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News Bites from CDA Knowledge Networks – 2018/11/21

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Do-it-at-home orthodontic services hit Ottawa, and spark questions from dentists

Release of the Draft Guidance Document: Licensing Requirements for Implantable Medical Devices Manufactured by 3D Printing

Researchers detect the most efficient salivary biomarkers for detecting oral cancer

Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF) Application: Evidence-Based Recommendations

Canadian Dentistry News

Do-it-at-home orthodontic services hit Ottawa, and spark questions from dentists. ottawacitizen.com: Dr. Jay Phillipson, president of the Canadian Association of Orthodontists, has been watching as companies like SmileDirectClub have ramped up in popularity across the United States. He wasn’t surprised to see the firm open up shop north of the border. Read more

Obituary: Harry Rosen, Montreal dentist and maker of imposing public art. montrealgazette.com: Harry Rosen was a pioneering Montreal dentist who made a name for himself as the creator of imposing outdoor sculptures that are on display around the city. He died Thursday at age 89 of pancreatic cancer. Read more

Celebrating outstanding alumni. dal.ca: This year’s winners – Tom Boran, Susan Keating-Bekkers, Carol Anne Murdoch-Kinch, and Rick Raftus – ticked all those boxes – and more – with their outstanding achievements. Read more

Taking the rough with the smooth: A Tufts student’s adventures in the Dal Faculty of Dentistry. dal.ca: Daria Ameri has packed a lot into two weeks. …. Her mission: to compare the levels of gloss and surface roughness that different composites can achieve with the two polishing systems used at Dalhousie and Tufts. Read more

RCDSO College Meeting Highlights. rcdso.org: A summary of the College meeting held on November 15, 2018. Highlights include standards and a guideline approved by the College. Read more

Release of the Draft Guidance Document: Licensing Requirements for Implantable Medical Devices Manufactured by 3D Printing. canada.ca: Comments provided to Health Canada should be submitted no later than January 8, 2019, in order to allow sufficient time for their assessment. Read more

Ontario Child Care, Dental Plan Could Be Axed In PC Economic Statement. huffingtonpost.ca: Premier Doug Ford’s government will unveil its first big economic update since taking office in June. Read more

International Dentistry News

Medicine and Dentistry: Undoing an Illogical 150-Year Divide. forbes.com: But we’re in a moment—driven by our greater understanding of the links between medical and dental outcomes—where we can further integrate the two fields to better meet the needs of patients. Read more

New Grant to Support Dental Care for Children, Adults with Rare Genetic Disorder. dental.upenn.edu: A grant awarded to Penn Dental Medicine and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia will help create a new program that focuses on providing dental care to children and adults with a rare genetic disorder. Read more

‘Avalanche of children’ needing intensive dental care in Auckland has caused eight-month backlog. tvnz.co.nz: There are currently about 2500 children on the waiting list for specialist treatment involving general anaesthetic. Read more

Listening and learning from the very best in the world. fdiworlddental.org: Interview with Dr. Roger Macias, 2019 General Chair of the Committee on Annual Meetings from the American Dental Association. Read more

Survey Findings Shed Light on ADEA Priorities. adeachartingprogress.wordpress.com: Dr. Rick Valachovic explores what the 2018 ADEA Survey of Dental School Seniors reveals about ADEA’s work in five key areas. Read more

Water fluoridation on the ballot. ada.org: Dentists educate voters, tackle misinformation about the public health benefit. Read more

Call for closer links between GPs and dentists. onmedica.com: GPs must work more closely and liaise better with dentists if the rising number of patients with oral cancer are to be helped properly, according to a new action plan. Read more

Our View: Dentists sound alarm on our broken system. pressherald.com [EDITORIAL]: Treating dental care as an optional benefit ignores its importance to our health. Read more

Dental care often ignored in nursing homes. stateimpact.npr.org: It’s so important that it was federally mandated in a historic national nursing home reform bill passed in 1987. Thirty-one years later, Mitchell says most resident’s teeth that she sees still aren’t being brushed. Read more

 Clinical & Scientific News

To resolve inflammation, location matters. penntoday.upenn.edu: Researchers from the School of Dental Medicine and colleagues have identified a protein that plays a key role in getting the body back to normal after inflammation. Read more

The Quest to Understand Dental Stem Cells. nidcr.nih.gov: NIDCR-Supported Researchers Explore Basic Biology & Therapeutic Potential. Read more

Children have positive feelings when they lose their first baby tooth. new-medical.net: An interdisciplinary research group at the University of Zurich has now found that children’s feelings are predominantly positive. The study also reveals that previous visits to the dentist’s as well as parental background and level of education affect how children experience the loss of their first tooth. Read more

Researchers detect the most efficient salivary biomarkers for detecting oral cancer. medicalxpress.com: The research team … has conducted a systematic review and a meta-analysis of the clinical trials that have thus far evaluated the efficacy of the three types of salivary biomarkers that are the most promising for the early detection of this type of oral cancer. Read more

Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF) Application: Evidence-Based Recommendations. youtube.com (ADA): Watch how to apply SDF to arrest advanced cavitated carious lesions on coronal surfaces of primary and permanent teeth. Read more

Why bother with evidence-based dentistry? ADA has the answer — free and fast. ada.org: the ADA Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry in October launched what will be a series of five-to-10-minute video tutorials featuring experts in evidence-based dentistry addressing common questions on the subject matter. Read more

Mind Your Business

The effects of favoritism are detrimental in the dental workplace. dentistryiq.com: Favoritism is occurring frequently in the workforce today. It does not get a great deal of formal attention, but it is an important issue that exists in all organizations, across all industries. Read more

