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What your dental practice needs to know about Serotonin syndrome

According to the Mayo Clinic, “Serotonin syndrome occurs when you take medications that cause high levels of the chemical serotonin to accumulate in your body.” This is something that all dental practices should be aware of, and Tom Viola, RPh, dental’s pharmacology expert, is here to discuss what you need to know and why you need to know about it. …

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What new findings on bisphosphonates could mean for your dental patients

Before the holidays, some new findings on bisphosphonates were released. In this podcast, Tom Viola, RPh, shares his thoughts on what the study means and what it could mean for your dental patients. He also discusses how this could be another opportunity for collaboration between medical and dental practitioners. Dental Assistant Nation · Episode 170: What new findings on bisphosphonates …

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FDA Warns NSAID Use After 20 Weeks of Pregnancy Could Lead to Complications

In its Drug Safety Communication, dated 10/15/2020, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that manufacturers of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) will be required to update their labeling to include warnings about potential fetal risk if women take the medications at about 20 weeks or later in their pregnancy. This is of special concern to dentistry since the use of …

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FDA issues warning about dangerous “Benadryl Challenge” seen on social media.

Recently, a “Benadryl Challenge” posted on the social media application TikTok has prompted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to issue a Drug Safety Communication regarding the dangers of consuming larger than recommended doses of the OTC allergy medicine Benadryl®(diphenhydramine). In its Drug Safety Communication, the Agency stated that it was aware of news reports of teenagers presenting in …

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New Asthma Indication for Triple-Ingredient Inhaler May Increase Orosystemic Complications

Recently, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the supplemental New Drug Application for Trelegy Ellipta® for the maintenance treatment of asthma in patients aged 18 years and older. This new indication is in addition to Trelegy Ellipta®’s previous indication for the maintenance treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in adults. This new indication, and resulting increased market demand, …

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Periodontal Disease and Increased Risk of Colon Cancer

A new study, published in Cancer Prevention Research, indicates that periodontal disease is associated with an increased risk of colorectal cancer. Previous studies have pointed to associations between periodontal disease and other types of cancer. In this study, published in August 2020, researchers prospectively collected information on periodontal disease and tooth loss in participants in the Nurses’ Health Study (1992–2002) …

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Patient Self Medication TIPisode with Tom Viola, R.Ph., C.C.P. – On A Tale of Two Hygienists Podcast

Please Rate and Review Us:  This Week Tom talks to us about patient self-medication! With over 30 years’ experience as a pharmacist, educator, speaker and author, Tom Viola, R.Ph., C.C.P. has earned his reputation as the go-to specialist for delivering quality continuing education content through his informative engaging presentations. Tom’s sellout programs provide an overview of the most prevalent oral …

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Vaping linked to increased COVID-19 risk in teens and young adults

A recent study, published online Aug. 11, 2020 in the Journal of Adolescent Health, found that vaping is linked to a substantially increased risk of COVID-19 among teenagers and young adults. The study, led by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine, found that young people who vaped were five times more likely to be infected with COVID-19 than …

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Vitamins and Dietary Supplements For the Prevention of COVID-19?

While evidence continues to support that certain behaviors, such as maintaining a physical distance of 6 feet, wearing a mask, and washing hands frequently are the most effective methods of preventing COVID-19, there remains much information, and misinformation, regarding the use of certain vitamins and dietary supplements to do the same. Recently, the Eastern Virginia Medical School published their “Critical …

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Naloxone Updates

Update: FDA now recommends prescribing naloxone and requires new labeling changes for opioids In its Drug Safety Communication from July 23, 2020, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that it recommends that health care professionals consider prescribing naloxone to patients at increased risk of opioid overdose, including those taking benzodiazepines or other CNS depressants, regardless of whether the …