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Deadly infection linked to contaminated room spray sold at Walmart
Friday, October 22, 2021 03:23 PM
Four cases of a serious, sometimes fatal infection called melioidosis that have bedeviled public health investigators for months appear to have been linked to an aromatherapy room spray sold at Walmart, a product recall notice issued by the Consumer Product Safety Commission revealed Friday. Read more.
Hepatitis A Vaccination Required for Herd Immunity in People Experiencing Homelessness or Who Use Drugs
Friday, October 22, 2021 12:49 PM
In the U.S., hepatitis A outbreaks are repeatedly affecting people experiencing homelessness or who use drugs. A 2017-19 Kentucky outbreak primarily among these groups resulted in 501 cases, six deaths. Vaccination efforts likely averted 30 hospitalizations and $490K in costs, but UC San Diego and Oxford researchers say more could have been saved if initiated earlier and faster. They determined herd immunity in these populations requires 77 percent vaccinated, underscoring need for outreach. Read more. 
OSHA to States: Protect Workers from COVID or Forfeit Authority
Friday, October 22, 2021 12:48 PM
In a rare move, federal labor officials have threatened to take over three states’ workplace safety programs because they failed to adopt emergency COVID-19 rules to protect health care workers. Read more. 
COVID-19 Reinfection Likely Among Unvaccinated Individuals.
Friday, October 22, 2021 12:46 PM
A recent study at the Yale School of Public Health analyzed immunological data from close viral relatives of SARS-CoV-2 to determine how long natural immunity from infection lasts for unvaccinated individuals. Read more. 
FDA approves mixing COVID vaccines
Friday, October 22, 2021 09:58 AM
U.S. regulators on Wednesday signed off on extending COVID-19 boosters to Americans who got the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine and said anyone eligible for an extra dose can get a brand different from the one they received initially. Read more. 
Report calls for broader US effort against antimicrobial resistance
Friday, October 22, 2021 09:56 AM
Addressing the challenge of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and ensuring the continued effectiveness of the drugs that underpin modern medicine is going to require a broad effort that cuts across scientific disciplines, medical specialties, and government agencies, according to new report from the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM). Read more. 
WHO calls for health worker protection against COVID-19
Friday, October 22, 2021 09:55 AM
At a media briefing today, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) issued an urgent call to protect healthcare workers against COVID-19 and other health threats based on new data. He also pressed nations and pharmaceutical companies for more access to COVID-19 vaccine supplies. Read more. 
CDC panel OKs Moderna, J&J COVID boosters, mixed doses when needed
Friday, October 22, 2021 09:54 AM
Certain people who received Moderna and all who got Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccines should receive a booster dose, and in general, people should stick with the original vaccine they got, an advisory panel for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today. Read more.
Teledentistry: Dental hygiene students' knowledge, attitudes, and curriculum recommendations
Thursday, October 21, 2021 06:02 PM
Research has shown an increase in dental hygiene (DH) students' knowledge and attitudes toward teledentistry (TD) after TD training in states with permissive but not restrictive DH scope of practice policies. The purpose of this study was to identify self-reported knowledge and attitudes regarding TD among the DH students at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill before and after an educational intervention and student recommendations for TD curriculum placement. Read more. 
Unvaccinated patients and employees driving COVID outbreaks in Maine hospitals.
Thursday, October 21, 2021 06:00 PM
Maine hospitals have had 13 outbreaks resulting in one death since vaccinations for their employees became widely available. Read more. 
COVID vaccine booster increases antibody responses, is protective in rhesus macaques
Thursday, October 21, 2021 05:54 PM
Different mRNA-1273 boosters are equally protective against variants. Read more. 
COVID vaccine makers brace for a variant worse than Delta
Thursday, October 21, 2021 05:53 PM
Companies are updating vaccines and testing them on people to prepare for whatever comes next in the pandemic. Read more.
Advanced Sensor Technologies and the Future of Work
Thursday, October 21, 2021 05:51 PM
Measuring worker exposure to hazardous substances is a key step to reducing risk and protecting workers. Sensors used in the workplace provide exposure data to inform prevention measures. Newer sensor technologies have the potential to greatly accelerate advances in occupational exposure science. Read more. 
Dentists overprescribe opioids despite knowledge of alternatives
Thursday, October 21, 2021 05:49 PM
Dentists continue to overprescribe opioids to their patients despite being aware of the effectiveness of nonopioid analgesics for managing dental pain, according to the results of a Georgetown University survey published on October 21 in the Journal of the American Dental Association. Read more. 
IAC Express #1,596 – Special Shop IAC: FREE Spanish and English Vaccine Buttons and Stickers
Thursday, October 21, 2021 05:13 PM
IAC Express #1,596 – Special Shop IAC: FREE Spanish and English Vaccine Buttons and Stickers. Read more. 
MMWR Weekly - October 22, 2021
Thursday, October 21, 2021 05:10 PM
Weekly / Vol. 70 / No. 42. Read more.
FDA authorizes Moderna and Johnson & Johnson boosters and says people can get a shot different from their original dose
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 05:15 PM
Millions more people in the United States will soon be able to receive an extra shot of any coronavirus vaccine, regardless of their initial vaccination — a flexibility that comes along with the authorization Wednesday of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson booster shots by federal regulators. Read more. 
Trials: COVID vaccines 90% effective against Delta infection, death
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 05:13 PM
A pair of new real-world COVID-19 vaccine studies show good protection against the Delta (B1617.2) variant, one from Scotland finding higher than 90% effectiveness in preventing death in adults and the other showing 93% efficacy against symptomatic infection in Israeli adolescents after the second dose. Read more.
U.S. readies plan to vaccinate kids ages 5-11 against COVID-19
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 05:11 PM
The Biden administration on Wednesday outlined its plan to vaccinate millions of U.S. children ages 5 to 11 as soon as the COVID-19 shot is authorized for them, readying doses and preparing locations ahead of the busy holiday season. Read more. 
Children with mild COVID-19 may not develop antibodies; oral vaccine booster shows promise in monkey study
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 05:09 PM
The following is a summary of some recent studies on COVID-19. They include research that warrants further study to corroborate the findings and that have yet to be certified by peer review. Read more.
COVID reinfections likely within one or two years, models propose
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 05:07 PM
Estimates based on viral evolution forecast a 50% risk 17 months after a first infection without measures such as masking and vaccination. Read more. 
Sex of the fetus influences the mother’s response to Covid-19 infection, new research shows
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 11:30 AM
In April 2020, as SARS-CoV-2 was first beginning to spread through New England, researchers at two hospitals in Boston — Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women’s — began attending deliveries in the Covid units to collect blood and placenta samples from pregnant patients who’d caught the dangerous new infectious disease. Read more. 
IAC Express #1,595 - Four new VISs. New CDC National Imm Survey. Flucelvax okayed for kids 6+ mos. And more.
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 11:28 AM
IAC Express #1,595 - Four new VISs. New CDC National Imm Survey. Flucelvax okayed for kids 6+ mos. And more. Read more. 


