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1/24/2022

"You're Floss-some!" "Be My Bicuspid!" You've guessed it. Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and we have a free resource to help make your patients' smiles even brighter. Add these cards and coloring sheets to take-home product bags with reminders for good oral health. Download and share today!

Find more free patient resources at MouthHealthy.org.

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1/24/2022

A Reuters analysis of public health data showed new COVID-19 cases have decreased in 19 states; Washington, D.C.; and Puerto Rico for the week that ended Thursday, compared with the previous week. Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., the administration's chief medical adviser, said the COVID-19 numbers appear to be going in the right direction but urged people not to be overconfident, The New York Times reported. Dr. Fauci said the hope was that over the next weeks to a month "we'll see throughout the entire country the level of infection get to below what I call that area of control."

1/24/2022

Chicago dentists Rana Stino, D.D.S., and Karen Fields-Lever, D.D.S., said they have seen an increase in stress-related dental issues among patients during the COVID-19 pandemic, including bruxism, headaches and neck and jaw pain. They advised patients to follow their scheduled dental appointments and tell their dentists if they experience symptoms, including chipped or fractured teeth, according to the Chicago Tribune.

1/24/2022

Parents can't take away teenagers' heartache after relationships end, but they can listen and validate their teens' emotions, says licensed independent social worker Rebecca Tolbert. "You can provide open-ended opportunities for your teen to open up -- preferably with the two of you side by side," Tolbert says.

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1/24/2022

Doctors at the University of Michigan Health System developed a quality enhancement initiative that would lessen the number of patients' required visits while also doing biopsies within two weeks of discovering suspicious findings. The two-part initiative involves sending patients for an MRI-guided biopsy if they had non-mass enhancement and foci, while the second part involves scheduling patients who require prioritization for imaging and procedures to be done on the same day, according to the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

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1/24/2022

Registered dietitian Jess Cording recommends finding a balance when choosing different types of fish as part of a healthful diet. Cording says to look for both higher- and lower-fat fish, and choose bigger fish as well as smaller options such as anchovies and sardines.

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1/24/2022

Nearly all patients with inflammatory bowel disease who received a messenger RNA COVID-19 vaccine had a humoral immune response, although it was lower than for healthy controls at one month after the second dose, according to research by Freddy Caldera, DO, MS, of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and colleagues, published in The American Journal of Gastroenterology. Patients who received the Moderna vaccine had higher antibody concentrations when compared with those who got the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. Read the study.

1/24/2022

Balboa Pharmacy has agreed to a $105,000 settlement to resolve accusations that it violated the Controlled Substances Act. Authorities said the San Diego-based pharmacy illegally filled prescriptions for dangerous drugs such as opioids to its patients without resolving or attempting to resolve "red flags" raised by the prescriptions.

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1/24/2022

The University of California at San Francisco health system has begun billing patients' insurers for email consultations that require medical evaluation or more than a simple reply. The CMS allows Medicare reimbursement for complex emails, and UCSF's move could reduce burnout by compensating health care professionals for what had been unpaid work, but it could also increase administrative burdens, irritate patients who are unexpectedly billed for co-pays, and hinder the transition to value-based care.

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1/24/2022

The Biden administration on Friday set up a new service at 1-800-232-0233 for Americans to order free COVID-19 tests by phone. A text-based line at 1-888-720-7489 was also launched to help callers with hearing problems as part of the White House's efforts to expand access to the free tests.

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