Purging water system of brain-eating microbe to take 60 days

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Brushing Your Teeth in the Shower is OK

I’ve always admired my roommate’s early-bird tendencies. She claims that jumping in the shower immediately after her alarm goes off keeps her from crawling back in bed – doing her dental hygiene routine under that running water gets her fully alert and ready to take on the day, too

At this point, I’ll do nearly anything to become a morning person, but I’ve had my suspicions about how sanitary it is to brush your teeth in the shower.

That’s why I chatted with David C. Gordon, DDS, a partner at the Gordon Center for General and Advanced Dentistry in Gaithersburg, MD, before reinventing my morning rituals. Overall, he doesn’t see many problems with brushing your teeth in the shower – he just warns that the approach doesn’t always set you up to practice good oral hygiene consistently.

“The most important thing is that everyone brushes their teeth twice a

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UM Miller School Of Medicine Entering Phase 3 Of COVID Vaccine Clinical Trials

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Researchers with the University of Miami have taken the next step in the race to create a vaccine against the coronavirus.

They are now entering phase 3 of clinical trials of what they are calling the “Janssen vaccine.”

“With the availability of test vaccines, I feel very encouraged, enthusiastic and optimistic that we will overcome this pandemic soon,” said Dr. Dushyantha Jayaweera, professor of medicine and principal investigator for Janssen’s UM site.

Researchers say they need 1,500 volunteers, adding that they really need people of color to participate since those communities have been most severely impacted by COVID.

“It is I critically important that we enroll a very diverse population for the study,” said co-principal investigator Dr. Olveen Carrasquillo. “That way we can ensure that the vaccine will be equally effective for all groups.”

Prospective study volunteers will need to be 18 or older.

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Poll finds support for independent arbiters resolving ‘surprise’ medical bills

A new poll commissioned by a conservative group finds that a strong majority of voters support an independent arbiter resolving disputes over so-called “surprise” medical bills patients sometimes receive from hospitals and providers when their services aren’t covered by insurance.

The poll, which was sponsored by the Taxpayers Protection Alliance, found that 75 percent of voters believe doctors, rather than health insurers, should determine the amount physicians charge for their work.

In cases of payment disputes, 74 percent support a third-party resolution that does not involve the federal government “benchmarking” prices for certain services.

Insurers and providers agree patients shouldn’t receive massive bills they’re not expecting, but the two sides are at war over who will take the hit if Congress legislates changes to their billing practices.

The debate is expected to spill over into the next Congress and could have electoral consequences for some candidates.

The House Energy and

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Here’s How to Go About Brushing Your Teeth in the Shower

Photo taken in Jepara, Indonesia

I’ve always admired my roommate’s early-bird tendencies. She claims that jumping in the shower immediately after her alarm goes off keeps her from crawling back in bed — doing her dental hygiene routine under that running water gets her fully alert and ready to take on the day, too

At this point, I’ll do nearly anything to become a morning person, but I’ve had my suspicions about how sanitary it is to brush your teeth in the shower.

That’s why I chatted with David C. Gordon, DDS, a partner at the Gordon Centre for General and Advanced Dentistry in Gaithersburg, MD, before reinventing my morning rituals. Overall, he doesn’t see many problems with brushing your teeth in the shower — he just warns that the approach doesn’t always set you up to practice good oral hygiene consistently.

“The most important thing is that everyone brushes their teeth twice a

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The Coronavirus Mostly Spares Younger Children. Teens Aren’t So Lucky.

Recently in JAMA Pediatrics, researchers reviewed 32 studies worldwide comprising 41,640 children and adolescents under the age of 20, as well as 268,945 adults. The analysis also included 18 studies, including three based in schools, in which scientists had traced the contacts of infected individuals.

The analysis found — like the new C.D.C. study — that younger children are roughly half as likely as adults to become infected, and that children older than 14 may be just as likely as adults to be infected. Antibody studies also suggested that adolescents seemed to be similar to adults in terms of their risk of infection.

Experts praised the scientists for trying to make sense of studies that vary widely in methods, in cultural milieu and even in how they defined children —

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Latest San Ramon Case Count; CoCo Releases Halloween Guidance

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA — Haunted houses, large parties and indoor mazes should be a no-go in the era of the coronavirus, Contra Costa Health Services officials announced Monday.

And even if your Halloween costume comes with a mask, you should still wear a face mask, officials said in a news release. Maybe this year is the one to focus on decorations and virtual costume contests.

The public should keep a close eye out for COVID-19 symptoms after the holiday — especially three to seven days afterward. Anyone who experiences symptoms can learn how to get tested in Contra Costa County here.

“These holidays are no different than the rest of the year when it comes to reducing the spread of COVID-19,” Contra Costa Health Services wrote.

Officials gave guidance on which seasonal activities are lower-risk, moderate-risk, high-risk and very-high risk. Here’s the official word on Halloween and Día de

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Trump Announces Plan to Distribute 150 Million Coronavirus Tests

President Trump on Monday announced that his administration will begin distributing 150 million rapid coronavirus tests, including 100 million to states and another 50 million tests to vulnerable communities.

“In the old days when we just started this you remember we’d go out and we’d have to find these massive laboratories with tremendously expensive equipment. Now we’re down to something that you’ll see that is really from a different planet,” Trump said Monday during a press conference at the White House.

The president said that 50 million tests will be sent to vulnerable communities including nursing homes, assisted living facilities, hospice care providers, and colleges and universities that are historically black or in tribal nations.

Another 100 million tests will be sent to states to be used as governors see fit, although Trump encouraged governors to use the tests to help reopen schools.

“The support my administration is providing would

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The Latest: Quebec’s 2 biggest cities on highest virus alert


MONTREAL — The premier of Quebec says the two biggest cities in the Canadian province are returning to the highest COVID-19 alert level.

Quebec reported 896 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, the province’s highest single-day tally in months.

Montreal and Quebec City are included in the “red zone” lockdown. The measures

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Mississippi warns against ‘fake’ letter claiming state mask mandate over

Health officials in Mississippi are warning about fake notices falsely alerting residents that the state’s mandate requiring masks be worn in public was rescinded.

Officials with the state Emergency Management Agency wrote in a Facebook post Sunday that letters purporting to be from Gov. Tate Reeves (R) were circulating on social media platforms. The letters’ text ordered local businesses to take down signs directing customers to wear masks indoors.

“A ‘letter’ claiming to be from the governor’s office is circulating on social media. The letter is a FAKE. Stay up to date with the latest executive orders posted on the Secretary of State’s website. And any major changes will be addressed in a press conference and an updated executive order,” the agency wrote.

Reeves has in fact extended the state’s mask mandate multiple times, with the latest extension lasting through the end of September. Retail and other businesses in the

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