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News Bites from CDA Knowledge Networks – 2019/06/12


Top News

Advisory council calls for universal, single-payer pharmacare plan

Statement from Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer: Preserving Antibiotics Now and Into the Future

Crown Gala raises $300,000 for newly formed Alberta Dental Foundation

Canadian Dentistry News

The ACDQ believes that Bill 29 threatens the quality of dental care provided to Quebecers. morningstar.com: Dr. Serge Langlois, President of the Association des chirurgiens dentistes du Québec (ACDQ), has reservations about the bill introduced, entitled An Act to amend the Professional Code and other provisions in particular in the oral health and applied sciences sectors, and believes that, contrary to what the bill suggests, the oral health of Quebecers can only be ensured by dentists, who lead teams of professionals. Read more

Pour l’ACDQ, le projet de loi 29 met en péril la qualité des soins dentaires offerts aux Québécois. lelezard.com, 5 juin : Le président de l’Association des chirurgiens dentistes du Québec (ACDQ), le Dr Serge Langlois, émet des réserves quant au dépôt du projet de loi modifiant le Code des professions et d’autres dispositions notamment dans le domaine buccodentaire et celui des sciences appliquées en rappelant que, contrairement à ce qu’il propose, la santé buccodentaire des Québécois(e)s ne peut être assurée que par le dentiste, qui dirige une équipe formée de professionnels. Lire plus

Why millennials are worried about their teeth. tvo.org: As the gig economy expands, employer-provided dental plans are getting rarer — and that’s bad news for millennial dental health. Read more

Crown Gala raises $300,000 for newly formed Alberta Dental Foundation. calgaryherald.com: The evening celebrated the accomplishments of Albertans who have made a profound impact on dentistry in the province. Further, the evening saw the launch of the new Alberta Dental Foundation. Its laudable mission is to support low-income Albertans by improving their access to oral care. Read more

Bridging a gap in care. Schulich.uwo.ca: Dr. Hannah Ernst is breaking barriers as an advocate for the community. Dr. Ernst wants to be able to provide safe, affordable and accessible health and surgical care, while making a positive impact on the relationship that marginalized people have with health care. Read more

Pierre Fauchard Academy – 2019 Canadian Awards & Installation. fauchard.org: Read more

Great-West Life partners with PaymentEvolution on employee benefits quoting service. benefitscanada.com: Employee benefits offerings from the Great-West Life Assurance Co. are now available on PaymentEvolution, a health and dental plan quoting service for small- and medium-sized employers. Read more

Trudeau’s single-use plastics ban could raise prices, industry warns. thestar.com: Retail industry representatives and plastics manufacturers gave a cautious thumbs-up to the federal government’s proposed ban on single-use plastics but warned the cost of groceries and other packaged goods could rise if the plan is implemented too quickly. Read more

Fort Simpson may add fluoride to drinking water. cabinradio.ca: Fort Simpson is considering adding fluoride to its drinking water. If it does, the village will become the fourth NWT community to do so. Read more

Building a Tool Around the Power of Data. mcgill.ca: Dr. Madathil’s dissertation wins a prestigious award, and lays the ground for more innovative work to come. Read more

Convocation 2019: The Ambassador. dentistry.utoronto.ca: This week, the 120-member Faculty of Dentistry Class of 2019 graduated. Here is the story of Richard He, one of the Faculty’s Student Ambassadors. Read more

Convocation 2019: The Brass. dentistry.utoronto.ca: On Friday, June 7, the Faculty of Dentistry graduated seven DDS enlisted in Canada’s Armed Forces — it’s largest enlisted cohort since the World Wars. Here are some of their stories. Read more

Congratulations to the Class of 2019! dentistry.utoronto.ca: The DDS Class of 2019 said goodbye to their student scrubs this past Friday, June 7th as they received their Doctor of Dental Surgery degrees and practice licenses. Read more

Born To Be a Dentist: Interview with a Military Dental Student. cdspi.com: Dan Shirvani was destined to be a dentist. He is certainly passionate about the path he has chosen for himself—or perhaps it chose him. Read more

