Wearable straps, watches and rings measure heart and respiratory rates, blood oxygen saturation and body fat, but their makers caution the devices are not intended to diagnose medical conditions. New devices are blurring the distinction between wellness trackers and medical devices, says cardiologist Paul Friedman, and new device functions that measure metrics like blood glucose level, body temperature and blood pressure may erase the line entirely.
Over 250 medical and science professionals signed a letter asking the online music and podcast site Spotify to adopt a misinformation policy, citing a recent podcast on which a physician equated COVID-19 vaccination campaigns with Naziism. "By allowing the propagation of false and societally harmful assertions, Spotify is enabling its hosted media to damage public trust in scientific research and sow doubt in the credibility of data-driven guidance offered by medical professionals," the letter read.
Through a collaboration with the California Dental Association, the ADA GKAS Tiny Smiles Program is able to offer the Treating Young Kids Everyday (TYKE) course for free, a $200 value, through February 2022. The TYKE course (2 CE) is designed to increase dentists' confidence to see babies and young children and inspire a commitment to decreasing the prevalence of dental caries in young children. Tiny Smiles is sponsored by Colgate and CareCredit. Learn more at ADA.org/TinySmiles.
The US Supreme Court ruled Thursday to block a federal mandate that called for large employers to require their employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or wear face coverings and be tested weekly, according to ADA News. "With the low infection rates within our profession, dentistry has proven its ability to mitigate risk while providing essential health care. Dental teams continue to implement enhanced infection control protocols, and as of June 2021, nearly 90% of dentists were fully vaccinated," ADA President Cesar R. Sabates, D.D.S., said. "The ADA strongly encourages all members of the dental team to be vaccinated if they have not been already." The court also ruled Thursday to uphold a federal requirement for staff at federally funded health care facilities to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The rule affects dentists working in Medicare or Medicaid facilities, including hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, nursing homes and federally qualified health centers, and those who have hospital privileges or work for the Indian Health Service. The rule does not affect private dental practices, including those that serve Medicare or Medicaid patients.
Democrats in the Kansas House said they plan to introduce state constitutional amendments to make Medicaid expansion and marijuana reform constitutional requirements, allowing them to be included on the ballot in November, KSHB-TV of Kansas City, Mo., reported. Expanding Medicaid could provide about $1 billion annually to the state, according to House Democratic Leader Tom Sawyer, but Republican lawmakers have opposed past proposals.
The use of artificial intelligence to interpret baseline lung cancer screenings led to an 86.7% reduction in radiologists' workloads, based on testing done to assess AI use as a stand-alone reader patients' ultra-LDCT baseline lung cancer screenings when compared to experienced radiologists' skills, according to research published in Lung Cancer. AI as a stand-alone reader was able to detect 61 discrepancies among the largest nodules and performed better than four of the five radiologists.
Walgreens Boots Alliance and CVS Health have been closing some stores on the weekends because they don't have enough employees to keep them up and running amid the rise in COVID-19 cases related to the Omicron variant. Both chains, which combined operate about 20,000 US pharmacies that are key providers of COVID-19 testing and vaccines, are struggling as more staffers are either out sick, isolating while awaiting test results, or caring for family members with COVID-19.
Parents should take a personalized approach when discussing social media concerns with their teenagers. "The approach has to come from a place of caring and concern, rather than something punitive or accusatory," says clinical psychologist Mari Radzik.
Registered dietitian Isabel Maples says when grocery stores are running low on healthful food items, you don't have to be intimidated if you know some substitutes for fresh foods. Turn to frozen or canned fish, or mushrooms, beans, quinoa and brown rice as alternatives for red meat or poultry, Maples says, and canned or dried fruits and vegetables packed in water -- not syrup -- as a substitute for unavailable fresh options.
People may be able to reduce their diet's carbon footprint by substituting poultry or pork for one serving of beef per day, according to a study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Replacing shrimp with cod or dairy milk with soy milk also could reduce greenhouse gases, the study found.
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