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COVID-19 spread from asymptomatic individuals : The chaos & complexity explained by Dr Rohan Bandi

June 13, 2020 | News

The World Health Organization (WHO)​ has been in the limelight for many wrong reasons too, since the beginning of SARS-CoV 2. The latest controversy has been about a statement that said 'infection spread from asymptomatic individuals is very rare,' which drew criticism from epidemiologists across the world. Read the full story.

Importance of vitamin D in dentistry: Could it play a role in resistance to infectious diseases?

June 11, 2020 | News

Vitamin D is a steroid hormone that is obtained through diet or synthesised in the skin from cholesterol when the skin receives adequate sun exposure (the main means of obtaining the vitamin). Unfortunately, exposure to direct sunlight has declined dramatically in today’s society with the increase in the number of office jobs. Furthermore, as we grow older, our ability to absorb vitamin D decreases. Vitamin D deficiency is a global public health problem, affecting all age groups. Recent studies have shown that about 70% of society is deficient in vitamin D.1

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For the Young Dentist: 5 steps to stand out in the post-Covid world through strong online branding

June 9, 2020 | News

Dr Kumar Anshul (BDS, MBA), who has leveraged social media & personal branding to his advantage at multiple times during his professional journey, gives tips for the young dentists on how they should establish their brand using some of the best tools available online.

Sustainable dentistry: Encouraging environmental consciousness in dental practice

June 5, 2020 | News

MELBOURNE, Australia: An increasing number of dental professionals are emphasising the need to move towards eco-friendly dentistry in order to reduce waste, decrease pollution and conserve energy. Green dentistry is the way forward, and it is likely to shape the future of oral health. To learn more about the subject and the specific sustainable developmental goals that may lessen the environmental impact of dental practices, Dental Tribune International spoke with Dr Robert Panjkov, the founder of an award-winning dental practice based in Melbourne.

The rising costs in oral healthcare – Time to reboot & reset clinics for economics (Part 5)

June 5, 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. "Life is a Business that doesn’t cover the Costs" - is the fifth article of the series.

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The rising costs in oral healthcare – Time to reboot & reset clinics for economics (Part 4)

June 5, 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. "Control the Inventory and Control the Profits" - is the fourth article of the series.

The rising costs in oral healthcare – Time to reboot & reset clinics for economics (Part 3)

June 5, 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. "Expenses – A Small Leak will Sink a Great Ship" - is the third article of the series.

Good oral health may prevent severe COVID-19 progression

June 2, 2020 | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: Given that little time has passed since the outbreak of SARS-CoV-2, it comes as no surprise that only sparse data on COVID-19 is available and many factors remain uncertain. Now, the German Society of Dentistry and Oral Medicine (DGZMK) has stressed the importance of dental prevention and the systemic relevance of dentistry, especially in times of the pandemic. Recent studies have indicated that maintaining good oral health may prevent a severe course of the disease.

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New case control study by ICMR shows Hydroxychloroquine can prevent COVID-19 in healthcare workers

June 1, 2020 | News

The use of Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) has generated considerable debate after the US President Donald Trump was seen pushing the drug, against the FDA warning, as a potential treatment or prophylaxis for COVID-19. World Health Organization (WHO) suspended the HCQ trials based on a report in The Lancet which published a poorly conducted study with questionable authenticity and validity. However, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) continued to recommend HCQ as a prophylactic measure against COVID- 19. Now, the latest case-control study by the ICMR clearly shows the benefits of using HCQ as a prophylactic drug against COVID -19.

Dr Hirji Adenwalla – a pioneer in cleft surgeries in India, a great humanitarian and visionary

May 31, 2020 | News

Dental Tribune South Asia pays tribute to Dr Hirji Adenwalla - an eminent cleft lip and palate surgeon who passed away on 27th May 2020. The man, who was fondly called as the Smile Maker, put smiles on the face of more than 15,000 children by doing cleft surgeries, a lot of them free of cost.

