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Scientists detail link between molnupiravir and SARS-CoV-2 mutations
Sunday, October 01, 2023 10:46 AM
A new paper suggests scientists are worried about molnupiravir's capacity to trigger SARS-CoV-2 mutations, echoing concerns that were raised even before countries approved it for emergency use in late 2021 as the Omicron variant arrived on the scene. Read more.
Be Fundamentally Sound to Prevent Infections
Sunday, October 01, 2023 10:40 AM
One need look no further than the emerging threat from Candida auris (C. auris), a fungus that is highly resistant to drugs designed to kill it, to realize the importance of the back-to-basics theme of this year’s International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW). Read more.
Annual Report to the Nation Part 2: New cancer diagnoses fell abruptly early in the COVID-19 pandemic
Saturday, September 30, 2023 02:57 PM
New diagnoses of six major cancer types in the United States fell abruptly in early 2020, coinciding with the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to findings from part 2 of the latest Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer(link is external). Read more.
Nurses and health care support workers at higher risk of suicide, study finds
Saturday, September 30, 2023 02:54 PM
Jobs in health care are known to be challenging for workers’ mental health. But the mental health toll can be especially burdensome for registered nurses, health technicians, and health care support workers, who are at a higher risk of suicide compared to the general population, according to a study published on Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association that looked at a nationally representative cohort of about 1.84 million employed people (both within the health care field and outside) observed from 2008 to 2019. Read more.
IZ Express #1,716: Immunize.org summarizes ACIP meeting on RSV vaccination during pregnancy, posts new RSV VIS translations, and more
Saturday, September 30, 2023 02:50 PM
IZ Express #1,716: Immunize.org summarizes ACIP meeting on RSV vaccination during pregnancy, posts new RSV VIS translations, and more. Read more.
Combined, high maternal stress and prenatal COVID-19 infection may affect attention span in infants
Saturday, September 30, 2023 02:48 PM
NIH-funded study identifies managing maternal stress as a possible way to lessen impacts of prenatal infection on infant socioemotional and cognitive development. Read more.
How to get the new COVID vaccine for free, with or without insurance
Saturday, September 30, 2023 02:43 PM
Federal health authorities are urging Americans to reach out to their insurers after reports of some people encountering trouble getting their new COVID-19 vaccine shot for free. Those issues have arisen despite programs and requirements designed to make the shots available at no out-of-pocket cost for all Americans. Read more.
New material captures coronavirus particles and could transform face mask efficiency
Friday, September 29, 2023 01:54 PM
University of Liverpool researchers develop a new material that captures coronavirus particles and could transform the efficiency of face masks. Read more.
UTHSC College of Dentistry Expands Clinical Presence in East Tennessee
Friday, September 29, 2023 01:52 PM
Continuing its mission to expand its clinical reach across the state, the College of Dentistry at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center has established two new student clinical rotation sites in Crossville and Knoxville. Read more.
Rollout of Covid vaccines is bumpy, but not unexpected, experts say
Friday, September 29, 2023 01:47 PM
The latest rollout of Covid-19 vaccines has been messy, with people facing more challenges getting one of the updated shots than they may have experienced since the frantic start of the very first vaccination campaign in late 2020 and the first half of 2021. Read more.
When data are not there, what do we do? A multi-step approach to occupational health inequity research
Friday, September 29, 2023 01:45 PM
When we have a research question but cannot find a dataset to answer it, what should we do? This situation happens quite often in new areas of research, such as occupational health inequities. One approach is to get funding to do primary research so that you can collect the data you need to answer the research question. Read more.
PAHO warns of potential early start to respiratory virus season in parts of the Americas
Friday, September 29, 2023 01:36 PM
The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) recently posted an epidemiologic alert about the possibility of an early onset of the respiratory virus season, based on what it observed in five South American countries earlier this year. Read more.
MMWR Weekly - September 29, 2023
Thursday, September 28, 2023 05:47 PM
Weekly / Vol. 72 / No. 39. Read more.
How to Prepare For Possible “Tripledemic” of RSV, Influenza, and SARS-CoV-2
Thursday, September 28, 2023 09:14 AM
The interaction between the respiratory viruses SARS-CoV-2, influenza, and RSV, poses ongoing challenges. Personal protective measures, testing, and vaccination are critical components of our strategy to mitigate the impact of these viruses. Read more.
Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on oral health care use in the United States through December 2021.
Thursday, September 28, 2023 09:11 AM
The purpose of this study was to assess the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on oral health care provided from July 2020 through December 2021 using national claims data. Read more.
NIH designates people with disabilities as a population with health disparities
Thursday, September 28, 2023 09:08 AM
Designation, new research program and update to NIH mission are actions to ensure inclusion of people with disabilities. Read more.
The latest COVID-19 hospitalization trends, mapped
Thursday, September 28, 2023 09:05 AM
COVID-19 hospitalizations are still increasing nationwide, with CDC data showing over 20,000 new hospital admissions for the week ending Sept. 9. And as cases and hospitalizations continue to rise, researchers are keeping an eye on the highly mutated BA.2.86 omicron subvariant. Read more.
Many states are expanding their Medicaid programs to provide dental care to their poorest residents
Thursday, September 28, 2023 09:02 AM
With an influx of federal pandemic dollars and growing recognition of the economic and health costs of poor dental health, six states began or expanded their Medicaid programs this year to provide coverage for adults. Read more.
