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Control “humidity” inside your clinic to minimize COVID 19 spread- Mansoor Ali, air quality expert

May 11, 2020 | News

Mansoor Ali, a research analyst and veteran in the air treatment products industry, speaks about the role of relative humidity in controlling the spread of coronavirus. He is the founder of AMFAH, whose efforts have been recognised by the Marico Foundation for innovations in tackling the Coronavirus outbreak. Currently, his team is working closely with the Maharashtra health ministry team to set guidelines for various industries post lockdown period.

The rising costs in oral healthcare – Time to reboot & reset clinics for economics (Part 1)

May 10, 2020 | News

COVID-19 is having an unprecedented impact on the global economy, including that of the dental industry. Most dental clinics are shut and a few are offering only the emergency services. Dr Bhavdeep Ahuja will analyse "the rising costs in the oral health care services and how to reboot and restart the dental clinics" in his 5 part series. "Changing Life Scenario in the Post COVID-19 Era" - is the first article of the series.

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Ankit’s back-zip PPE: A modification in the PPE to minimize the cross-contamination & virus spread

May 6, 2020 | News

Healthcare workers (HCWs) spend a lot of time up working in close proximity to their patients, which is a high-risk activity. Standard Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) have been recommended for the healthcare setting, but donning and doffing of the PPE has its own challenges.  Clinicians and their assistants need to be careful while removing the PPE so that they can minimize cross-contamination. Dr Ankit Desai (Periodontist, Surat) suggests a small modification in the PPE design that can significantly reduce this risk.

Safer dental clinics are just a swab away: Testing patients for SARS-CoV-2

May 6, 2020 | News

LANSING, Mich., U.S.: Allowing dental professionals to test their patients for SARS-CoV-2 would decrease the high risk of transmission of the virus in dental clinics. Furthermore, dentists in some jurisdictions are now being prevented from performing elective treatment if their patients have not tested negative for the virus. Dental Tribune International (DTI) spoke with a Michigan State University (MSU) researcher who has developed a point-of-care testing kit that would be suited to dental settings.

Severe form of COVID 19: Mainly a vascular disease? Can ‘Anaerobic Bacteria Hypothesis’ explain it?

May 5, 2020 | News

Sandeep Chakraborty (B-Tech, Electrical Engineering IIT Kharagpur, 1997), (Masters. Computer science, IIT Kharagpur, 2008) is a researcher focused on computational protein modelling, genome projects, and designing anti-microbial peptides. Dental Tribune South Asia had earlier published his interview where he had highlighted his observations, saying that we should focus on the role of anaerobic bacteria like Prevotella causing COVID complications - "Metagenomic data of COVID19 patients from across the globe shows a certain distinct pattern- anaerobic bacteria (Prevotella primarily) seem to predominate, i.e. there is a disruption of balance (homeostasis) with aerobic counterparts." Does the emerging evidence, which shows that COVID 19 could be primarily a vascular disease add credence to his bacterial hypothesis? Read the second part of the interview.

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COVIDEA: “Pat’s PONCHO” to prevent the virus spread via surface contamination- by Dr Vivek Patni

May 4, 2020 | News

Dental Tribune South Asia has launched COVIDEAS - an initiative to encourage innovative thought processes and bring innovative ideas to the attention of industry partners so that we as an industry can fight the pandemic together more effectively. Today we present the first COVIDEA - Pat's Poncho Technique proposed by Dr. Vivek Patni MDS (Ortho) Mumbai. It's a simple and practical way to prevent the virus spread via surface contamination.

US FDA grants Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the antiviral drug Remdesivir to treat COVID-19

May 2, 2020 | News

The US Food and Drug Administration has granted 'Emergency Use Authorization (EUA)' for Gilead Sciences’ antiviral drug remdesivir to treat COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. Remdesivir is now the first authorized therapy drug for COVID-19. 

Prevotella & endemic TB might explain low COVID 19 deaths in India- Sandeep Chakraborty (Interview)

May 1, 2020 | News

With experts trying to find the possible reasons for the low COVID related death rate in India, a hypothesis by Sandeep Chakraborty has generated considerable interest because of the data based explanation it offers. Sandeep Chakraborty (B-Tech, Electrical Engineering IIT Kharagpur, 1997), (Masters. Computer science, IIT Kharagpur, 2008) is a researcher focused on computational protein modelling, genome projects, and designing anti-microbial peptides. His hypothesis based on his current research and data analysis on COVID-19 pathogenesis suggests that it's Prevotella - the anaerobic bacteria that might be responsible for the systemic complications seen in COVID-19. Another component of his hypothesis depends on data from previous independent studies showing that aerobic Mycobacterium Tuberculosis limits the growth of anaerobic species Prevotella. Sandeep's hypothesis says this might be one of the main reasons for India’s apparent low numbers of severe cases/ deaths due to COVID19 in India - his exclusive interview with Dental Tribune South Asia.

