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7/30/2021

An algorithm that analyzes smartphone camera images of the palpebral conjunctiva, or the clear membrane, inside the lower eyelid detected anemia with a 72.6% accuracy rate, according to a study in PLOS ONE. The method wouldn't replace blood testing but would be useful for initial point-of-care diagnosis in low-resource areas, says researcher Gregory Jay, an attending physician at Rhode Island Hospital.

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7/30/2021

Mask sales began to wane earlier this year, but they're on the rise again and expected to grow in the wake of the CDC's latest recommendation that vaccinated people start wearing masks in certain settings. Mask sales grew 24% in the seven-day period ending Tuesday from the previous week, according to the Adobe Digital Economy Index.

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7/30/2021

Children with a history of foster care were 1.54 times more likely to experience oral health problems and have trouble accessing oral care than children who had not experienced foster care, a study in The Journal of the American Dental Association found. "Our study is the first to confirm firsthand from these children and adolescents that their dental needs are not being met," said Elise W. Sarvas, D.D.S., the study's corresponding author. The ADA has taken action in support of the Foster Youth Dental Act, which would extend eligibility for the foster youth Medicaid pathway up to age 25.

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7/30/2021

As of July 15, the Small Business Administration had approved only $2.4 billion of $30 billion set aside for targeted Economic Injury Disaster Loan Advance grants of $10,000 each, and only $1 billion in $5,000 supplemental targeted advance grants has been approved out of the $5 billion that was allocated, The Baltimore Sun reported. Small-business owners say they are struggling as they wait for applications to be vetted. SBA officials said the agency's verification and fraud-prevention protocols have caused a significant backlog of applications, but it is working to speed processing time and increase transparency.

7/30/2021

The CDC issued new COVID-19 testing recommendations urging fully vaccinated Americans to get tested three to five days after exposure to the virus even if they don't experience symptoms, according to The New York Times. The change accompanied a revision to CDC recommendations for face coverings, which should be worn by all people in public indoor settings in areas experiencing high levels of community transmission. CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, M.D., cited new data suggesting that vaccinated individuals who tested positive for the Delta variant could harbor large viral loads.

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The New York Times
7/30/2021

Join us at 7 p.m. CT on Monday, Aug. 16, for a dive deep into the power of leading with core values and the impact of trust, rapport, and instilling hope in the workplace with Kasey Franco, chief education officer at NAMI Chicago. You'll learn how to create a culture of wellness in the dental office and explore strategies for discussing mental health with peers, dental team members and employees. 1 CE credit (pending approval). This ADA Accelerator Series event is brought to you in part by a generous grant from Crest + Oral-B.

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7/30/2021

The FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research sent an untitled letter to online retailer Amazon for misbranding drugs and marketing unapproved drugs in violation of certain sections of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. In a letter sent to Amazon CEO Andy Jassy, the FDA said it identified 26 weight loss and sexual enhancement products being sold on Amazon that contained one or more of the active pharmaceutical drug ingredients tadalafil, sildenafil or vardenafil, that were not declared on the labeling of the products.

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7/30/2021

Floridian Bob Becker, 76, participates in Death Valley's Badwater 135 ultramarathon, known as one of the world's most grueling foot races. He says he uses "age-appropriate" methods to prepare, including cross-training, core strengthening and getting his body used to the foods and drinks he will consume during the race.

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7/30/2021

Research presented at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference suggests that learning Latin dance techniques like salsa may be beneficial for older adults' brain health and social interaction. Study lead Susan Aguinaga said dancing places "high demand" on a person's memory and attention skills, and the process of perfecting steps may improve working memory.

7/30/2021

Charles Adams Jr. from Dobson, N.C., pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to use the DEA registration number of another provider to prescribe controlled substances, among other counts. Court documents showed Adams, who worked as a counselor for a company that operated Virginia-based medical clinics, influenced medical decisions and treatments of patients, which included the prescribing of Suboxone and Schedule II pain medications.

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