Researchers from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry in Richmond found 1 in 3 Medicaid-enrolled women of reproductive age who were surveyed in 2017 and 2018 did not know they were eligible for Medicaid pregnancy dental coverage. Women covered by Medicaid were half as likely as women with private insurance to have visited the dentist in the past year, 40% were unaware of the higher risk for oral health issues during pregnancy, and one-fifth did not know that oral health and general health are connected, according to the study in Journal of Women's Health. The ADA has resources for dentists on providing oral health care during pregnancy and patient resources for oral health during pregnancy at MouthHealthy.org.
Ray Rebong, D.D.S., an orthodontist in Oakland, Calif.; Raquel Rozdolski, D.M.D., a dentist anesthesiologist in Hawthorne, N.Y.; and Mariana Velazquez, D.D.S., an oral surgeon in Miami, chose different dental specialties, but each was motivated by a desire to provide quality care and help patients improve their oral health, ADA News reported. "My goal in becoming a dentist anesthesiologist is to bridge the gap between providing a medically necessary service in an ambulatory setting and reserve the operating rooms for individuals who are medically complex, thereby reducing significant wait times, while also improving patient's overall health," Dr. Rozdolski said. Dr. Velazquez said that women make up just 10.6% of oral surgeons in the US so more women are needed in the specialty, and Dr. Rebong said creating the best personalized plan for every patient "has made every day in orthodontics unique and exciting."
Holiday recipes are often filled with love, cheer and loads of sugar. Keeping teeth in mind this holiday season will help prevent cavities in the New Year. Adding healthy alternatives will keep your patients' teeth happy! Share these delicious holiday recipes with your patients to encourage a healthy holiday.
Find more free resources for patients at MouthHealthy.org.
A survey by the Radiological Society of North America's COVID-19 Task Force found marked reductions in radiology research activities during the pandemic's early days based on responses of nearly 50 vice chairs of academic radiology departments, as reported in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. More than 95% of those polled said their facilities ran at 50% capacity or less during shutdown periods in comparison to pre-pandemic levels, while non-COVID clinical research dropped to 25% or less than pre-pandemic levels.
Nearly 79% of hospital beds and 80% of ICU units in the US are occupied, with COVID-19 patients occupying almost 8% of the hospital beds and over 17% of ICU beds, according to HHS data. Nineteen states including Rhode Island and Massachusetts have surpassed 80% hospital bed capacity, and only five states are reporting below 70% hospital bed occupancy.
President Joe Biden urged Senate lawmakers to follow the lead of the House and pass his $2 trillion Build Back Better legislation to address the "outrageously high" costs of prescription drugs in the US. The legislation would allow Medicare to negotiate lower prices for certain drugs, impose a $35 monthly cap on insulin costs, limit Medicare out-of-pocket costs for prescription drugs to $2,000 per year and limit price hikes to the rate of inflation, and Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., hopes to pass the package by Christmas.
A study in The Journal of Nutrition linked eating vegetables in the amount recommended by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans to improved bone health in adults with obesity who had a low vegetable intake. Researchers measured nutrient intake, plasma carotenoids and bone-related markers in serum and urine in participants who ate extra vegetables and a control group.
Social worker Barb Anthony missed the camaraderie of playing on sports teams after college, so she founded the Northeast Ohio Women's Sports Alliance as a way to bring women together. Anthony says her social work background gave her the tools to advocate for women and help break down barriers to recreational sports participation.
Some species of bats teach navigation skills to their young by carrying them from their cave upside down on their stomachs and leaving them in certain trees as the mothers search for food, returning periodically throughout the night before bringing the pups back to the cave, researchers reported in Current Biology. When the pups are about 10 weeks old, the mothers leave them in the cave and let them fly solo to a recently visited tree, which the pups then use as starting points for their own nightly food runs.
Orcas arrived in the Arctic Ocean near the Bering Strait about a month earlier in the summer of 2019 than in 2012, and they ventured farther north into the Chukchi Sea than in the study's early years, possibly due to melting sea ice, according to researchers at the University of Washington. Orcas hunt beluga whales and seals and have had aggressive encounters with endangered bowhead whales, and study leader Brynn Kimber says their presence in the northern Arctic could upset the ecosystem.
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