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News Bites from CDA Knowledge Networks – 2018/01/17


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ADA Wellness Survey reveals dentists’ ergonomic issues

Time to prepare for World Oral Health Day – Get organized for March 20

Teledentistry Pilot Project Expands to Maui

Pfizer Canada Statement: EpiPen® Auto-Injector (0.3 mg) Supply Interruption

Canadian dentistry news

Time to prepare for World Oral Health Day, download the resources, submit an event. fdiworlddental.org: New World Oral Health Day (WOHD) resources are available online to help people get organized for 20 March. The theme of this year’s campaign ‘Say Ahh: Think Mouth, Think Health’ is introduced in the WOHD toolkit. It includes key messages and ideas to help implement the campaign locally and can be downloaded – like all materials – in English, French and Spanish. Read more

Modernizing professional oral care practices. youtube.com (odq.qc.ca): Message from Dr. Barry Dolman on the latest update on the dossier of modernizing professional oral care practices. Watch short video

Sunny siblings. news.umanitoba.ca: Dr. Sherry Ghodousi and her brother Dr. Amir Ghodousi see a bright future as University of Manitoba Alumni and Winnipeg dentists. […]  Sherry has become a part-time U of M instructor in pediatric dentistry. Amir would like to teach as well. “The university did lots of things for us,” he says. “Now it’s our turn to support the university.” Read more

A new President named for CDSPI. cdspi.com: Effective January 1, 2018, Sue Armstrong hands over her role as President to Ed Dermit, current Vice President of Business Development. Sue will retire from her role as CEO in May. Read more

New Dental Practices Are Changing the Face of Dentistry. Newswire.net: Urban areas around Canada are experiencing high competition and increasing dental procedure rates, unlike rural ones. Read more

Dr. Rachel Navaneelan named Citizen of the Year. standard-freeholder.com: It was a popular choice. Dr. Rachel Navaneelan was named Citizen of the Year, at the Cornwall and Area Chamber of Commerce’s Business Excellence Awards night. Read more

CDAA Weekly E-Newsbrief January 10, 2018. cdaa.ca: Read more

International dentistry news

Dentists warn of child tooth decay crisis as extractions hit new high. theguardian.com: Hospitals extracted multiple teeth from children and teenagers in England a total of 42,911 times – 170 a day – in 2016-17, according to statistics obtained by the Local Government Association. Read more

Australia reignites debate for a sugar tax, but lacks government support. fdiworlddental.org: The Australian Medical Association (AMA) has called for a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages to be introduced as a matter of priority to tackle obesity, despite opposition from food and drink industry representatives and politicians. Read more

Dental Assoc says amalgam fillings safe as dentist urges NZ to follow EU ban. tvnz.co.nz: The New Zealand Dental Association says amalgam fillings are safe despite a dentist urging this country to follow the EU and ban the use of amalgam fillings for children and pregnant or breast-feeding women. Read more

UCLA School of Dentistry receives $1.5 million for community-based education. newsroom.ucla.edu: New program will widen dental care access for California’s most vulnerable patient populations. Many Californians face inadequate access to oral health care services for many reasons. Read more

Endodontics at the core of new partnership between FDI and Dentsply Sirona. fdiworlddental.org: FDI and Dentsply Sirona have signed a new partnership to highlight the need for endodontics in the daily practice of dentistry. The outcome of this collaboration will result in a White Paper on endodontics and an accompanying Chairside Guide for dentists to be launched at the 2019 FDI World Dental Congress in San Francisco, USA. Read more

Teledentistry Pilot Project Expands to Maui. mauinow.com: A Department of Health survey released in 2016 confirmed Hawaii’s children have the highest prevalence of tooth decay in the nation. […] Despite ranking at the bottom of the nation for children’s oral health, Hawaii is taking steps to change the oral health status of Hawaii’s children and has become a pioneer in teledentistry. Read more

Support dentists at the service of Florida’s rural, underserved communities. sun-sentinel.com: Florida is one of only five states without some type of loan assistance for dentists. Now is the time to address this and help bring immediate care and relief to Florida’s rural and underserved communities. Read more

Federal Junk Food Tax Feasible, Study Says. medpagetoday.com: A federal tax on junk food and soda is both legally and administratively feasible, a review of U.S. tax laws and policies concluded. Read more

