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News Bites from CDA Knowledge Networks – 2021/03/17

Coronavirus: What's happening in Canada and around the world on Wednesday. cbc.ca, March 17: Biden: We'll have news soon on sharing U.S. vaccines with other countries. Pharmacists ramp up to vaccinate people 85 and over in New Brunswick starting today. Alberta's COVID-19 response a race between variants and vaccinations, Dr. Deena Hinshaw says. How masks could affect speech and language development in children. Ontario sees 1,508 new COVID-19 cases a year after 1st state of emergency declared. Toronto South jail faces outbreak of 70 COVID-19 cases, more than half linked to variant of concern. Read more

'We're suffering': Mark Carney says Canada must build vaccine and PPE manufacturing capacity. ctvnews.ca, March 17: Canada needs to build up its manufacturing capacity for both vaccines and personal protective equipment (PPE) if it wants to be prepared for the next pandemic, says former Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney. Read more

Canada lags behind U.S., other countries in vaccinations but expects to catch up quickly. 680news.com, March 16: Canada once was hailed as a success story in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, faring much better than the United States in deaths and infections because of how it approached lockdowns. But the trade-dependent nation has lagged on vaccinating its population because it lacks the ability to manufacture the vaccine and has had to rely on the global supply chain for the lifesaving shots, like many other countries. Read more

Liberals commit $200M for domestic vaccine manufacturing but critics say money alone won't solve problems. nationalpost.com, March 16: The pharmaceutical industry has been reducing its manufacturing presence in Canada over decades, driven by concerns about patent protection and drug prices. Read more

Will Canada use COVID-19 vaccines from Russia and China? ctvnews.ca, March 16: A new study from the Lancet has shown that Russia's Sputnik V vaccine, which was initially met with skepticism in the West, has an efficacy rate of nearly 92 per cent, almost on par with Pfizer and Moderna, which are at 95 per cent. Last week, Russia signed a deal to produce Sputnik V in Italy, a first for the European Union, and EU regulators have been looking into approving distribution of the vaccine. Meanwhile, vaccines from Sinopharm and Sinovac, two Chinese companies, have been widely approved in the Middle East and Latin America. But there's no indication that any of these vaccines are on the radar for approval by Canadian health authorities. Read more

NACI expands recommendations clearing use of AstraZeneca's vaccine for people 65 and older. ctvnews.ca, March 16: …The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) issued new advice Tuesday morning stating that the two-dose viral vector vaccine can and should be given to seniors. Read more

Does AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine cause blood clots? Here’s what we know so far. Early Monday morning, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau vouched for the safety of Oxford University’s AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine as reports of blood clots prompted several other countries to temporarily ban the vaccine’s use. … So far, experts maintain that there is no evidence to suggest the AstraZeneca vaccine causes blood clots. Read more

Concerns raised in Newfoundland over science behind delayed second COVID-19 vaccination dose. saltwire.com, March 15: Rising concerns about COVID-19 variants and a possible third wave of infections across Canada have convinced national and provincial health officials that getting at least one dose of vaccine into more arms is now a top priority. However, a number of immunologists have questioned a controversial recommendation this month to allow a delay of as much as four months between first and second doses. Read more

Moderna begins study of COVID-19 vaccine in kids. ctvnews.ca, March 16: Moderna Inc. has begun dosing patients in a mid-to-late stage study of its COVID-19 vaccine, mRNA-1273, in children aged six months to less than 12 years, the company said on Tuesday. The study will assess the safety and effectiveness of two doses of mRNA-1273 given 28 days apart and intends to enroll about 6,750 children in the United States and Canada. Read more

A year into the pandemic, mental health workers face burnout and soaring demands. globalnews.ca, March 16: One year into the coronavirus pandemic, psychotherapist Jane Alway says she — like so many others — has had to adapt to finding creative ways to work in these unprecedented times. … Alway, who is president of the Ontario Association of Mental Health Professionals, is one of thousands of Canadian mental health practitioners on the front lines of what she and others dub the “echo pandemic.” Read more

