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BCG vaccine offers protection for elderly people against respiratory infections

The BCG vaccine has a broad, stimulating effect on the immune system. This gives it an effective preventive action against various infections – possibly also against COVID-19. New studies are investigating that.

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Report calls on government to provide financial support for dental services

A group of dental associations have joined together and called on government action for mixed and private services.

In a new report, key stakeholders assess the financial support measures currently available to practices.

And following the findings, the British Dental Association (BDA) has written to Chancellor Rishi Sunak calling for an ‘urgent response’.

Robust support package

The paper sets out a number of key recommendations, for example:

  • The extension of eligibility for financial support and expansion of eligibility to business rate relief. This is to help manage the financial burdens of resuming provision and restoring the sector
  • Further support through investment in extended commissioning of NHS dental care to address the backlog of patients.

Additionally, it urges for a ‘robust and timely support package’ for the dental sector, asking the government to consider:

  • An extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
  • Eligibility for business rate relief
  • Eligibility for the Retail,
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Study identifies effective treatment for severe COVID-19 patients

As countries around the world race to develop a vaccine for SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19, researchers are working to understand exactly how it causes the myriad of symptoms that seem to linger long after active viral infection.

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EXCLUSIVE: BDA ‘toxic at the top’ and refuses an independent external investigation

Tony Kilcoyne lifts the lid on his time at the BDA and why he thinks the organisation needs big changes at the top before it can move forward.

After raising serious concerns about the very top of the BDA organisation, have there been any further developments?

Tony Kilcoyne: Yes. I have asked the CEO of the BDA for an external independent enquiry. But this has been totally rejected.

They see absolutely no problems keeping any investigation only internal to the BDA via their own scrutiny committee and away from external eyes.

I have already explained this is inappropriate. Due to such serious concerns involving senior people, that the BDA itself inevitably conflicts with now.

Further, they’ll know their own people involved personally. And the perception externally could be that of a cover up, rather than one of objectivity, openness and fairness, to genuinely achieve any deep cultural changes needed.… Read the rest

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Out of office – Mark Skimming and spending time with the family

In this week’s Out of office, Mark Skimming discusses the importance of time out of the practice with his family to unwind, re-energise and refocus.

Please introduce yourself

My name is Mark Skimming, I am a married father of three.

I am a dentist now focusing on running a company, which currently has seven practices across central Scotland. We’re looking to expand throughout Scotland and into the north of England.

My career started after graduating in 2005 from Glasgow University. After this I continued to work around Glasgow.

My head was turned towards private care whilst completing my MSc in restorative dentistry with the FGDP. Through this desire to work in private practice I opened a squat practice in 2009.

Over 10 years the company continued to grow to the seven practices we have now. Most of my time is now spent running the company and supporting the clinical team.… Read the rest

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FDA announces public meeting to discuss development and licensure of COVID-19 vaccines

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that a public meeting of the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee will be held on CutOct. 22, 2020, to discuss the general matter of the development, authorization, and/or licensure of vaccines indicated to prevent COVID-19.

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Dental news you’ve missed this week

Missed out on this week’s dental news? No problem, here’s what happened over the past seven days…

Female representation in the dental profession

Despite making up at least half of the profession, representation of female dentists as speakers, board members and social media influencers remains stubbornly low. Is it because female dentists don’t want to put themselves in these positions? Or is there a more serious problem within the profession? Jayne Sproson gives us her thoughts and includes some powerful anonymous quotes and experiences from those working in dentistry.

Dental labs need immediate help and support to avoid ‘catastrophic’ losses

Dental labs are often the forgotten team member. And this has certainly been the case during the COVID-19 pandemic. Steve Taylor describes dental labs’ perilous position as ‘catastrophic’. If our dental labs don’t receive some support/work soon, practices may well have to start looking abroad for their crowns and … Read the rest

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Study shows the need to refine COVID-19 testing criteria to include children with GI symptoms

Over 1,000 children from Northern Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales, known as ‘COVID Warriors’ have had their antibodies measured in the UK-wide trial called ‘Seroprevalence of SARS-Cov-2 infection in healthy children’.

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Secrets to success with Robbie Hughes

Today Jana Denzel speaks to Robbie Hughes about his journey in dentistry, the concept behind Dental Excellence and Millionaire Smile and what skills you need to be successful.

Dr Robbie Hughes qualified from the University of Liverpool in 2008 with honours and an array of prestigious awards for distinction grades and exceptional clinical performance.

Very early in his career, Robbie set his sights on promoting excellence within the private dental sector. With a very special interest in cosmetic dentistry.

How many years of general dentistry do you need before you can switch into cosmetic dentistry?

You need to focus on the quality of what you’re doing and the speed at which you’re doing it too.

The best way to do this is through a VT scheme. Then follow it up with a well-supported practice and a good principal.

For me, this starts with mixed dentistry and then slowly moving to … Read the rest

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