Sharp drop in Australian teenagers’ use of drugs, alcohol and tobacco. theguardian.com: Study’s authors attribute the fall to stricter parental attitudes and law reforms that have reduced availability of substances. […] Tobacco use dropped from 45% to 10% over the same period – the steepest decline of all substances – and marijuana use fell from 15% to 4%. Read more

U.S. News & World Report: Dentistry, orthodontics rank among best jobs. ada.org: U.S. News & World Report’s annual ranking of the “100 Best Jobs” placed dentists and orthodontists both in the top-five, according to results. Read more

ADA advocacy highlights from a busy 2017. ada.org: From repealing burdensome Medicare regulations to working to include dentistry in the various pro-business tax reform provisions, 2017 was a busy year for the Association’s Washington office. Here are some of the key advocacy issues the ADA addressed in 2017. Read more

Survey: Embedding dental benefits in medical plans is on the way. ada.org: A new survey finds that 96 percent of health care executives believe that the embedding of dental benefits in medical plans is “already happening or will happen eventually.” Read more

Invisalign dispute disrupts orthodontists’ workflow. ada.org: Align, the designer and manufacturer of the Invisalign system and iTero intraoral scanners, announced that it was terminating its Invisalign interoperability contract with 3Shape and would no longer accept digital scans for new Invisalign treatment from TRIOS scanners, effective Jan. 17. Align later changed the date to Jan. 31. Read more

Clinical & scientific news

CIHR-IRSC Project Grant: Spring 2018 Priority Announcement (Specific Research Areas). researchnet-recherchenet.ca: Registration deadline is February 6, 2018. Applications are due March 6, 2018. Read more

Randomized clinical trials in dentistry: Risks of bias, risks of random errors, reporting quality, and methodologic quality over the years 1955–2013. journals.plus.org: The risks of bias, risks of random errors, reporting quality, and methodological quality of randomized clinical trials of oral health interventions have improved over time; however, further efforts that contribute to the development of more stringent methodology and detailed reporting of trials are still needed. Read more

More evidence of link between severe gum disease and cancer risk. medicalxpress.com: Data collected during a long-term health study provides additional evidence for a link between increased risk of cancer in individuals with advanced gum disease, according to a new collaborative study. Read more

Oral health may have an important role in cancer prevention. medicalxpress.com: The bacteria that cause periodontitis, a disease affecting the tissues surrounding the teeth, seems to play a part also in the onset of pancreatic cancer, say the researchers at the University of Helsinki and the Helsinki University Hospital, Finland, and the Karolinska Institute, Sweden. Read more

Stem Cell Filling – A New Type of Dental Procedure. reportshealthcare.com: The new changes in the world have led to new challenges for medical science to combat the rising number of various health conditions including increased cases of dental problems. With the advancements in various dental techniques, the cases of problems such as cavities were expected to go down. This is clearly not happening. Read more

More dentists to discuss risks of HPV-related cancers with their patients. medicalxpress.com: “Given the alarming increase of HPV-attributable oropharyngeal cancers, dentists and dental hygienists may be key agents for promoting HPV prevention,” said lead investigator Ellen Daley, PhD, a professor at the University of South Florida College of Public Health. Read more

Drug Shows Promise in Reducing Oral Mucositis in Patients With Head And Neck Cancer. curetoday.com: A new drug, GC4419 (Galera Therapeutics), may reduce a common side effect that occurs among 70 percent of patients with head and neck cancer who are being treated with radiation – oral mucositis. Read more

Brushing only partly protects children’s teeth. bbc.com: A study of almost 4,000 pre-school children showed snacking habits were most strongly associated with decay. Read more

Do girls have stronger teeth than boys? odont.uio.no: What if you hardly ever consume soft drinks or eat anything acidic, but still have dental erosion on your teeth? Do genes play a role? And does it matter if you are a boy or a girl? Read more

Younger patients constitute half of hospital-acquired pneumonia cases, most of which originate outside of the ICU. medicalxpress.com: Receiving Oral health care may reduce risk of hospital-acquired pneumonia, study finds. Read more

One puff of a cigarette is enough to make you addicted, study finds. nationalpost.com: New research suggests more than two-thirds of people who try a cigarette once will become daily smokers. Read more

