Oral Cancer & Diagnostics
Most lung vaping cases linked to informal sources of THC
January 21, 2020 -- The recent outbreak of lung disease linked to vaping appears to be most prevalent in people who vaped THC-containing products obtained from informal sources, such as family, dealers, and online, according to a new report released on January 14 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Discuss
Report: Smoking costs add up in healthcare tally
January 16, 2020 -- Smoking costs more than $300 billion each year in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But which U.S. states bear the brunt of these costs? Personal finance website WalletHub ran the data and found that Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York had the highest total annual costs per adult smoker.  Discuss
JADA: Fla. lags in oral cancer prevention, HPV vaccinations
January 9, 2020 -- Florida is lagging behind the U.S. as a whole for oral cancer prevention, according to the findings of a new Journal of the American Dental Association study. Floridians have a higher incidence of oropharyngeal cancer, and they're less likely to get vaccinated against HPV.  Discuss
Returning to work may offer benefit for oral cancer patients
January 7, 2020 -- Returning to work may have a positive effect on the survival rates of patients diagnosed with oral cancer, according to a new study. The benefit may be due to higher income, increased physical activity, and better emotional status, the authors noted.  Discuss
One dose of HPV vaccine may be enough to fend off cancer
January 6, 2020 -- A single dose of the HPV vaccine may be as effective at protecting against cervical cancer as the recommended two or three doses, according to a new study published online on December 27 in JAMA Network Open.  Discuss
Podcast: What to know about vaping in 2020
January 2, 2020 -- As we enter into a new decade, one recent trend continues to make its mark: vaping. But what does this mean for dental practices? How should they talk to their patients about the effects of vaping? In this podcast, dental pharmacology expert Tom Viola, RPh, discusses some simple ways that dental professionals can address the issue of vaping with their patients.  Discuss
New HPV saliva test may speed detection of mouth, throat cancers
December 23, 2019 -- Scientists have fused acoustics and microfluidics in a novel saliva test designed to show within minutes whether a person has a high-risk strain of HPV associated with mouth and throat cancers. Results were published online December 13 in the Journal of Molecular Diagnostics.  Discuss
Fast-tracked oral mucositis drug shows promise
December 17, 2019 -- A drug intended to reduce the severity and incidence of radiation- and chemotherapy-induced oral mucositis showed promising results in a recent clinical trial. Patients treated with the drug had reduced duration, incidence, and severity of severe oral mucositis.  Discuss
ADA calls for ban on vaping products not OK'd by FDA
December 16, 2019 -- The ADA took a new, more aggressive stance against vaping and electronic cigarettes on December 16, calling for a total ban on any products that have not been approved for tobacco cessation purposes by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  Discuss
Forward Science unveils campaign to fight oral cancer
December 16, 2019 -- Forward Science unveiled its Likes for Lives Campaign, pledging to donate one of its OralID oral cancer screening devices to a nonprofit for every 500 likes it gets on Facebook.
Special Feature
5 misconceptions about oral and oropharyngeal cancer
Screening of every dental patient older than 18 for oral and oropharyngeal cancer is a must, writes Jo-Anne Jones, RDH. Taking the time to screen each patient can make an impact on oral cancer survival rates. However, dentists and oral healthcare professionals have a few common misconceptions about these cancers. Read more.
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