Contrary to sensational reporting, Indigenous people aren’t scared of a COVID-19 vaccine. theconversation.com, March 14 [OPINION]: …Reporting on Indigenous vaccine hesitancy is as sensational as it is incorrect. Indigenous people, for the most part, are not more vaccine hesitant than non-Indigenous Canadians. Having researched Indigenous attitudes and behaviour for over a decade, I know that Indigenous people are neither conspiracy-prone nor illiterate when it comes to their health. Read more

Ontario Hospital Association, science advisor say province in 3rd COVID-19 wave amid spike in variant cases. globalnews.ca, March 15: The key member of the provincial COVID-19 Science Advisory Table and the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) are warning the province has entered the third wave of the coronavirus pandemic, citing a sharp increase in new variant-of-concern (VOC) cases and rising admissions to intensive care units. ... When asked if Ontario is experiencing a third wave in the coronavirus pandemic, the province’s chief medical officer of health said doctors are trying to determine the extent of the rise. Read more

Coronavirus: What's happening in Canada and around the world on Monday. cbc.ca, March 15: The Canada-U.S. border's been shut down for a year — and there's no reopening plan. Alberta identifies 1st cases of P1 COVID-19 variant in the province. All adults in Iqaluit now able to get COVID-19 vaccine. Read more

Trudeau offers reassurance on AstraZeneca safety as European countries suspend use. ctvnews.ca, March 15: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is offering reassurances on the safety of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine as more European countries suspend its use due to safety concerns. Germany today joined the list of countries pausing their use of the AstraZeneca vaccine over reports of blood clots in some recipients, even though European regulators say there's no evidence the shot is to blame. Trudeau said today Health Canada regulators are constantly analyzing all the available information about vaccines and have guaranteed those approved in Canada are safe for use. Read more

Crisis brewing as COVID-19 derails life-saving surgeries at Canadian hospitals. ctvnews.ca, March 14: Many cancer patients have been stuck waiting for life-saving surgeries, according to a new study using Ontario data, confirming worries about the impact of the enormous and growing backlog of procedures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. And it’s not just cancer patients. Doctors are warning that the health care system has yet to return to pre-pandemic surgical rates, let alone clearing the backlog, with over a quarter of a million people in Ontario alone on standby for life saving operations. Read more

'Enormous amount of change': New data reveals impact of COVID-19 on Canadians. ctvnews.ca, March 12. One year after the pa1ndemic was officially declared, newly released data by Statistics Canada breaks down the impact that COVID-19 has had on Canadians. The report released Thursday analyzes Canadians’ response to COVID-19, the indirect health impacts that the pandemic has caused, and the social and economic inequalities faced by Canadians over the past year. Read more

Pandemic spurs students to develop innovative respirator. princegeorgecitizen.com, March 12: Five Canadian university students have developed a medical, full-face respirator they hope can help health professionals and travellers through the pandemic and beyond. ... What they’ve developed, he explained, is a cavitiless, low-profile, fully transparent, MRI-safe, full-face piece respirator. “The full respirator can be fully sanitized efficiently after use in hazardous environments which is not possible in normal full respirators, ”he said, noting the P100 filters are effective in filtering out lead dust, silica, metal dust and multiple other substances. Read more

Benefits outweigh risks of AstraZeneca COVID-19 shot as review continues: WHO. ctvnew.ca, March 17: A World Health Organization (WHO) vaccine safety panel said on Wednesday that it considers that the benefits of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine outweigh its risks and recommends that vaccinations continue. Read more

Certain mouthwashes might stop COVID-19 virus transmission. eurekalert.org, March 16: A Rutgers study shows two types of mouthwash disrupt SARS-CoV-2 in laboratory. ... The study, published in the journal Pathogens, found that Listerine and the prescription mouthwash Chlorhexidine disrupted the virus within seconds after being diluted to concentrations that would mimic actual use. Further studies are needed to test real-life efficacy in humans. Read more

Coronavirus strains first detected in California are officially 'variants of concern,' CDC says. cnn.com, March 17: Two coronavirus strains first detected in California are now officially "variants of concern," according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The variants may be about 20% more transmissible, the CDC said, citing early research. Some Covid-19 treatments may also be less effective against the strains. Still, the CDC didn't say that vaccines would stop working against them. Read more

