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News Bites from CDA Knowledge Networks – 2020/01/29


Swollen faces and broken teeth as dentists reopen in St. John's. cbc.ca, Jan 23: The Newfoundland and Labrador Dental Association had contacted the city prior to the exemption being made for dentists. The association's Facebook page says dental services should be considered essential services. Read more

New Senior Dental Care Centre Coming to Barry’s Bay. mybarrysbaynow.com, Jan 24: The Renfrew County District Health Unit has announced they will be opening a senior’s dental treatment clinic in the spring of this year. Read more

Parry Sound readers upset by inadequate dental coverage. parrysound.com, Jan 24 [LETTERS]: They have never covered current fees or even close, and so many restrictions. Only covers bare minimum. Fees are set by provincial standards for all providers in Ontario. Read more

Québec solidaire says Quebecers don’t want tax cuts, but better services. globalnews.ca, Jan 28: “People don’t want tax cuts of $100 or $150 a year, they want better access to hospitals, access to good public schools that are well funded, with enough teachers,” argued Nadeau-Dubois. “They want dental insurance, a better quality of life.” Read more

Hamiltonians are developing scurvy, study shows — particularly the most vulnerable. cbc.ca, Jan 24: A new McMaster study shows there were at least 13 cases of scurvy in the last 9 years. ... Another 39 tested positive for scurvy but didn't have symptoms, which includes bruising, weakness, anemia and gum disease. Read more

New role for longtime dentistry professor. news.umanitoba.ca, Jan 28: Dr. Gerald Niznick College of Dentistry appoints Dr. John Perry associate dean, academic. Read more

Dental Researcher Still Going Strong Despite Turning 90. cjnews.com, Jan 29: Gornitsky is director of dental research at the Jewish General Hospital (JGH), with which he has been affiliated since 1971. He has worked there full time for half his life, since 1975, when he became chief of dentistry, a position he held until 1998. He is probably the longest serving medical professional on the JGH staff. Read more

Six in Ten Medical Tourists Travel Outside the U.S. for Dental Care, According to eHealth Survey. prnewswire.com, Jan 29: The results of a survey released today by eHealth, Inc. show that 21% of people enrolled in health insurance are willing to travel internationally for care, while 60% of those who have already done so received dental treatment. Read more

Dental care is health care. bangordailynews.com, Jan 24 [EDITORIAL]: Our mouths, clearly, are very much part of our bodies. But for centuries dental care has been separate from medical care. Read more

Critical dental care for low-income adults gets second chance before Maine legislature. mainebeacon.com, Jan 28: Health care advocacy groups and working-class Mainers of all ages testified before the state legislature’s Health and Human Services committee about the real-life impacts of not having affordable dental coverage. Read more

Questionable study casts a cloud over the 75th anniversary of water fluoridation. statnews.com, Jan 24: Despite its proven success, critics often attack fluoridation by citing “medical freedom” and sharing conspiracy theories which unjustly blame all manner of ills — from acne to migraines — on fluoride. Read more

MPs urge dentists to back move for water fluoridation. newspuddle.com, Jan 28: Jo Churchill MP called on dentists and dental professionals to back water fluoridation at the inaugural Conservative Dentists meeting last night. The meeting was a chance for dentists and those in the profession to discuss future dental care for children. Read more

Mexico Insurance Company Rolls Out 'Medical Tourism' Coverage for Americans Seeking Affordable Treatment South of Border. newsweek.com, Jan 27: With medical tourism in Mexico seeing a boom, Woodman said, insurance companies are catching on, with one company, Mexpro, launching a new type of auto insurance aimed specifically at "medical tourists" from the U.S. Read more

En Inde, la résistance aux antibiotiques devient un problème sanitaire très sérieux. lemonde.fr, 27 janvier [Reportage]: Les bactéries résistantes aux antibiotiques menacent l’état sanitaire du pays. Les estimations évoquent des centaines de milliers de morts par an dans les hôpitaux. En cause? Une mauvaise gestion de l’hygiène et de la qualité de l’eau, mais aussi l’utilisation sans précaution des antibiotiques. Read more

