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News Bites from CDA Knowledge Networks – 2018/05/23

Top News

Highly regarded Volpe Prize goes to a UBC doctoral student again

Pénurie de dentistes en Haute-Gaspésie

Silver diamine fluoride bill passes through first Senate committee hearing

FDA approves new drug for patients with chronic liver disease who have low blood platelets and are undergoing a medical or dental procedure

The IADR/AADR publish JDR special issue on head and neck cancer

Canadian dentistry news

Assiniboian Elected Canadian Dental Association President. discovermoosejaw.com: Mitch Taillon a practicing Dentist in Assiniboia has made his way through the Provincial and National ranks to be the President of the Canadian Dental Association. Read more

Northern Ontario First Nations are battling an oral health crisis. tvo.org: In the region’s remote First Nations more than 80 per cent of five-year-olds have tooth decay — but a new program aims to fix that. Read more

Highly regarded Volpe Prize goes to a UBC doctoral student again. dentistry.ubc.ca. Dr. Jiarui Bi won the prestigious Volpe Prize for the best clinical research in periodontology by students in dentistry. This is the second time a student from a Canadian university (and UBC) has won the award. Read more

Nearly a quarter of Ontarians newly prescribed opioids received dose exceeding guidelines. medicalxpress.com: Dental pain accounted for nearly one in four new opioid prescriptions, but these were generally of short duration and low dose. Read more

Ontario’s Medical Future – The Agenda with Steve Paikin. tvo.org: The Agenda welcomes Deb Matthews, Liberal MPP for London North Centre, Christine Elliott PC candidate for Newmarket-Aurora, France Gélinas, MPP for Nickel Belt, and Mike Schreiner, leader of the Green Party, to discuss their plans for Ontario health care, particularly hospital overcrowding and surgery wait times. Note: Gelinas spoke about dental at the 9:13 mark. Watch 34:40

CDAA Weekly E-Newsbrief May 23, 2018. cdaa.ca: Read more

Teens say they vape because ‘it’s cool’ as Feds move to axe coolness factor; Feds stamp on coolness factor of vaping. nationalpost.com: Selling vaping products to anyone under 18 will be banned and marketing flavours to teens will be prohibited, along with marketing that features ‘lifestyle’ themes. Read more

E-cigarette and vaping ads coming soon to a TV, radio or newspaper near you. cbc.ca: For the first time in decades, you could see billboards for recreational nicotine products. Read more

Pénurie de dentistes en Haute-Gaspésie. tvanouvelles.ca: La Haute-Gaspésie vit depuis plusieurs années une véritable pénurie de dentistes, une situation qui devient de plus en plus préoccupante. […] Un dentiste pour 11 500 résidents, c’est la réalité de la Haute-Gaspésie. Lire plus

Des soins dentaires à même l’hôpital de Sainte-Anne-des-Monts? lavantagegaspesien.com: Ce n’est pas un secret pour personne que l’accès à un dentiste en Haute-Gaspésie est plutôt difficile, voire impossible. […] Les Annemontois sont alors contraints à se rendre aussi loin de que Rimouski pour y faire traiter une carie ou subir un traitement de canal. Lire plus

Le travail des femmes : largement invisible dans tous les domaines des soins de santé. la-liberte.ca: Au sein des professions où elles sont rapidement en train de devenir majoritaires, comme la médecine, la dentisterie et la pharmacologie, les femmes n’occupent que rarement des postes de direction. Lire plus

International dentistry news

Silver diamine fluoride bill passes through first Senate committee hearing. cda.org: With SB 1148, SDF will be placed in dentists’ tool belts as an option to treat dental caries as part of a patient’s comprehensive treatment plan. Read more

Charity calls for severe changes as the UK’s ‘dangerous dependency’ on energy drinks is revealed. dentalhealth.org: The Oral Health Foundation wants there to be a change in how much sugar Brits consume in their diets and hopes that increased awareness about the potential damage it can cause to their oral health will help achieve this. Read more

