Oral Cancer & Diagnostics
Surgery patients get oral hygiene kits to reduce pneumonia risk
August 28, 2019 -- In hopes of reducing the number of patients with hospital-acquired pneumonia, insurance company Aetna is sending oral hygiene care packages to certain patients before surgery. The company's chief dental officer highlighted the program's impact during a media presentation on August 26.  Discuss
CDC: HPV vaccination rate continues to increase
August 26, 2019 -- The number of U.S. adolescents who have received the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine continues to rise, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). However, the increase is modest compared with previous years, the researchers noted.  Discuss
Study: Few minority, poor patients get screened for cancer
August 22, 2019 -- About 75% of racial and ethnic minorities and patients with low socioeconomic status reported that dental professionals did not screen them for oral cancer during dental visits, according to a new study.  Discuss
CDC: Vaping linked to severe lung disease
August 20, 2019 -- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is investigating a cluster of severe lung disease linked to electronic cigarette use, or vaping. Patients experienced cough, shortness of breath, and fatigue that eventually led to hospitalization.  Discuss
Can natural oils help maintain enamel in postcancer patients?
July 22, 2019 -- Maintaining enamel hardness is a concern when patients undergo radiation therapy. Researchers wanted to see if natural compounds such as coconut oil, vitamin E oil, and curcumin helped during after-cancer treatment.  Discuss
Sugary beverages linked to higher cancer risk
July 12, 2019 -- Drinking sugary beverages may be associated with an increased risk of cancer, according to the findings of a study published in BMJ on July 10. The evidence suggests sugary drinks, including 100% fruit juice, may contribute to the overall cancer rate.
New analysis shows long-term impact of HPV vaccination
June 27, 2019 -- Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination programs can substantially reduce the number of infections in girls and women, researchers report in a new study published in Lancet. Their analysis suggests vaccination programs are working.  Discuss
DentalOne Partners teams with Forward Science
June 12, 2019 -- Dental service organization DentalOne Partners has announced a partnership with biotechnology company Forward Science to offer oral cancer screenings with its OralID product for patients.
The personalized revolution is coming
May 21, 2019 -- Personalized healthcare will change how dentists approach patient intake and treatment. Dr. Dennis Abbott spoke about the topic and its long-term impact at the California Dental Association's CDA Presents meeting in Anaheim, CA.  Discuss
New poster stresses need for more e-cigarette research
April 30, 2019 -- Another warning about the potentially harmful effects of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) has been issued. A new poster from a prestigious European conference details what is contained in e-cigarettes, and the authors urge more research on this subject.  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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