Is teledentistry taking advantage of the dental profession? Dentistry.co.uk, Jan 21 [BLOG]: Neel Kothari questions whether teledentistry is taking advantage of the dental profession in the UK. Read more

This Company Says It Will Fix Your Smile. It May Shush You if It Doesn’t. nytimes.com, Jan 21: SmileDirectClub, which sells teeth aligners online, has worked to limit information about customer dissatisfaction. Read more

Children’s book explains why dentists are not ‘monsters’. ada.org, Jan 21: University of Illinois Chicago dental school graduate seeks to educate kids, alleviate anxieties. Read more

Don't Brush Off Mouth Tech As a Passing Fad. wire.com, Jan 24: It’s easy to bristle at a $200 AI-powered toothbrush, but not for the reasons you might think. In Las Vegas a couple weeks ago, at the annual CES consumer electronics fest, personal care companies were vying not for our eyeballs, but our mouths. Mouth tech, particularly in developed markets like the US and Europe, is having a moment. And high-powered toothbrushes are just the tip of the dental pick. Read more

New teeth gel may prevent dental cavities, tooth decay. gulfnews.com, Jan 23: Hong Kong: Researchers have developed a bioactive peptide that coats tooth surfaces, helping prevent new cavities and heal existing ones in lab experiments. Read more

Study proves effectiveness of stainless-steel crowns in restoring permanent teeth. dental-tribune.com, Jan 24: While it has been proved that stainless-steel crowns (SSCs) are highly effective in restoring posterior primary teeth, their efficacy in restoring posterior permanent teeth has not yet been scientifically proved. Now, a recent study has examined the long-term clinical outcomes of using SSCs in a special needs population and confirmed that SSCs are a viable and durable option for the treatment of both types of dentition. Read more

3D printing is a hit in the mouth. Has a new technology been crowned in dental production? canadianmetalworking.com, Jan 22: Additive manufacturing (AM) can be a faster, cheaper, and simpler way to make metal dental parts when compared to conventional machining. AM advocates also say that metal 3D printing is more precise, consistent, and customizable than subtractive machining while creating less waste. Read more

New scientific breakthrough could lead to 'one-size-fits-all' cancer treatment. ctvnews.ca, Jan 21: A newly discovered type of T-cell receptor (TCR) appears to be able to distinguish between cancerous and healthy cells, potentially leading to a "one-size-fits-all" cancer therapy. Read more

February JADA examines connection between healthy eating habits, untreated caries. ada.org, Jan 27: Read more

Bacteria hiding in indoor dust could spread antibiotic resistance. livescience.com, Jan 23: Research suggests that bacteria from outside our homes and offices may deliver antibiotic-resistant genes to indoor germs that might not otherwise acquire an immunity to antibiotics. Read more

Making cancer risks clear boosts public support for higher alcohol prices: U of T, UVic study. utoronto.ca, Jan 29: People who learn alcohol is a […] are almost two times more likely to support policies that raise the price of beer, wine and spirits. Read more

NDP To Bring Forward Bill To Implement Universal Pharmacare. ctvnews.ca, Jan 23: NDP House Leader Peter Julian is set to table a private member’s bill at his first opportunity after Parliament resumes next week. Read more

Does private insurance fit with Canada's health system? edmontonjournal.com, Jan 23: Is paying out-of-pocket for medical care the answer to long wait times? Read more

CAMH Launches First-of-its-Kind Workplace Mental Health Playbook. newswire.ca, Jan 23: The Playbook provides a path to more effective solutions and better outcomes for employees and for businesses, with five key recommendations and examples of best practices in the workplace. Read more

Google CEO eyes major opportunity in healthcare, says will protect privacy. reuters.com, Jan 22: Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Alphabet Inc and its Google subsidiary, said on Wednesday that healthcare offers the biggest potential over the next five to 10 years for using artificial intelligence to improve outcomes, and vowed that the technology giant will heed privacy concerns. Read more

