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News Bites from CDA Knowledge Networks – 2015/10/23


NewsBites_logo_2015-08-14Top 3 Must Read

  1. Re-imagining Dental Education in Canada
  2. Public Health England obesity report: the key points
  3. International collaboration with Tufts University on curing lights


Canadian dentistry news

Re-imagining Dental Education in Canada. adeachartingprogress.wordpress.com: In this month’s Charting Progress, Dr. Rick Valachovic shares what’s on the minds of ADEA’s Canadian members and discusses the trends that are reshaping dental education in Canada. Read more

Northern adventures: Dal dentistry students gain experience in Labrador. dal.ca: The option of spending two weeks in Labrador, working seven days a week, in -50°C January temperatures, is surprisingly popular with Dalhousie dentistry students. Read more

International collaboration with Tufts University on curing lights. dal.ca: Drs. Sapan Bhatt and Richard Price collaborate on curing light research. Read more

Who knew socks could be so important. ualberta.ca: The University of Alberta School of Dentistry collected 510 pairs of socks to be donated to the Boyle McCauley Health Centre in support of the Student Health Initiative for the Needs of Edmonton (SHINE). SHINE is an inner-city student-run clinic providing free dental care to individuals. Read more

Professor Mary Ellen Macdonald selected as Associate Editor of the Canadian Journal of Public Health. mcgill.ca: She will focus on continuing to build the presence of theoretically‐informed qualitative research on public health issues at CJPH. Read more

The McGill Qualitative Health Research Group. mcgill.ca: The group provides an informal yet rigorous learning environment for Qualitative Health Researchers. Read more

Fat bubble nanoparticle delivery system and Streptococcus mutans potassium uptake projects win honours in coveted CADR–NCOHR student research competition. utoronto.ca: PhD students Gazelle Crasto and Gursonika Binepal took second and third place respectively in the basic science category at this highly regarded national graduate research competition. Read more

100 Years of Discovery. ubc.ca: September 30, 2015 marked 100 years in the life of the University of British Columbia. Explore how UBC evolved from 1915-2015, one discovery at a time. Read more

Canada’s Dental Hygienists meet to explore oral health care and research. cdha.ca: Dental hygienists from across Canada will gather in Victoria, British Columbia, from October 29‒31 at the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association’s biennial national conference. Read more

Tongue exercises can dial down snoring, treat sleep apnea. ottawacitizen.com: Andrew Tseng, an engineering graduate from the University of Toronto, has created AirwayFit, an in-person and online training program he says can cure snoring, mild sleep apnea and even help with asthma. Read more

International dentistry news

Public Health England obesity report: the key points. theguardian.com: The report, compiled by Public Health England, (PHE), sets out a range of tough policies that need to be taken to reduce the consumption of sugary foods and drinks that are fuelling the obesity crisis. Read more

A conversation with ADA’s president-elect. ada.org: Dr. Summerhays ready to lead. Read more

Report notes benefits of community water fluoridation. ada.org: Drinking optimally fluoridated water is a good way to decrease the risk of tooth decay, according to a Water Research Foundation report. Read more

Dentists: let’s see real leadership on sugar. bda.org: The British Dental Association responds to reports that government has opted to reject a sugar tax, without engaging with any of the latest official evidence from Public Health England. Read more

Obama administration launches new initiatives to combat opioid abuse. ada.org: Read more

Clues to opioid abuse from state prescription drug monitoring programs. cdc.gov: CDC study shows urgent need for improved prescribing practices. Read more

New survey shows 1 in 5 public dentists have missed work due to stress. dentist.ie: According to a new survey of HSE dental surgeons, the lack of access to care for patients the biggest source of stress. Read more

Student loan recipients give back at CDA Cares. cda.org: Every year, the California Dental Association Foundation awards one new dentist with the Student Loan Repayment Grant. The grant has not only provided financial support for 16 dentists across the state, it has motivated them to give back to their communities. Read more

Clinical & scientific news

Targeted salivary biomarkers for discrimination of periodontal health and disease(s). frontiersin.org: This report provides results for a saliva-based diagnostic approach for periodontal health and disease based upon the abundance of salivary analytes coincident with disease, and the significant progress already made in the identification of discriminatory salivary biomarkers of periodontitis. Read more

