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A tribute to Prof Dr Aruna Mehta (1943 – 2019) on her birthday 10 March, by Dr Shankar Iyer (USA)

March 9, 2020 | News

Dr Aruna Mehta completed her BDS and postgraduation in Prosthodontics from the prestigious Government Dental College & Hospital, Mumbai. She had a long academic career of 53 years where she climbed the ladder to Head the department in GDC & H Mumbai and Nagpur and D Y Patil Dental College, Navi Mumbai. An astute academician, she was indeed a doyen of prosthodontics, who guided countless students throughout her tenure. She defined human relationships through her actions, care and love and touched many lives. A tribute to Dr Aruna Mehta on her birthday today (10th March) by one of her outstanding PG students Dr Shankar Iyer (USA).

Countries across the world seek to reduce sugar consumption

February 29, 2020 | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: The global obesity epidemic shows few signs of abating, and numerous countries from different regions have introduced policies aimed at reducing its impact. One of these countries is Chile, whose adoption of a strict warning system for the labelling of food and beverages high in sugar, fat or salt cut purchases of these products by almost a quarter over an 18-month period, according to a recent study.

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Guest Editorial by Dr. Bhavdeep Ahuja: Salient features of Budget 2020 for Healthcare Professionals

February 26, 2020 | News

Dr. Bhavdeep Singh Ahuja graduated in 1998 from Punjabi University, Patiala. He has specialized in Implants from BioHorizons Inc. USA in 2004-05 & in Advanced Course from LACE-ICOI, USA in 2006. Apart from Dentistry, he holds a Triple M.B.A. in Hospital Management, Finance/Human Resources (dual) & Marketing from three premier Institutes/Universities of India viz. the IIMM Pune, IGNOU Delhi & Annamalai University, Chennai respectively. He also holds Post Graduate Diploma’s in Medical Law & Ethics (NLSIU - Premier LAW School of India), Clinical Research, Cyber Law, IPR's (Intellectual Property Rights), Disaster Management, Financial Management, Bioinformatics amongst many more from different Universities. He is a Certified Health Care Waste Manager from IGNOU & is qualified in Consumer Law as well. He is an academically oriented dentist & has more than 75 Original Scientific Publications to his credit in many International & National journals. He lectures all over India extensively on the topics of Practice Management, Medical Law, Ethics and Consent and Finance for Dentists and he is writing a series on all these topics in multiple journals simultaneously. He has been the Past Editor-in-Chief, L.E.D. E-Journal & PAGE 3 OLA-D E-Newsletter, the twin Publications of IDA Ludhiana Branch. Presently, he is into his 21st year of Clinical Private Practice in Ludhiana, Punjab.

Dental world reacts to coronavirus outbreak

February 21, 2020 | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: Over the past month, one topic has dominated the international news cycle above all else—the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak. As of 10 February 2020, more than 40,620 cases of the virus have been confirmed and 910 deaths have resulted from it. In response, many dental associations and organisations have released advice on what dental professionals can do to help limit the transmission of the virus.

EFP and WHF release consensus report on links between periodontal and cardiovascular health

February 13, 2020 | News

BRUSSELS, Belgium/GENEVA, Switzerland: Though various associations between periodontal health and cardiovascular health have previously been explored, a comprehensive analysis of this relationship has been absent—until now. The European Federation of Periodontology (EFP) and the World Heart Federation (WHF) have published a consensus report asserting that there is strong epidemiological evidence demonstrating independent associations between severe periodontitis and cardiovascular disease.

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Study shines spotlight on oral health of children with autism

January 31, 2020 | News

DURBAN, South Africa: As the number of reported cases of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) continues to climb across the globe, the special attention that they may require in order to help them avoid oral health problems has become more apparent. A study out of South Africa has shed light on this issue and pointed towards ways that could help decrease oral health inequalities in this population.

Oral health the focus at UN event

January 28, 2020 | News

NEW YORK, U.S.: At the 2019 United Nations General Assembly, a side event, hosted by New York University (NYU) and The Lancet, called for oral health to be integrated into universal health coverage (UHC). Among the main issues raised were the influence of the sugar industry worldwide and the importance of public-private partnership. The event was co-sponsored by the governments of Egypt, Japan and Thailand as well as the World Economic Forum and supported by the Henry Schein Cares Foundation.

Study presents new treatment for jaw osteonecrosis around dental implants

January 27, 2020 | News

SEOUL, South Korea: Dental implants are a key treatment for tooth loss, but can cause a variety of complications. One such complication is osteonecrosis, which can result from patients taking medications such as bisphosphonates for bone disease. Current treatments for osteonecrosis are not always effective. However, researchers from Yonsei University College of Dentistry in Seoul have reported their successful treatment of a patient using a new regimen.