Ransomware demands double amid COVID-19, with health care industry a key target: report. globalnews.ca, March 17: The COVID-19 pandemic saw health-care systems around the world brush up against their breaking points, with front-line workers facing a tsunami of patients begging for beds in hospitals with limited resources. But as the pandemic tightened its grip on the country and flooded hospitals, nefarious actors didn’t see a health-care system struggling to stay afloat. Instead, they saw dollar signs. Read more

Germany postpones vaccination summit over AstraZeneca furor. ctvnews.ca, March 16: The German government said Tuesday it will postpone a virtual summit on the country's vaccination efforts until after the European Medicines Agency has met over reports of dangerous blood clots in some recipients of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine. Read more

Pandemic lockdowns improved air quality in 84 per cent of countries worldwide, report finds. ctvnews.ca, March 16: Coronavirus lockdowns led to air quality improvements in most countries, but the level of pollutants will likely rise as governments lift restrictions and economies swing back into gear, according to a new report. IQAir's 2020 World Air Quality Report said human-related emissions from industry and transport fell during lockdowns, and 65 per cent of global cities analyzed experienced better air quality in 2020 compared to 2019. Read more

COVID-19 antibodies present in about 1 in 5 blood donations from unvaccinated people: American Red Cross. ctvnews.ca, March 16: In the first week of March, more than 20% of blood donations from unvaccinated people had COVID-19 antibodies, according to data shared with CNN by the American Red Cross. Read more

AstraZeneca says its vaccine review found no evidence of increased blood clot risks. cbc.ca, March 14: AstraZeneca Plc on Sunday said it had conducted a review of people vaccinated with its COVID-19 vaccine which has shown no evidence of an increased risk of blood clots. The review covered more than 17 million people vaccinated in the European Union and United Kingdom. Read more

People with immune issues – at 'high risk' for COVID-19 – remain hesitant about vaccination. Here's what experts say. usatoday.com, March15: … None of the large-scale vaccine trials included people who are immunocompromised, though every indication is that vaccines are safe in this group. Organizations representing experts in cancer, organ transplantation and autoimmune diseases all support vaccination for their patients. Read more

Survey: Students say pandemic has increased students’ use of ‘vapes’ and other tobacco products. nkytribune.com, March 13: More than a third of Kentucky middle and high schoolers responding to a recent survey say the pandemic has increased students using e-cigarettes, or “vapes,” and other tobacco products. And more than 14 percent said they believe e-cigarettes are safer for them to smoke than traditional cigarettes, according to the survey, conducted by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and Kentucky Youth Advocates. Read more

Health-care settings do not increase risk of contracting COVID-19, study finds. ctvnews.ca, March 10: A new study out of the United States has found that working in a health-care setting does not increase one's risk of contracting COVID-19. The study, conducted by University of Maryland researchers and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reported that those working in health-care settings face stronger coronavirus infection risks outside of the workplace. Read more

Pfizer, BioNTech say COVID-19 vaccine likely to prevent asymptomatic infection. ctvnews.ca, March 11: Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE said on Wednesday that real-world data from Israel suggests that their COVID-19 vaccine is 94 per cent effective in preventing asymptomatic infections, meaning the vaccine could significantly reduce transmission. Read more

The Royal College of Dentists of Canada – New Registrar Appointment. rcdc.ca, March 10: RCDC would like to announce the appointment of Dr. John P. Zarb as the next Registrar of The Royal College of Dentists of Canada effective March 1, 2021. Read more

Appointment of NCOHR Associate Director. mailchi.mp, March 16: The NCOHR Executive Committee is pleased to announce Dr. Ana Velly’s appointment as Associate Director effective March 1, 2021; she will then be expected to assume the role of Director at the end of the current Director’s term (i.e., September 30, 2022). Read more

SmileDirectClub Announces Expansion of Oral Care Products to Walmart Canada Locations. globalnewswire.com, March 16 [Company Press Release]: SmileDirectClub … announced its suite of affordable yet premium oral care products, including the best-selling bright on premium teeth whitening system, whitening touchup pen, and electric toothbrush, will now be available at Walmart locations across Canada. Read more