Your health & Medical News

ACCESS 2022: A Movement to Inspire a New Day in Health Care. infoway-inforoute.ca: Canada Health Infoway (Infoway) announced the launch of ACCESS 2022, a movement to promote a future where all Canadians have access to their health information through the availability and use of digital health tools and services, which will empower patients and improve health outcomes. Read more

CMA members say patients skipping doses due to high cost of drugs. cma.ca: CMA updates policy to push for universal coverage of 125 essential medicines. Read more

Health Canada releases new data on cannabis use in Canada. canada.ca: The 2018 Canadian Cannabis Survey provides a snapshot of Canadians’ knowledge, attitudes and behaviours related to cannabis before the law changed. Read more

Santé Canada publie de nouvelles données sur la consommation de cannabis au Canada. canada.ca: L’Enquête canadienne sur le cannabis de 2018 fournit un instantané des connaissances, des attitudes et des comportements des Canadiens en ce qui concerne le cannabis avant les modifications apportées à la législation. Lire plus

The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) urges the Ontario government not to reinstate sick notes for short-term illnesses. cma.ca: CMA is concerned with the Ontario government’s plan in Bill 47 to reinstate sick notes for short-term illnesses as a way to manage absenteeism. Read more

Antibiotic resistance costing Canada $1 billion per year: IPAC. ctvnews.com: Infection Prevention and Control Canada (IPAC) says the price tag of antibiotic resistance will continue to grow without significant action on the part of the federal government. Read more

Overscheduled and glued to screens — children are sleeping less than ever before. cmajnews.com: Managing screen time is one component of ensuring children get enough sleep. Read more

Drug Recalls Put Spotlight on Drug Supply Chains. webmd.com: Nearly 8 out of 10 medications Americans take have some component made abroad, largely in developing industrial powers China and India. Read more

Study: Vapers May Prompt Smokers to Quit. webmd.com: New research suggests that’s so: Cigarette smokers who spent more time with people who used electronic cigarettes were more likely to try quitting smoking. Read more

Peanut allergy treatment ‘in sight’. bbc.com: Peanut allergy can be beaten with a treatment that slowly builds up tolerance, a large study shows. Read more

CHUM launches first French-language school of AI in medicine. montrealgazette.com: Doctors and researchers at the CHUM are pursuing 80 projects involving artificial intelligence, ranging from dermatology to radio-oncology. Read more

A Bold New Strategy for Stopping the Rise of Superbugs. theatlantic.com: Scientists have pinpointed a molecule that accelerates the evolution of drug-resistant microbes. Now they’re trying to find a way to block it. Read more

‘Troubling signs’: Health Canada to review tobacco strategy as smoking rate spikes. CBC.ca News, Nov 20: Health Canada is looking for outside experts to review its tobacco control strategy – a federal program that appears to have hit a wall after years of helping to drive down smoking rates. Read more

Medication dominates Canadian health-care spending, according to new CIHI reports. theglobeandmail.com: Spending on prescription and over-the-counter drugs in Canada is rising faster than spending on hospitals or doctors, according to the latest official snapshot of how health-care dollars are allocated across the country. Read more

Prescription drug shortages alarm patients across Canada. cbc.ca: Right now, there are more than 1,600 drugs that can’t be filled, many of them used for critical and chronic conditions, and it’s a problem that seems to be getting worse. Watch 2:05

More young people taking up vaping instead of smoking, research shows. CBC.CA News: New research shows there is little evidence e-cigarettes are prompting young people to start smoking. Read more

More can be done to curb vaping among Canadian youth, professor says. cbc.ca/radio: Health Canada says new advertising rules aim to discourage vaping among youth. Many health experts are raising concerns about the use of e-cigarettes and vaping among teens. 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


January 31, February 2, 2019: Yankee Dental Congress in Boston, Massachusetts. Read more

January 25-26, 2019: Manitoba Dental Association Annual Meeting & Convention, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Read more

February 21-23, 2019: Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting, in Chicago, Il. Read more

March 7-9, 2019: Pacific Dental Conference, in Vancouver, British Columbia. Read more

March 12-16, 2019: 38th International Dental Show (IDS) in Cologne, Germany. Read more

March 13-19, 2019: Academy of Osseointegration 2019 Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. Read more

April 10-13, 2019: American Association of Endodontists Annual Meeting, in Montreal, Quebec. Read more

April 10-15, 2019: Seminar: Everyday Esthetics with Direct and Indirect Approaches (Hands-On). The College of Dental Surgeons of Saskatchewan is organizing a hand-on seminar that will coincide with the Coachella Music Festival from April 10–15, 2019. The seminar will discuss what matters most in dental esthetics, using a six-point checklist of things to consider with every smile. Read more and PDF Poster

May 1-4, 2019: 38th Australian Dental Congress in Adelaide, Australia. Read more

May 9-11, 2019: Ontario Dental Association Annual Spring Meeting, Toronto, Ontario. Read more

May 21–25, 2019: Alberta Dental Association and College Annual Congress in Calgary, Alberta. Save the dates

May 24–28, 2019: Journées dentaires internationales du Québec, in Montréal, Québec. Save the dates

June 19–22, 2019: IADR/AADR/CADR General Session & Exhibition in Vancouver, British Columbia. Save the dates

September 6-9, 2019: American Dental Association Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA. Read more

September 12–14: College of Dental Surgeons of Saskatchewan + Canadian Dental Association Joint Convention, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Save the dates


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