Sixty-six percent of doctors and nurses in Los Angeles surveyed by the University of California, Los Angeles, said they will not take the COVID-19 vaccine in its first round, and healthcare professionals in other parts of the US have expressed similar concerns. Some health care professionals have questions about potential side effects and some say they want more data given the speedy timing of the vaccine's development.
Getting a practice working smoothly by optimizing workloads and appointment schedules goes a long way toward protecting staff from being overwhelmed by increased workloads at the end of the year, dental hygienist Amanda Graham writes in DentistryIQ. She offers several strategies that include pushing non-priority appointments to January, taking on temporary workers to handle ancillary tasks or fill in for those affected by COVID-19, and taking brief rest periods throughout the day.
More professionals rely on a type of "autopilot" to complete work-related routines efficiently, and reliance on autopilot has enabled people to manage the stress of life during the pandemic, but prolonged periods like this leaves people disconnected from their bodies and primed for burnout, writes Bryan Robinson, Ph.D., a licensed psychotherapist. Dr. Robinson recommends making time for mindfulness and simple acts of self-care and outlines 10 ways to find balance during the holidays, including creating a to-be list, looking at the big picture, spending time outside and finding opportunity in difficulty.
Dentists report that office visit volumes are down from prior to the pandemic as people continue to defer care, but the ADA found that fewer than 1% of US dentists have had a confirmed or probable COVID-19 diagnosis, suggesting infection control measures at dental practices are working. Continued deferral of care is concerning, dentists say, because oral health conditions left untreated can progress into something less isolated and more serious. And this sort of progression is exacerbated when personal oral hygiene habits have lapsed. "We know people that delay their oral health care, it leads to other organ system problems," Frederick Guerra, D.M.D., told KOAA-TV of Colorado Springs, Colo. "Issues that are going on in the mouth aren't just going to be limited to the mouth."
An ADA webinar scheduled for Dec. 10 will cover the challenges of polypharmacy and safe prescribing of opioids for elderly patients who take multiple medications, according to ADA News. The webinar will include a review of the American Geriatrics Society's Beers Criteria, which lists medications with known adverse side effects among the elderly. It will be presented by Oscar Cepeda, M.D., director of palliative care and hospice services at Missouri's St. Louis VA Medical Center.
November is Diabetes Awareness Month! Diabetes can take a toll on oral health, and it's important for diabetic patients to understand how it can affect their smile. Give them the tools they need to keep their smiles strong with these free resources.
A study in the European Journal of Radiology found that radiology technicians in Turkey reported reduced morale and happiness levels amid the COVID-19 pandemic, compared with before the pandemic, and also increased awareness regarding COVID-19 causes, symptoms and diagnoses than its treatment- and recovery-related concerns. "These findings seem to be in accordance with the proposed sources of distress related to the psychological response of healthcare workers to an epidemic of infectious diseases that include feelings of vulnerability or loss of control, and concerns and perception of danger about health of self, ... changes in work, and being isolated," wrote researcher Nuran Akyurt.
A breakthrough portable, low-power brain MRI scanner developed by Massachusetts General Hospital researchers produced 3D brain images of healthy individuals in an average time of 10 minutes, according to a study in Nature Biomedical Engineering. "With some further development, [the scanner] could allow truly point-of-care, bedside brain imaging for patients or scanning in remote locations, where MRI has traditionally been unavailable," said researcher Clarissa Zimmerman Cooley.
Law school was Dr. Scott Howell's original career plan. So how did he end up as a dentist in public health and a teledentistry trailblazer? Read the full story on ADA New Dentist News.
Inhibiting expression of the MMP9 gene might prevent tooth resorption in cats, a painful condition that affects a majority of mature cats, according to a study in Scientific Reports. The MMP9 protein appears to be involved in tooth resorption as well as bone cancer, and blocking gene activity prevented biological processes linked to tooth resorption, researchers reported.
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