U of A researcher to work with N.W.T. communities to promote vaccinations. camrosevoice.ca, March 15: Project to develop culturally appropriate program is among 19 projects to receive funding from Canadian Institutes of Health Research. A University of Alberta researcher will consult with two Indigenous communities in the Northwest Territories to co-create a culturally appropriate promotion program for the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine.. Read more

Survey shows more youth reduce vaping during pandemic. mycoastnow.com, March 15: A new survey from the McCreary Centre Society says vaping among youth has gone down since the start of the pandemic. The report was commissioned by the BC Ministry of Health to take a peek at how the pandemic has affected vaping among youth in the province. Read more

Opinion: Health Canada's nicotine caps will kill people. financialpost.com, March 16: Today’s daily vapers consume about one fiftieth the toxins their daily-smoking parents consumed at the same age. If Health Canada has its way, this year vaping will be dealt three knockout blows that will see, not just the end of the business as we know it, but an increase in smoking-related deaths nation-wide. Ottawa is recalibrating the delicate equilibrium between harm reduction and youth use of nicotine. It plans to introduce a mandatory limit on nicotine concentration in e-cigarettes and to ban most flavours. Read more

300 000$ pour la dentisterie communautaire. lapresse.ca, 14 mars : La Fondation Grace Dart a annoncé le 1er mars dernier un don de 300 000$, sur deux ans, à la faculté de médecine dentaire de l'Université McGill et à son nouveau programme communautaire - Dent ma maison. … Le programme Dent ma maison favorisera le maintien de l'autonomie, de la santé et de la santé bucco-dentaire des personnes âgées vivant à domicile. À long terme, la faculté espère étendre et mettre en oeuvre ce modèle novateur de soins dentaires à domicile dans toute la province. Lire plus

Les adolescents consomment moins d'alcool et de cannabis, le vapotage augmente. lapresse.ca, 11 mars : Ce sont là les grandes tendances du rapport 2019 de l’« Enquête québécoise sur le tabac, l’alcool, la drogue et le jeu chez les élèves du secondaire » (ETADJES), rendu public jeudi par l’Institut de la statistique du Québec. Lire plus

Liability, bias & privacy: uOttawa report pinpoints key issues for AI in health care. media.uottawa.ca, March 12: An interdisciplinary group of experts examining the use of artificial intelligence in Canadian health care has found liability, algorithmic bias, and the protection of privacy without stifling innovation are key concerns to address before integrating such technology into the health network. Read more

Dentistry trainees earn major national awards. new.usask.ca, March 12: Katie Hu and Dr. Dina Moussa (DDS, PhD) have received Canadian Association of Dental Research (CADR)-Network for Canadian Oral Health Research (NCOHR) Student Research Presentation Awards. In receiving the awards, both will be invited to present their research at the upcoming International Association for Dental Research (IADR)/American Dental Association for Dental Research (AADR)/Canadian Association for Dental Research (CADR) General Session in Boston, Mass., in July. Read more

Pakistani teen who had to eat through a straw receives one-of-a-kind surgery in Toronto. toronto.ctvnews.ca, March 11: An operation at a Toronto hospital, believed to be the only one of its kind in the world, is helping a Pakistani teen to live a normal life. Muneeb Shahzad was born with a condition called hemifacial microsomia, which means that one side of his face failed to develop normally. Read more

‘Not the good ol’ days’: Philip Mitchell campaigning for Ward 8 seat in Calgary election. livewirecalgary.com, March 10: Though personally against keeping fluoride in Calgary’s water, Mitchell stressed if elected he will put the interests of Ward 8 residents above his personal opinion. … “Fluoride is not something I want, but if the residents of Ward 8 want it, I would vote for it.” Read more

NAD Finds SmileDirectClub "60% Less Than Braces" Claim Supported with Modifications; Recommends "60% Less Than Other Brands" Claim be Discontinued. bbbprograms.org, March 16: The National Advertising Division (NAD) of BBB National Programs determined that SmileDirectClub, LLC provided a reasonable basis for the claim that their treatment system costs "60% less than braces," but recommended SmileDirectClub modify the claim to ensure that consumers are provided with all material information relevant to its price comparison, and NAD also recommended that SmileDirectClub discontinue the claim "60% less than other brands." Read more