Some pregnant women ready to ‘nicely argue to the bitter end’ that it’s worth getting the COVID vaccine
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 11:26 AM
Now Harrison and Nipper are sharing their stories in an attempt to persuade pregnant women to get COVID-19 vaccinations to protect themselves and their babies. Their warnings come amid a sharp increase in the number of severely ill pregnant women that led to 22 pregnant women dying from COVID in August, a one-month record. Read more. 
Aspiration Pneumonia: Understanding the Importance of Oral Care among the Elderly
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 08:04 PM
As human beings age, disease progression occurs more frequently and rapidly. Oral health providers understand the systemic connection between the mouth and the rest of the body. However, this concept can remain foreign to a large percentage of the general population and is sometimes even disregarded by other trained medical professionals. Read more. 
7 ways to keep your holiday gatherings safe, according to CDC
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 08:01 PM
CDC on Friday released updated official guidance to help Americans safely celebrate the holidays this year, guidance which again emphasized the importance of vaccination against Covid-19 for all eligible individuals. Read more. 
Implementing Portable Air Purifiers
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 08:00 PM
With new strains and variants of COVID-19 appearing in the United States and in news coverage, there has been a renewed focus on indoor air quality. Medical and dental practices are looking for additional ways to create office environments where patients and employees can feel safe and comfortable. Read more.
You’ve heard of carpal tunnel. How about trigger finger?
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 07:58 PM
Hand health is so important to dental hygienists, but it's no secret that pain often occurs. While most of us have heard of carpal tunnel syndrome, what about trigger finger? It can be just as painful. Read more. 
New Quick Safety advisory on building a culture of cybersecurity
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 07:56 PM
Health care requires an all-hands approach to cybersecurity, including the establishment of a data safety culture that permeates an entire organization and its operations. Instituting a cybersecurity program can be challenging as the digital transition in health care means more information from across an organization is stored online. Read more.
Bacterial contamination of the smartphones of healthcare workers in a German tertiary-care hospital before and during the COVID-19 pandemic
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 07:54 PM
Assuming that hygiene measures have improved significantly due to COVID-19, we aimed to investigate bacterial colonization on smartphones (SPs) owned by healthcare workers (HCWs) before and during the pandemic. Read more. 
WHO includes three dental preparations in list of essential medicines for first time
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 07:52 PM

Global recognition of benefits from topical fluoride-containing preparations, glass ionomer cement, silver diamine fluoride hailed as ‘huge step forward for oral health.’ Read more. 

Developing a Smart Mask to Surveil Coronavirus
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 03:46 PM
Scientists show feasibility of color-changing device for disease detection. Read more.
The European Week for Safety and Health at Work is happening soon — 25 to 29 October
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 03:45 PM
A major milestone of the current Healthy Workplaces Campaign on musculoskeletal disorders, the European Week is organised every year by EU-OSHA and its partner network. Read more. 
COVID-19 Vaccines Protect the Family, Too
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 03:43 PM

Any of the available COVID-19 vaccines offer remarkable personal protection against the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. So, it also stands to reason that folks who are vaccinated will reduce the risk of spreading the virus to family members within their households. That protection is particularly important when not all family members can be immunized—as when there are children under age 12 or adults with immunosuppression in the home. But just how much can vaccines help to protect families from COVID-19 when only some, not all, in the household have immunity? Read more. 


Many Masking Problems Can’t be Masked
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 03:38 PM
Infection preventionists and other health care providers need masks that can easily be fit-tested or are more moldable to ensure a good seal—Saskia v. Popescu, PhD, MPH, MA, CIC. Read more. 
Breakthrough COVID-19 Infection Kills Colin Powell
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 03:36 PM
More frequent testing and continuation of mitigation measures such as masking would better help to protect the more vulnerable among us such as Colin Powell, a study concludes. Read more. 
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