Google says it can save lives, but would you trust it with your health data? windsorstar.com, Jan 27: The search engine giant's biggest advantage in healthcare — its capacity to combine data sources and to learn from them — is also what worries critics the most. Read more

An AI Epidemiologist Sent the First Warnings of the Wuhan Virus. wired.com, Jan 25: The BlueDot algorithm scours news reports and airline ticketing data to predict the spread of diseases like those linked to the flu outbreak in China. Read more

FDA to Purell: Stop claiming your hand sanitizers eliminate Ebola, the flu. ctvnews.ca, Jan 28: In a "warning letter" to Purell's parent, Gojo Industries, the agency called out the company for making numerous marketing claims that potentially position its sanitizing products as a pharmaceutical drug rather than an over-the-counter topical antiseptic. Read more

Opioid scourge likely culprit as Ontario men's life expectancy drops. lfpress.com, Jan 28: Opioid scourge likely culprit as Ontario men's life expectancy drops. Need proof of the deadliness of the opioid drug crisis sweeping London and Ontario? For the first time in decades, the life expectancy of Ontario men has dropped, likely due to the crisis, a new federal report says. Read more

Du fentanyl dans les drogues ne dissuade pas les consommateurs, selon une étude. ici.radio-canada.ca, 24 janvier : Une étude démontre que la majorité des consommateurs de drogues durs en Colombie-Britannique ne s’abstiennent pas d’en prendre même s'ils savent qu’elles contiennent du fentanyl, ce qui remet en question l’efficacité de certaines mesures provinciales pour contrer la crise des opioïdes. Lire plus

How Fast Can A New Internet Standard For Sharing Patient Data Catch Fire? khn.org, Jan 22: The consolidation of medical records may be on its way, as technology companies prod the health care industry to embrace an internet-based common standard for storing and sharing patient information. Read more

Council of Chief Medical Officers urges ban on flavoured e-cigarettes in series of recommendations. theglobeandmail.com, Jan 22: The Council of Chief Medical Officers of Health released a series of recommendations on Wednesday designed to address rapidly rising youth vaping rates that also include a call for the minimum purchase age for tobacco and e-cigarette products to be raised to 21 and for manufacturers to disclose all ingredients in their products. Read more

Health advocacy group asks Ontario to tax vapes to cut down on teen use. nationalpost.com, Jan 22: A national health advocacy group says higher taxes on vaping products in Ontario would combat rising use among teenagers and create a revenue stream to tackle the costs of addiction. Read more

Group pitches hiking taxes on vaping products. nugget.ca, Jan 26: Increasing taxes on vaping products could be part of a comprehensive approach to tackling the issue, particularly among teens and youths. Read more

Imperial Tobacco Canada Calls for Balanced Vaping Regulations in British Columbia. newswire.ca, Jan 24: In its response to British Columbia's proposed new vaping regulations, Imperial Tobacco Canada encourages the province to review the latest facts and evidence as it determines the best regulatory approach that will allow vapour products to reach their full harm reduction potential while these products are not used by minors. Read more

California tests find illegal vapes tainted with additives. globalnews.ca, Jan 28: … marijuana vape cartridges seized in illegal shops in Los Angeles contained potentially dangerous additives, including a thickening agent blamed for a national outbreak of deadly lung illnesses tied to vaping. Read more

Teens breathe less second-hand smoke after car smoking ban. A law in the UK banning smoking in cars carrying children has been associated with a reduction in secondhand smoke exposure among teens, a new study suggests. England banned smoking in vehicles carrying kids in 2015, and Scotland followed suit in 2016. (National Post, Jan 28)

Not enough evidence that e-cigarettes help to stop smoking, surgeon general says. nbcnews.com, Jan 23: E-cigarettes are often promoted as a tool to help smokers quit, but there’s still not enough scientific evidence to back up this claim. There is evidence, however, that many young people are introduced to tobacco through e-cigarettes. Read more

