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News Bites from CDA Knowledge Networks – 2017/01/11

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  1. Health care providers urge federal government to not tax health benefit plans
  2. Fluoride varnish in primary care project awarded international grant
  3. January JADA looks at changes in facial profile resulting from orthodontic treatment
  4. Dental implants with antibacterial activity and designed to facilitate integration into the bone
  5. Mouthpiece improves movement for patient with Parkinson disease

Canadian dentistry news

Health care providers urge federal government to not tax health benefit plans. cda-adc.ca: A coalition of health care service providers warned of the potential negative implications of taxing the premiums paid on employer-provided health and dental benefits. Read more

Taxation of Health Benefits Press Conference. CDHA: Why Canadians need to tell their MPS’s not to tax their health benefits. Watch video

Fluoride varnish in primary care project awarded international grant. dentistry.utoronto.ca: A project headed by UofT Dentistry’s Carlos Quiñonez has been awarded a grant of $48K by the Alliance for a Cavity Free Future. Read more

Year-end tax planner. cdspi.com: Looking back at 2016 and forward to 2017. Read more

Toronto prepares for potential epidemic of fentanyl overdoses. cbc.ca: Toronto Public Health hosts meeting to create plans on how to keep drug users safe. Read more

How breakfast cereal got hooked on sugar. theglobeandmail.com: In his new book The Case Against Sugar, author Gary Taubes chronicles the sweetening of morning meals throughout the 20th century, from the introduction of Ranger Joe to Kellogg’s eventual candification. Read more

DIAC presents the 21st annual “Future of Dentistry Survey”. The survey has been completely revised for 2017 with new questions as requested by the industry and dental professionals, as well as designing for an overall shorter time to complete. Complete the survey

International dentistry news

Time to put the mouth back in the body. blogs.bmj.com: Healthcare worldwide needs to become more inclusive and holistic, to move from being curative to preventive, and to bring oral healthcare into the medical mainstream. Read more

ADA adopts multitiered policy on opioids. ada.org: In October, the ADA House of Delegates passed Resolution 64H-2016, an ADA Statement on the Use of Opioids in the Treatment of Dental Pain, which includes recommendations for dentists. Read more

More than 160 operations every day in hospitals in England to extract children’s teeth. dentistry.co.uk: The Local Government Association (LGA) has pointed to excessive sugar consumption and poor oral hygiene as the main reason why there are more than 40,000 operations in hospitals to extract children’s teeth. Read more

Let them eat nuts: dentists want office ‘cake culture’ to end in 2017. theguardian.com: As many people return to work after Christmas full of good intentions, leading dentists are urging them to make one more resolution for the new year: eat less cake in the office. Read more

Chew and spit: The disordered eating behaviour could be spreading through social media. independent.co.uk: Sufferers of the little-understood condition say it is highly addictive and debilitating. Read more

Charity calls for greater use of dental storybooks to help children with autism. dentalhealth.org: The Oral Health Foundation is backing the use of children’s storybooks with dental narratives following a new study which has shown they can be a highly effective way of helping prepare children with autism for a visit to the dentist. Read more

4 countries with the best health care in the world 2017. cnbc.com: Is it possible to get medical treatment as good as what’s available in the U.S. and Canada? Read more

GDC launching plans to ‘make regulation better’ dentistry.co.uk: The General Dental Council plans to do this by moving the current system of regulating activity onto prevention, by placing ‘greater emphasis on supporting and empowering the profession’, for example, through education and learning. Read more

Implant dentistry trailblazer and educator dies. ada.org: Internationally recognized leader in implant dentistry, standout educator and researcher Dr. Carl E. Misch died Jan. 4 at age 69. Read more

People are ‘theft-proofing’ their Apple AirPods by disguising them as floss. mashable.com: Some AirPod users have begun creating stickers to deter would-be thieves from rolling them for their expensive wireless headphones. Read more

Clinical & scientific news

Decline of the dentist’s drill? Drug helps rotten teeth regenerate, trial shows. theguardian.com: Study reveals natural ability of teeth to repair themselves can be enhanced, using Alzheimer’s drug. Read more

The people who can’t go numb at the dentist’s. bbc.com: Some people are resistant to local anaesthetic. And we’re only beginning to understand why. Read more

California Dental Association Journal focuses on women in dentistry. cda.org: Articles include a look at a diverse selection of women dentists from California with different professional career paths. Read more

January JADA looks at changes in facial profile resulting from orthodontic treatment. ada.org: No significant difference exists between the changes in patients’ facial profiles as a result of orthodontic treatment with and without extraction of four premolars in terms of esthetic outcomes. Read more

What teeth reveal about the lives of modern humans. sciencedaily.com: Book explores how scientists use teeth to study human evolution. Read more

