The ADA believes dental care is essential health care and should continue during the resurgence phase of the pandemic, according to an ADA News story quoting ADA President Daniel J. Klemmedson, D.D.S., M.D. The ADA "firmly believes" dental care can continue to be delivered safely, Dr. Klemmedson notes in a Nov. 17 ADA statement. A message from Dr. Klemmedson to members highlighted the ADA's guidance and CDC guidance. It also encouraged dentists to take advantage of the ADA's free patient communications resources in the Patient Return Resource Center.
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The ACR will use its machine learning technologies, such as ACR Connect, the TRIAD app and national data registries, to develop a central infrastructure enabling artificial intelligence algorithm receipt, training and sending among radiologists, which is already being tested in seven sites, ACR Data Science Institute senior scientist Dr. Raymond Geis wrote in a blog post. "Through multiple different techniques, the central site combines each version of the algorithm to build what is hopefully an extremely robust, generalizable, final model, which will work reliably in all of our settings," Geis wrote.
Researchers found that emergency CT use for pediatric abdominal pain rose from 1.2% in 1997 to 16.6% in 2010 but slightly declined by 2016 due to quality improvement efforts from the ACR and American Society of Pediatrics, while the modality's use for adult abdominal pain continuously increased from 3.9% in 1997 to 37.8% in 2016. "This increase over time in CT use for adults was not associated with an increase in the proportion of diagnoses of appendicitis during visits for abdominal pain, suggesting that the increase in CT use may not benefit patients but instead results in more patients without appendicitis receiving CT," researchers wrote in the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Researchers found that a deep learning reconstruction algorithm yielded 51%, 18% and 11% better object detectability in pediatric CT scans, compared with filtered back projection, statistical-based iterative reconstruction and model-based iterative reconstruction, respectively. The findings in Radiology also showed that DLR allowed 52% greater radiation dose decrease, compared with SBIR, and enabled lower image noise without noise texture effects observed in MBIR, while radiologists most preferred DLR images.
The CMS has unveiled a final rule that makes changes to the Stark Law regulations on physician self-referral, finalizing permanent exceptions for value-based care arrangements and providing more guidance on the exceptions. The agency said the changes will reduce administrative burdens faced by health care providers.
Children and young adults with newly diagnosed overt type 1 diabetes had better endogenous insulin production after taking golimumab for 52 weeks, compared with those who took placebo, according to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine. Mean 4-hour C-peptide area-under-the-curve, as well as the number of those who had a partial-remission response, were also higher in those who took golimumab, compared with those who took placebo.
A study in the Journal of Diabetes Investigation found that hospitalized men with type 2 diabetes who had elevated levels of serum progesterone had a higher risk of diabetic retinopathy, compared with those with lower levels of serum progesterone. The findings, based on data from 1,376 participants, indicate that elevated progesterone level in men can be a potential clinical factor for identifying diabetic retinopathy.
Dental professionals possess the expertise and experience necessary to detect and treat serious and life-threatening diseases, and their role in preventive and chronic disease care makes them invaluable to the US COVID-19 response, ADA President Daniel J. Klemmedson, D.D.S., M.D., and Executive Director Kathleen T. O'Loughlin, D.M.D., said in a letter to the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, ADA News reports. The ADA said dentists would be able to "help increase the nation's medical surge capacity when medical personnel are overwhelmed," including through administration of vaccines. The ADA pointed to a recommendation made in October by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine that dentists be given access to a COVID-19 vaccine in Phase Ia of the vaccine distribution plan.
Writing in ADA News, Robert Bosack, D.D.S.; Michael Rollert, D.D.S.; Stuart Lieblich, D.M.D.; Roy Stevens, D.D.S.; and Jason Brady, D.M.D.; say the dental profession's shared goal of optimal patient safety can be achieved through participation with the Dental Patient Safety Foundation. By reporting and exploring incidents and other issues, dentists can learn from one another and use those lessons to inform safety measures. "Our profession's reputation will be enhanced, our members will have greater opportunity for success, and our patients will continue to receive the highest standard of dental care in the world," they write.
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