal Masking Post-COVID 19
Friday, October 01, 2021 03:24 PM
Pro: Health care professionals work around vulnerable patients, and in environments that might be contaminated by COVID-19. Con: Patients want to see their caregiver’s face. Read more.
 
FDA and ECRI Partner on Materials Safety in Medical Devices
Friday, October 01, 2021 03:22 PM
ECRI's comprehensive evidence-based studies examine safety and risks of materials used in implantable medical devices; research will aid innovators and improve patient safety. Read more.
 
WHO- and CIDRAP-led flu vaccine roadmap presents path to better vaccines
Thursday, September 30, 2021 07:21 PM
After 2 years of meetings, research, and collaboration, the Influenza Vaccine Research & Development Roadmap (IVR) was published today. The project, which was created through a partnership between the World Health Organization (WHO) and the University of Minnesota's Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), outlines a decade's worth of milestones leading up to two goals: a universal flu vaccine and improved seasonal flu vaccines. Read more. 
 
Dental care: The best, worst and unproven tools to care for your teeth, according to a University at Buffalo study
Thursday, September 30, 2021 07:19 PM
Study suggests interdental brushes and water picks work best to prevent gum disease, finds no extra power in powered toothbrushes, lists best mouth rinses and more. Read more. 
 
MMWR Weekly - October 1, 2021
Thursday, September 30, 2021 05:32 PM
Weekly / Vol. 70 / No. 39. Read more. 
 
CDC urges COVID-19 vaccination in pregnancy
Thursday, September 30, 2021 03:53 PM
Today the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released an official health advisory, encouraging COVID-19 vaccination for pregnant and lactating Americans, as well as those considering pregnancy. Read more.
 
Marking the 40th Anniversary of the AIDS Epidemic — American Physicians Look Back
Thursday, September 30, 2021 03:50 PM
At a time when the world is gripped by the Covid-19 pandemic, early AIDS doctors look back on 40 years of HIV/AIDS. Many of them first encountered AIDS when they were in their early 30s, and their lives have been shaped to a large extent by that earlier pandemic. Read more.
 
Many health workers at big U.S. hospital chains with vaccine mandates are getting shots.
Thursday, September 30, 2021 09:48 AM
Hundreds of sought-after nurses are leaving some U.S. hospitals that have established vaccine requirements for all employees, involving some protests and legal opposition. But most workers, especially at large hospital chains, appear to be complying with the policies. Read more.
 
Biden-Harris Administration Provides Nearly $1 Billion in American Rescue Plan Funds to Modernize Health Centers and Support Underserved Communities
Wednesday, September 29, 2021 02:32 PM
Resources Will Support COVID-19 and Primary Health Care Infrastructure Needs in Medically Underserved Communities Across All 50 States and U.S. Territories. Read more. 
 
Q&A: National Penicillin Allergy Day spotlights need to re-evaluate patients
Wednesday, September 29, 2021 01:35 PM
National Penicillin Allergy Day is Sept. 28, which acknowledges the day in 1928 when Sir Alexander Fleming, FRS, FRSE, FRCS, discovered that Penicillium mold secretes an antibacterial substance. Read more. 
 
Iowa dentist accused of ‘filthy’ office and patient retaliation fights license revocation
Wednesday, September 29, 2021 01:33 PM
An Indianola dentist is going to court to challenge the revocation of his license due to alleged inadequate patient care and “filthy,” unsanitary conditions in his office. Read more.
 
Bacteria-killing Copper to be Installed on Toronto and Vancouver Transit Vehicles
Wednesday, September 29, 2021 01:31 PM
Antimicrobial copper coatings are being installed on high-touch transit surfaces on Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) and TransLink vehicles, following a successful pilot phase on transit that supports copper’s ability to kill up to 99.9 per cent of bacteria on transit surfaces. Read more. 
 
Biochemists detail protein vital to tuberculosis, antibiotic resistance
Wednesday, September 29, 2021 12:50 PM
“In order to fight your enemies, you have to know how your enemies survive and attack you,” said Zhang, associate professor of biochemistry. “That’s the fundamental question we are looking at.” Read more.
 
