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4 Trends Showing People are Heading Back to the Dentist

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(Family Features) In the wake of the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, people are becoming more comfortable getting back in the dental exam chair. More patients are addressing oral aches and pains caused by pandemic-induced stress and prioritizing their pearly whites as masks are shed and visible smiles emerge.

As people head back to the dentist, some for the first time in years, Zocdoc, a free platform where people can find and book in-person or virtual health care appointments across more than 200 specialties and over 12,000 insurance plans, completed a comprehensive analysis of dental-related appointment booking trends over the last year to examine how people are engaging with dentists and other oral specialists.

The analysis, “Zocdoc Reports: Dental Download,” found appointments are on the rise across the board, suggesting people are addressing oral aches and pains, many caused by pandemic-induced stress, and identified these trends:

Routine Dental Visits are Back
At the onset of the pandemic, nearly half of adults in the United States put off dental care, and professional dental services fell by more than 75%, according to research published in “JDR Clinical & Translational Research.” However, data shows people are catching up on those missed appointments with some using the lapse in appointments or geographic moves to find new providers. Between August 2021-August 2022, dentist appointments increased by 10% while new patient dental exam appointments increased by 18%.

Dental Damage Control is Underway
Putting off routine care during the pandemic resulted in serious dental issues for some patients. Root canals are necessary when cavities go untreated for too long, among other reasons, and these appointments are on the rise, along with other dental surgery appointments. Root canal appointments increased by 20% and wisdom tooth appointments increased by 17% year-over-year.

Stress is Impacting Minds and Mouths
Studies indicate stress levels have intensified over the last two years, and this stress has taken a toll not just on mental health but also people’s mouths. Stress is a leading cause and risk factor for bruxism (teeth grinding or clenching), according to the Mayo Clinic, and cracked tooth repair appointments increased by 43% between August 2021-August 2022. During the same timeframe, TMJ pain appointments increased by 33%, dental pain appointments increased by 32% and gum disease, gingivitis and bleeding gums appointments increased by 22%.

People are Prioritizing Their Pearly Whites
With everyone’s pearly whites again front and center, there’s a renewed interest in making sure they’re looking their best. Cosmetic dental appointments surged during the research period with orthodontic appointments up 32%, dental implant appointments up 17% and broken tooth appointments up 16%.

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For more information and to view the full data analysis, visit zocdoc.com.

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POLAR AND MOSSY OAK INTRODUCE A NEW LINE OF THE POLAR GRIT X PRO FOR OUTDOOR, SPORTS ENTHUSIASTS

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Polar and Mossy Oak team up to offer the ultimate training, outdoor multisport watch in iconic camouflage patterns

BETHPAGE, N.Y., Jan. 30, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Polar Electro (www.polar.com), the world leader in personal guidance for fitness, sport, and health, and Mossy Oak (www. mossyoak.com), the leading branded camouflage and outdoor lifestyle company, have announced their collaboration on the Polar Grit X Pro, a premium outdoor multisport watch that is engineered for extreme durability and equipped with superior navigation and training tools. Perfect for outdoor and camping enthusiasts, this premier partnership unites one of the toughest, lightest, and most versatile Polar watches with the iconic look of Mossy Oak camouflage patterns, available in Country DNA and Bottomland.

Polar Grit X Pro

“We are excited to join forces with a household name like Mossy Oak that exemplifies loyalty to the outdoors and their customers,” says Michael Valentino, Senior Director of Consumer & B2B Sales of Polar US. “Now, nature lovers will be able to enjoy the functionality of the Polar Grit X Pro, offering unrivaled training and navigation tools, ultra-long battery life, and durability, matched with classic camouflage patterns that our customers can sport on a camping trip or hiking trail”, he adds.

