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Read about recent events, essential infection prevention and safety information, and the latest community news.

This group at Brown University is studying ways to avoid pandemic shutdowns. Here's how.
Tuesday, November 28, 2023 07:01 PM
An ongoing project will help the School of Public Health generate recommendations for how to handle another event like COVID-1. Read more.
Respiratory viruses, thrown out of whack by Covid, appear to be falling back into seasonal order
Tuesday, November 28, 2023 06:59 PM
In the depths of the Covid-19 pandemic, something strange happened: For a year or two, illnesses that used to emerge like clockwork when fall and winter arrived — flu, RSV, and the myriad viruses that cause colds — did not sicken us. Read more.
Egypt Wiped Out Hepatitis C. Now It Is Trying to Help the Rest of Africa
Tuesday, November 28, 2023 01:40 PM
Effective drugs that have made the disease curable have yet to reach most of the region. Read more.
Introduction to the WHO global survey on the minimum requirements for infection prevention and control at the national and facility levels
Tuesday, November 28, 2023 01:29 PM

Please join us on Wednesday, November 29th, 2023 from 2:00 pm-3:00 pm CET
What is this survey: A WHO multi-level global survey on the implementation of the minimum requirements for IPC at both the national and health care facility levels using assessment tools accessible online via the WHO IPC Portal. Read more. 

