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CDC Offers Health Tips for Back to School During COVID-19
Monday, August 23, 2021 06:00 PM

As schools plan for a safe return to campus this year, it is critically important to consider the health and well-being of students and staff, and address issues with COVID-19, mental and physical health, and managing other chronic health conditions. When school health policies and practices are put in place, healthy students can grow to be healthy and successful adults. Learn what parents and teachers can do to help children have a successful school year. Read more. 

News Release - FDA Approves First COVID-19 Vaccine
Monday, August 23, 2021 05:58 PM
Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine has been known as the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, and will now be marketed as Comirnaty (koe-mir’-na-tee), for the prevention of COVID-19 disease in individuals 16 years of age and older. The vaccine also continues to be available under emergency use authorization (EUA), including for individuals 12 through 15 years of age and for the administration of a third dose in certain immunocompromised individuals. Read more. 
Nurse leaders instrumental in new state law ensuring clean air in operating rooms
Monday, August 23, 2021 05:57 PM
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed into law Friday a measure that requires hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers in the state to adopt policies to ensure surgical smoke plume elimination with an appropriate evacuation system. Read more. 
Graphic OSHA violations: Don’t let this happen to you!
Monday, August 23, 2021 05:55 PM
The sad truth is that blatant OSHA and CDC violations still occur every day in dental offices. Why, and what can be done about them? Read more.
Researchers seek powerful antibody against many variants; breakthrough cases may be less infectious
Monday, August 23, 2021 03:51 PM
Here 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.
FDA Approves First COVID-19 Vaccine
Monday, August 23, 2021 03:49 PM
The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic continues with new energy provided by the Delta variant.  We need to use everything in our armamentarium to obtain control.  We hope that some of the existing vaccine hesitancy will melt away with the assurances provided through full FDA approval. Read more. 
Seven pregnant women on ventilator with COVID at Alabama hospital
Monday, August 23, 2021 10:44 AM
Record numbers of pregnant women are being hospitalized for COVID-19 at UAB Hospital in Birmingham, Ala., as the delta variant spreads rapidly through the state. Read more. 
COVID-19 vaccines can unlock enhanced immunity in former SARS patients: study
Monday, August 23, 2021 10:43 AM
Singaporean researchers have found that the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines can trigger an enhanced immunity in survivors of the original SARS virus, which could be the key to creating a vaccine that could work against all similar viruses. Read more.
NIOSH Announces Respiratory Protection Week 2021
Monday, August 23, 2021 10:41 AM
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL) announces its annual Respiratory Protection Week. The observance will take place September 7–10, 2021. Read more. 
Half of pediatric opioid prescriptions are 'high risk'
Monday, August 23, 2021 10:39 AM
The top 5% of prescribers account for half of opioid prescriptions and high-risk prescriptions to children and young adults. Read more.
Asthma warnings recommended for common household products
Monday, August 23, 2021 10:34 AM

Commonly used household products should carry a warning that they increase the risk for asthma, according to an evidence review conducted by Smartline, a research project funded by the European Regional Development Fund.
Read more. 

Why Wait 8 Months for a COVID-19 Booster Shot?
Monday, August 23, 2021 09:10 AM
US health officials unveiled a booster shot program this week that says that some people should get the shots 8 months after their last initial dose. Where did that number come from? Read more. 
Vaccinations Against COVID-19 May Have Averted Up To 140,000 Deaths In The United States
Monday, August 23, 2021 09:08 AM
Overall, our analysis suggests that the early COVID-19 vaccination campaign was associated with reductions in COVID-19 deaths. As of May 9, 2021, reductions in COVID-19 deaths associated with vaccines had translated to value of statistical life benefit ranging between $625 billion and $1.4 trillion. Read more. 
Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine wins full FDA approval, potentially persuading the hesitant to get a shot
Monday, August 23, 2021 09:04 AM
The licensing is a landmark event that could have major effects, experts said. Read more. 
Oral Lesions Associated With COVID-19 Infection
Monday, August 23, 2021 08:04 AM
The results revealed that the majority of oral lesions were aphthous ulcer–like lesions and some were herpetiform lesions. These COVID patients with oral lesions had no history of recurrent aphthous ulcers or herpes simplex virus (HSV) infection or history of HSV. Oral lesions may be one sign or symptom of COVID-19 infection. Read more.
Meet Grace, the robot nurse that COVID created
Sunday, August 22, 2021 02:02 PM
By 2030, Georgia is projected to have the sixth most severe nursing shortage in the country, based on an analysis by the University of St. Augustine. Read more.
COVID-19 anxiety grows as delta variant surges: Poll
Sunday, August 22, 2021 02:00 PM
Anxiety in the United States over COVID-19 is at its highest level since winter, a new poll shows, as the delta variant rages, more states and school districts adopt mask and vaccination requirements and the nation’s hospitals once again fill to capacity. Read more. 
Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine poised to get full FDA approval next week
Sunday, August 22, 2021 01:58 PM
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is poised to fully approve Pfizer Inc.’s coronavirus vaccine early next week as President Joe Biden’s administration tries to woo more Americans to get the shot. Read more. 
Better Face Masks, Ventilation Mitigates Spread of COVID-19
Friday, August 20, 2021 07:50 PM
Common cloth and surgical masks allow for the build-up of aerosol droplets over time. Read more. 
Zero antibody response following SARS-CoV-2 vaccination. Who’s at risk?
Friday, August 20, 2021 07:47 PM
Not everyone develops a measurable antibody response to the COVID-19 vaccine. Karen Davis, BSDH, RDH, advises her colleagues to follow the science on antibodies and proven strategies to reduce risks for communicable diseases. Read more.
Cardinal Health Issues Nationwide Recall of Select Monoject™ Flush Prefilled Saline Syringes
Friday, August 20, 2021 07:40 PM