Arbitrator Requires SDC Financial, LLC to Pay Align an Additional $45.5 Million for a Total Award of $99.7 Million. globenewswire.com, March 15: [Source: Align Technology, Inc.] Continued Strong Growth and Increasing Momentum for Invisalign Clear Aligners and iTero Systems and Services Across Products and Customer Channels Worldwide, Reflects the Strength of Align’s Doctor-Directed Model and the Align Digital Platform. Read more

Legislation has answer to Florida’s dentist shortage: dental therapists. floridapolitics.com, March 15 [OPINION]: Patients are going to the ER for dental work, racking up bills in the process. A dentist shortage has advocacy groups pushing for loosened regulations on who can practice dentistry, and policymakers are attempting to fill that need with legislation that would allow dental therapists to practice in Florida. Read more

Medical groups push for cancer warnings on alcohol labels. abc-7.com, March 16: Alcohol consumption has been on the rise since the pandemic struck, worrying health experts who focus on cancer prevention. An increase in the number of people drinking at home versus out at bars is a concern for Heather Hayes, the outpatient services supervisor at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation in Naples. Read more

U.S. Senate to consider legislation that would mandate insurance coverage for congenital anomalies. cnn.com, March 16: Sen. Tammy Baldwin on Tuesday will introduce legislation aimed at delivering relief to families who have struggled with the steep medical costs associated with congenital anomalies or birth defects. The Ensuring Lasting Smiles Act would require all private group and individual health plans to cover medically necessary services for any anomaly that requires medically necessary care for any body part that has lost bodily function, including severe oral and facial defects. Read more

Experimental Toothpaste Might Treat Peanut Allergy. interestingengineering.com, March 11: Over 30 million people living in the U.S. develop allergic reactions to food annually, with some 5.4 million adults and 1.6 million children living with a peanut allergy. Sometimes, these reactions can be fatal. In order to counter such strong allergic reactions to peanuts specifically, a team of experts has started trials of an experimental toothpaste on a small group of people allergic to peanuts. Read more

Cognitive behavioral therapy can reduce dental anxiety in children. news-medical.net, March 15: A pioneering study led by the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals will investigate whether Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) could help reduce the worryingly high number of children who are afraid of the dentist. Read more

Bill to be introduced allowing dentists to vaccinate residents for HPV in Nevada. mynews4.com, March 12: We want Nevadans to know that administering vaccines is within the scope of practice for a dentist, that Nevada acknowledges this and that there is legislation being put forth to make this permanent — says the Nevada Dental Association President, Dr. Mark Funke. Read more

AG Ferguson, Health Care Authority Join Swinomish Indian Tribal Community to Push for Medicaid Funding for Dental Health Aide Therapists. atg.wa.gov, March 12: Attorney General Bob Ferguson, the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community and the Washington Health Care Authority are joining together in an effort to reverse a last-minute Trump Administration decision to deny Medicaid funding for Dental Health Aide Therapists in Washington tribal communities. Dental Health Aide Therapists, or DHATs, help fill a void in tribal communities, many rural, which have a significant shortage of dentists and dental services. Native Americans experience untreated dental conditions at more than three times the rate of the United States’ general population. Read more

Sugar taxes work overseas, and can here - Dental Association. rnz.co.nz, March 14: Sugar taxes work overseas, and should be introduced here based on already successful models, the Dental Association has told the Government. Read more

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March 4-6: Pacific Dental Conference – 2021 Virtual Experience. Read more and register

March 13-16: “WE” 2021 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition (Virtual). Read more

May 6-8: 2021 Ontario Dental Association Annual Spring Meeting (ASM21)  Read more

April 12-17: The New World of Dentistry 2021. Manitoba Dental Association co-hosts the new national 2021 Virtual Dental Convention with the Canadian Dental Association. Read more

June 2-5: Safer & Stronger Together 2021 OSAP Virtual Conference. Read more

June 10-11: Atlantic Virtual Dental Convention. Read more

September 26-29: FDI World Dental Congress | Special Edition | Sydney 2021 Virtual. Read more

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