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News Bites from CDA Knowledge Networks – 2016/03/16

NewsBites_logo_2015-08-14Top 5 Must Read

  1. The sour truth behind sugar sweetened beverages
  2. Infection control leadership awards nominations now open
  3. Opioid prescribing after surgical extraction of teeth in Medicaid patients, 2000-2010
  4. CDC releases guideline for prescribing opioids for chronic pain
  5. Fighting cavities could one day be as easy as taking a pill, research shows

Canadian dentistry news

The sour truth behind sugar sweetened beverages – Nova Scotia 2016 Oral Health Report. nddental.org: Read more

Syrian refugees are in bad need of dental treatment. cbc.ca: Volunteers hope dentists make room for some quick appointments. Read more

Al Hildebrandt joins board of Operation Smile Canada. canhealth.com: Dr. Ken Wilson, president of Operation Smile Canada, announced that Al Hildebrandt, a recently retired healthcare technology executive from Kelowna, B.C., has been elected as a Director of Operation Smile Canada Foundation. Read more

International dentistry news

1 million dentists expected to participate in FDI World Oral Health Day (WOHD). dentistryiq.com: dentists from 200 organizations based in 130 countries are predicted to work with the FDI World Dental Federation to celebrate WOHR on March 20. Read more

First nutrition roadmap crosses health disciplines. ada.org: The American Dental Association is encouraged by the new roadmap, which shows the significance of the interdependent relationship between diet, nutrition and oral health. Read more

NIDCR awards $2 million in e-cigarette research grants. ada.org: The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research has awarded more than $2 million in first-year funding to seven research grants centered on studying the effects of electronic cigarettes on oral and craniofacial tissues. Read more

CDA Presents to offer live-streaming C.E. courses. cda.org: California Dental Association Presents in Anaheim will feature a set of C.E. courses that will be streamed live. The live-streaming programs feature world-renowned speakers. Read more

Infection control leadership awards nominations now open. osap.org: The Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP), the advocate for The Safest Dental Visit™, is seeking nominations for three leadership awards. Read more

Trouble sleeping? The size of your tongue and tonsils could be why. buffalo.edu: University of Buffalo UB research calls on dentists to increase role in treating people with obstructive sleep apnea, sleep-related disorders. Read more

Health charity announces major rebrand. dentalhealth.org: Leading oral health charity the British Dental Health Foundation has announced that it will be changing its name to the Oral Health Foundation. Read more

International group honors Dr. Kathy Kell. ada.org: International Dental Manufacturers presented the first IDM Global Oral Health Progress Award to FDI President-elect Dr. Kathy Kell. Read more

Clinical & scientific news

Misleading p-values showing up more often in biomedical journal articles, study finds. medicalxpress.com: A review of p-values in the biomedical literature from 1990 to 2015 shows that these widely misunderstood statistics are being used increasingly, instead of better metrics of effect size or uncertainty. Read more

Opioid prescribing after surgical extraction of teeth in Medicaid patients, 2000-2010. jamanetwork.com: Dentists are among the leading prescribers of opioid analgesics, and surgical tooth extraction is one of the most frequently performed dental procedures. Read more

Link between gum disease and cognitive decline in Alzheimer’s. sciencedaily.com: A new study jointly led by the University of Southampton and King’s College London has found a link between gum disease and greater rates of cognitive decline in people with early stages of Alzheimer’s Disease. Read more

Fighting cavities could one day be as easy as taking a pill, research shows. ufl.edu: University of Florida Health researchers have identified a new strain of bacteria in the mouth that may keep bad bacteria in check — and could lead to a way to prevent cavities using probiotics. Read more

Volpe Research Center postdocs pursuing improved dental composites. ada.org: Two postdoctoral researchers with strong international research backgrounds are working with the team at the ADA Foundation Dr. Anthony Volpe Research Center on cutting-edge explorations that may bring new materials and tools into dental practice in the near future. Read more

Pretreatment oral hygiene habits and survival of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) patients. biomedcentral.com: Frequent mouthwash use seems to elevate the risk of tumor-specific death in HNSCC patients. Good dental care scores are associated with longer overall survival. Read more

Patient information

Spring forward into good oral health. oda.on.ca: When you change your clocks, make time for your dentist! The Ontario Dental Association (ODA) suggests using this time as a reminder to book your dental appointment and revisit your oral health routine. Read more

Do you know how much sugar is in your drink? bda/youtube.com: Refined sugar can have a negative effect on your health. Watch short video

Oral care after 55. goodtimes.ca: Your health and your teeth and gums are intertwined. Read more

Your health & medical news

CDC releases guideline for prescribing opioids for chronic pain. cdc.gov: The CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain, United States, 2016 will help primary care providers ensure the safest and most effective treatment for their patients. Read more

Addressing overuse starts with physicians Choosing Wisely Canada. cfp.ca: Choosing Wisely Canada is a campaign to help physicians and patients engage in conversations about unnecessary tests, treatments, and procedures, and to help physicians and patients make smart and effective choices to ensure high-quality care. Read more

Watson combs through your records to find hidden diseases. canhealth.com: At the latest HIMSS conference, IBM’s Watson Health showed the work it is doing on several projects. One of them, code-named Iaso, is looking through the medical records of patients to discover which conditions were unreported. Read more

Some energy drinks contain 16 teaspoons of sugar. rte.ie: Health watchdog Safefood has called on retailers not to sell energy drinks to anyone aged under 16. Read more

App provides monitoring for pacemakers in Canada. canhealth.com: Medtronic Canada announced that it has received Health Canada license for MyCareLink Smart Monitor, the world’s first app-based remote monitoring system for patients with implantable pacemakers. Read more

Continuing education matters

Dalhousie University – Current course offerings

McGill University – Fall 2015 and spring 2016 continuing education schedules

Université Laval – Formation continue

University of Manitoba – Continuing professional development

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

Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry University – Continuing professional development


April 6-9 – American Association of Endodontists 2016, in San Francisco, California. Read more

April 14-17 – 23rd International Association for Disability & Oral Health Congress in conjunction with the Special Care Dentistry Association 28th Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois. Read more

April 27-30 – 32nd Annual American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry Scientific Session in Toronto, Ontario. Read more

May 5-7 – Ontario Dental Association Annual Spring Meeting 2016, in Toronto, Ontario. Read more

May 12-14 – 2016 Canadian Academy of Periodontology Annual Meeting, in Calgary, Alberta. Read more

May 12-14 – California Dental Association Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry, in Anaheim, California. Read more

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

May 26-29 – American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry 2015 in San Antonio, Texas. Read more

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

May 27-31 – Journées dentaires internationales du Québec. Preliminary program now available online. Read more

June 2-4 – OSAP 2016 Annual Conference, in San Diego, California. Read more

June 22-25 – IADR/APR General Session and Exhibition, in Seoul, Republic of Korea. Read more

July 14-17 –Academy of General Dentistry 2016 Boston, Massachusetts. Read more

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

September 10-13 –102nd Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Periodontology in Collaboration with the Japanese Society of Periodontology and Japanese Academy of Clinical Periodontology in San Diego, California. Read more

September 16-17 – 6th Annual AAOSH Scientific Session in Orlando, Florida. Read more

October 20-25 – ADA 2016, America’s Dental Meeting, in Denver, Colorado. Save the date




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