Sugar targets: Dentists tell Ministers this isn’t Mission Accomplished. bda.org: The BDA has expressed concern as a new report shows insufficient progress is being made on sugar reduction targets. Read more

FDA takes action against the use of OTC benzocaine teething products due to serious safety risk, lack of benefit. fda.gov: Agency urges companies to discontinue teething products, include new warnings for other OTC benzocaine products and revise warnings for approved prescription local anesthetic drugs. Read more

Vaping may pose a health risk — but many Massachusetts teens don’t know that. bostonglobe.com: The Massachusetts Health Council, concerned about the uptick in vaping among teenagers, interviewed young people in four area communities to learn more about the trend — and found that many were unaware that the products could pose any health risks. Read more

The painful consequences of not putting fluoride in the water. news.com.au: The picturesque country towns of Oberon and Bathurst might be less than an hour apart but as soon as someone opens their mouth, it’s easy to tell why they’re worlds apart. Read more

PAs Improving in Providing Dental Health Care. clinicaladvisor.com: Physician assistants (PAs) are working to provide better oral health care to their patients, but there is still room for improvement, according to research presented at the American Academy of Physician Assistants’ 2018 conference. Read more

Cloud computing examined in ADA-developed technical report. ada.org: Dentists with questions about cloud computing have an ADA resource published earlier this year to turn to for answers. Read more

Roaming robots and dental therapists make it into law. azcapitoltimes.com: Without comment, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation Thursday creating a category of “dental therapist” and describing what kinds of things they can do and where they can practice. Read more

Clinical & scientific news

Innovating to Improve Care for Low Back Pain in the Military. jamanetwork.com: Chiropractic Care Passes Muster. Read more

Compound in citrus oil could reduce dry mouth in head, neck cancer patients. medicalxpress.com: The compound, called d-limonene, protected cells that produce saliva in mice exposed to radiation therapy—without diminishing the tumor-fighting effects of the radiation. Read more

FDA approves new drug for patients with chronic liver disease who have low blood platelets and are undergoing a medical or dental procedure. fda.gov: This is the first drug approved by the FDA for this use. Read more

FDA requires additional e-cigarette makers to provide critical information, so the agency can better examine youth use and product appeal, amid continued concerns around youth access to products. fda.gov: Letters to four companies follow initial request to JUUL Labs as part of an ongoing effort to address youth use under the agency’s Youth Tobacco Prevention Plan. Read more

Study: Young Americans inhale more smoke from hookah than cigarettes. post-gazette.com: A new study from University of Pittsburgh researcher Brian Primack in the journal Tobacco Control found that there is another increasingly popular form of tobacco inhalation to pay attention to: hookah. Read more

Improving health research among Indigenous Peoples in Canada. cmaj.ca: Many Indigenous people are highly involved in health research. However, many remain hesitant to participate, given the historical context of research involving Indigenous people in Canada. Read more

Patient awareness/knowledge towards oral cancer: a cross-sectional survey. bmcoralhealth.biomedcentral.com: This cross-sectional study sought to assess current knowledge, awareness, and behaviors of patients in rural communities surrounding oral cancer risk. Read more

Perceptions and attitudes toward performing risk assessment for periodontal disease: a focus group exploration. bmcoralhealth.biomedcentral.com: The objective of this study was to explore the knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs of dental providers in these settings toward risk-based care through focus groups. Read more

The IADR/AADR publish JDR special issue on head and neck cancer. iadr.org: Read more

The death rate from cancer is falling for American men, women and children of all backgrounds. latimes.com: The gains have been seen in men, women and children, as well as across racial and ethnic groups. However, depending on the type of cancer involved, some Americans benefited more than others. Read more

When Marijuana Is Used before Cigarettes or Alcohol: Demographic Predictors and Associations with Heavy Use, Cannabis Use Disorder, and Other Drug-related Outcomes. link.springer.com: Authors investigated predictors and potential consequences of initiating marijuana before other drugs for youth aged 12–21-years in the USA. Read more