Polar Grit X Pro features include:

  • Scratch-resistant sapphire glass lens
  • Stainless-steel bezel
  • Military-grade durability
  • Water Resistant Up to 100m (about the height of the Statue of Liberty)
  • Up to 7 days of battery on a single charge
  • Advanced wrist-based heart rate tracking with Polar Precision Prime™
  • Route planning and turn-by-turn guidance powered by komoot
  • Route and elevation profiles
  • Always-on outdoor dashboards, including altimeter, compass, coordinates, weather, and daylight times
  • Automatic sleep tracking and recovery apps

The Mossy Oak enterprise extends across nearly all aspects of the outdoors lifestyle aiming to help people in connecting with the wilderness. Over the years, Mossy Oak has carved a path in the outdoor apparel and gear space through its iconic camouflage patterns that are continuously voted a number one camouflage print in America, now featured in the Polar Grit X Pro.

“Our partnership with Polar was the perfect opportunity to expand our footprint with consumers who not only love exploring the outdoors but also taking care of their health with a deep understanding of wellness and technology,” says Chris Paradise, Senior Vice President Chief Sales Officer, Mossy Oak. “Featuring patterns like Bottomland that launched our brand with Country DNA that highlights the evolution of our versatile prints, really shows how far Mossy Oak has come over the years to now being paired with science-backed technology for the adventurous outdoor lover”, he continues.

The Polar Grit X Pro is priced at $529.95, and will be available in Mossy Oak patterns on January 30, 2023 in major retail stores, as well as online at Polar.com.

ABOUT POLAR

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For over 45 years, Polar has provided guidance for health, sports, and fitness with the world’s best measurement technology and data-driven user insight to help people – from first timers to professional athletes – succeed in their pursuit of a happier and healthier life. Renowned for an unparalleled dedication to science and deep understanding of sports, wellness, and technology, Polar has cemented itself globally within the industry as the go-to partner for anyone looking to discover their true potential. Our award-winning product range includes pioneering sports wearables that work elegantly with Polar training apps and cloud services.

For more information, please visit Polar.com.
Follow Polar on FacebookInstagramTikTokLinkedIn,  and YouTube.

ABOUT MOSSY OAK

Established in 1986, Haas Outdoors Inc. is headquartered in West Point, Miss., and is home to Mossy Oak. For more than 35 years, Mossy Oak has been a leading outdoor lifestyle brand specializing in developing and marketing modern camouflage designs for hunters and outdoors enthusiasts and helping people get closer to nature. The Mossy Oak Brand and patterns can be found on a multitude of products worldwide. Haas Outdoors Inc. is the parent company of Mossy OakBioLogicCapture ProductionsMOOSE MediaNativ NurseriesNativ LivingGameKeepersGameKeepers KennelsMossy Oak Properties, and Mossy Oak GO. Mossy Oak is the official camouflage of the National Wild Turkey FederationDucks UnlimitedMack’s Prairie Wings, and Bonefish and Tarpon Trust.

Follow Mossy Oak on FacebookTwitterInstagramPinterest, and YouTube.

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Coordination of COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Trials Produces a ‘Treasure Trove’ of Data and a Model for the Future

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Harmonized approach and vast database of trial participants could bolster future research well beyond SARS-CoV-2

Newswise — SEATTLE – The federally funded COVID-19 Prevention Network (CoVPN), headquartered at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center in Seattle, was instrumental in the rapid development of safe, effective and lifesaving COVID-19 vaccines during earlier phases of the pandemic.

Its vital work to expedite Phase 3 COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials also resulted in a highly collaborative and harmonized approach that can serve as a national and even international model for major research initiatives while also guiding responses to future public health emergencies.

That’s the overarching theme from a new study published Monday, Jan. 23, in JAMA Network Open.

“Our success, which depended entirely on the investments into HIV vaccine research, can be replicated for other important research initiatives and highlights the importance of investments that boost pandemic preparedness for years to come,” explained James G. Kublin, MD, MPH, executive director of CoVPN and senior and corresponding author of the study.

Additionally, he and his colleagues, including  Alfredo Mena Lora, MD, assistant professor of medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and co-first author Jessica Long, PhD, MPH, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Washington Department of Medicine in Seattle, noted that the COVID-19 clinical trials produced a vast database of critical information that could help researchers answer pressing questions about this novel virus moving forward. 

