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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

Generating “virus-free aerosols” to minimize the virus spread (eg. SARS-CoV-2) in dental clinics

April 4, 2020 | News

Dentists and dental patients are showing an ever-increasing concern about the generation of virus-containing aerosols through various dental procedures, and the resultant risk of infection spread. Povidone Iodine has shown to be effective against most of the viruses including coronavirus. Adding Povidone Iodine to the water bottle attached to the chair could be thought of as a possible solution. This is a hypothesis that can be developed further.

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IDEM 2020 to be a digital experience

April 1, 2020 | News

SINGAPORE: Originally, the 11th International Dental Exhibition and Meeting (IDEM) was scheduled to take place in April 2020 and was then moved to 19–21 June to ensure attendees’ health and safety during the COVID-19 crisis. However, now that the outbreak has become a pandemic and the situation is not expected to stabilise in time for the show, the event organisers have decided to move IDEM 2020 online.

Johns Hopkins University distances itself from a report going viral on the COVID-19 scene in India

March 30, 2020 | News

The Johns Hopkins University has clarified that it is aware of the report bearing its logo and going viral on social media regarding the current COVID-19 situation in India. The university has distanced itself from the report saying that the use of their logo was not authorized and that the report does not reflect the views of CDDEP, Johns Hopkins, or Princeton.

US dental offices are closing their doors as pressure mounts

March 29, 2020 | News

ORANGE, Calif./CHARLOTTE, N.C., U.S.: Western Dental & Orthodontics has announced that it will temporarily close the majority of its 250 affiliated offices throughout California and keep only selected clinics open in key locations in order to meet demand for urgent dental care. As COVID-19 infection rates continue to rise in the U.S., the North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners has been forced to respond to requests for a blanket closure of dental clinics in the state.

Very few dental clinics continue to operate in Italy, work restricted to emergency dental care.

March 28, 2020 | News

MILAN, Italy: Italy has become the European country worst affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, its confirmed cases of infection currently reaching 74,386, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). As the country is facing a nationwide lockdown, the pandemic has completely reshaped people’s daily lives, weakened the economy and boosted unemployment rates. To minimise the risks associated with contagion and slow down the spread, the Italian prime minister, Giuseppe Conte, has recently ordered the shutdown of all non-essential factories and businesses. In the meantime, some dental offices continue to operate, offering patients emergency care only.

Dental Tribune South Asia: Daily updates on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

March 27, 2020 | News

Dental Tribune South Asia brings you daily updates on the current crisis of COVID-19 pandemic and its impact globally.

Be prepared for COVID-19, but don’t panic, says Indian Dental Association

March 25, 2020 | News

MUMBAI, India: Dental colleges in India are currently closed, and dental clinics across the country have been advised to suspend all non-essential treatment. Both of these measures are in effect until at least 31 March. The latest advice from the Indian Dental Association (IDA) to dental practitioners is to exercise caution and make well-informed decisions about patient care and in the operation of their dental practices.

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