International Dentistry News

ADA urges Senate committee to support repealing McCarran-Ferguson antitrust exemption. ada.org: If passed, the bill would amend the McCarran-Ferguson Act of 1945 to empower the Federal Trade Commission and the Justice Department to enforce the full suite of federal antitrust laws against health insurance companies engaged in anticompetitive conduct. Read more

Organized dentistry supports raising tobacco purchasing age to 21. ada.org: The Organized Dentistry Coalition said June 7 it supports raising the legal age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21. Read more

Group applies to recognize oral medicine as dental specialty. ada.org: The American Academy of Oral Medicine submitted on June 10 an application and request to recognize oral medicine as a dental specialty, which is now under review by the National Commission’s Review Committee on Specialty Recognition. Read more

ADA FDI 2019 to highlight dental technology, including Cellerant Best of Class winners. ada.org: More than 500 companies will participate in the Exhibit Hall at the ADA FDI World Dental Congress Sept. 4-8 in San Francisco. Read more

Previewing the World Oral Health Forum with Dr Manu Raj Mathur. fdiworlddental.org: What is Universal Health Coverage (UHC)? Read more

Data Note: Americans’ Challenges with Health Care Costs. kff.org: Costs can be prohibitive to Americans seeking or adhering to health or dental care. Half of U.S. adults in the past year say they or a family member delayed or skipped care — or relied on an alternative treatment — because of costs. Read more

UK city left with no new NHS dentist places after chain shuts three surgeries. countypress.co.uk: Colosseum Dental has announced that it is to shut three dental practices in Portsmouth, Hampshire, making a number of staff redundant and leaving thousands of patients without an NHS dentist. Read more

Dentist shortage beginning to bite. The new Danish government will have to decide whether to increase the intake to dental schools. cphpost.dk: A new study from the Sundhedsstyrelsen health authority predicts that in ten years time there will be a shortage of around 355 dentists unless urgent steps are taken to train more. This could especially affect children as most municipalities prioritise acute cases. Read more

Thousands call for more affordable dental care in petition delivered to [New Zealand] Parliament. tvnz.co.nz: … More than 10,000 signed the petition delivered to Parliament, sparked by dentist Dr Assil Russell, calling for free dental care up to the age of 20 as well as subsidising visits for communities that need it most. Read more

Long Island school wins new playground made of recycled dental products. abc7ny.com: An elementary school on Long Island has won a new playground made entirely of recycled dental products. Students at John J. West Elementary School in Bethpage collected 13,500 units of oral care waste — like toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes and dental floss canisters — as part of the Colgate, ShopRite and TerraCycle Recycled Playground Challenge. Read more

Diversity in dental profession brings better care for minorities. blackpressusa.com: When it comes to having access to quality health care, minorities still lag behind their white counterparts, research shows, and that can include dental and orthodontic problems that get postponed or go untreated. Read more

Teaching staff urged to supervise tooth-brushing. London Assembly also wants schools to become ‘sugar-free’ by 2022 by banning sugary items like biscuits and fizzy drinks. tes.com: According to the report, by the time children in London reach 5, more than a quarter are suffering from tooth decay. Read more

Mouldy toothbrushes: Poor oral health in aged care can have fatal risks. smh.com.au: The president of the NSW branch of the ADA Dr Neil Peppitt said there was no requirement to clean residents’ teeth or even offer access to dental treatment in aged care facilities. In those facilities that do provide care, “dental practitioners line up behind podiatrists and hairdressers”. Read more

New York startup Level wants to revolutionize dental benefits. medcitynews.com: Level largely functions as a third-party administrator for employers it helps transition to a self-funded model. Where Level differs from most TPAs is that the company operates and manages its own network of providers, in addition to providing claims processing and other administrative functions. Read more

Interview: “Mouth cancer is a growing problem”. dental-tribune.com: With oral cancer rates continuing to increase worldwide, it has become clear that more needs to be done to raise awareness and combat this issue. Dental Tribune International spoke with Dr Niall McGoldrick, Specialty Registrar in Dental Public Health with NHS Fife and the convenor of the charity Let’s Talk About Mouth Cancer, about the charity’s origins, its mission and much more. Read more 

Clinical & Scientific News

London researchers say surgery not superior to radiation for throat cancer. lfpress.com: A newly completed clinical trial led by London researchers is casting doubt on a long-held assumption that robotic surgery for throat cancer causes fewer negative side effects than radiation. Read more

