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News Bites from CDA Knowledge Networks – 2014/05/20

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News Bites from CDA Knowledge Networks – 2014/05/20

Dear colleagues, Here is a sampling of news items that came across our desks at CDA in the past week. We invite you to send us leads to news stories worth sharing that have come across your desk in the past week and we look forward to hearing from you (jokeefe@cda-adc.ca or 1-800-267-6354 ext. 2297). Best wishes, John

Canadian dentistry news

UBC dentistry program’s financials are under investigation by the RCMP after auditors discovered possible improprieties in the program’s financials. Read the original story and the latest updates…

Nearly half of Toronto’s elementary schools were designated ‘high risk’ based on oral health after examinations by Toronto Public Health hygienists. The screening of nearly 220,000 students aged 3-13 revealed a large problem in the oral health of children. Learn more…

Health authority in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark considers asking the Ontario Ministry of Health for more dental funding.  The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit addressed the need for support for individuals with no access to dental coverage. Read the article…

International dentistry news

NHS England is proposing a salary cut of nearly eight per cent for those undertaking mandatory Dental Foundation Training this year. The British Dental Association opposes this action, which would mean a salary reduction of more than £2,000, and urges the dental community to do the same. Learn more…

Africa’s oral health was addressed at the 2nd International Dental Congress of the Gabon Association of Odonto-Stomatologists and Maxillo-Facial Surgeons in the nation’s capital, Libreville. Read the FDI’s report…

The American Dental Association and Health Volunteers Overseas are seeking volunteer dental educators to assist at Tanzania’s Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences. Volunteers will be working in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, creating academic programs for undergraduate and postgraduate students, and continuing education for faculty. Learn more…

A University of Maryland School of Dentistry student is developing a program that will help the elderly in long-term care facilities receive better oral care. Nancy Stannert is producing a DVD training program to teach nursing assistants how to provide oral care for residents. Learn more…

Tufts University School of Dentistry opens a new clinic for patients with disabilities. The clinic is equipped to cater to the specific needs of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including general anesthesia and behavioural assistance. Learn more…

Mind your business

Five tips on dealing with nervous patients who do not want to be there.  Read the blog post…

Dental practice Facebook page DOs and DON’Ts. Tips on how to make the most of a Facebook page without paying for advertising. Read the article…

Six tips on how to make your practice more eco-friendly and save money at the same time. Read the article…

Using automated text message or email services for patient reminders reduces no-shows and increases productivity. Read the editorial…

Some important things to consider when selling your practice to a family member. Read the article…

Four rules to help you remember consideration and compassion in the dental practice. Read the editorial…

Continuing education matters

Jasper Dental Congress is only a couple days away. The congress takes place May 22-25 at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge and offers up to 24 hours of continuing education. Learn more…

CHICA Infection Control in a Dental Setting conference coming up on May 25 in Halifax. The conference is from noon to 5 p.m. and offers 4 hours of continuing education credits. See the event poster…

The Cape Breton Dental Society is hosting their very first annual Spring Fling on May 31st in Sydney, N.S. The event includes 4 hours of continuing education lectures, a dinner and a dance. Learn more

Registration for the 2014 ADEA Summer Program for Emerging Academic Leaders is open until June 6. The program for dental educators takes place June 9-12 in Freeport, ME and participants can earn up to 30 continuing education credits. Learn more and register online…

Please let us know about upcoming continuing education meetings that could be of interest to Canadian dentists by emailing us at oasisdiscussions@cda-adc.ca

Clinical & scientific news

Quitbit – a new smart lighter – is the first ever piece of hardware that helps you quit smoking. The electric lighter, which can connect to the internet and an app on your phone, helps you keep track of and cut down on smoking. Learn more…

Periodontists across the US are using a new laser treatment for patients with gum disease. The innovative Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP) is minimally invasive and much less painful than other procedures for treating gum disease. Read the article…

A study of head and neck cancer (HNC) patients saw tumor shrinkage when treated with immunotherapy drugs. The drugs help the immune system recognize and fight tumors, showing potential to treat HNCs with less severe side effects than other treatments. Read the article…

Your health & medical news

The 147th Canadian Medical Association annual General Council meeting will take place August 17-20 in Ottawa. This year, the agenda is undergoing major changes to make the meeting more inclusive and relevant. Read about this year’s changes and the meeting’s agenda…

Oral cancer risk involved with shifting sexual habits. Human papilloma virus (HPV) prevalence causes heightened oral cancer risk in oral sex.  Read the article and participate in the May 28 CDHA webinar…

Participants of New York City’s ninth annual Oral Cancer Walk on April 27 raised over $60,000 for the Oral Cancer Foundation. Read the article…

Five pieces of advice for the oral health of pregnant women. Hormonal changes, cravings and morning sickness all affect oral health during pregnancy. Learn more…

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) recently recommended by US health officials to prevent HIV infection in high-risk individuals. Read the article and the CDC’s guide to the drug..

It is important not to forget to pay attention to the oral health of patients with dementia, warns one dentist. Individuals suffering from dementia and their family members or caregivers often overlook basic teeth cleaning, as well as regular checkups, and the condition may make it difficult or impossible for patients to articulate their discomfort. Learn more…

In a recent Mayo Clinic experiment, a massive dose of measles vaccine wiped out the cancer in a patient’s body and sent her body into complete remission. In this landmark trial, a 50-year-old blood cancer patient was given a dose large enough to vaccinate 10 million people. Find out more…

Dental industry news

For the month of May, Henry Schein and the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) have teamed up to raise awareness for safer dentistry. Henry Schein is featuring OSAP’s SafeDentalVisit campaign in a sales promotion and donating a portion of sales to the OSAP Foundation. Learn more…

A dental professor at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) has developed a new surface modification technology to facilitate chemical bonding between different materials. Find out more…

Henry Schein Dental launches a new surgical solutions group. The group specializes in providing specialty products and services to oral and maxillofacial surgeons and periodontists. Learn more…

Carestream Dental launches their latest practice management software, CS SoftDent Cloud. The software is designed to increase productivity, with electronic charts, system backups and detailed financial reports. Read the press release…

 

If you wish to send us leads to news stories worth sharing that have come across your desk recently, please contact me by email at jokeefe@cda-adc.ca or by toll-free phone at 1-800-267-6354 ext. 2297

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