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News Bites from CDA Knowledge Networks – 2014/08/19

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News Bites from CDA Knowledge Networks – 2014/08/19

Dear colleagues, Here is a sampling of news items that came across our desks at CDA in the past week. We invite you to send us leads to news stories worth sharing that have come across your desk in the past week and we look forward to hearing from you (jokeefe@cda-adc.ca or 1-800-267-6354 ext. 2297). Best wishes, John

Canadian dentistry news

Mobile dental hygienist is one of 25 in Northern Ontario to provide care to house-bound patients. Tracy Coyne reduces access to dental care by treating patients who are unable to take a trip to the dentist. Read the story…

Researchers say that the non-biodegradable plastic microbeads typically used in personal care and hygiene products are rapidly building up in Canadian lakes and rivers, as well as the world’s oceans and even trapped in remote Arctic Sea ice. They have the potential, some researchers contend, to absorb toxic chemicals and work their way up the food chain through wildlife. Read the story…

McGill Faculty of Dentistry’s latest addition to its Conversation Series features Dean Paul J. Allison. In the 3-part interview, Dean Allison discusses his career, how he got to where he is, the Faculty’s new facility and more. Watch the interview…

Mind your business

Some suggestions on how to handle slacker employees: it’s a delicate situation and one that takes careful consideration of the company as a whole while planning what should come next. Read the article…

Oral health-care professionals have an opportunity to impact more than a patient’s oral health by learning to recognize the signs of an abusive relationship. Know the warning signs that something may be wrong in order to get your patients the help they could need and you could save a life. Learn more…

Continuing education matters

The Continuing Education Department at the University of Toronto is hosting Dr. Daniele Cardaropoli to present two days of continuing education on September 15th & 16th, 2014. The lectures and hands-on courses will focus on important periodontal treatments, including recessions, ridge preservation and immediate implant placement. Learn more and register…

Please let us know about upcoming continuing education meetings that could be of interest to Canadian dentists by emailing us at oasisdiscussions@cda-adc.ca

Clinical & scientific news

Lack of instruction consistency hinders toothbrushing, according to a study published in the British Dental Journal. “The unacceptably large diversity in recommendations on what toothbrushing method to use should concern the dental profession,” says the study. “Higher grades of evidence of effectiveness of toothbrushing techniques are required to inform professional bodies that develop guidelines on toothbrushing.” Learn more…

Researchers have hijacked a defense system normally used by bacteria to fend off viral infections and redirected it against human papillomavirus (HPV), which causes cervical, head and neck and other cancers, according to a new study in the Journal of Virology. Read the article…

Your health & medical news

Government of Canada donates 800–1000 doses of an experimental Ebola vaccine to World Health Organization (WHO). The vaccine, VSV-EBOV, has never been tested in humans, but has shown promise in animal research. The decision to implement it comes after a WHO medical panel’s decision that in response to the Ebola death toll rising above 1000, it is ethical to offer untested or unproven medical interventions with as yet unknown efficacy and adverse effects. Read the WHO story and the government press release…

With the arrival of the first Ebola patients to the US, hospitals stock up and create plans for treatment and infection control in handling the virus. Though not airborne, the deadly virus is transmitted via bodily fluids, which can be released into the air briefly during procedures such as inserting a breathing tube into infected patients. Opinions differ on the appropriate safety precautions that should be taken by medical staff faced with infected patients. Read the article…

Doctors Without Borders opens the organization’s largest-ever Ebola treatment center near Liberia’s capital, Monrovia. The opening comes a day after an improvised holding center at a former school in Monrovia was overrun by protesters who broke in and carried away patients and supplies. The center is a series of large white tents on the grounds of a hospital in Paynesville and is designed to hold an initial 120 patients and then to be expanded to accept up to 400. Read the article…

Dental industry news

The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) announces the launch of its new ADEA GoDental website. The site is intended to provide students considering a career in dentistry or dental hygiene the information and guidance they need to apply to programs, matriculate and eventually fulfill their career goals. Learn more and visit the website…

The ADA addresses questions about the safety of triclosan, the active ingredient in ADA Seal-approved Colgate Total. According to the ADA, a scientific council monitors the safety of Seal-approved products and would remove the Seal should they find evidence that the product poses a health risk. Read the article…

If you wish to send us leads to news stories worth sharing that have come across your desk recently, please contact us by email at oasisdiscussions@cda-adc.ca or by toll-free phone at 1-855-716-2747.

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