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U-M getting $13.8M for new center to study infectious diseases, pandemic response
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 03:34 PM
The University of Michigan announced it is spending nearly $14 million on a new Michigan Center for Infectious Disease Threats, which will study infectious diseases and also prepare for future pandemics. Read more. 
FDA to allow ‘mix-and-match’ approach on coronavirus booster vaccines
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 03:31 PM
The agency is expected to say people can bolster protection by getting an extra shot, even if it is from another brand. Read more.
Northern states report more COVID-19 activity
Monday, October 18, 2021 06:21 PM
Northern states, including Vermont, Colorado, New Hampshire, Michigan, and Minnesota have the fastest rising COVID-19 case counts in the country, according to the New York Times' COVID-19 database. Read more.
CDC chief urged to extend COVID-19 vaccine boosters to caregivers of patients with cancer
Monday, October 18, 2021 06:20 PM
American Association for Cancer Research urged the CDC to expand availability of COVID-19 booster vaccinations to caregivers and other individuals who share a home with patients with cancer. Read more. 
Children Could Incubate the Next COVID-19 Variant
Monday, October 18, 2021 06:18 PM
Not only can pediatric patients of all ages carry high viral loads of SARS-CoV-2, but they can also serve as a means for the virus to mutate, according to a new study. Read more. 
Troubled Water Makes for Sick Hospitals
Monday, October 18, 2021 06:14 PM
Brian Flannigan: “The reason why water quality and water safety is so important in sterile processing is that there have been direct connections made between the water systems and hospital infections: operating room infections, asset life problems, maintenance problems, staining and discoloration of equipment.” Read more. 
Celebrate Halloween with the Right Kind of Candy
Monday, October 18, 2021 06:13 PM
It’s OCTOBER! For most or all of us, this month begins with the weather changing, drinking pumpkin spice latte’s, and of course, Halloween! But for your orthodontist, it’s also a month to recognize their patient’s beautiful, healthy smile in honor of National Orthodontic Health Month. This is a perfect time to review a few helpful tips from the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) to embrace October worry-free for orthodontic patients. Read more. 
WHO breakthrough: Model List of Essential Medicines includes new section for dental preparations
Monday, October 18, 2021 06:10 PM
A new section for dental preparations has been included during the 2021 review of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Model List of Essential Medicines (EML) and Model List of Essential Medicines for Children (EMLc). Read more. 
People at Higher Risk of Flu Complications
Monday, October 18, 2021 06:08 PM
Getting an annual flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from flu. Read more. 
Long-term exposure to toxins in operating rooms could increase COPD risk
Monday, October 18, 2021 06:06 PM
Nurses who worked in operating rooms for 15 or more years are 46-69 percent more likely to develop chronic obstructive pulmonary disease—the third-leading cause of death worldwide—than nurses who had never worked in an operating room. Read more.
Flu and heart disease: The surprising connection that should convince you to schedule your shot
Monday, October 18, 2021 06:03 PM
If you have heart disease or risk factors for heart disease, you already know about the increased risk of heart attack and stroke. But did you know that coming down with the flu can substantially increase the risk of a serious or even fatal cardiac event? Or that getting the influenza vaccine can substantially reduce that risk, even if you do wind up contracting the seasonal virus? Read more.
Study: Dentists should limit use of physical restraints for kids
Monday, October 18, 2021 06:00 PM
Though caregivers of pediatric dental patients reported mixed feelings about the use of physical restraints, they should be reserved for exceptional circumstances, according to a study published recently in JDR Clinical & Translational Research. Read more. 
Fauci says move by Texas to ban mandates will damage public health
Monday, October 18, 2021 11:06 AM
The nation’s leading infectious disease doctor, speaking on Fox News Sunday, said that the Republican governor’s decision to block businesses from requiring inoculations would damage public health since vaccines are the “most effective means” to stop the spread of COVID-19. Read more. 
U.S. to consider mix-and-match boosters for COVID, Fauci says
Monday, October 18, 2021 10:54 AM
President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser said he expects U.S. regulators to consider whether people who got the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine should get an mRNA shot against COVID-19 as a booster. Read more. 
How to Host a Safer Holiday Gathering
Sunday, October 17, 2021 09:05 PM
Expert answers to key questions on COVID-19. Read more.
Face-touching Behavior during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Self-inoculation and transmission potentials
Sunday, October 17, 2021 08:14 AM
Face-touching behavior has the potential for self-inoculation and transmission of the SARS-2 Coronavirus. The purpose of this study was to observe unconscious face-touching behaviors of dental hygiene and dental students in a non-clinical setting. Read more. 
Examining the Role of HPV Communication Training in the Knowledge, Attitudes, Comfort, and Confidence of Dental Hygiene Students
Sunday, October 17, 2021 08:12 AM
Results from this study suggest that dental hygiene education programs should include didactic instruction on HPV, the use of BMI strategies, as well as multiple opportunities to practice HPV related conversations to improve student knowledge, attitudes, comfort, and confidence levels. Interactive continuing education programs with a focus on HPV and BMI techniques can also assist oral health care providers in the delivery of provider-patient communication on HPV. Read more.
Dentists Can Play a Critical Role in Promoting the Acceptance of a COVID-19 Vaccine
Saturday, October 16, 2021 12:45 PM
The goals of this questionnaire-based survey were to assess how receptive caregivers of pediatric dental patients would be to a potential COVID-19 vaccine, and to investigate what influences the caregivers' decision to vaccinate children. Read more. 
