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1/25/2022

Blockchain is used at present primarily for cryptocurrency, but some experts, including analysts at Deloitte, say blockchain's distributed nature and encryption make it appropriate for storing and exchanging clinical and research data. "Clinicians should monitor this technology as it develops, since it has the potential to transform daily practice," writes Dr. Naveed Saleh.

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MDLinx
1/25/2022

Save the date for SmileCon™ 2022 Houston, a joint meeting with the Texas Dental Association Meeting and the Greater Houston Dental Society's Star of the South Dental Meeting. This once-in-a-lifetime experience will be a fusion of culture, community, and learning for the whole dental community.

Be there when three mighty meetings become one epic event! Registration opens June 1 at SmileCon.org.

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ada.org
1/25/2022

Data from the 2014-18 American Community Survey found 31.1% of 148,878 active dentists were women, up from about 25% in 2009-13, according to researchers at the Oral Health Workforce Research Center, part of the Center for Health Workforce Studies at the University at Albany. The study found female dentists overall were younger than male dentists and more likely to be racially or ethnically diverse, ADA News reported. Data from the ADA Health Policy Institute showed a trend toward increasing numbers of women enrolled in dental schools and greater diversity, with more Asian and Hispanic students.

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ADA News
1/25/2022

Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., has asked for $1 million in congressionally directed spending for construction of a dental clinic in South Hero, Vt., according to VTDigger. Funding would require passage of new funding outlines for federal government agencies. The Champlain Islands Health Center would operate the facility, which would include a five-operatory clinic with a laboratory, sterilization room and waiting area, and it's expected to cost about $1.25 million. Residents of Lake Champlain Islands have not had access to local dental care since 2019.

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VTDigger (Vermont)
1/25/2022

Earlier this month the ACR presented five Current Procedural Terminology codes for valuation at the meeting of the American Medical Association/Speciality Society Relative Value Scale Update Committee. The AMA revised its CPT codes for 2022; four codes for imaging were deleted and two new codes added. Radiology practices will need to review their systems to ensure non-use of the deleted codes in the future that could result in payment delays and denials.

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Radiology Business
1/25/2022

COVID-19 case numbers appear to be heading in the right direction, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, who said he expects Omicron cases to have peaked in most states by mid-February. Nationwide COVID-19 cases for the past seven days are down 12% from the previous week, but average COVID-19 deaths have reached 2,200 per day, up 11% from the prior week and the highest in 11 months.

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ABC News, Reuters
1/25/2022

A coalition of 19 Senate Democrats wrote a letter to CMS and HHS leaders calling for Medicare to cover the cost of home COVID-19 tests for older people and those with disabilities, just as commercial health insurers are doing for their members. The lawmakers argued that those "enrolled in Medicare are at the highest risk of severe illness from COVID-19 ... and the current policy leaves them on the hook for potentially significant out-of-pocket costs."

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FierceHealthcare
1/25/2022

Research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found 1-year-old babies with low-income mothers who had received $333 per month in cash aid for a year demonstrated more of a type of brain activity linked with stronger cognitive development, compared with infants whose mothers received $20 per month. "This is the first study to show that money, in and of itself, has a causal impact on brain development," according to Dr. Kimberly Noble, who helped lead the research.

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The New York Times
1/25/2022

A study published in the Journal of Pediatrics found that administration of Bifidobacterium infantis EVC001 was associated with a significantly decreased rate of necrotizing enterocolitis in preterm infants and can be considered safe and effective for reducing morbidity and mortality in the NICU. The findings, based on 483 very low birth weight infants, showed a 73% reduction in risk of NEC on EVC001-fed group compared to the No EVC001 group.

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Medical Dialogues
1/25/2022

Registered dietitian nutritionists say a healthy bladder is important to waste elimination, hydration and electrolyte regulation but aging and medical conditions, such as interstitial cystitis, can lead to problems. RDN Ginger Hultin says alcohol, spicy foods, chocolate, soda, coffee and artificial sweeteners may irritate the bladder, and RDN Melissa Ann Prest says citrus fruits and tomatoes have higher acidity that could lead to burning and pain when urinating.

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