Résoudre le problème de l’acier chirurgical inoxydable. nouvelles.umontreal.ca: Des chercheurs ont mis au point une technique pour concevoir des appareils et des instruments en acier inoxydable plus résistants aux bactéries et moins susceptibles d’être rejetés par le corps. Lire plus

Your health & medical news

ADA Wellness Survey reveals dentists’ ergonomic issues. ada.org: The ADA Council on Dental Practice’s Dental Wellness Advisory Committee conducted a 2015 survey to study the well-being of dentists. Poor ergonomics emerged as a major issue. Read more

Pfizer Canada Statement: EpiPen® Auto-Injector (0.3 mg) Supply Interruption. pfizer.ca: As a result of a supply interruption, Pfizer is experiencing a supply shortage of EpiPen auto-injectors in the 0.3 mg format in January 2018. Read more

‘Bone Cement’: A Non-Surgical Option for Joints? webmd.com: Injecting a calcium-based cement into the bones of some people with knee or hip pain could help them avoid joint replacement surgery, Ohio State University doctors say. Read more

Dieting type 2 diabetics ‘can avoid move to insulin’. bbc.com: Type 2 diabetics who lose weight through changes to diet and exercise are half as likely to progress to needing insulin than those who do not. Read more

Employers urged to ‘normalise’ menopause in the workplace. bbc.com: Employers need to do more to “normalise conversations” about the menopause in the workplace, say experts. The comments came after a BBC survey found 70% of respondents did not tell their bosses they were experiencing symptoms. Read more

Not on tap: ‘Raw water’ could transmit potentially deadly pathogens: experts warn. nationalpost.com: Drinking “raw water” collected from springs and other so-called pure sources appears to be a growing natural health craze in the U.S. — and one in the era of social media that could quickly find its way to Canada. Read more

Sodium Reduction in Processed Foods in Canada: An Evaluation of Progress toward Voluntary Targets from 2012 to 2016. healthcanada.ca: About 80% of Canadians consume more than 2300 milligrams of sodium each day. The rates of high sodium intakes for children and youth are even higher. Among kids aged 4 to 8 years, the rate of excess intake is 93% and among teenaged boys, it is 97%. In fact, the average sodium intake of Canadians is 3400 mg of sodium per day. Read more

Continuing education matters

Dalhousie University – Current course offerings

McGill University – Winter 2017 continuing education – upcoming courses

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 – Continuing professional dental education

University of Toronto – Continuing dental education

Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry University – Continuing professional development


January 24-28: Yankee Dental Congress, in Boston, Massachusetts. Read more

January 26-27 – Manitoba Dental Association’s 134th Annual Meeting and Convention in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Read more

February 22-24: Chicago Dental Society’s 153th Midwinter Meeting – A Dental Triade: Pride • Passion • Professionalism, in Chicago, Illinois. Read more

March 8-10– Pacific Dental Conference, in Vancouver, British Columbia. Read more

March 21-24 – 47th Annual Meeting & Exhibition of the American Association of Dental Research, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Save the date

April 18-21 – American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. Read more

April 26-28 – ASM18 Annual Spring Meeting, in Toronto, Ontario. Read more

May 24-27 – Jasper Dental Congress, in Jasper, Alberta. Read more

May 25-29 – Journées dentaires internationales du Québec, in Montréal, Québec. Read more

May 31-June 2 – Newfoundland and Labrador Dental Association Oral Health Convention, in Gander, NL. Read more

June 20-23 – Annual Meeting of the American Dental Society of Europe, in Biarritz, France. Read more

August 22-25 – CDA Convention, hosted by the Dental Association of PEI. Save the date

August 31-September 2 – 24th International Association for Disability and Oral Health Congress, in Dubai, UAE. Registration now open

September 6-8 – 2017 Saskatchewan Oral Health Conference, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Save the dates

September 27-29: 26th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Canadian Academy of Restorative Dentistry and Prosthodontics, in Montreal, Quebec. Save the date

October 18-22 – ADA 2018 America’s Dental Meeting, in Honolulu, Hawaii. Save the date


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  1. kent February 7, 2018

    Is there a way to sign up for news bites or do you have any apps


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