Second-hand smoke and incidence of dental caries in deciduous teeth among children in Japan. bmj.com: Exposure to tobacco smoke at 4 months of age was associated with an approximately twofold increased risk of caries. Read more

What is the effect of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) on the risk of gastrointestinal bleeding in post-myocardial infarction patients taking antithrombotics and treated with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)?. bmj.com: A nationwide cohort study based on linked administrative registry data from all hospitals in Denmark between 1997 and 2011. Read more

SAGE partners with the International and American Associations for Dental Research to launch JDR Clinical & Translational Research. sagepub.com: Read more

Regrow a tooth? Fish – yes; humans – maybe someday. gatech.edu: Working with hundreds of these colorful fish, researchers are beginning to understanding how the animals maintain their hundreds of teeth throughout their adult lives. Read more

Effect of probiotic chewing tablets on early childhood caries. biomedcentral.com: The results suggest that early childhood caries development could be reduced through daily administration of probiotic chewing tablets as adjunct to daily use of fluoride toothpaste in preschool children. Read more

Advances in dental materials through nanotechnology: Facts, perspectives and toxicological aspects. cell.com: New developments in nanotechnology applied to dentistry, focusing on the use of nanomaterials for improving the quality of oral care. Read more

Nanodiamonds might prevent tooth loss after root canals. sciencedaily.com: Dental researchers have developed a nano-diamond-reinforced version of gutta percha. Tested in patient-extracted teeth, the nanodiamond-embedded polymer was substantially stronger than conventional gutta percha. Read more

3D-printed teeth that help you keep your mouth bacteria free. biotechin.asia: Scientists from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands have developed an antimicrobial plastic that allows them to 3D print teeth which can also kill bacteria thereby improving your oral hygiene. Read more

Your health & medical news

Aspirin trial to examine if it can stop cancer from returning. bbc.com: The world’s largest clinical trial to examine whether aspirin can prevent cancers from returning has begun in the UK. Read more

Test could predict whether breast cancer will spread to the brain. bccancer.bc.ca: Women with particularly aggressive forms of breast cancer could be identified by a test that predicts whether the disease is likely to spread to the brain. Read more

Can video recording revolutionise medical quality? bmj.com: Healthcare can benefit from the power of cameras to improve accountability. Read more

Arm mole count ‘predicts skin cancer risk’. bbc.com: Research suggests that having more than 11 moles on one arm indicates a higher-than-average risk of skin cancer or melanoma. Read more

Continuing education matters

Dalhousie University – Current course offerings

McGill University – Fall 2015 and spring 2016 continuing education schedules

Université Laval – Formation continue

Université de Montréal – Formation dentaire continue

University of Alberta – Program and courses

University of British Columbia – Calendar of courses

University of Saskatchewan – Upcoming courses

University of Toronto – Continuing dental education

Western University – Continuing professional development


November 5-10 – ADA 2015 – America’s Dental Meeting in Washington, D.C. Read more

November 14-17 – 101st Annual Meeting – American Academy of Periodontology in Orlando, Florida. Read more

January 28-30, 2016 – Manitoba Dental Association’s 2016 Annual Convention. Read more

March 17-19, 2016 –2016 Pacific Dental Conference in conjunction with CDA, in Vancouver, British Columbia. Read more

May 26-28, 2016 – British Dental Conference & Exhibition 2016, in Manchester, England. Read more

May 26-29, 2016 – Jasper Dental Congress 2016 in Jasper, Alberta. Read more

July 14-17, 2016 – Mark your calendar for AGD 2016 Boston, in Boston, Massachusetts. Read more

September 7-10, 2016 – FDI Annual World Dental Congress 2016, in Poznan, Poland. Read more


Dentistry in long-term care course. ada.org: This online CE course is designed to help dental professionals understand how long-term care (LTC) facilities work and how you can work successfully in LTC facilities. You will learn how to deliver care in an environment outside your traditional practice location and care for your patients through their entire life span. Read more


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