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Is There a Link Between Poor Oral Health and Physical Frailty in Older Men?

Dr. Sheena Ramsey, Clinical Senior Lecturer in the Institute of Health and Society at Newcastle University, is the coauthor of a study that looked into identifying the link between poor oral health and physical frailty in a group of older British men. Although the link between poor oral health and good levels of nutrition seems obvious, it is important to seek evidence that proves such association. The cross-sectional and longitudinal study they conducted followed a cohort of older British men as part of the British Regional Heart Study. As usual, our hope is that the content is beneficial to you ...

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Guidelines for the Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Management of High Blood Pressure in Adults

On November 13th, 2017, the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology issued the first comprehensive new high blood pressure guidelines in more than a decade. To give us more details on the evidence behind this update to the guidelines, we invited Dr. Joaquin Cigarroa, a member of the joint American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology task force that developed and drafted these new guidelines.  I hope you enjoy the interview informative and find the PDF resource valuable. Please share your feedback, suggestions, and questions through oasisdiscussions@cda-adc.ca Until next time! Chiraz Guessaier, CDA Oasis Manager Highlights ...

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Understanding the Genetic Mutations and Interactions that Cause Cleft Lip with or without Cleft Palate

Highlights What is IRF6 and why was it important for you to look into this gene’s activity? The IRF6 gene is arguably one of the most significant contributors to the incidence of, and susceptibility to, cleft lip / palate. It encodes a protein, called a transcription factor, that functions in the nucleus of cells to turn on other genes. It primarily functions in epithelia, particularly in the developing embryo. It is a member of a small family of proteins, called interferon regulatory factors, that also have a role in immunity. What was the underlying theory of your research and how did you ...

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Which Medications Induce Salivary Gland Dysfunction, Xerostomia, and Subjective Sialorrhea? A Systematic Review

Highlights Medication-induced salivary gland dysfunction (MISGD), xerostomia (sensation of oral dryness), and subjective sialorrhea cause significant morbidity and impair quality of life. However, no evidence-based lists of the medications that cause these disorders exist. The objective was to compile a list of medications affecting salivary gland function and inducing xerostomia or subjective sialorrhea. Data Sources Electronic databases were searched for relevant articles published until June 2013. Of 3867 screened records, 269 had an acceptable degree of relevance, quality of methodology, and strength of evidence. We found 56 chemical substances with a higher level of evidence and 50 with a moderate ...

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Screening for Poly-Drug Usage: A New Tool

My guest is Dr. Philip Britz-McKibbin, Associate Professor of Bio-analytical Chemistry at McMaster University and co-author of the article recently published in Analytical Chemistry and which details the research that led to this new method: High Throughput Screening Method for Systematic Surveillance of Drugs of Abuse by Multisegment Injection−Capillary Electrophoresis−Mass Spectrometry. In light of the epidemic of prescription drug abuse and its impact on public health, it has become imperative to develop new tools to detect and screen these abused substances. The biochemical tests that are available to our scientists today are prone to bias and are not applicable to determine a ...

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Fentanyl: What you Should Know

Dr. JoonYoung Ji returns on Oasis Discussions to speak about Fentanyl, a potent opioid that has surfaced in recent times as an abused substance responsible for many overdoses and deaths. Dr. Ji explains what Fentanyl is and why it would be found in a dental practice if ever.  We hope you find the conversation valuable and that you share your feedback with us on Oasis Discussions or through oasisdiscussions@cda-adc.ca. Bookmark our page and visit us frequently to keep up to date with the latest in the world of dentistry! Chiraz Guessaier, CDA Oasis Manager Highlights Fentanyl and carfentanyl have recently been in the ...

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Should Dentists Carry an Automated External Defibrillator in their Practice?

It is always a pleasure to host Dr. Joonyoung Ji again Oasis Discussions to speak about an increasingly important question: should dentists carry and AED in their practices. Dr. Ji spoke with Dr. John O’Keefe about few considerations that dentists might want to know.  We hope you find the conversation valuable and that you share your feedback with us on Oasis Discussions or through oasisdiscussions@cda-adc.ca. Bookmark our page and visit us frequently to keep up to date with the latest in the world of dentistry! Chiraz Guessaier, CDA Oasis Manager Highlights Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) have become increasingly visible in ...

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Using Antibiotics Wisely to Combat Rising Drug Resistance

November 13 to 19, 2017 is World Antibiotic Awareness week. I have invited Dr. Shelita Dattani, Director, Practice Development and Knowledge Translation at the Canadian Pharmacists Association, to speak to our audience about antimicrobial resistance and stewardship. The issue is at the forefront of the World Health Organization list of priorities as rising resistance becomes gradually a global phenomenon.  Dr. Dattani spoke about how dentists and pharmacists are playing a crucial role in helping solve this issue.  We hope you find the interview informative and join our conversation. You can always share your feedback with us on Oasis Discussions or through oasisdiscussions@cda-adc.ca. Bookmark our page ...

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