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Dental industry ranks highly on American list of best jobs

January 26, 2020 | News

WASHINGTON, U.S.: Though it can be stressful at times, a career in the dental industry is often highly sought after owing to the relatively high wages and attractive working hours. It comes as little surprise therefore that an American media company’s recent ranking of professions placed dentist at No. 2 and orthodontist close behind in fourth place.

Dental community responds to Australian bush-fires

January 25, 2020 | News

SYDNEY, Australia: Though recent bouts of rain have brought some much-needed relief to areas of Australia battered by bush-fires in the past few months, dozens of fires still continue to burn across the states of New South Wales and Victoria. To help with recovery efforts in those areas that have been affected, numerous members of the Australian dental community have come together to offer financial aid and other services.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention release statement on spread of Candida auris

January 24, 2020 | News

NEW YORK, U.S.: In 2019, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a statement declaring that Candida auris is an emerging fungus that presents a serious global health threat. One of the main reasons that CDC released the statement was because C. auris outbreaks had occurred in health care settings.

Researchers call for thoughtful dental waste management to minimize the impact on environment

January 20, 2020 | News

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., U.S.: Harvard University’s recent Worldwide Week had the researchers from Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) drawing the participants’ attention to the correlation between environmental health and oral health through the lens of health equity. The team of researchers believes that dentistry has a profound impact on our planet’s environmental health, which, in turn, affects oral health. The link between dental health and the environment makes it crucial for us to manage dental waste effectively.

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Mahesh Chaudhary – Master Dental Technician Who Touched, Transformed And Inspired Many Lives!

January 15, 2020 | News

Dental Tribune South Asia pays its heartfelt tribute to the master dental technician, ceramist par excellence, a great mentor and human being, Mr Mahesh Chaudhary, after his untimely demise on 6th Jan 2020. Three clinicians who had had a close association with him - Drs. Akshita Mehrotra, Rainy Surana and Ali Tunkiwala share their experiences on how it was like working with him and learning from him.

Editorial: Medicine vs Alternative Medicine: “If it works, it’s medicine; if it doesn’t, it isn’t”

January 12, 2020 | News

This twitter thread is on a topic that will remain relevant forever : "Medicine vs Alternative Medicine". Most relevant to all those healthcare professionals who debate on different treatment modalities along the lines of Logical vs Illogical, Scientific vs Unscientific, Evidence-based or not, and Medicine vs Alternative medicine.

Study finds modest association between periodontitis and low levels of vitamin D

January 11, 2020 | News

OTTAWA, Ontario, Canada: There is sufficient scientific evidence that shows why vitamin D is essential to the body’s proper functioning. The vitamin is helpful for maintaining healthy bones and teeth and can assist in regulating insulin levels and managing diabetes treatment. Now, a new study has found an association between low levels of vitamin D and periodontal disease.

Survey reveals the impact of a good smile and healthy teeth on self confidence and well-being

January 11, 2020 | News

BLOOMFIELD, Conn., U.S: A new study published by Cigna, a worldwide health services organization, helps confirm the connection between oral health and confidence. It shows that people who reported as having “excellent” oral health had higher self-confidence than those who reported, “fair to poor oral health.” The study also shows that the insecurities about smiles and oral health have had a direct impact on employment opportunities for many of the people included in the study.

Dental students embrace new learning technology that helps them build their skills & knowledge

January 10, 2020 | News

BRISBANE, Australia: In an exciting advancement in healthcare education, dental students and medical nurses have been experimenting with augmented reality (AR) to help build their skills and knowledge. In contrast to virtual reality (VR), which provides a fully artificial environment, augmented reality (AR) is an overlay of computer-generated content onto the physical surroundings.

Human Papilloma Virus in salivary exosomes may help in the early detection of mouth & throat cancer

January 10, 2020 | News

DURHAM, N.C., U.S./BIRMINGHAM, U.K.: Cancers that occur in the back of the mouth or in the upper throat are often diagnosed only when they are advanced as they are difficult to spot in their early stages. Acoustofluidics is a novel, noninvasive method that analyzes saliva for the presence of human papillomavirus (HPV)-16, which happens to be the pathogenic strain linked with oropharyngeal cancers (OPC). This new technique has demonstrated a high success rate in detecting OPC in whole saliva in almost half of the patients tested and in the majority of confirmed OPC patients.

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