Pa. tops 1.5 million COVID-19 cases since beginning of pandemic
Saturday, October 16, 2021 12:44 PM
Pennsylvania hit a new milestone Friday as the number of coronavirus cases in the state has now surpassed 1.5 million. Read more.
Flu vaccine was welcomed to save the U.S. military during WWII. What’s happened since?
Saturday, October 16, 2021 12:42 PM
The world had lurched into a dark and uncertain winter. Americans were dying by the thousands, and the rhythms of everyday life seemed to carry only mournful notes of loss and deprivation. Read more.
Understaffed, underfunded, under siege: US public health amid COVID-19
Friday, October 15, 2021 04:45 PM
A study yesterday in PLOS One details how the COVID-19 pandemic pummeled an already underfunded and understaffed US public health system, straining workers, upending services, and putting patients at risk. Read more.
COMMENTARY: What can masks do? Part 2: What makes for a good mask study — and why most fail
Friday, October 15, 2021 04:44 PM
Part 2 of a two-part commentary. Part 1, published yesterday, outlined the differences in face coverings masks, the science of respiratory protection, and the hierarchy of disease controls. Read more. 
Global Handwashing Day
Friday, October 15, 2021 04:42 PM
One of the most effective ways to stop the spread of germs and stay healthy is also one of the simplest — handwashing with soap and water. Keeping hands clean can prevent 1 in 3 diarrheal illnesses and 1 in 5 respiratory infections, such as a cold or the flu. Read more. 
FDA advisory panel votes 19-0 to endorse booster dose of J&J vaccine
Friday, October 15, 2021 04:40 PM
A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel voted Friday that booster shots should be made available to people who have received the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine. Read more.
Half of COVID-19 patients have lingering symptoms for 6 months: Penn State study
Friday, October 15, 2021 10:00 AM
It shows that more than half of those around the world who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 experienced “long-COVID” symptoms six months after recovering. Read more. 
mRNA Covid-19 Vaccine Efficacy Among US Healthcare Personnel
Friday, October 15, 2021 09:58 AM
In a real-world setting, both mRNA vaccines are found to be highly effective in preventing symptomatic COVID-19 in healthcare personnel, including those at risk for COVID-1. Read more. 
FDA advisory panel unanimously endorses Moderna’s Covid vaccine booster for some groups
Thursday, October 14, 2021 06:09 PM
Food and Drug Administration advisory panel voted unanimously Thursday in favor of authorizing booster shots of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine to people 65 and older, those 18 to 64 with risk factors for severe Covid-19, and those whose jobs put them at high risk for serious complications of Covid-19, such as health care workers. Read more. 
COMMENTARY: What can masks do? Part 1: The science behind COVID-19 protection
Thursday, October 14, 2021 06:07 PM
 Part 1 of a two-part commentary explains the differences in cloth face coverings and surgical masks, the science of respiratory protection, and the hierarchy of disease controls. Part 2, to be published tomorrow, will outline what makes a good mask study and why so many fail. Read more. 
MMWR Weekly - October 15, 2021
Thursday, October 14, 2021 06:05 PM
Weekly / Vol. 70 / No. 41. Read more. 
Review of Oral Mucosal Lesions in Patients With COVID-19
Thursday, October 14, 2021 07:24 AM
In this systematic review, the authors compiled 12 studies (8 cross-sectional studies and 4 case series) to identify oral mucosal lesions reported in patients with RT-PCR–confirmed COVID-19. Lesions were commonly noted in the tongue, palate, buccal and labial mucosa, and gingiva. Read more. 
New York State Department of Health Study Shows Continued Effectiveness of COVID-19 Vaccines
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 12:16 PM
The New York State Department of Health today announced the release of a new study addressing one of the most critical questions regarding COVID-19 – the extent to which vaccine effectiveness is declining and whether these changes are due to waning immunity or other factors such as the predominance of the Delta variant. Read more. 
FDA Permits Marketing of E-Cigarette Products, Marking First Authorization of Its Kind by the Agency
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 12:14 PM
Agency Also Denies Applications for Flavored Products for Failing to Demonstrate that Marketing of These Products Would Be Appropriate for the Protection of Public Health. Read more.
The impact of wrong-site surgery on dental undergraduate teaching: a survey of UK dental schools
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 12:13 PM
Patient safety within dental education is paramount. Wrong-site surgery (WSS) tooth extraction is not uncommon and is a significant never event (NE) in dentistry. This study aimed to explore dental schools' undergraduate experience of NEs, safety interventions implemented and the impact on student experience. Read more.
Changes in dental hygiene students' working posture following digital sound feedback
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 12:11 PM
This study aimed to observe changes in working posture by measuring the REBA (Rapid Entire Body Assessment) score of dental hygiene students according to digital sound feedback linked with a smartphone application. Read more. 
IAC Express #1,594 - "Let's Play Catch Up" campaign. COVID-19 Vaccines web page. Avoid vaccine mix-ups.
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 12:07 PM
IAC Express #1,594 - "Let's Play Catch Up" campaign. COVID-19 Vaccines web page. Avoid vaccine mix-ups. Read more. 


Supportive Leaders Drive Organizational Improvements and Employee Health and Well-Being
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 11:59 AM
Job stress has significant impacts on the short and long-term health and well-being of the U.S. workforce. Interpersonal conflict, lack of supervisor support, low job control, task overload, and work-family imbalance are examples of job stressors that can have detrimental health effects and interfere with the ability of employees to function optimally both in and outside of work. Read more.
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