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QS university rankings are out—which dental schools top the list?

March 15, 2020 | News

LONDON, UK.: The higher education think tank Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) has published the tenth edition of its World University Rankings by Subject, which pits more than 1,300 universities against each other for the performance of their programmes across 48 subjects. King’s College London topped this year’s list for the subject of dentistry, followed by the Academisch Centrum Tandheelkunde Amsterdam in the Netherlands and the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor in the US. So how did other dental schools perform, and what does the list tell us about developing trends in higher education?

How is COVID-19 affecting the dental industry?

March 12, 2020 | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: Months after it was first detected in Wuhan, one of China’s largest cities, the effects of the ongoing coronavirus (since named SARS-CoV-2) outbreak are increasingly being felt across the globe. By 10 March 2020, 114,567 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the disease this coronavirus causes, have occurred across all continents outside of Antarctica, and 4,027 deaths have resulted from it. With the outbreak set to intensify over the coming weeks and months, it is time for an update on what the carry-over effects have been for the dental industry.

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Plaque-identifying toothpaste may reduce risk of inflammatory diseases

March 12, 2020 | News

MADISON, Wis., U.S.: Various studies have previously suggested that there is a link between poor oral health and the occurrence of inflammatory diseases, such as cardiovascular disease and strokes. Since inflammation plays an important role in atherosclerosis and can accurately be measured by high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP), researchers have recently investigated the effectiveness of Plaque HD toothpaste and reported that it significantly reduces hs-CRP levels in subjects with baseline elevations.

Koelnmesse postpones IDEM 2020 until June

March 10, 2020 | Events | News

SINGAPORE: In light of the current coronavirus outbreak, event organisers Koelnmesse and the Singapore Dental Association have decided to postpone IDEM Singapore 2020 to 19–21 June. The decision follows guidance from Singapore’s Ministry of Health.

Why we need to know ‘Farr Law’ to understand the pattern of epidemics including that of Coronavirus

March 10, 2020 | News

'Farr Law' - an often ignored law in ­every epidemic hysteria - may throw some light on the pattern of epidemics including that of coronavirus (COVID-19) that is turning into a pandemic. A group of researchers from Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine, China and Rutgers School of Public Health, NJ, USA have developed a model based on Farr law using the data available on Feb. 8, 2020. They have analysed the data to predict the daily-incidence of 2019-nCoV infection in China, Hubei Province and Wuhan City afterwards. Will this model be accurate in predicting the rise and fall of Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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