“The harmonization of data across trials is a new strategy that will set the standard for collaboration in future clinical trials,” said Mena Lora. 

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The authors detail how CoVPN was able to help secure authorized vaccines in less than a year by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health as part of Operation Warp Speed. Its mission was, and continues to be, to support the rapid development of vaccines for the U.S. and global populations by coordinating and implementing Phase 3 trials for COVID-19 vaccine candidates.

CoVPN officials were able to leverage existing resources, including clinical and laboratory infrastructure, community partnerships and research expertise, to get clinical sites to quickly pivot to conduct the vaccine trials as soon as investigational products were ready for Phase 3 testing.

“The CoVPN approach drew on years of experience and infrastructure from partnering networks and institutions, which not only allowed for rapid rollout of the trials, but also contributed to broader representation of trial participants,” said Long.

Overall, CoVPN deployed five Phase 3 clinical trials involving more than 136,000 participants to test the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines. While doing so, it implemented several innovative procedures that were essential to its ultimate success. These included:

  • Harmonized study designs that were similar in relative size, number of endpoints and time to analysis.
  • A model that accelerated vaccine development by allowing phases to occur in parallel rather than sequentially. For example, vaccine manufacturing and scale-up were greenlighted while the trials were ongoing in anticipation of meeting efficacy targets.
  • Establishment of a single Data Safety Monitoring Board for review and oversight of all vaccine studies.
  • Targeted outreach and enrollment efforts supported by an online screening registry to ensure broad and diverse representation among study participants. Extensive engagement was conducted with communities and community leaders to build and enhance trust in the science to help enroll more Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) volunteers who are historically underrepresented in clinical trials.
  • A cross-platform approach that led to harmonization of data collection across trials and the ability to analyze data from all studies.

“This unique, cross-platform concept allowed for sharing of data from all of the studies and helped bridge gaps in understanding so we could better answer key research questions and guide policy decisions,” explained Kublin, who’s also a principal staff scientist at Fred Hutch. 

Larry Corey, MD, an internationally renowned expert in vaccine development, and principal co-investigator of CoVPN, believes the success of COVID-19 clinical trials should be thought of as an important model for developing vaccines for significant infectious diseases globally.

“Harmonizing study design, enrollment, clinical endpoints and methods for follow-up could very well become best practices that shape the future landscape of major research initiatives and pandemic responses,” he said. 

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Kublin and colleagues regard the vast database from more than 130,000 trial participants, including over 2,500 with documented COVID-19 cases, as a “treasure trove” of data that could help unlock mysteries about the virus. For example, they noted that the pooled data from five trials can help address specific questions such as:

  • How effective are vaccines for at-risk groups?
  • Can vaccines have an impact on long COVID?
  • Are safety, immunogenicity and vaccine efficacy different in special populations, such as people living with HIV?
  • What impact do chronic health conditions have on vaccine efficacy or protection duration?
  • What are the impacts of variants on both the population at large and within special communities?

Additional CoVPN publications planned for the months ahead will address many of these topics. Researchers who have ideas for further investigation and want to collaborate with CoVPN can find more information here.

Source: Covid-19 Prevention Network (CoVPN)

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Observing World Cancer Day

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World Cancer Day is an international day marked on 4 February to raise awareness of cancer and to encourage its preventiondetection, and treatment. World Cancer Day is led by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) to support the goals of the World Cancer Declaration, written in 2008. The primary goal of World Cancer Day is to significantly reduce illness and death caused by cancer and is an opportunity to rally the international community to end the injustice of preventable suffering from cancer. The day is observed by the United Nations.

World Cancer Day targets misinformation, raises awareness, and reduces stigma. Multiple initiatives are run on World Cancer Day to show support for those affected by cancer. One of these movements are #NoHairSelfie, a global movement to have “hairticipants” shave their heads either physically or virtually to show a symbol of courage for those undergoing cancer treatment. Images of participants are then shared all over social media. Hundreds of events around the world also take place. (wikipedia)

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