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Dr Brijesh Patel’s “COVID Army” provides food to the COVID front-line doctors & the underprivileged

April 30, 2020 | News

Dental professionals are facing extremely challenging times because of the lockdown. While most practitioners are busy fighting the COVID crisis and preparing themselves for a safer dental practice post-lockdown, a team of dentists and medicos in Ahmedabad have committed themselves to a totally different and magnanimous initiative. This team of doctors, under the leadership of Dr Brijesh Patel, a dentist from Ahmedabad has embarked on a noble journey of helping the COVID frontline doctors and the underprivileged with food packs on a daily basis. This outstanding service has generated tremendous interest and garnered enormous respect from people all over.

Three data-driven analyses on the pattern of COVID-19 pandemic and when it will probably end.

April 27, 2020 | News

Dental Tribune South Asia had published on 10th March 2020 - a report on Farr's law, which states that "epidemics tend to rise and fall in a roughly symmetrical pattern or bell-shaped curve." AIDS, SARS, Ebola — they all followed that pattern. That report was based on a study jointly published by Shanghai and Rutgers universities. With more and more data coming in, there are two more reports - one using simple statistical methods and the other using the SIR Model for Spread of Disease, The Differential Equation Model.

Prevention of cross-contamination in dental clinics: Practical suggestions from Dr Ajay Kakar

April 26, 2020 | News

Dr Ajay Kakar, a periodontist from Mumbai well known for his innovative approach to dentistry and also known as a pioneer in the use of technology and software for dental practice management in India gives his practical recommendations to prevent cross-contamination in dental clinics. He was one of the earliest (the first in India, probably) to make a No-Spittoon dental clinic.

Simple screening to detect asymptomatic COVID patients entering dental clinics – a suggestion

April 23, 2020 | News

The recent 'Times Fact India Outbreak Report' suggests that around 22 May 2020 India could see the number of coronavirus cases surge up to 75,000. Experts in India have warned that the country may face a critical shortage of ventilators and intensive care unit staff if coronavirus infections rise rapidly. Also, with Lockdown 2.0 ending on May 3rd the dental community is worried about the post-lockdown risk of infection spread in dental clinics, especially from asymptomatic patients. The entire dental community is busy identifying ways to minimize the risk. Drawing parallels from a recent report published in The New York Times meant for medical hospitals, this article throws light on a simple, easy to do and inexpensive procedure to detect positive but asymptomatic patients who could be entering the dental clinics.

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Nassim Nicholas Taleb : The only man who has a clue.

April 17, 2020 | News

Coronavirus pandemic is a crisis where the role of experts like Nassim Nicholas Taleb - a risk analyst, whose work concerns problems of randomness, probability, and uncertainty - becomes all the more critical. Read this article by Yves Smith covers the expert opinions given by Nassim Nicolas Taleb on this topic. Taleb is a risk analyst, whose work concerns problems of randomness, probability, and uncertainty. He is the author of best selling books - Black swan, Fooled by randomness, Antifraglity etc.

Is Zoom a safe tool for online dental education?

April 14, 2020 | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: During the COVID-19 pandemic, virtual meetings, teledentistry and online education have become more important than ever. There are many remote conferencing services from which associations and companies can choose in order to hold events, organise webinars or consult patients. Many seem to have chosen an increasingly popular platform called Zoom Meetings for these purposes. This is the chief product of Zoom Video Communications, which is based in San Jose in California in the US. However, Zoom has received strong criticism for its data collection practices and several other security issues.

Digital dentistry: Three steps to enhance your dental implant laboratory

April 12, 2020 | Education | News

Charles Banh works at Ceramics West Dental Laboratory as a consultant for oral surgeons and is the owner of the Practice Within, which provides specific consulting for specialists who work with tailored dental implants. In three upcoming webinars presented by Straumann, Banh will demonstrate how digital solutions can improve the daily workflows of dental laboratories and how dental technicians can successfully grow their businesses.

COVIDEAS – An opportunity to come up with ideas and connect with industry partners.

April 11, 2020 | News

As the dental industry continues to struggle with the COVID-19 pandemic, Dental Tribune South Asia invites ideas/ plans/ suggestions from dentists/ dental hygienists/ students and all those connected with the industry. COVIDEAS is a unique platform where you can express your ideas and find an opportunity to connect with industry partners, and come up with solutions to address and overcome specific challenges.

Expert reports on COVID-19 situation in dental clinic in Wuhan

April 9, 2020 | News

WUHAN, China: As the Dean of the School and Hospital of Stomatology of Wuhan University, Prof. Zhuan Bian has had first-hand experience of the working situation of dentists and dental staff in the city of Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province, where SARS-CoV-2 reportedly first broke out. In an online webinar, organised by the German Association of Oral Implantology, he described how the COVID-19 pandemic had changed the daily workflow of his team, and he shared insights about the infection control procedures which he regarded as most important for dental professionals.

How to create aesthetic dental makeovers in real time with IvoSmile

April 8, 2020 | Education

German dentist Dr Andreas Kurbad has been treating patients in his private practice since 1990 and serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Computerized Dentistry. In an upcoming webinar on Tuesday, 14 April, he will demonstrate how Ivoclar Vivadent’s IvoSmile app can be applied in aesthetic dentistry and how it can be used by dentists to communicate with their patients and dental technicians. Prior to the online presentation, Kurbad answered some questions from Dental Tribune International about the app.

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