US flu cases, hospitalizations keep climbing
Monday, November 27, 2023 07:28 PM
Seasonal influenza cases continued to edge upward in most parts of the United States last week, with notable upticks in the south central, southeast, Mountain, and West Coast regions, according to the latest report today from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Read more.
When ransomware hits hospitals, how do you protect patients? UCSD researchers seek ways to mitigate harm
Monday, November 27, 2023 05:59 PM
New center will study health care impacts of cyber attacks and find ways to improve resiliency when medical centers are hit. Read more. 
Uncovering the Genetic Mystery: Why Some Never Show COVID-19 Symptoms
Monday, November 27, 2023 05:56 PM
New study shows that common genetic variation among people is responsible for mediating SARS-CoV-2 asymptomatic infection. Read more.
MaineCare dental patients face long waits, drives for care
Monday, November 27, 2023 05:38 PM
Lawmakers expanded the state-run insurance to cover adult dental care in 2022, but a year later, patients struggle to find a dentist who will take them. Read more. 
Organized efforts to debunk COVID untruths helped, but more work needed
Monday, November 27, 2023 05:35 PM
systematic review by Brown University researchers of studies on countering COVID-19 misinformation finds that only 18% included public health measures such as vaccination, and some seemed to give credence to conspiracy theories and other unproven claims. Read more.
First-of-its-kind splatter study examines infection control during oral surgery
Monday, November 27, 2023 05:33 PM
A first-of-its-kind study from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry examined the patterns of splatter contamination created by rotary instruments and irrigation during oral surgery. This study is the first to examine rotary instrumentation splatter created during oral surgery procedures, and its findings provide several key suggestions for the future of oral surgery and improving safety measures for both providers and patients. Read more.
Dental unit waterline testing practices: an 11-Year retrospective study
Sunday, November 26, 2023 02:36 PM
This retrospective study examined the dental unit waterline (DUWL) testing practices of Saskatchewan dental clinics over a period of 11 years, with an emphasis on their responses after identification of high microbial levels. Read more.
A healthy mouth helps to maintain balanced metabolic profiles
Sunday, November 26, 2023 02:34 PM
Common oral infections, periodontal diseases and caries, are associated with inflammatory metabolic profiles related to an increased risk of cardiometabolic diseases, a new study by an international team of researchers suggests. Oral infections also predicted future adverse changes in metabolic profiles. Read more.
Nearly 450 patients at Massachusetts hospital may have been exposed to HIV, hepatitis
Sunday, November 26, 2023 02:32 PM
So far, no infections have been reported among the patients, the hospital said. Read more.
Isle of Man dentist struck-off over concerns about 'filthy' dental practice
Sunday, November 26, 2023 02:30 PM
‘There was dirty equipment, cobwebs, and rusted and breached equipment'. Read more. 
WHO asks China for more information about rise in respiratory illnesses, pneumonia clusters in children
Sunday, November 26, 2023 02:27 PM
Chinese officials say they did not detect any “unusual or novel diseases” in the country, the World Health Organization said Thursday, following an official request by the U.N. health agency for information about a potentially worrying spike in respiratory illnesses and clusters of pneumonia in children. Read more.
WHO and CDC warn of rising measles cases, deaths
Saturday, November 25, 2023 06:31 PM
In a joint report, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said amid ongoing declines in measles vaccination, cases in 2022 rose by 18%, and deaths were up 43% globally compared to 2021. Read more.
Teledentistry content in Canadian dental and dental hygiene curricula
Saturday, November 25, 2023 06:29 PM
Objectives: To explore the extent to which teledentistry (TD) content is incorporated into Canadian dental and dental hygiene curricula. Read more.
NIOSH unveils campaign to reduce hospital employee burnout
Saturday, November 25, 2023 06:27 PM
Agency provides resources for improving working conditions, easing stigma around seeking mental health support. Read more.
HPI examines dentist workload impact from staffing shortages
Saturday, November 25, 2023 06:25 PM
Dentists report taking on additional tasks as staffing shortages persist, according to new data from the ADA’s Health Policy Institute. Read more.
The COVID-19 Pandemic and Dental Professionals' Infection Risk Perception: An International Survey
Saturday, November 25, 2023 06:22 PM
Dental professionals can offer themselves and their patients good protection by maintaining high standards of hygiene. However, their concerns should be taken seriously and the dental professionals' group that is of great importance for oral health care and prevention, should not be neglected in the future, even in the event of emerging pandemics. Read more. 
The importance of adding oral cancer screenings to routine dental exams
Friday, November 24, 2023 12:51 PM
Patients diagnosed with oral cancers have a survival rate as high as 90% when the disease is found in its early stages. For this reason and more, patients need to be screened at every dental exam. Read more.
Healthcare Worker Vaccination is Important for Respiratory Virus Season
Friday, November 24, 2023 12:49 PM
Respiratory virus season is here. As a healthcare worker, you play a critical role in slowing and preventing the spread of viral respiratory infections, including flu and COVID-19. Like hand hygiene, personal protective equipment (PPE), and environmental cleaning and disinfection, vaccination is a critical tool in our infection control toolbox. Read more.
NIH World AIDS Day 35 Event: Achieving Excellence and Equity in HIV Research
Friday, November 24, 2023 12:46 PM
World AIDS Day 2023 marks the 35th anniversary of the World AIDS Day observance, as well as the 35th anniversary of the founding of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of AIDS Research (OAR) and the integration of the NIH HIV research program. Read more.
MMWR Weekly - November 24, 2023
Friday, November 24, 2023 12:33 PM
Weekly / Vol. 72 / No. 47. Read more. 
Infectious Disease News This Week
Friday, November 24, 2023 11:05 AM
In this week's news, we covered the HCV elimination program, recent food recalls, live biotherapeutic products for recurrent C diff, and the availability of a monoclonal antibody for RSV prevention in infants. Read more.
Reflecting on Two Years of Discovery and Looking Ahead to New NIH Leadership
Thursday, November 23, 2023 02:33 PM
As I transition from my role as the Acting NIH Director, I’d like to thank you, the readers, for visiting the NIH Director’s Blog ever since I took the helm 22 months ago. From Long COVID to the opioid overdose epidemic to Alzheimer’s disease—we’ve covered a range of diseases and conditions, scientific advances, and programs. You were able to read about such a broad spectrum of science thanks in large part to the many Institute Directors at NIH who authored guest posts. I hope the blog has helped you learn more about what NIH does and the many ways that biomedical research impacts human health. Read more.
The Next Phase in Monitoring Wild Animals for COVID-19
Thursday, November 23, 2023 02:31 PM
Infectious disease researchers at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine are helping the USDA launch stronger surveillance testing of wild animals for SARS-CoV-2. Read more. 
EPA Proposes Updates to Strengthen the Safer Choice Standard
Thursday, November 23, 2023 02:29 PM
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced proposed updates to the Safer Choice Standard, which identifies the requirements that products and their ingredients must meet to earn EPA's Safer Choice label or Design for the Environment (DfE) logo. The Agency is requesting public comments on the proposed updates by Jan. 16, 2024, and will hold a webinar on Dec. 19, 2023, to provide information on proposed updates to the Standard. Read more.
Life expectancy for men in U.S. falls to 73 years — six years less than for women, per study
Thursday, November 23, 2023 02:26 PM
The life expectancy of men in the U.S. is nearly six years shorter than that of women, according to new research published in JAMA Internal Medicine. Read more. 
The Center for Global and Community Oral Health launches
Thursday, November 23, 2023 02:24 PM
The University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio School of Dentistry launched its new Center for Global and Community Oral Health during a lecture event Sept. 28. Read more. 
New Research Finds Most Americans Strongly Support Vaccination Requirements For K-12 Students
Wednesday, November 22, 2023 01:26 PM
A Texas A&M professor has conducted the first comprehensive study on the topic, surveying more than 16,000 Americans. Read more.
Study finds poor ventilation use during CPR for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest
Wednesday, November 22, 2023 01:23 PM
NIH-supported findings suggest improved techniques for rescue breathing could save more lives. Read more.
Approaches to safe 3D printing: a guide for makerspace users, schools, libraries, and small businesses
Wednesday, November 22, 2023 01:19 PM
Use of three-dimensional (3D) printing technology is becoming a prominent part of our modern world. However, some 3D printer users have expressed concerns about potential exposures to ultrafine particles, chemicals, and safety hazards. Read more.
FDA approves first vaccine for mosquito-born viral disease
Wednesday, November 22, 2023 01:17 PM
The Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA) approved the first vaccine for the mosquito-born illness chikungunya on Thursday, a key step in fighting the dangerous virus. Read more.
IZ Express #1,724: 2024 immunization schedules, global measles threat, and more
Wednesday, November 22, 2023 07:58 AM
IZ Express #1,724: 2024 immunization schedules, global measles threat, and more. Read more
QUIZ: Test Your Radiation Safety Knowledge
Tuesday, November 21, 2023 06:35 PM
Test Your Radiation Safety Knowledge. Read more. 
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