Cleveland Clinic researchers are conducting a study on a vaccine to prevent triple-negative breast cancer, which accounts for 10% to 15% of all breast cancers but tends to be aggressive and poses significant recurrence and death risks. The vaccine would target alpha-lactalbumin, a lactation protein present in most triple-negative breast cancers.
Remote Area Medical will host its fifth annual free clinic at the Appalachian Fairgrounds in Gray, Tenn., from Nov. 5 to 7, according to the Johnson City Press. Volunteer health care professionals will provide dental, audiology, vison, mental health and women's health services. Brooks Blair of Project Access, a RAM partner for the event, said there is a great demand for dental and vision care, and additional volunteer providers are needed in these areas.
Pennsylvania measure SB850, introduced by state Sen. Judy Ward, R-Blair, and others, would require insurers to make payments directly to dental care providers when requested by the patient, eliminating the need for patients to file insurance forms and handle provider payments. "If we were to simplify this process and empower patients, it would do wonders to improve care in this state -- and perhaps free up at least one part of our health care system," Yael Ossowski, deputy director at the consumer advocacy group Consumer Choice Center, wrote in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. These laws represent a national trend and have been passed in states such as South Dakota, Colorado and West Virginia, Mr. Ossowski wrote.
New York State Dental Association President Kevin Henner, D.M.D., said many people may not realize the state's COVID-19 vaccine mandate for health care providers only covers dentists who practice in health care facility settings, such as hospitals, according to Spectrum News. Dr. Henner said all dental professionals are encouraged to get vaccinated, however. "You really want to take care of your office and do what is right for your office, and that's where it all comes back to the professional judgment of the practitioner to evaluate the scenario in their own office," Dr. Henner said. Communicating with patients, about dental care or a vaccine, is what's important, he added.
The Delta Dental Community Care Foundation is providing $20 million to health care centers in 15 states and the District of Columbia for oral health education and to increase access to oral health care, according to WTRF-TV in Wheeling, W.Va. West Virginia's Wheeling Health Right, one of 10 facilities in the state to receive funding, will get $20,000.
Students at the University of Alaska Anchorage School of Allied Health's dental hygiene program provided cleanings, exams and X-rays to children up to age 18 during a free clinic held Oct. 22, according to the Anchorage Daily News. Carri Shamburger, director of the dental hygiene program, said the Children's Day Dental Clinic gives children a positive experience in dental care and helps educate the public.
The American College of Radiology® (ACR®) and the Radiology Business Management Association (RBMA) are launching the 2021 ACR/RBMA Radiology Workforce Survey. ACR physician members will receive an email with a personalized link to the survey. Broad member participation is essential to secure a representative sample of radiology facilities needed to accurately assess the current US radiology workforce. Read more.
Researchers found that using digital breast tomosynthesis combined with synthesized 2D mammography to screen women for breast cancer was associated with higher rates of cancer detection, as well as higher cancer detection among recalls and reduced recalls, compared with digital mammography alone. The findings, published in European Radiology, also showed higher positive predictive values for breast cancer screening recalls with DBT plus synthesized 2D mammography.
CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said the US is heading in the right direction as COVID-19 cases continue to decline nationwide, but she urged Americans to stay vigilant. The seven-day average for daily new COVID-19 cases had dropped 16% to about 65,900 as of Tuesday, while average daily hospitalizations fell 12% to 5,500, but average fatalities remained at 1,100 per day, Walensky said.
The mortality rate for Parkinson's disease increased 63% in the past two decades, according to a study published in Neurology. Data showed the death rate was twice as high for men, compared with women, and increased for all age groups, both sexes, among racial and ethnic groups, and for urban-rural classifications.