WHO warning on vaping draws harsh response from U.K. researchers. sciencemag.org, Jan 22: New warnings about vaping issued this week by the World Health Organization have prompted strong pushback from public health experts in the United Kingdom, who charged that WHO was spreading “blatant misinformation” about the potential risks and benefits of e-cigarettes. Read more

La nocivité des cigarettes électroniques ne fait plus "aucun doute" pour l'OMS. huffingtonpost.fr, 23 janvier : Les cigarettes électroniques sont à coup sûr nocives tant pour les vapoteurs que pour ceux exposés à leurs fumées, qui peuvent causer des dommages aux fœtus et aux cerveaux des adolescents, a mis en garde dans un rapport l’Organisation mondiale de la Santé (OMS). Lire plus

Alberta health advocates alarmed by anti-vaxx documentary screened in theatres, libraries. cbc.ca, Jan 28: Public health advocates and doctors in Alberta are voicing concerns about the spread of misinformation after an anti-vaccination film was screened at public libraries and select movie theatres in the province. Read more

London Ont. study finds controlled-release opioid may cause heart infections. globalnews.ca, Jan 23: A study released by the ICES, Lawson Health Research and Institute and Western University hints that injection drug users prescribed controlled-release hydromorphone are three times more likely to develop endocarditis, a serious bacterial heart infection, compared to those prescribed other opioids. Read more

Short-term exposure to air pollution can increase risk of cardiac arrest: study. ctvnews.ca, Jan 29: Short-term exposure to air pollution is linked to a higher risk of sudden heart problems, especially among older people. The study, published in the journal The Lancet, indicates that even low levels of air pollution can increase the likelihood of cardiac arrest. Study researchers at The University of Sydney say there is an "urgent need to reassess" international guidelines on air quality. Read more

Two Excedrin products are temporarily discontinued, company says. ctvnews.ca, Jan 22: Pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline says it has temporarily discontinued two types of Excedrin items as a precautionary measure. The company has suspended production and distribution of its Excedrin Extra Strength and Excedrin Migraine products. "Through routine quality control and assurance measures, we discovered inconsistencies in how we transfer and weigh ingredients for Excedrin Extra Strength Caplets and Geltabs, and Excedrin Migraine Caplets and Geltabs," it said in a statement. Read more

Advocates see future in ‘campuses of care’ for seniors — and want Ontario government to agree. thestar.com, Jan 27: In their wish list for Ontario’s 2020 funding, advocates at Advantage Ontario are asking the provincial government to support more “campuses of care” for seniors. Read more

'We're doing everything we can' to end hallway medicine, says Premier Doug Ford. cbc.ca, Jan 25: Premier Doug Ford says his government has made "tremendous progress" on tackling hospital overcrowding, despite evidence this week that Ontario hospitals are routinely putting patients in hallways. Read more

2019 Novel Coronavirus infection (Wuhan, China): For health professionals. canada.ca, Jan 28: Health professionals in Canada have a critical role to play in identifying, reporting and managing potential cases of novel coronavirus infection. Read more

Pour les professionnels de la santé : Nouveau coronavirus de 2019 (Wuhan, Chine). canada.ca, 28 janvier : L'Agence de la santé publique du Canada (l'Agence) surveille étroitement la situation du nCoV-2019 et fera le point à mesure que des informations supplémentaires seront disponibles. Lire plus

2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Wuhan, China. cdc.gov, Jan 27: This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation and CDC will provide updated information as it becomes available, in addition to updated guidance. Read more

Coronavirus is spreading--but the flu is a greater threat to Americans. thehill.com, Jan 29: Health experts warned earlier this month that this flu season could be just as deadly as the 2017-2018 season, when 61,000 flu-related deaths were recorded. But the coronavirus outbreak that is believed to have originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan last month should be taken seriously. Read more

Canada’s third likely case of coronavirus reported in B.C. theglobeandmail.com, Jan 28: Three people in Canada have now tested positive for the new coronavirus. B.C.'s Provincial Health Officer confirmed Tuesday the province has its first presumptive case of the new coronavirus, known as 2019-nCoV. Read more

