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FDI and 65 Organizations Join Forces to Respond to WHO’s Draft Strategy on Oral Health
Tuesday, September 21, 2021 09:00 PM
In response to the public consultation for the World Health Organization’s (WHO) draft Global strategy on tackling oral diseases, FDI World Dental Federation (FDI) joined forces with 65 organizations to submit a joint response. Read more. 
 
AMA report shows increase in overdoses despite decreased opioid prescribing
Tuesday, September 21, 2021 08:58 PM
The AMA released a report that showed a 44.4% decrease in opioid prescribing in the U.S. in the past 10 years, despite the country experiencing significant increases in drug-related overdoses and deaths. Read more.
 
COVID-19 Surges Stress Infection Preventionists to the Breaking Point
Tuesday, September 21, 2021 08:56 PM
Infection preventionists across health care settings struggle with a myriad of problems during this pandemic. IPs at nursing homes have it particularly hard. Read more. 
 
‘Delta has been brutal’: Covid-19 variant is decimating rural areas already reeling from the pandemic
Tuesday, September 21, 2021 08:54 PM
Health inequities in rural communities across the South are continuing to determine who is most vulnerable to Covid-19 now that the Delta variant is bringing a new surge in deaths. Read more.
 
Characterization and mitigation of aerosols and spatters from ultrasonic scalers
Tuesday, September 21, 2021 08:52 PM
Dental procedures often produce aerosols and spatter, which have the potential to transmit pathogens such as severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2. The existing literature is limited. Read more.
 
Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on urgent dental care delivery in a Swiss university center for dental medicine
Tuesday, September 21, 2021 08:49 PM
This study aimed to assess whether the emergency service of a major Swiss dental institution faced different demands (patient volume, treatment needs, dental care characteristics) during a lockdown, issued to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic, compared with the weeks before and after. Read more. 
 
Why George Washington mandated inoculations
Tuesday, September 21, 2021 08:47 PM
In 1777, the general required his troops to get inoculated for smallpox. Read more.
 
NIAID Scientists Find a Key to Hepatitis C Entry into Cells
Tuesday, September 21, 2021 08:44 PM
In a new paper published in Nature, scientists from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, describe the structure of a key protein on the surface of the hepatitis C virus (HCV) and how it interacts with its receptor found on some human cells. The findings provide new leads for developing an HCV vaccine. Read more. 
 
IAC Express #1,590 – Ask the Experts: IAC answers questions about ACIP’s 2021-2022 influenza vaccine recommendations
Tuesday, September 21, 2021 09:38 AM
IAC Express #1,590 – Ask the Experts: IAC answers questions about ACIP’s 2021-2022 influenza vaccine recommendations. Read more.
 
Researchers report on under-sequenced region of S gene of the SARS-CoV2 Delta variant.
Tuesday, September 21, 2021 09:36 AM
The novel severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) has undergone several rounds of mutations since it was first identified in Wuhan, China in December 2019. These mutations are attributed to genetic adaptations and modifications in different geographies, varying with population, ethnicity, and even gender. Read more.
 
‘We must redouble our efforts’: More signs HCV care has suffered during pandemic.
Tuesday, September 21, 2021 09:33 AM
Because of pandemic-related disruptions in hepatitis C care, researchers said thousands of cases will remain unidentified with fewer patients initiating care and achieving SVR. Read more. 
 
Utility gloves: Why do we hate wearing them?
Monday, September 20, 2021 03:31 PM
Thick, puncture-resistant utility gloves are not meant to annoy you or make your job harder. Here are some suggestions about how to wear these gloves more easily to protect yourself from percutaneous injuries and chemical exposure. Read more. 
 
Covid-19 set to overtake 1918 Spanish flu as deadliest disease in American history
Monday, September 20, 2021 03:22 PM
The Covid-19 pandemic is about to become the deadliest disease event in American history, with a death toll surpassing that of the 1918 Spanish flu. Read more. 
 
NIDCR Launches New Dental Public Health Research Training Program
Monday, September 20, 2021 09:49 AM
The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) sponsors a three-year fellowship program in Dental Public Health Research. This fellowship includes a 12-month full-time residency in Dental Public Health (DPH) followed by a 24-month full-time postdoctoral fellowship with a strong focus on oral health research. Read more. 
 
Low dose of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is safe and effective in children ages 5 to 11, companies’ study finds
Monday, September 20, 2021 09:47 AM
A lower dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine — one-third the amount given to adults and teens — is safe and triggered a robust immune response in children as young as 5 years old, the drug companies announced in a news release Monday morning. Read more.
 
Around 2 Million Die From Work-Related Causes Annually
Monday, September 20, 2021 09:25 AM
As many as 1.9 million people died from work-related diseases and injuries in 2016, according to the first joint estimates from the World Health Organization (WHO) and International Labour Organization (ILO). The majority of work-related deaths were due to respiratory and cardiovascular disease. Read more. 
 
Bats in Laos caves harbor closest relatives to COVID-19 virus
Monday, September 20, 2021 09:23 AM
Bats dwelling in limestone caves in northern Laos were found to carry coronaviruses that share a key feature with SARS-CoV-2, moving scientists closer to pinpointing the cause of COVID-19. Read more.
 
In The Fight Against COVID, Health Workers Aren't Immune To Vaccine Misinformation
Sunday, September 19, 2021 08:47 AM
As new data shows 1 in 500 Americans has died from COVID-19 and the delta variant continues to surge across the country, the next challenge many health care leaders face is within their own staffs: the 27% of of U.S. health care workers who have not been vaccinated against the disease as of July, according to a study by The COVID States Project. Read more.
 
