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Patient access to dental care “off cliff edge” in lockdown
PATIENTS accessing the Urgent Dental Care Network in England – set up to treat emergencies during lockdown when face-to-face care was suspended in practice – amounted to little over 2 per cent of normal levels of activity, according to data acquired by the BDA.
Research links obesity with higher risk of COVID-19 complications
RESEARCH has confirmed that obese patients with COVID-19 are at increased risk of admission to intensive care units and death from the virus.
Melanoma deaths surged over last few decades
DEATHS from melanoma have increased dramatically in the UK, with rates more than doubling in since the 1970s, according to figures released by Cancer Research UK.
Survey exposes national radiologist shortage
ALMOST 2,000 radiologist posts are currently unfilled across the UK with national vacancy rates averaging at 33 per cent, according to a new workforce report.
Pandemic further risks child dental health
The BDA is warning that the pandemic will increase the disparity, with the effect of lockdown diets, the suspension of public health programmes promoting the prevention of tooth decay, and high-street dental services currently running at less than a quarter of former capacity.
NHS vaccination programme in Scotland augmented with community pharmacists
COMMUNITY pharmacists in Scotland will now be providing vaccinations and immunisations following introduction of the Coronavirus Act 2020.
"Gut feelings" confirmed important in cancer diagnosis
A GP's diagnostic "gut feelings" have been demonstrated to be predictive of cancer in patients in a systematic review published by researchers from Oxford University.
Communication key to dentists’ professionalism
GOOD communication is a key element of professionalism in dentistry, according to independent research commissioned by the General Dental Council.
Physicians express concern over treatment delays in pandemic
A SIGNIFICANT majority of physicians (60 per cent) are concerned for patients under their care who might have suffered harm or complications following diagnosis or treatment delays during the pandemic, according to a July survey conducted by the Royal College of Physicians London.
Sugar clampdown welcomed by dental leaders
PLANS to clamp down on the promotion of sugary foods have been welcomed by dental leaders.