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News Bites from CDA Knowledge Networks – 2015/01/16

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Here is a sampling of news items that came across our desks at CDA in the past week.

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1. Latest developments from Dalhousie. dal.ca: Update from President Florizone on faculty‑submitted formal complaint. Read more

2. Reducing the pain of dental treatment for children and adolescents: unclear evidence. cochraneohg.wordpress.com: A systematic review of the evidence to find out if injections of local anaesthetic given whilst children and young people (aged 17 years or younger) are having dental treatment under general anaesthetic reduce the amount of pain felt afterwards. Read more

3. Study finds experience of pain relies on multiple brain pathways, not just one. colorado.edu: The findings, published in the journal PLOS Biology this month, show that the processing of pain in our brains goes beyond the mere physical pain signal and underscore a growing understanding among neuroscientists that there is not a single pain system in the brain, as was once believed. Read more

4. Long working hours and alcohol use: systematic review and meta-analysis of published studies and unpublished individual participant data. bmj.com: Individuals whose working hours exceed standard recommendations are more likely to increase their alcohol use to levels that pose a health risk. Read more

5. U.S. Painkiller abuse ‘epidemic’ may be declining, study says. drugs.com: The U.S. “epidemic” of prescription-painkiller abuse may be starting to reverse course, a new study suggests. Read more

 

Canadian dentistry news

Dalhousie dentistry students committed no crimes with Facebook group, police say. theglobeandmail: Dalhousie University dentistry students committed no crimes in posting offensive and misogynistic exchanges on Facebook. Police ruled out conducting a criminal investigation into the matter. In addition, no complainant has come forward. Read more

Dalhousie gives police screen shots of dentistry students’ Facebook posts. theglobeandmail.com: Dalhousie University turned over more than 50 pages of screen shots from a Facebook group containing misogynistic exchanges between male dentistry students to Halifax police Wednesday as the force determines whether a criminal investigation is warranted. Read more

Latest developments from Dalhousie. dal.ca: Update from President Florizone on faculty‑submitted formal complaint. Read more

Edmonton soldier battles Ottawa to get dental work done. globalnews.ca: An Edmonton solider has served his country for 23 years, during which he was deployed twice to Afghanistan. Now, with just a few months left before his retirement, he’s in a battle with the Department of National Defence over dental work. Read more

New dental program concerns health unit. fftimes.com: The Northwestern Health Unit is concerned about the eligibility criteria for a new integrated provincial dental program. The government’s proposed “Healthy Smiles Ontario 2” (HSO 2) will replace two current programs and greatly reduce the number of those eligible for the service. Read more

Free dental care helping Edmonton homeless youth turn his life around. edmontonjournal.com: Edmonton dentist Yousif Chaaban talks about helping homeless youth with free dental care. Read more

 

International dentistry news

The 25 Best Jobs of 2015: Dentistry #1. usnews.com: These careers shine in terms of salary, work-life balance and expected employment growth. No. 1: Dentist. Read more

ADA Council on Scientific Affairs defines oral health through cross-organizational effort. ada.org: What is oral health? It’s a short question that needs a comprehensive yet clear and simple answer. Read more

BDA responds to health and science consultations. bda.org: BDA’s Health and Science Committee has so far responded to three consultations during January 2015, focusing on e-cigarettes, extending vaccinations for HPV, and revised guidance on the referral of suspected cancers. Read more

Dentistry honoured in the Queen’s Birthday list. bda.org: A number of leading dentistry figures have received awards in the Queen’s Birthday Honours’ list. Read more

Dentist defends treatment of Myo Moriarty who bled to death after teeth extraction. abc.net.au: A Perth dentist has defended his treatment of a woman who bled to death the day after having two teeth removed, during an inquest into her death. Read more

GP patient survey dental statistics; July to September 2014, England. pcc-cic.org.uk: In July to September 2014, 1.3 million adults were asked about their views on NHS dentistry. Read more

Call for water fluoridation across England to cut childhood tooth decay. theguardian.com: Dental surgeons cite report finding 45% fewer young children were admitted to hospital for decay in water fluoridation areas. Read more

Five years this week: Haiti still recovering from earthquake – dental team takes mission trip. dentistryiq.com: Since January 2010, people have continuously visited Haiti to offer various relief efforts, including U.S. dental teams armed with the tools to relieve dental pain and replace teeth. Read more

 

