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10/25/2021

The COVID-19 Digital Guideline Working Group took only weeks to develop and disseminate a clinical practice guideline for classifying COVID-19 severity, bringing to reality the concept of the learning health system -- "a closed loop that melds current evidence and clinical experience to promote continuous improvement," write seven working group members. The experience proves that evidence-based, point-of-care CPGs can be developed quickly in "sophisticated, machine-interpretable versions that can quickly be distributed to multiple care sites simultaneously, even if they use disparate EHRs," the authors write.

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10/25/2021

HHS Chief Artificial Intelligence Officer Oki Mek wants to make sure HHS staff understand what AI and machine learning are and how they work before moving ahead with a strategy to promote AI adoption and ensure that algorithms are fair, legal and ethical. HHS is running use cases, working with other federal agencies to the extent possible under HIPAA and identifying where data resides, Mek says.

10/25/2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the value of public health infrastructure, and programs such as community water fluoridation served an especially important public health function as access to routine oral care was interrupted, particularly in underserved communities, according to an article published in the Journal of Public Health Dentistry. The authors, ADA National Fluoridation Advisory Committee member Howard Pollick, B.D.S., and Tooka Zokaie, the ADA Council on Advocacy for Access and Prevention's manager of fluoridation and preventive health activities, urged dental and health professionals at all levels to educate the public about the benefits of fluoridation, ADA News reported. "To protect the integrity of equitable public health infrastructure, community water fluoridation is imperative," they wrote.

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10/25/2021

West Virginia was home to 862 dentists in 2020, according to the ADA, translating into one practicing dentist per 2,100 residents. Access remains a particular challenge in rural areas, according to Dr. Stephen Pachuta, D.D.S., dean of West Virginia University's School of Dentistry. As the only university in West Virginia with a dental school, WVU is an important educational pipeline of dentists for the state. Dentistry is an important health care access point, not only for oral health services but also because it allows the opportunity for dentists to identify other medical conditions of concern for medical follow-up. Fortunately, access to dental care is expected to improve for low-income residents after the state implemented a more robust adult dental Medicaid program in 2020, providing more services with an annual spending cap of up to $1,000 per year. "You can do an [awful] lot of preventive dentistry and restorative dentistry for a thousand dollars," Dr. Pachuta told WSAZ-TV.

10/25/2021

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky, M.D., said the agency is closely monitoring an emerging subvariant of the Delta variant that is believed to be more contagious than the original Delta variant, CNBC reported. Dr. Walensky said the variant known as Delta-plus has been detected in the US, but there hasn't been a noticeable increase in cases across the country, and there is no indication that the subvariant will affect efficacy of existing vaccines or therapeutics. CDC variant monitoring data is updated weekly.

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10/25/2021

Join Franchesca Ramsey, actress, comedian and host of MTV's Decoded, at 7 p.m. CT on Tuesday, Nov. 9 for this one-hour ADA Accelerator Series webinar. She'll share how a viral video changed her life, kick started her career and helped her become a leading voice for social justice. Most importantly, she'll discuss how what she's learned along the way can help each one of us amplify our voices for change. 1 CE credit (pending approval).

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10/25/2021

This e-book from Legwork offers plenty of practical advice for dentists and practice teams on messaging to attract and retain new patients. Remember that your practice's most engaged patients can help you attract and retain new patients. Experts break down each phase of the patient journey to offer tactics to build patient loyalty and ultimately success.

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10/25/2021

A survey conducted by researchers from the University of New South Wales in Australia found that 98% of nuclear medicine physicians are willing to consider using PET/CT in pregnant women with suspected cancer in select cases, according to an article published in the Internal Medical Journal. "There is emerging evidence that likely absorbed fetal doses in pregnancy are relatively low, and as such in certain circumstances PET/CT may be acceptable when balancing benefit and risk," wrote Dr. Pietro Di Ciaccio, the survey's lead author.

10/25/2021

Just 14% of patients who underwent acute type A aortic dissection repair had follow-up imaging six months and 12 months after the procedure, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society and published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Researchers found several factors that possibly contribute to low adherence to imaging, including location of the patient's home, becoming "kind of orphan patients" and no clear understanding of who is responsible to do the follow-up for them.

10/25/2021

The US seven-day average for newly reported COVID-19 cases is down 15.1% to 73,079, according to the CDC, marking the fifth straight week of decline, while the weekly average for COVID-19 deaths fell 4.3% to 1,253. The seven-day average for COVID-19 hospitalizations dropped 10.3% to 6,004 for the period ending Oct. 19, while average daily vaccinations declined by 5.5% to 795,156 as of Oct. 21.