A poll of 330 ADA Clinical Evaluators Panel member dentists found 2% currently administer vaccines, but 55% were willing to give COVID-19 and influenza vaccinations to patients, according to a report in The Journal of the American Dental Association. The survey showed 42% of dentists were not aware of which vaccines they can administer by state law, and the top three resources dentists said they needed for vaccine administration were training or education, financial support and access to protocols, ADA News reported. "The main takeaway from the survey is that broadening the scope of dental practice to include vaccine administration would greatly and positively impact the health of the public," said Mai-Ly Duong, D.M.D., a co-author of the report.
Join ADA member and certified professional life coach Dr. Cathy Hung at 7 p.m. CT on Jan. 25 for this ADA Accelerator Series webinar. You'll explore different leadership styles and learn why it is important to develop leadership skills early in your career. You'll come away from this session with strategies to seek mentors and coaches who can help you develop the leadership skills necessary to thrive in your professional journey. 1 CE credit (pending approval).
The Arizona Senate Committee on Health and Human Services voted to approve legislation to allow dentists to administer Botox injections and provide dermal fillers to patients for cosmetic purposes, according to the Daily Independent of Sun City. The Arizona Dental Association lobbied in support of the measure, which will be reviewed by the Rules Committee before heading to the full Senate.
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci explained the five stages of a pandemic at the online conference of the World Economic Forum's Davos Agenda, cautioning the public not to think the world is further along than it actually is, with the entire world negatively impacted, as it is now, being the first phase. The succeeding phases consist of deceleration, control, elimination and lastly, eradication.
Nearly 15% of US hospitals have reported critical shortages in staff, according to HHS, while about 24% expect to face a shortage within the coming week amid a surge in COVID-19 cases. The US is averaging more than 743,000 new COVID-19 cases per day and 156,000 hospitalizations, prompting officials in California, Kansas, Maryland, New Jersey and Virginia to issue emergency health orders to mitigate the spread of the Omicron coronavirus variant and alleviate the strain on health systems.
Data showed 20.3% of adults participating in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey for 2017-2018 said they had prescriptions for drugs that may lead to weight gain, compared with 13.2% in 1999-2000, according to a study published in Obesity. Beta blockers were the most frequently prescribed type of obesogenic medications reported.
Registered dietitian Rachel Beller says people can reduce inflammation and the risk of chronic illness by trading some less healthful foods for more nutritional choices. Beller suggests substituting flour-heavy bread for a slice of whole-grain bread, choosing coffee or other morning drinks that are lower in sugar content, and cooking with less-processed oils that have healthful monosaturated fats.
Many things qualify as resources to lean on when we need support, including obvious resource forms such as partners or family members, and not-so-obvious forms like inspirational art and favorite memories, writes Resmaa Menakem, a licensed independent clinical social worker. Menakem shares tips on cultivating resources to promote growth and healing.
Concerns about vaccines existed long before COVID-19 vaccines came along and extend to some pet owners, says Lori Kogan, a professor at Colorado State University and an author of a study published last year in The Canadian Veterinary Journal that found a link between organized movements against mandatory childhood vaccinations and vaccine hesitancy among pet owners. A set of core vaccines, including rabies shots, are needed -- and in some cases mandated -- for pets, and AVMA President Dr. José Arce and others say veterinarians are happy to guide their clients through decisions about which optional vaccines are needed based on risk.
Twenty-three of the 25 deer ticks sampled at a central Pennsylvania park were carrying deer tick virus, and the state Department of Environmental Protection says the 92% positive rate is far higher than previously found at a single location in the state and higher than previously reported in scientific journals. The virus can cause severe neurological disease, and symptoms include fever, headache, vomiting and weakness.
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