Dental implants with antibacterial activity and designed to facilitate integration into the bone. sciencedaily.com: The UPV/EHU-University of the Basque Country is developing coatings for dental implants that will ensure success when they are implanted. Read more

Mouthpiece improves movement for patient with Parkinson disease. dentistrytoday.com: Exploring the effects of using an oral appliance to reduce movement dysfunction in an individual with Parkinson disease. Read more

New Standards Guide Oral Care in UK Nursing Homes. dentistrytoday.com: The residents of nursing homes and other assisted living facilities that provide long-term care should be helped with brushing their teeth twice a day, according to the UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). Read more

Journal of dental research studies examine the trends and impact of NIH research funding to dental schools. iadr.org: The IADR/AADR published three articles in the Journal of Dental Research that focus on the trends and impact of National Institutes of Health (NIH) research funding to dental schools and institutions. Read more

Clemson researcher uses genome sequencer to study tooth decay. newsstand.clemson.edu: Vincent Richards is working with researchers from the University of Florida to determine which bacteria can help promote oral health. Read more

Training to become a scuba diver? Start at the dentist. sciencedaily.com: A new pilot study found that 41 percent of divers experienced dental symptoms in the water. Read more

Analysis of needlestick and similar injuries over 10 years from April 2004 at Tokyo Dental College Chiba Hospital. jstage.jst.go.jp: Read more

Canadian vaccine for Ebola virus proves highly effective in Guinea trial. theglobeandmail.com: A Canadian-developed vaccine for the Ebola virus has proven to be extremely effective in a full-scale clinical trial, opening the possibility that future outbreaks of the disease can be successfully contained. Read more

Use of most drugs by American teens drops. cmajnews.com: For the first time in more than four decades, the use of nearly all drugs has declined among American teenagers, according to an annual survey of students from grades 8 to 12. Read more

Patient information

Cold and flu season: 5 ways to care for your mouth when you’re sick. mouthhealthy.org: Read more

Out with the old, in with the new. Mouthhealthy.org: The 7 bad brushing habits to break in 2017. Read more

Your health & medical news

Bilingualism may save brain resources as you age. nouvelles.umontreal.ca: A research team established that years of bilingualism change how the brain carries out tasks that require concentrating. Read more

Scientists identify new organ in body. webmd.com: Scientists say they’ve identified a new organ in the body — a swath of tissue dubbed the mesentery that connects the intestine to the abdomen and holds everything in place. Read more

The CMA celebrates 150 years as the national voice of Canadian physicians. cma.ca: 150 years ago, 146 doctors gathered in Quebec City with the goal of creating a national medical body. Today, the CMA comprises over 85,000 members and continues to be the national voice for the highest standards for health and health care. Read more

Give peanut to babies early – advice. bbc.com: Babies should be given peanut early – some at four months old – in order to reduce the risk of allergy, according to new US guidance. Read more

Continuing education matters

Dalhousie University – Current course offerings

McGill University – Winter 2017 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


March 18-21, 2017 – 2017 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition, Beyond Boundaries, in Long Beach, California. Read more

March 9-11, 2017 – Pacific Dental Conference, in Vancouver, British Columbia. Read more

March 10-12, 2017 –29th Annual Meeting on Special Care Dentistry, in Charlotte, North Carolina. Read more

March 31, 2017 – Update in Dentistry – What you’ve always wanted to know about the relationship between dentistry and medicine but were afraid to ask, in Toronto, Ontario. Read more

April 18-21, 2017 – AACD 2017 Las Vegas: A winning approach to comprehensive cosmetic dentistry education, Las Vegas, Nevada. Read more

April 26-29, 2017 – AAE 2017, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Annual meeting of the American Association of Endodontists. Save the date

May 4-6, 2017 – Ontario Dental Association Annual Spring Meeting, ASM150, in Toronto, Ontario. Registration now open!

May 4-6, 2017 – ITI World Symposium, in Basel, Switzerland. Read more

May 8-9, 2017 – ADEE/ADEA Meeting: Shaping the future of Dental Education, in London, UK. Read more

May 25-27, 2017 – British Dental Conference & Exhibition 2017, in Manchester. Read more

May 25-28, 2017 – Jasper Dental Congress 2017, in Jasper, Alberta. Save the date

May 25-28, 2017 – American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s 70th Annual Session, in Washington, DC. Save the date

May 26-30, 2017 – Journées dentaires internationales du Québec, in Montréal, Québec. Program and registration

July 13-15, 2017 – AGD 2017, the premier meeting for general dentistry, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Save the date

August 29- September 1, 2017 – FDI World Dental Congress in Madrid, Spain. Read more

September 9-12, 2017 – American Academy of Periodontology 103rd annual meeting, in Boston, Mass. Save the date

September 15-17, 2017 – American Academy for Oral Systemic Health (AAOSH) 2017 Scientific Session, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Integrative dental medicine: Reuniting the mouth with the body. Save the date


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