Canada looking to help 126 Canadians quarantined in China for coronavirus. thestar.com, Jan 29: Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne said Tuesday Ottawa is “looking at all options” to help Canadians quarantined in China during the outbreak of a new coronavirus. Read more

Coronavirus : Ottawa n'exclut pas de rapatrier des Canadiens. ici.radio-canada.ca, 28 janvier  Le Canada travaille en collaboration avec ses alliés, a assuré M. Champagne, évoquant la possibilité d’envoyer un avion pour ramener les ressortissants canadiens au pays. Lire plus

Planes of foreigners leave China as coronavirus death toll rises, infection spreads. Number of cases inside China surpasses 2003 SARS outbreak. cbc.ca, Jan 29: Several countries have begun moving their citizens out of the Chinese city hardest hit by an outbreak of a new virus that has killed 132 people and infected more than 6,000 on the mainland and abroad. Read more

New coronavirus cases in China top SARS as evacuations begin. ctvnews.ca, Jan 29: Countries began evacuating their citizens Wednesday from the Chinese city hardest-hit by a new virus that has now infected more people in China than were sickened in the country by SARS. The number of confirmed cases jumped to 5,974, surpassing the 5,327 in mainland China during the SARS outbreak in 2002-2003. Read more

Chine : l’épidémie dépasse l'ampleur du SRAS. ici.radio-canada.ca, 29 janvier : Si l'essentiel des contaminations par le nouveau virus a eu lieu en Chine, une quinzaine de pays sont également touchés. Signe alarmant, le Japon et l'Allemagne ont fait état mardi de transmissions entre humains survenues sur leur sol. Lire plus

Inside the house that SARS built: How outbreak helped prepare Toronto hospital for coronavirus. cbc.ca, Jan 29: From negative pressure rooms to a specialized garage, Humber River Hospital is designed for outbreaks. Read more

Japan confirms coronavirus in man who hadn't been to China. ctvnews.ca, Jan 28: Japanese authorities said Tuesday a man with no recent travel to China has contracted the novel strain of coronavirus -- apparently after driving tourists visiting from Wuhan, where a deadly outbreak began. Read more

Ontario nurses group urges strict protections against novel coronavirus. ottawamatters.com, Jan 28: Infection experts believe the new virus is likely spread through airborne droplet transmission, such as through the coughs or sneezes of an infected person, and generally requires close personal contact to spread. Read more

New coronavirus death toll jumps to 106 as China announces 25 more fatalities. globalnews.ca, Jan 27: China on Tuesday reported 25 more deaths from a new viral disease, raising the total to at least 106, as the U.S. government prepared to fly Americans out of the city at the centre of the outbreak. Read more

Experts Warn of Possible Sustained Global Spread of New Coronavirus. scientificamerican.com, Jan 27: Some infectious disease experts are warning that it may no longer be feasible to contain the new coronavirus circulating in China. Failure to stop it there could see the virus spread in a sustained way around the world and even perhaps join the ranks of respiratory viruses that regularly infect people. Read more

2nd presumptive case of coronavirus confirmed in Ontario. cbc.ca, Jan 27: Patient has been in self-isolation since arriving in Toronto, province's chief medical officer says. ... In a statement issued early Monday, Dr. David Williams said the individual is the wife of a man believed to be Ontario's first presumptive case of the virus. Read more

Un deuxième cas présumé de coronavirus au Canada. ici.radio-canada.ca, 27 janvier : Les autorités de la santé publique en Ontario indiquent que l'épouse d'un homme hospitalisé pour une infection présumée au coronavirus chinois (2019-nCoV) a elle aussi contracté la maladie, selon un test préliminaire. Lire plus

Coronavirus in Canada: What are the next steps to contain the disease here? cbc.ca, Jan 27: … The next steps for Canada's coronavirus patients include two weeks of monitoring in isolation and quarantine for those who've been in close contact with them [2 presumptive cases], infectious disease physicians say. Read more