Short Version Dental Anxiety Inventory Score May Predict the Response in the Insular Cortex to Stimuli Mimicking Dental Treatment. frontiersin.org: … findings indicated a possible neurobiological relevance of SDAxI, and reinforced its neurobiological validity in assessing dental anxiety level of dental attenders. Read more

Dentist Introduces Alternative To Root Canals. wbbm780.radio.com: Some people who need root canals could soon find a much easier treatment option, thanks to a professor at the University of Illinois College of Dentistry. Dr. James Bahcall explains how Vital Pulp Cryotherapy treats decay, which normally needs a much more elaborate and time consuming root canal. Read more

Oral sedation pre-operative instructional video: results from pilot study. dentistry.ubc.ca: Results of the pilot study, published recently in Pediatric Dentistry, found audiovisual intervention was effective at reducing preoperative parental anxiety, but the reduction was not significantly different from using verbal instructions. Read more

Researchers study ways to prevent lung disease in dentistry professionals. medicalxpress.com: Fotinos Panagakos, associate dean of research at the West Virginia University School of Dentistry, is collaborating with a team at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health to study how microscopic, airborne particulates and gases might be generated during dental procedures. Read more

Opening bottles, tearing clothing tags and doing up zips – the most alternative uses for our teeth revealed. dentalhealth.org: Most of us are putting our oral health at risk by using our teeth as tools for jobs they weren’t intended for, according to the findings of a new study. Joint research by the Oral Health Foundation and Philips, as part of National Smile Month, finds that two-in-three of us (65%) frequently use our teeth for tasks other than eating and drinking. Read more

Mind Your Business

Why Should Dentists Have a Plan? It’s in the Numbers. cdspi.com: What’s your dream? Whether it’s paying off debt, buying or expanding a practice, building your dream home or retiring early, you need a solid financial plan to make those dreams a reality. Read more

Your Health & Medical News

Advisory council calls for universal, single-payer pharmacare plan. cbc.ca: The council’s 171-page report, released Wednesday, calls for the creation of a new drug agency that would draft a national list of prescription medicines that would be covered by the taxpayer, beginning with an initial list of common and essential drugs, by Jan. 1, 2022. The council recommends that initial list be expanded to a comprehensive plan by Jan. 2, 2027. Read more

Statement from Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer: Preserving Antibiotics Now and Into the Future. canada.ca I am pleased to release my second public health spotlight report—Handle with Care: Preserving Antibiotics Now and Into the Future—to shine a light on the importance of using antibiotics responsibly in human medicine. Read more (Press release) or Full Report

Déclaration de l’administratrice en chef de la santé publique : Préserver les antibiotiques aujourd’hui et demain. cananda.ca: C’est avec plaisir que je présente mon deuxième rapport Pleins feux, intitulé Manipuler avec soin : préserver les antibiotiques aujourd’hui et demain, qui braque les projecteurs sur l’importance d’un usage responsable des antibiotiques en médecine humaine. Lire plus ou lire le rapport dans son intégralité

Northern Lights: A wake-up call for the future of Canada. sencanada.ca: Canada’s Arctic is in crisis. The urgency results from decades of neglect and disregard, climate change and lack of infrastructure. Read more

Equity in health care improves people’s health. theconversation.com: Promoting equity in health care improves people’s health. Doing so can be low cost and have high impact. Based on more than 15 years of research, we provide concrete examples of actions that can be taken by people working in health care — and the impact on patients. Read more

Editorial: Senate should stop delays and pass bill to protect kids’ health. thestar.com: What else could explain a move by Conservative senators, backed by some independents, to block the passage of a bill that would simply promote healthy eating habits for children? Unless it’s that partisan-minded senators are actually prepared sink the Child Health Protection Act to undermine the Liberals as they head into an election campaign. Read more

Study finds undetected diabetes linked to heart attack and gum disease. ctvnews.ca: People with undetected diabetes run a higher risk of both heart attack and gum disease, a Swedish study finds. Read more

10 health stories that mattered this week. cmajnews.com: Read more

Canada’s food guide is easy to follow if you’re wealthy or middle class. theconversation.com: Although Canada is a high-income country, one out of eight households is deemed food insecure. Food insecurity exists when people lack access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs. Poor households are most at risk of being food insecure. Read more