On August 4, 2021, Cardinal Health (NYSE: CAH) initiated a nationwide recall of approximately 267 million MonojectTM Flush Prefilled Saline Syringes (0.9% Sodium Chloride). The products have been found to reintroduce air into the syringe after the air has been expelled. This could result in injection of air into blood vessels and create the potential for air embolism, which can cause serious adverse health outcomes or death. Read more.

Covid-19 booster shot distribution must learn from vaccine roll-out mistakes
Friday, August 20, 2021 04:54 PM
With news that Covid-19 booster shots are in Americans’ imminent future, the chaos and uncertainty of the initial vaccine rollout are a making a reprise. Read more.
Viral evolution 101: Why the coronavirus has changed as it has, and what it means going forward
Friday, August 20, 2021 04:52 PM
It’s impossible to say how the coronavirus will continue to evolve. Those changes, after all, are a result of random mutations. Read more.
Kindergarten or ‘Russian roulette’? To some parents, the Delta variant and lax mask rules make those one and the same
Friday, August 20, 2021 04:46 PM
Her daughter just started kindergarten. Or, as she called it, “Russian roulette.” That’s because the school district in Grand Junction, Colo., experienced one of the nation’s first Delta-variant outbreaks last spring, and now school officials have loosened the rules meant to protect against Covid-19. Read more.
Vaccine slashed COVID-19 rates among UC Davis Medical Center employees
Friday, August 20, 2021 10:24 AM
New study examines impact of vaccine on health care workers during winter coronavirus surge. Read more.
Will everyone get the coronavirus at some point?
Friday, August 20, 2021 10:22 AM
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently issued updated guidance on masking indoors in public spaces in areas of high transmission for those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Read more. 
Is your dentist vaccinated for COVID-19? Lack of mandates sparks concern
Friday, August 20, 2021 09:00 AM
Even when states do require the vaccine for health care workers, those orders usually don't cover dentists who work in private practice. Read more. 
'Bracing for the worst' in Florida's COVID-19 hot zone
Friday, August 20, 2021 08:58 AM
As quickly as one COVID patient is discharged, another waits for a bed in northeast Florida, the hot zone of the state’s latest surge. But the patients at Baptist Health’s five hospitals across Jacksonville are younger and getting sick from the virus faster than people did last summer. Read more.
Do face masks harm children? Penn State Children’s Hospital doctor says no
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Friday, August 20, 2021 08:56 AM
A Penn State Children’s Hospital doctor said kids as young as two can wear face masks comfortably and effectively. Read more. 
Radiation Protection: Ensuring Low Risks with Dental Exposures
Thursday, August 19, 2021 06:52 PM
Substantial evidence demonstrates a significant increase in the use of medical imaging. Computerized tomography and ionizing radiation imaging have improved medicine and dentistry in many ways. The ability to use digital imaging has eliminated many invasive exploratory procedures. Medical professionals can more easily diagnose many conditions and diseases. Read more.
Cooperation Under Pressure: Lessons from the COVID-19 Swab Crisis
Thursday, August 19, 2021 06:51 PM
A major crisis that accompanied the rise of the pandemic was lack of availability of the nasopharyngeal swab—necessary for testing for COVID-19, which in turn, was necessary to get a grip on the pandemic. An account of how one group addressed that crisis is published this week in Journal of Clinical Microbiology, a journal of the American Society for Microbiology. Read more.
Preparing for a Hurricane or Tropical Storm
Thursday, August 19, 2021 06:49 PM
You can’t stop a tropical storm or hurricane, but you can take steps now to protect yourself and your family. Read more. 
Joint Statement from HHS Public Health and Medical Experts on COVID-19 Booster Shots
Thursday, August 19, 2021 06:47 PM
Today, public health and medical experts from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the following statement on the Administration’s plan for COVID-19 booster shots for the American people. Read more. 
MMWR Weekly - August 20, 2021
Thursday, August 19, 2021 06:44 PM
Weekly / Vol. 70 / No. 33 . Read more.
As The Coronavirus Surges In Florida, Some Vaccine Skeptics Change Their Minds
Thursday, August 19, 2021 05:44 PM
In a rural stretch of northeastern Florida where barely half the people have gotten a coronavirus shot, Roger West had no problem telling others he was "adamantly anti-vaccination." Read more.
How dirty is your QWERTY? The risk of healthcare pathogen transmission from computer keyboards
Thursday, August 19, 2021 05:41 PM
Healthcare environmental surfaces may be contaminated with micro-organisms that cause healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs). Special attention is paid to near-patient surfaces but sites outside the patient zone receive less attention. This paper presents data on keyboard contamination and the risk of pathogen transmission from keyboards. Read more.
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