Clearing Up Myths About Older Workers While Understanding and Supporting an Aging Workforce
Wednesday, September 27, 2023 12:19 PM
Trends in population aging are expected to profoundly affect the workforce for years to come. Read more.
This Week's Top 5 Biggest Infectious Disease Stories
Wednesday, September 27, 2023 12:16 PM
In this week's news, learn about a nurse practitioner's experience as both someone who has battled C diff herself and treated patients with the bacterial infection; a new investigational platform for COVID-19 vaccines; and how chronic hepatitis D is identified as the most severe and progressive form of viral hepatitis. Read more.
Celebrating National Employ Older Workers Week 2023
Wednesday, September 27, 2023 12:06 PM
September 24-30, 2023, is National Employ Older Workers Week. This week recognizes the value that older workers bring to the workforce. Read more.
UA welcomes inaugural class of dental rural scholars
Wednesday, September 27, 2023 12:04 PM
The University of Alabama College of Community Health Sciences welcomed four rural Alabama students aspiring to practice dentistry in the state’s rural communities to the inaugural class of the Rural Dental Scholars Program. Read more.
Dental Hygiene Faculty Nominated Chair and Vice Chair of the Maine Board of Dental Practice
Wednesday, September 27, 2023 11:59 AM
The UMA Dental Health Programs is pleased to announce that two faculty members have been nominated and now serve in leadership roles on the Maine Board of Dental Practice. Read more.
Study highlights prevalence of dental problems among Medicare beneficiaries
Tuesday, September 26, 2023 02:48 PM
A recent study showed a “considerable prevalence” of dental problems among nursing home residents enrolled in Medicare — as well as disparities between certain groups of patients. Read more.
Weekly Rounds: Data-Driven Action Against COVID-19, Emerging Pathogens, HIV Vaccine Trials Begin, and More
Tuesday, September 26, 2023 02:44 PM
Here are 5 highlights from Infection Control Today®'s (ICT®’s) wide-ranging coverage of the infection prevention and control world. Read more.
Why the CDC recommends that everyone over the age of 6 months get the updated COVID vaccine
Tuesday, September 26, 2023 02:42 PM
An independent panel of advisers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending that everyone over the age of 6 months get the updated COVID vaccine this fall. Read more.
Do mobile phone surfaces carry SARS-CoV-2 virus? A systematic review warranting the inclusion of a "6th" moment of hand hygiene in healthcare.
Tuesday, September 26, 2023 02:34 PM
Mobile phones, used in billions throughout the world, are high-touch devices subject to a dynamic contamination of microorganisms and rarely considered as an important fomite to sanitise systematically. The emergence of SARS-CoV-2 resulted in the COVID-19 pandemic, arguably the most impactful pandemic of the 21st century with millions of deaths and disruption of all facets of modern life globally. Read more.
WVU to offer first pediatric dentistry residency program in state
Tuesday, September 26, 2023 02:24 PM
The WVU School of Dentistry is adding to its list of advanced education programs. Read more.
NIOSH Updated Certified Equipment List
Monday, September 25, 2023 02:22 PM
NIOSH has updated and reformatted its Certified Equipment List. This tool can be used to find NIOSH Approved® respirators and allows for quick searches for identifying respirators of current interest. NIOSH encourages users to update their bookmarks to point to the new Certified Equipment List page. Read more.
Main US COVID markers continue slow rise
Monday, September 25, 2023 02:19 PM
US COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths continued their slow rise over the past week, but two early indicators showed declines, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in its latest data update. Read more.
Type 2 diabetes rates in US youth rose 62% after COVID pandemic began, study suggests
Monday, September 25, 2023 01:53 PM
Rates of new-onset type 2 diabetes climbed 62%—and type 1 diabetes increased 17%—among US youth after the COVID-19 pandemic began, especially in Black and Hispanic children, according to a study published yesterday in JAMA Network Open. Read more.
CDC advisers recommend RSV vaccine for pregnant women to protect newborns
Monday, September 25, 2023 01:51 PM
The vaccine advisory group to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today approved a recommendation for pregnant women to receive Pfizer's respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) vaccine as a way to protect newborns, a group at high risk for serious complications. Read more.
The many forms of hospital masking
Monday, September 25, 2023 01:49 PM
With masking policies now left in the hands of individual hospitals and health systems to decide, one thing is clear: There is no one-size-fits-all approach for the infection control measure this fall. Read more.
CDC Awarding More Than $250 Million For Network Of 13 Infectious Disease Forecasting Centers
Sunday, September 24, 2023 10:11 AM
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced it’s awarding an estimated $262.5 million, pending the availability of funds, over the next five years to establish a national network of 13 infectious disease forecasting and analytics centers. Read more. 
Northeastern receives $17.5 million from CDC to launch infectious disease prediction center
Sunday, September 24, 2023 10:08 AM
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is giving Northeastern University $17.5 million over the next five years to head an innovation center designed to help detect and prepare the United States for the next outbreak of infectious disease, especially in rural areas. Read more.
Federal government to start providing free coronavirus tests once again
Sunday, September 24, 2023 10:06 AM
Just as a summer covid wave shows signs of receding, the Biden administration announced Wednesday that it is reviving a program to mail free rapid coronavirus tests to Americans. Read more.
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