China's coronavirus quarantine like using an 'atomic bomb' to deal with outbreak, expert says. cbc.ca, Jan 27: Experts say Wuhan quarantine may do more harm than good, advise better screening. Read more

Le coronavirus chinois est contagieux malgré l'absence de symptômes. ici.radio-canada.ca, 26 janvier : Le virus pourrait ne provoquer aucun symptôme pendant deux semaines, selon le ministre de la Santé chinois, Ma Xiaowei, ce qui n'enlève rien à sa contagiosité. Lire plus

Le coronavirus a tué 81 personnes et en a infecté plus de 2800 en Chine. ici.radio-canada.ca, 27 janvier  : Ce que l'on sait : … L'épidémie a fait 81 morts. Plus de 2800 infections ont été signalées en Chine. Près 5800 infections potentielles sont aussi rapportées. Lire plus

Cinq experts répondent à cinq questions sur le coronavirus chinois. ledevoir.com, 24 janvier : les responsables ne sonnent pas l’alarme pour le moment, puisqu’il y a nettement plus de choses qu’on ne sait pas au sujet de ce virus que de choses que l’on sait. Lire plus

China expands city lockdowns, building 1,000-bed hospital to treat virus. cbc.ca, Jan 24: China is swiftly building a 1,000-bed hospital dedicated to patients infected with a new virus that has killed 26 people, sickened hundreds and prompted unprecedented lockdowns of cities during the country's most important holiday. Read more

'Just incredible:' Mass quarantines take China into uncharted territory. cbc.ca, Jan 24: Hard to predict whether cutting off cities will be effective, experts say. Read more

Timeline: How the new coronavirus arose and spread. cbc.ca, Jan 23: From 27 cases in Wuhan, China on Dec. 31 to about 650 cases worldwide and 18 deaths by Jan. 23. Read more

Coronavirus : 40 millions de personnes sont maintenant isolées en Chine. ici.radio-canada.ca, 24 janvier : La quarantaine imposée par le gouvernement chinois en réponse au nouveau coronavirus gagne rapidement du terrain. Lire plus

Chances of Canadian virus outbreak low, says official, as China widens lockdown. ctvnews.ca, Jan 24: The chief medical officer says Canada's chances of getting a coronavirus outbreak is low as China locks down more cities in an effort to contain its spread. Read more

Saskatchewan lab joins global effort to develop coronavirus vaccine. ctvnews.ca, Jan 24: As Canadian public health agencies prepare to deal with a new viral illness, a specialized lab in Saskatoon is using its research on different strains of the coronavirus to help develop a vaccine. Read more

What happens if WHO declares new coronavirus a global health emergency? ctvnews.ca, Jan 23: As global health officials prepare to hold a second emergency meeting on a new virus that has killed 17 people and infected more than 500 others in China, questions remain on how concerning the situation is for other countries. Read more

Wuhan placed under lockdown as coronavirus outbreak kills 17 in China. cnn.com, Jan 23: Live updates. Read more

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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. Read more

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

March 18-21: IADR/AADR/CADR General Session – Washington, D.C. Read more

March 19-21: The Thomas P. Hinman Dental Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. Read more

April 2-4: The 2020 Manitoba Dental Association & Canadian Dental Association Convention –Seeing Dentistry Clearly, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Read more

May 7-9: Ontario Dental Association ASM20 Annual Spring Meeting, in Toronto, Ontario. Read more

May 14-16: California Dental Association (CDA) – Presents the Art & Science of Dentistry, Anaheim, California. Read more

May 21-23: Alberta Dental Association & College, Alberta Wellness Summit, in Edmonton, Alberta. Read more

May 29-June 2: Journées dentaires internationales du Québec, in Montreal, Quebec. Read more

September 1-4: FDI World Dental Congress in Shanghai, China. Read more

September 10-12: California Dental Association (CDA) – Presents the Art & Science of Dentistry, in San Francisco, CA. Save the date

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

October 4: North West Dental Exposition in Edmonton, Alberta. Read more

October 15-18: American Dental Association ADA FDC 2020 in Orlando, Florida. Read more


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