Oral Cancer & Diagnostics
More insured patients with head and neck cancer after ACA
November 5, 2019 -- The number of insured patients with head and neck cancer rose after the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), according to a study published on October 31. The gains were the greatest for more vulnerable populations.  Discuss
Oral HPV rate tops 6% in female teens
October 29, 2019 -- The prevalence of human papillomavirus (HPV) in the oral cavity was 6.2% among sexually active female adolescents in New York City, with a significant decrease in HPV prevalence among those who previously received the HPV vaccine, according to a study published online October 25 in JAMA Network Open.
HPV immunization program slashes precancer rates
October 23, 2019 -- A human papillomavirus (HPV) immunization program in British Columbia has led to a significant reduction in rates of cervical precancers, according to a recent study in the Journal of Infectious Diseases.
FDA grants 1st modified-risk claims for smokeless tobacco
October 22, 2019 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted marketing authorization for the first time for eight smokeless tobacco products from Swedish Match USA under its modified risk tobacco product pathway.
ADA takes stand against vaping
October 21, 2019 -- The ADA has issued a statement opposing the use of electronic cigarettes, or vaping nicotine, in light of the growing number of vaping-related injury reports that have emerged in recent months.
CDC names vaping-related illness, issues new guidance
October 15, 2019 -- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its initial recommendations for healthcare providers on how to deal with vaping-associated illness, which the CDC has now named e-cigarette, or vaping, product use-associated lung injury (EVALI).  Discuss
Readiness to serve includes dental fitness, good oral health
September 26, 2019 -- Since 2000, nearly 11% of all medical evacuations from combat environments were because of dental emergencies, so the U.S. military now encourages all personnel to practice good oral health and hygiene. A new profile of dental services available at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center shows how military practitioners work to keep service members ready for deployment.  Discuss
New review finds AI as accurate as healthcare practitioners
September 25, 2019 -- Artificial intelligence (AI) can detect oral cancer and other diseases with similar levels of accuracy as healthcare professionals, according to a new review published on September 24. But the authors caution that dentists and physicians aren't in danger of being replaced by AI anytime soon.  Discuss
U.S. men less knowledgeable about HPV than women
September 18, 2019 -- U.S. men are generally less knowledgeable than same-age U.S. women about HPV, the HPV vaccine, and the relationship between HPV and cancer, according to a study published on September 16 in JAMA Pediatrics. The findings highlight the importance of effective communication between practitioners and patients about the vaccine.  Discuss
Study shows evidence of herd protection against oral HPV
September 12, 2019 -- HPV vaccination rates continue to rise, and it may be to everyone's benefit. Researchers discovered evidence of herd protection against oral HPV infections. They detailed their findings in a study published on September 10 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.  Discuss
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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