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News Bites from CDA Knowledge Networks – 2014/09/16

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3d Vector illustration of news iconDear 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

“Cost of dental care in Canada keeps patients away.” According to the Globe and Mail, Canadians spend almost $12-billion annually on dental services, but glaring inequalities in access to oral health care remain, especially for the poor. Read more…

High-dose opioid painkillers still prescribed at high rates in Canada. Many Canadians are prescribed high-dose painkillers such as OxyContin and morphine, among the most dangerous pills, say researchers, who found differences between dispensing between provinces. Read more…

The NCOHR 2014 summer research institute at UBC dentistry. The Centre for High-Throughput Phenogenomics welcomed researchers from six Canadian universities this past July in its first summer institute. Nine participants from Canadian universities were given the opportunity to garner a complete picture of new and innovative imaging capabilities specifically geared toward integrating them in their oral and craniofacial basic science research. Read more…

A life dedicated to making others smile. Dr. Doug Nielsen has, both figuratively and literally, dedicated his life to making people smile. Read more…

Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry: Dentistry Alumni of Distinction Awards 2014. Three outstanding individuals havebeen recognized: Dr.Theresa Hofstede, Dr. Nii Otu Nartey, and Arthur Worth. Read more…

Need to improve dental health of Canada’s seniors. Many seniors in Canada have poor oral health, and we need to start the conversation about how to improve access to dental care for this vulnerable group, argues an editorial published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). Read more…

The College of Dental Surgeons of BC publishes a series of new guidelines for its members: Minimal and Moderate Sedation Services in Dentistry and Obstructive Sleep Apnea. The Role of Dentists in the Treatment of Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea with Oral Appliances

CDHA Celebrates Excellence in Oral Health and Dental Hygiene. The Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA) recognized 18 leaders in oral health for their outstanding contributions to the profession of dental hygiene, the national association, and to the overall health and well-being of the Canadian public. Read more…

International dentistry news

The ADA issues a statement on Triclosan in toothpaste. The ADA addressed questions raised about the safety of triclosan, an ingredient in Seal-approved Colgate Total, with a statement to two inquiring media organizations. Read more…

The American Dental Association launches new science podcasts. A new podcast series focusing on scientific topics launched this month on the ADA Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry website. Read more…

Millions of US Children Losing Out on Preventive Care. Millions of children and teenagers are not receiving the basic preventive care needed to ensure their long-term health and well-being, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Read more…

You could lose teeth with DIY whitening kits. Leading dentist has warned that people are at risk of damaging, and in some cases losing, their teeth by using illegal whitening products. Dr Andrew Bolas has warned that some beauty and teeth whitening clinics in Ireland are ignoring the law. Read more…

British Dental Journal: New guidance aims to improve prisoners’ oral health. A new guide has been launched which aims to help significantly improve the oral health of the prison population in Scotland. Read more…

Your health & medical news

5 made-in-Canada ideas that are changing global health care:

  • Turning power tools into sterile surgical tools using drill covers. View the video
  • Using edible plants to fight cavities. View the video
  • Ushering in a new way of managing resources post-disaster. View the video
  • Changing the way the world’s parents look at spanking. View the video
  • Helping those with hearing impairment listen with the eyes. View the video

Ebola outbreak. Get the latest from the World Health Organization and their Ebola-related website.

Outbreak of Enterovirus D68in the US. Get the latest from the Centers for Disease Control.

Challenging health care myths. A recent court challenge before the British Columbia Supreme Court had threatened to change the rules of the game for the Canadian healthcare system, should the challenge make its way to the Supreme Court of Canada and be successful. Read more…

Three Short Walks Reverse Harmful Effects of 3 Hours of Prolonged Sitting. It’s an established fact that our modern sedentary lifestyle is doing no favors for our health. While obesity and associated issues are actually on the decline, we still have a long way to go. However, there are dozens of small ways to improve your cardiovascular fitness and health. Read more…

Researchers develop new type of genetic test for identifying developmental disorders. A large team of researchers has conducted an exhaustive study that has resulted in the development of a new genetic test to help identify development disorders in children. Read more…

Sanofi Announces $2.5 Million Contribution to Dementia Research. Sanofi announced its $2.5 million contribution to co-fund the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA), a partnership officially launched in Montreal today in the presence of The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health. Read more…

Confidential Help and Information is at Your Fingertips. With a new mobile device application (app), you can obtain expert health and wellness information on your smartphone or tablet. The app also offers confidential online chat with a professional counsellor. Read more. Access the Members’ Assistance Program (MAP)

Mind your business

Communication tool improves cooperation in children with autism. A new communication tool has been created for dental professionals who work with children and young people with autism spectrum disorders or learning difficulties. Read more. Download the free leaflets.

CDSPI introduces Retiree benefits. Starting in January, if you are a retired dentist or soon-to-be retired dentist you may apply for health benefits coverage at greatly preferred pricing through CDSPI Retiree Benefits. Read more…

Learning to eat with dentures: a patient’s guide. Read more…

Continuing education matters

Dalhousie Dentistry Alumni Lecture Series, Moncton, October 28th, 2014. Read more…

McGill University

University of Toronto: Faculty of Dentistry:

September 19, 2014: Cosmetic Dentistry: Mini-Residency for Practicing Dentists

September 20, 2014: Capture the Perfect Smile and Prepare Effective Marketing and Educational Material for your Practice

September 27, 2014: Certificate Course in Dental Practice Management

Winnipeg Dental Society:

University of Alberta

University of British Columbia

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

Ozone nano-bubble water: Potential treatment for severe gum infections. A powerful new antiseptic agent, called ozone nano-bubble water, holds promise for the treatment of periodontitis, or severe gum infections, according to research published in the journal Science and Technology of Advanced Materials. Read more…

Anti-pain agent shrinks oral cancers, leaves healthy tissues alone. New research has shown that an agent called capsazepine reduced the oral tumors in mice without damaging surrounding tissues. It’s a hopeful start with more work to go. Read more…

Rinse Eases Symptoms of Oral Mucositis in Cancer Patients. A rinse for oral mucositis has been shown to offer significantly better symptom improvement than placebo in a randomized controlled trial. Read more…

Dental industry news

Adapting Mouthwash to Global Market. The 135-year-old mouthwash brand Listerine had not changed its four core germ-killing ingredients in more than a century. But lately, the company has been forced to think outside the bottle, as Americans continue to spend more cautiously than they did before the economic collapse of 2008, and are always on the hunt for the next best thing. Read more…

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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