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The Effectiveness of Maternal Pertussis Vaccination Administered During Pregnancy and Risk of Pertussis in Infants
Sunday, October 15, 2023 10:11 AM
Take some time to read this study and commentary and then share what you learn to further increase the number of pertussis vaccines that are administered to pregnant mothers and to decrease the number of pertussis cases occurring to young infants. Read more.
IZ Express #1,718: FDA authorizes Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine, Adjuvanted (2023–2024 Formula), and more
Sunday, October 15, 2023 10:09 AM
IZ Express #1,718: FDA authorizes Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine, Adjuvanted (2023–2024 Formula), and more. Read more.
Training Dental Hygiene Students to Care for Patients with Disabilities
Sunday, October 15, 2023 10:06 AM
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the impact of a novel training program on dental hygiene students' knowledge, attitudes and beliefs about caring for individuals with disabilities. Read more.
Teeth reach: More WVU-trained dentists staying in West Virginia to practice
Saturday, October 14, 2023 02:31 PM
The West Virginia University School of Dentistry is upholding the University’s commitment to improve health care for West Virginians by creating opportunities for hands-on experiences that have contributed to an increase in practitioners choosing to stay in the Mountain State following graduation. Read more. 
NIDCR Requests Input on September 2023 Proposed Research Initiatives
Saturday, October 14, 2023 01:55 PM
The FY 2024 research initiatives presented at the September 2023 National Advisory Dental and Craniofacial Research (NADCRC) Council meeting are hyperlinked in the web form below. Use the open text boxes below each research area to input your comments and suggestions. Read more.
Mental Health, Alcohol Use, and Substance Use Resources for Workers and Employers
Saturday, October 14, 2023 01:53 PM
The workplace is an important setting to address mental health conditions, excessive alcohol use, and other substance use disorders among workers. In 2021, more than half of U.S. adults who reported a mental illness in the last year were employed. Read more.
Infection prevention and control in the context of coronavirus disease (‎COVID-19)‎: a living guideline, 9 October 2023
Saturday, October 14, 2023 12:37 PM
The Infection prevention and control in the context of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19): a living guideline consolidates technical guidance developed and published during the COVID-19 pandemic into evidence-informed recommendations for infection prevention and control (IPC). This living guideline is available both online and PDF. Read more.
Hand Hygiene in Schools and Early Care and Education Settings
Saturday, October 14, 2023 12:34 PM
One of the most important ways staff and children in schools can stay healthy is by keeping their hands clean throughout the day. Read more.
Fire Prevention Week Reminds Us that We Can all Practice Fire Safety
Friday, October 13, 2023 03:21 PM
This week calls our attention to the dangers of fire and the importance of fire safety and awareness. This is the 101st Fire Prevention Week and President Biden marked it with a proclamation honoring the courage, heroism and service of our nation’s firefighters. Read more.
Harvard researcher to head $104M antibiotic resistance study
Friday, October 13, 2023 03:07 PM
Harvard Medical School researcher Johan Paulsson, PhD, plans to lead a $104 million project that will study bacterial behavior and antibiotic resistance. Read more.
How Clean Do Hard Nonporous Surfaces Need to Be?
Friday, October 13, 2023 03:05 PM
Removing dirt from surfaces, whether visible or not, is fundamental to better patient outcomes. Read more.
Study Finds Continued Care Tied to Safety Measures During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Friday, October 13, 2023 03:03 PM
Researchers examined the connection between COVID-19 prevention measures and the practice of dentistry in El Salvador and Mexico between 2020 and 2021. Read more.
6 Tips To Prep for Flu Season
Friday, October 13, 2023 02:50 PM
Get vaccinated, consider wearing a mask and stock your medicine cabinet. Read more.
Global Handwashing Day..
Friday, October 13, 2023 08:56 AM
Handwashing with soap and water is one of the simplest, most effective ways to stop the spread of germs and stay healthy. Keeping hands clean can prevent 1 in 3 diarrheal illnesses and 1 in 5 respiratory infections, such as the common cold or flu. Read more.
MMWR Weekly - October 13, 2023
Thursday, October 12, 2023 01:32 PM
Weekly / Vol. 72 / No. 41. Read more.
The Flu Vaccine Works—In a Way Most People Don’t Appreciate
Thursday, October 12, 2023 01:29 PM
The CDC is emphasizing how the flu vaccine can turn the virus from “Wild to Mild”. Read more.
Smithsonian showcasing signed Anthony Fauci Nationals mask: 'Infectious disease superstar'
Thursday, October 12, 2023 01:26 PM
The Smithsonian National Museum of American History has a peculiar MLB artifact on display in Washington D.C. Read more.
Weekly Rounds: Journey to IP, ICT's Product Locator, and Bug of the Month
Thursday, October 12, 2023 01:24 PM
Take 5 minutes to catch up on Infection Control Today®’s highlights for the week ending October 8, 2023. Read more.
The disease set to 'take off' in Southern US: Reuters
Thursday, October 12, 2023 01:21 PM
Dengue fever, an infection caused by mosquito bites, may become increasingly common across the Southern U.S. within the next decade. Read more.