Lancet faces severe criticism from scientific community: Hydroxychloroquine study is hiding data

May 30, 2020 | News

More than 100 scientists and clinicians have sent an open letter to The Lancet's editor, Richard Horton, and the paper's authors asking them many uncomfortable questions, but have failed to receive convincing answers from the authors. How can a drug like Hydroxychloroquine produced in such huge quantities for a country as populous as India, safely consumed by millions & millions of chronic users for so many decades without any adverse effects, suddenly get a negative report in 2020 when it's most needed for a pandemic such as COVID -19?

COVID-19 India: More than 2/3 cases & 75% mortality from just 2.5% geographical area of India.

May 29, 2020 | News

The latest article on BMJ Health Blogs "COVID-19 in India: an epidemic in congested cities" by Dr. Ashish Awasthi and Prof. Dr Dileep Mavlankar has some interesting data on the current COVID-19 situation in India. Dr Divyesh Mundra, an analytical healthcare management professional from Bangalore, summarizes the salient points of the article.

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COVID-19: Study reports constant fear and anxiety among dentists worldwide

May 25, 2020 | News

AL-HOFUF, Saudi Arabia: COVID-19 has not only impeded access to healthcare, but also caused fear and anxiety among healthcare workers. After conducting a study to understand how dentists in different parts of the world are coping with the fear of acquiring the disease and what strategies and modifications dental practices are implementing in order to combat SARS-CoV-2, researchers have highlighted the devastating psychological effects that the disease has had on dental professionals.

Fit (seal) test of your Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) decides if you are well protected

May 25, 2020 | News

Dr Waris Patel explains the importance of fit test/ seal test that is mandatory in many countries to check if the Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) are good enough to ensure the safety of healthcare professionals.

Clinical use of Chlorine dioxide in the prevention of coronavirus spread through dental aerosols.

May 24, 2020 | News

This article by Dr Anuj Gandhi and Malvika Gandhi reviews the literature available on the use of Chlorine Dioxide in dental clinics and makes a hypothesis as to why ClO2 is safe even in higher concentrations when added to the dental unit waterlines in order to minimize the virus transmission through dental aerosols.

New estimate by CDC reduces COVID-19 death rate to just 0.26% (IFR) from WHO’s 3.4% (CFR)

May 24, 2020 | News

The new CDC estimates for the severity, complications and deaths of COVID-19 bring down the numbers much lower making the overall scenario very optimistic. There is an ever-growing confusion between the two terms used for the death (fatality) rate. Read the addendum to understand the difference between the two numbers - CFR vs IFR. The original WHO numbers give an estimate of Case Fatality Rate (CFR). The new CDC numbers represent the Infection Fatality Rate (IFR).

Far-UVC light: A Promising Technology to Reduce the Spread of Airborne-Mediated Microbial Diseases

May 19, 2020 | News

This guest editorial by Dr Manuela Buonanno summarizes the current research on characterizing the anti-microbial effectiveness of far-UVC light - mainly the work done on the topic to date by her team. She is an Associate Research Scientist at the Center for Radiological Research, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA. which for almost 100 years, has been at the forefront of research into the uses and biological effects of ionizing radiation. Their internationally renowned scientists have provided insight, training and guidance to researchers, physicians and government officials for generations - all for the health and safety of the public. Dr Buonanno also answers a few relevant questions after the editorial.

“Designed an open- source software for Post- Translational Modifications database” Dr Sachin Gavali

May 18, 2020 | News

Researchers from Wu Lab, University of Delaware have built a database of post-translational modifications of proteins in their lab. Now, to make it useful for other researchers, one has to actually build a software that can extract data from this database and transform it into a suitable format to be included in the bioinformatics pipelines. Dr Sachin Gavali, who is currently pursuing his PhD in Bioinformatics in the USA has built that software too. Also, he has published it as open-source, which means the source code is available to the general public for use for any (including commercial) purpose, or modification from its original design. In this communication, Dr Sachin summarizes the research work.

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