Mind your business

The Cybersecurity 202: Why cybersecurity experts are so concerned about the health-care industry. The Washington Post: New research released by two security companies paints an unsettling picture for the health-care industry: Hackers are stepping up their attacks on hospitals and other health organizations that may be ill prepared to defend against the wave of malicious activity. Read more

More patients are taking home recordings of their doctor visits. But who else could listen? statnews.com: Doctors across the U.S. have begun doing what once seemed unthinkable in a litigious health care environment: recording their medical conversations with patients and encouraging them to review the audio at home. Read more

Starting Your Dental Career? Here’s a Checklist that Will Help. cdspi.com: You’ve just graduated. Great! Your bright horizon will be a little bit brighter if you check off some key items as you head into your career. Read more

Patient information

Mouth Patrol. fdiworlddental.org: In every video, Toothie motivates children to play an active role in their own oral care and ensures that good oral hygiene is practiced across the different age groups. Watch and share these short videos

Your health & medical news

Stress in Dentistry. oralhealthgroup.com: It’s the topic of one our most popular articles ever written in Oral Health and has an impact on every reader in the industry: Stress in Dentistry. Watch 05:15 and read more

Preventative Medicine 101 – The Agenda with Steve Paikin. tvo.org: The Agenda discusses the basics of preventative medicine with Pegeen Walsh, chair of the Ontario Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance. Watch 8:34

FDA approves novel preventive treatment for migraine. fda.gov: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Aimovig (erenumab-aooe) for the preventive treatment of migraine in adults. Read more

FDA approves the first non-opioid treatment for management of opioid withdrawal symptoms in adults. fda.gov: Encouraging more widespread innovation and development of safe and effective treatments for opioid use disorder remains top agency priority. Read more

Director-General brings ambitious agenda for change to World Health Assembly. who.int: WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus will open the Seventy-first World Health Assembly in Geneva with an ambitious agenda for change that aims to save 29 million lives by 2023. Read more

WHO concerned as one Ebola case confirmed in urban area of Democratic Republic of the Congo. who.int: Read more

Pools, Hot Tubs Can Harbor Dangerous Germs. webmd.com: In some cases, they can even lead to death. Read more

The dark side of our genes: challenges to ageing in modern times. sydney.edu.au: Genes that were helpful in our evolutionary past may now predispose us to chronic diseases, such as cancer and cardiovascular diseases. Read more

Continuing education matters

Dalhousie University – Current course offerings

McGill University – Winter 2017 continuing education – upcoming courses

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


May 24-27 – Alberta Dental Association and College – Jasper Dental Congress, in Jasper, Alberta. Read more

May 25-29 – Journées dentaires internationales du Québec, in Montréal, Québec. Read more

May 31-June 2 – Newfoundland and Labrador Dental Association Oral Health Convention, in Gander, NL. Read more

June 7-9 – Academy of General Dentistry – AGD2018, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Read more

June 20-23 – Annual Meeting of the American Dental Society of Europe, in Biarritz, France. Read more

August 22-25 – CDA Convention, hosted by the Dental Association of PEI. Save the date

August 31-September 2 – 24th International Association for Disability and Oral Health Congress, in Dubai, UAE. Registration now open

September 5-8, – FDI World Dental Congress, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Read more

September 6-8 – 2017 Saskatchewan Oral Health Conference, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Save the dates

September 21-22 – Canadian Association of Public Health Dentistry Annual Conference, in Vancouver, British Columbia. Read more

September 27-29: 26th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Canadian Academy of Restorative Dentistry and Prosthodontics, in Montreal, Quebec. Save the date

October 18-22 – ADA 2018 America’s Dental Meeting, in Honolulu, Hawaii. Save the date

November 25-28 – Greater NY Dental Meeting 2018, in New York, NY. Read more


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