Moderna Leads The Authorized COVID Vaccines In Lasting Effectiveness
Sunday, September 19, 2021 08:45 AM
A head-to-head comparison of all three COVID-19 vaccines found Moderna is holding up better than Pfizer and the Johnson & Johnson vaccine provides the weakest protection. Read more. 
 
FDA advisers recommend COVID boosters for 65 and older, reject broad approval
Saturday, September 18, 2021 07:02 PM
Advisers to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration voted on Friday to recommend COVID-19 vaccine booster shots for Americans 65 and older and those at high risk of severe illness, after overwhelmingly rejecting a call for broader approval. Read more.
 
Biden Invests $2.1 Billion in Infection Control
Saturday, September 18, 2021 07:00 PM
The Biden administration today announced an investment of $2.1 billion to improve infection prevention and control for COVID-19 and future infectious diseases -- the largest allocation of its kind in the American history. Read more. 
 
Congress Considering $700,000 OSHA Penalties
Saturday, September 18, 2021 01:19 PM
A Congressional committee has approved maximum penalties of $700,000 per item for violations of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards. Read more.
 
CDC Epidemiologist Discusses Sepsis, COVID-19 Link
Saturday, September 18, 2021 01:17 PM
The CDC’s Runa Gokhale, MD, MPH: “I think that there is a role for infection preventionists to play here, and they are a community that we’ve been trying to engage through some of our sepsis awareness and sepsis prevention efforts.” Read more. 
 
Let's talk about Dental Infection Control Awareness Month
Saturday, September 18, 2021 01:16 PM
One thing the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted is the importance of infection control and prevention. What better time to talk about the topic than Dental Infection Control Awareness Month, which takes place in September. Read more. 
 
Aerosol generating dental procedures: A reappraisal of analysis methods and infection control measures
Saturday, September 18, 2021 08:43 AM
Dental aerosol generating procedures (AGPs) have been associated with risk for transmitting infectious agents. However, existing infection control monitoring studies potentially underestimate the extent of contamination, due to methodological inadequacies. These studies employed settle plate methodology which only captures droplets that land on agar plates, but not those suspended in air. Furthermore, bacterial culture was used to determine the extent of contamination, without accounting for non-bacterial sources of contamination. Read more.
 
CDC to Invest $2.1 Billion to Protect Patients and Healthcare Workers from COVID-19 and Future Infectious Diseases
Friday, September 17, 2021 08:15 PM
Today, the Biden-Harris Administration announced a $2.1 billion investment to improve infection prevention and control activities across the U.S. public health and healthcare sectors. The Biden-Harris Administration, working through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is investing American Rescue Plan funding to strengthen and equip state, local, and territorial public health departments and other partner organizations with the resources needed to better fight infections in U.S. healthcare facilities, including COVID-19 and other known and emerging infectious diseases. Read more. 
 
Webinar: Dentists can play a role in blunting opioid epidemic
Friday, September 17, 2021 08:13 PM
Two past presidents of the Ohio Dental Association are leading a free webinar that features the positive role dentists can play to help mitigate the opioid crisis, as well as a discussion of the relationship between substance use and addiction and treatments available for acute pain. Read more.
 
FDA advisors OK Pfizer COVID booster for seniors, high-risk groups
Friday, September 17, 2021 08:08 PM
Federal vaccine advisors today approved a third booster dose of Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine on an emergency use basis, but only for the most vulnerable groups, which includes those age 65 and older and people at high risk of severe disease. Read more.
 
Allergies to mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccines rare, generally mild, Stanford study finds
Friday, September 17, 2021 08:04 PM
Allergic reactions to the new mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccines are rare, typically mild and treatable, and they should not deter people from becoming vaccinated, according to research from the Stanford University School of Medicine. Read more. 
 
New Quick Safety advisory on preventing non-ventilator hospital-acquired pneumonia
Friday, September 17, 2021 10:46 AM
It is estimated that one in every 100 hospitalized patients will be affected by non-ventilator hospital-acquired pneumonia (NVHAP).1 While NVHAP is a significant patient safety and quality of care concern, there is no national tracking or accountability, meaning it’s most likely unaddressed by many health care organizations. Read more. 
 
Suicide Prevention for Healthcare Workers
Friday, September 17, 2021 10:43 AM
Each September the nation comes together to mark Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, an annual observance highlighting the importance of this growing public health issue. This also serves as a time to educate the public about the role they can play in keeping themselves and those around them feeling supported and connected. Read more. 
 
Animal-assisted intervention: How facility dogs mitigate dental anxiety
Thursday, September 16, 2021 06:24 PM
Barbara Kucera, BS, RDH, explains how she got involved with animal-assisted intervention and how she uses a facility dog named Atkins to help calm her patients’ anxieties so their dental appointments can be more successful. Read more. 
 
OSHA faces big challenge with Biden vaccine mandate
Thursday, September 16, 2021 06:21 PM
President Biden will be relying heavily on a small division of the Labor Department to implement his new vaccine mandate for the private sector, posing perhaps the biggest test for an office that has faced funding and personnel challenges in recent years. Read more. 
 
Can kids be harmed wearing masks to protect against COVID?
Thursday, September 16, 2021 06:02 PM

Can kids be harmed wearing masks to protect against COVID?

No, there is no scientific evidence showing masks cause harm to kids’ health despite baseless claims suggesting otherwise. Read more. 

 
U.S. administers 383 mln doses of COVID-19 vaccines - CDC
Thursday, September 16, 2021 06:01 PM
The United States has administered 383,038,403 doses of COVID-19 vaccines in the country as of Thursday morning and distributed 462,384,885 doses, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. Read more. 
 
MMWR Weekly- September 17, 2021
Thursday, September 16, 2021 05:57 PM
Weekly / Vol. 70 / No. 37. Read more.
 
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