Clinical & scientific news

Reducing the pain of dental treatment for children and adolescents: unclear evidence. cochraneohg.wordpress.com: A systematic review of the evidence to find out if injections of local anaesthetic given whilst children and young people (aged 17 years or younger) are having dental treatment under general anaesthetic reduce the amount of pain felt afterwards. Read more

Music eases kids’ pain after surgery. Northwestern.edu: Pediatric patients who listened to 30 minutes of songs by singers of their choosing – or audio books – had a significant reduction in pain after major surgery, according to a new Northwestern Medicine study. Read more

Genome wide expression changes in vascular tissue identified due to infection/diet. sciencedaily.com: Although it has been shown that a diet high in fat and exposure to certain bacteria can cause atherosclerosis, researchers have for the first time identified distinct gene pathways that are altered by these different stimuli. Read more

 

Your health & medical news

Study finds experience of pain relies on multiple brain pathways, not just one. colorado.edu: The findings, published in the journal PLOS Biology this month, show that the processing of pain in our brains goes beyond the mere physical pain signal and underscore a growing understanding among neuroscientists that there is not a single pain system in the brain, as was once believed. Read more

Depression, behavioral changes may precede memory loss in Alzheimer’s. wusth.edu: Depression and behavioral changes may occur before memory declines in people who will go on to develop Alzheimer’s disease, according to new research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Read more

CMA updates assisted dying policy. cma.ca: The Canadian Medical Association has revised its policy on euthanasia and assisted death. The updated version supports the right of CMA members – within the bounds of legislation – to follow their own conscience to decide whether or not to provide medical aid in dying. Read more

Choosing Wisely goes global. cma.ca: There is considerable international interest in the Choosing Wisely campaign that focuses on potential overuse of medical tests and treatments, a recent report about a June 2014 meeting of representatives from 12 countries has shown. Read more

Quit smoking: try the new just for men QuitNow website. cbc.ca: More men than women are still smoking, but fewer men are using existing tools to quit, say UBC researchers. Read more

Tobacco bans in school linked to lower smoking levels. theglobeandmail.com: In a new study in 43 countries, kids who attended schools with strongly enforced tobacco-free policies were significantly less likely to smoke. Read more

Long working hours and alcohol use: systematic review and meta-analysis of published studies and unpublished individual participant data. bmj.com: Individuals whose working hours exceed standard recommendations are more likely to increase their alcohol use to levels that pose a health risk. Read more

U.S. painkiller abuse ‘epidemic’ may be declining, study says. drugs.com: The U.S. “epidemic” of prescription-painkiller abuse may be starting to reverse course, a new study suggests. Read more

 

Continuing education matters

Dalhousie University – Current course offerings

McGill University – Continuing education

Université Laval – Formation continue

University of Alberta – Program and courses

University of British Columbia – Fall 2014 calendar of courses

University of SaskatchewanUpcoming Courses

University of Toronto – Upcoming courses

Western University Continuing Professional Development

Winnipeg Dental Society – Continuing education meetings

 

February 9-13 – ADA/NYU Advanced Evidence-Based Dentistry Workshop – NYU College of Dentistry in New York City. The course is relevant to all dentists and members of the dental team, educators, researchers including practitioners involved in practice-based research networks (PBRNs) and other professionals involved in dentistry. Read more

March 5-7 – Pacific Dental Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia. Read more

March 18-21. 4 -Day LIVE Patient Surgical Externship – California Implant Institute –. Read more

April 17-18 – Spring Fever – 131st Manitoba Dental Association Annual Meeting & Convention in Brandon, Manitoba. Read more

May 6-9 – American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry 2015 in San Francisco: Course selection opens December 5.

May 7-9 – Ontario Dental Association Annual Spring Meeting 2015. Read more

May 21-24 – Jasper Dental Congress. Read more

May 22-26 – Journées dentaires internationals du Québec in Montréal. Read more

August 26–29 – 2015 Canadian Dental Association National Conference in St. John’s, NL. Continuing Education

September 18-20 –American Academy for Oral Systemic Health Scientific – 5th Annual AAOSH Scientific Session in Dallas, Texas. Read more

September 22-25 – FDI 2015 Bangkok – Early registration avoids the crowds and costs less! Read more

 

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

 

We invite you to send us leads to news stories worth sharing (oasisdiscussions@cda-adc.ca) or 1-855-716-2747.

 

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