Third coronavirus vaccine shot’s side effects echo those from second dose, CDC says
Wednesday, September 29, 2021 12:48 PM
The side effects Americans experienced from a third dose of a coronavirus vaccine are similar to those from a second dose, according to a study released Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The research provides insight into the safety of additional vaccine shots as the United States rolls out a booster regimen for older adults, people living in congregate settings and workers in high-risk jobs. Read more. 
 
IAC Express #1,592 - IAC summarizes CDC recommendations on COVID-19 boosters. Watch IAC's 2021-2022 flu vaccination webinars, and more.
Wednesday, September 29, 2021 12:46 PM
IAC Express #1,592 - IAC summarizes CDC recommendations on COVID-19 boosters. Watch IAC's 2021-2022 flu vaccination webinars, and more. Read more. 
 
7 checklists for routine maintenance to reduce service calls
Tuesday, September 28, 2021 06:07 PM
There are many aspects of operation to which a dentist-owner needs to pay attention but also just as many ways to ensure your office runs smoothly and efficiently. One of the best ways to keep your equipment working well and for as long as possible is routine maintenance. Keeping up with routine maintenance is one of the easiest ways to avoid downtime and reduce service calls. Read more.
 
The Latest on COVID-19 Boosters
Tuesday, September 28, 2021 11:59 AM
More than 180 million Americans, including more than 80 percent of people over age 65, are fully vaccinated against the SARS-CoV-2 virus responsible for COVID-19. There’s no question that full vaccination is the best way to protect yourself against this devastating virus and reduce your chances of developing severe or long-lasting illness if you do get sick. But, to stay ahead of this terrible virus, important questions do remain. A big one right now is: How soon will booster shots be needed and for whom? Read more. 
 
Poor Oral Hygiene Is Linked to Increased Risk of Influenza Infection
Tuesday, September 28, 2021 07:32 AM
Individuals with poor oral health seemed to have a higher risk of influenza infection compared with people with good oral hygiene (OR, 1.63). Individuals with saliva characterized by weak acidic pH and saliva with higher protein content seemed to have a lower prevalence of influenza infection. Poor oral hygiene may be a predisposing factor for influenza. Read more. 
 
Bacterial contamination of forehead skin and surgical mask in aerosol-producing dental treatment
Tuesday, September 28, 2021 07:30 AM
Exposed forehead skin was significantly less contaminated with obligate oral bacteria than expected based on surgical mask findings. Exposed forehead skin showed increased contamination attributable to aerosol-producing procedures. The forehead's physiological skin microbiota may offer some protection against bacterial contamination. Read more.
 
Could a daily pill to treat Covid-19 be near?
Monday, September 27, 2021 06:17 PM
With a significant percentage of the population still resistant to the Covid-19 vaccine, several pharmaceutical companies are developing what could become the world's next attempt to curb Covid-19—a short-term, daily oral antiviral pill that could accelerate recovery and slow the spread of Covid-19. Read more. 
 
Myth busters: No need to bag when sterilizing instruments
Monday, September 27, 2021 06:15 PM
Dental assistants are often in charge of the practice's infection control. This includes bagging instruments for sterilizing, a step that cannot be missed! Read more. 
 
Watching SARS-CoV-2 spread in animal models in real time
Monday, September 27, 2021 06:12 PM
New “reporter viruses” developed by Texas Biomed researchers make it much easier to observe SARS-CoV-2 and its variants in cells and live animals in the lab, and enables faster screening of potential anti-viral drugs, vaccines and neutralizing antibodies. Read more. 
 
Safety and structural integrity of N95/PFF2 respirators decontamination
Monday, September 27, 2021 06:10 PM
COVID-19 is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, an emerging respiratory pathogen. The work environment represents a high-risk factor for health professionals. Given the scarcity of protective personal equipment due to global demand, decontamination and reuse studies should be carried out. Thus, the aim of this study was to evaluate the safety of a method of decontamination of N95/PFF2 respirators, especially regarding structural integrity. Read more. 
 
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