Mucocutaneous manifestations may signal COVID-induced inflammatory disease in children
Wednesday, October 11, 2023 03:42 PM
Children that contracted COVID-19 are at risk for developing multisystem inflammatory syndrome, which can present cutaneously, according to a poster presentation here. Read more.
This Week's Infectious Disease News Update
Wednesday, October 11, 2023 03:37 PM
In this week's infectious disease news, the Novavax COVID-19 booster gets authorized in the US; Moderna reports topline data on its influenza-COVID-19 combination vaccine; the differences between live biotherapeutic products and conventional FMTs; and the influence of alcohol on hepatitis C treatment. Read more.
Maine dental professional starts nonprofit, drives mobile care truck statewide to serve those in need
Wednesday, October 11, 2023 03:31 PM
Dental hygienist Amber Lombardi is founder of the Mainely Teeth dental care nonprofit based in Portland, Maine. Read more.
Superbugs including MRSA thwarted by unconventional vaccine
Wednesday, October 11, 2023 03:23 PM
The USC-patented shot would protect patients from hospital-acquired infections. Read more.
Periodontitis is associated with stroke
Wednesday, October 11, 2023 03:14 PM
Periodontitis is considered as a risk factor for cardiovascular diseases and atherosclerosis. However, the relationship between periodontitis and stroke is rarely studied. Therefore, we aimed to explore the relationship between periodontitis and stroke. Read more.
National Dental Hygiene Month
Tuesday, October 10, 2023 04:43 PM
October is National Dental Hygiene Month—a time to focus on ways to prevent oral diseases and to recognize the role of dental hygienists in helping to improve and maintain oral health. This year, National Dental Hygiene Month focuses on four steps you can add to your daily routine that can impact your oral health and overall health. Read more.
Should you pick Novavax’s COVID-19 shot over mRNA options?
Tuesday, October 10, 2023 04:40 PM
Limited data and lack of head-to-head studies make comparisons tricky. Read more.
Does Medicare cover vaccines? The new rules for shots that protect against COVID, flu, RSV, and more
Tuesday, October 10, 2023 04:31 PM
Now that flu season is approaching and there are new COVID booster and RSV shots, it’s a good time to understand exactly which vaccinations Medicare covers. Read more.
Wellness for dental hygiene professionals: It starts with you
Tuesday, October 10, 2023 04:30 PM
To help others, you must first help yourself. These eight pillars of wellness will guide you on your self-care journey. Read more.
FDA Authorizes Updated Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine Formulated to Better Protect Against Currently Circulating Variants
Tuesday, October 10, 2023 04:27 PM
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has amended the emergency use authorization (EUA) of the Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine, Adjuvanted for use in individuals 12 years of age and older to include the 2023-2024 formula. Individuals 12 years of age and older previously vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine (and who have not already been vaccinated with a recently updated mRNA COVID-19 vaccine) are eligible to receive one dose and unvaccinated individuals receive two doses. Read more.
Maryland among states expanding Medicaid programs to provide dental care to poorest residents
Monday, October 09, 2023 01:37 PM
For months, Carlton Clemons endured crippling pain from a rotting wisdom tooth. He couldn’t sleep, barely ate and relied on painkillers to get by. Read more.
RSV more severe than COVID-19, flu in older adults, CDC data show
Monday, October 09, 2023 01:34 PM
Fewer old adults are hospitalized with respiratory syncytial virus than COVID-19 or influenza, but those who are experience more serious outcomes than patients hospitalized with the other two illnesses, new CDC data show. Read more.
Vaccinations Should be Required of Healthcare Personnel, say Leading Infection Prevention and Patient Safety Organizations
Monday, October 09, 2023 01:32 PM
Citing an ‘ethical responsibility’ to protect patients and residents, a diverse coalition of 17 organizations representing the nation’s infection preventionists, public health professionals, and immunocompromised patients today voiced their strong support for requiring vaccination of healthcare personnel. Read more.
FDA expert panel endorses idea of removing a component from flu vaccine
Monday, October 09, 2023 01:30 PM
The Food and Drug Administration’s expert vaccine advisory panel on Thursday unanimously endorsed the idea of taking a strain of influenza viruses that no longer appears to circulate out of flu shots as quickly as possible, pressing the FDA and manufacturers to try to get the work done on an expedited timeline. Read more.
Effect of open windows on airborne contamination and its topographical distribution in the dental operatory
Monday, October 09, 2023 01:20 PM
Aerosols produced by dental handpieces represent a permanent risk of disease transmission in the dental environment. Read more.
How to build and maintain a positive dental workplace culture
Sunday, October 08, 2023 11:57 AM
Running a successful practice with a positive culture takes strong leadership, which is vastly different from being a boss. Understanding that difference goes a long way. Read more.
Dental care for patients with Down syndrome: Understanding the challenges and accommodations
Sunday, October 08, 2023 11:54 AM
Learning about your patients with Down syndrome will enable you to provide them with more personal care. You'll make them more comfortable, which will lead to better dental care. Read more.
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