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10/28/2021

A coalition of more than 30 health care organizations, including the ADA, sent a letter to Reps. Lori Trahan, D-Mass., and David McKinley, R-W.Va., in support of the Bolstering Infectious Outbreaks Preparedness Workforce Act of 2021, ADA News reported. The bill would provide student loan repayment to health care professionals who spend at least 50% of their time in activities related to bio-preparedness and response or providing infectious disease care in medically underserved areas. Dentists would be included in the infectious disease care part of the bill. "A strong and diverse [infectious disease] and bio-preparedness workforce (including physicians, pharmacists, physician assistants, advanced practice registered nurses, clinical laboratory professionals and dentists) is vital to a rapid, effective response to infectious disease outbreaks and to provide [infectious disease] care," according to the coalition, which is led by the HIV Medicine Association.

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ADA News
10/28/2021

Judges from the ADA's Council on Dental Practice have selected finalists for this year's Design Innovation Awards in three categories: large new build-out, small new build-out and remodel.

Now we need your help to choose the winners. You can view photos and floor plans from each finalist, then cast your vote for your favorite design in each category. Voting ends Oct. 31.

Vote now.

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success.ada.org
10/28/2021

Sign up for this free webinar at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Nov. 9 (from Dandy Labs) to learn more about the fundamentals of intraoral scanning including the history of intraoral scanners, what a scanner is, and how you can use one for three different restorative workflows for your patients.

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pages.ada.org
10/28/2021

Chest X-rays "could play a central role in mid- to long-term follow-up of COVID-19, assessing the radiological sequelae of patients and identifying those who might require a closer follow-up," lead author Dr. Marco Fogante wrote in Radiography. The findings showed that radiological abnormalities could show in chest X-rays three months after COVID-19 patients have been discharged.

10/28/2021

Faced with opposition to a proposal that would expand Medicaid coverage in states that did not do so under the Affordable Care Act, some lawmakers are crafting an alternative that would subsidize ACA coverage for Americans who fall into the Medicaid coverage gap. Democrats including Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., who have objected to the proposed expansion of Medicaid have expressed concern about the idea of the federal government covering 100% of the cost for holdout states, while states that expanded eligibility on their own have been paying 10% of the cost.

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Sen. Joe Manchin
10/28/2021

An animal-model study published in the journal Brain, Behavior, and Immunity linked a diet high in processed foods to memory impairment, when compared with a healthy diet. "These findings indicate that consumption of a processed diet can produce significant and abrupt memory deficits -- and in the aging population, rapid memory decline has a greater likelihood of progressing into neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease," said researcher Ruth Barrientos.

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The Hill
10/28/2021

Access to broadband and the ability to get and use devices is a human right, and those who are unable to do so will be left behind, Cynthia Sanders, a social work associate professor, and Edward Scanlon write in the Journal of Human Rights and Social Work. Social workers and others must advocate for this issue to ensure marginalized communities have access to information, education, jobs and other basic rights, they write.

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University of Kansas
10/28/2021

Avoid micromanaging your team by giving them clear guidance on what success looks like, a system of regular progress reports, motivation to meet deadlines and an accountability process, writes Know Your Team CEO Claire Lew. "True team accountability is about doing everything you can to create the clearest possible picture for what needs to get done and why, and sharing as much context as possible to achieve those expectations," Lew writes.

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Know Your Team
10/28/2021

Researchers studied 261 adult men with type 2 diabetes who were not obese and found those with overt hypogonadism were more likely to experience macrovascular complications. The findings, published in Andrologia, also showed reduced optimal glycosylated hemoglobin achievement among hypogonodal patients.

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Medical Dialogues
10/28/2021

A framework for the social spending plan released by President Biden on Thursday would include expanding Medicare to include hearing benefits but not dental and vision care as was initially proposed. The framework is not final and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., has said that the issue of adding dental, hearing and vision benefits to Medicare was "not negotiable."

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The Hill