The surprising role fibrinogen plays in regulating the body’s response to disease. ualberta.ca: A finding from University of Alberta researchers is shining new light on the role fibrinogen has in regulating a natural defence mechanism in the body. The discovery is hoped to contribute to improved diagnosis and treatments for patients in a variety of diseases ranging from inflammation, to heart failure, to cancer. Read more

Poll finds 90% of Canadians have fallen for fake news. cbc.ca: Distrust of social media, Facebook, Twitter higher than concerns about cybercrime. Read more

Last geriatrician quits Santa Cabrini Hospital, exposing gaps in care. montrealgazette.com: The sudden departure of the last geriatrician at Santa Cabrini Hospital – where more than 60 per cent of the patients are elderly – has left the east-end institution scrambling to find general practitioners to fill gaps in care. Read more

Un médicament contre l’insuffisance cardiaque pour traiter la leucémie. nouvelles.umontreal.ca: L’intuition de chercheurs du CHU Sainte-Justine quant à l’efficacité d’un médicament pour traiter la leucémie, mais destiné au départ à l’insuffisance cardiaque, s’est avérée juste. Lire plus

Featured Review: Different ways to reduce consumption of sugary drinks. cochrane.org: New Cochrane Review assesses evidence on different ways to reduce consumption of sugary drinks. Read more

The Misplaced Optimism in Legal Pot. theatlantic.com: A new study throws cold water on hopes that more liberal cannabis policies could stem the opioid epidemic. A new set of researchers replicated part of a 2014 study’s findings: From 1999 to 2010, the introduction of medical-marijuana laws was associated with a decline in opioid-overdose deaths. But when the researchers included states that introduced laws between 2010 and 2017, medical marijuana was associated with a 23 percent increase in overdose deaths. Read more

More than Half of People who Misuse Prescription Opioids also Binge Drink. cdc.gov: More than half of the 4.2 million Americans who misused prescription opioids between 2012 and 2014 also engaged in binge drinking, according to a new study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Read more

E-cigarette vaping with nicotine appears to impair mucus clearance. news-medical.net: E-cigarette vaping with nicotine appears to hamper mucus clearance from the airways, according to new research published in the American Thoracic Society’s American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. Read more

Meharry Medical College to Launch New Center for the Study of Social Determinants of Health. home.mmc.edu: Center’s initial $7.5 million in funding from JUUL Labs, Inc., will be used to conduct independent research and spearhead public education campaigns about the health impact of tobacco and nicotine-delivery products. Read more

Call for schools to scrap sugar from school lunches. nurseryworld.co.uk: The London Assembly has called for all the capital’s schools to be sugar-free by 2022. Read more

Continuing education matters

Dalhousie University – Current course offerings

McGill University – Continuing dental education

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


June 19–22: IADR/AADR/CADR General Session & Exhibition in Vancouver, British Columbia. Read more

September 4–8: ADA FDI World Dental Congress, in San Francisco, CA. Read more

September 12–14: College of Dental Surgeons of Saskatchewan + Canadian Dental Association Joint Convention, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Read more

September 26–28: Canadian Academy of Restorative Dentistry and Prosthodontics 27th Annual Scientific Meeting in Toronto, Ontario. Read more

November 8: Toronto Academy of Dentistry 82nd Winter Clinic. Save the date

November 29– December 4: Greater NY Dental Meeting, in New York, New York. Read more



January 30–February 1: Yankee Dental Congress – Advancing the Vision 2020, in Boston, Massachusetts. Read more

February 20–22: Chicago Dental Society 155th Midwinter Meeting – Kaleidoscope View 2020, in Chicago, Illinois. Read more

March 5–7: Pacific Dental Conference in Vancouver, BC. Mark your calendars

March 19–20: Academy of Osseointegration 2020 Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA. Read more

April 2–4: Manitoba Dental Association presents the 2020 MDA/CDA Convention – Seeing Dentistry Clearly, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Save the date

September 1–4: FDI World Dental Congress in Shanghai, China. Future meeting dates

October 1–3: Canadian Academy of Restorative Dentistry and Prosthodontics 28th Annual Scientific Meeting in Toronto, Ontario. Read more

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