April 19, 2021

Lonnie Listonsmith

Experienced Health Expert

Risk

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On Tuesday, the Food and Drug Administration recommended that medical providers “pause” administering the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine after six women ages 18 to 48 — out of the 6.8 million people who have received the J&J vaccine — were reported to have developed blood clots within two weeks of getting the shot. According to the FDA, one woman died as a result of the clots, and another is in critical condition.

If anything, seeing the FDA act out of an abundance of caution is a sign that systems can work.

This still means that there have been fewer

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With the advent of caries management by risk assessment (CAMBRA) more than 20 years ago, the past two decades have seen the caries risk assessment develop into a tool that is generally well-understood and -applied across a variety of settings, from private practices to public health clinics. Risk-based care and disease management paradigms promise to cement their use as an indispensable workflow of modern dentistry.

While there are variations between forms—the three most common versions being ADA,1CAMBRA,2 and the AAPD3—one aspect seems to be relatively similar in their implementation. The questions not requiring a

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Even if we don’t always completely stick to it, most of us know that balance and moderation are key to a healthy diet, and that includes incorporating vitamins and minerals into our daily routine. However, it’s also worth bearing in mind that it’s possible to have too much of a good thing—and in the case of one mineral, that is particularly true. Research has shown that, in excess, calcium supplements have the potential to damage your heart. Keep reading to find out why less may be more in the case of calcium, and for another vitamin you may need to

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Although COVID-19 continues to call for plenty of worldwide attention, one concerning trend that the pandemic hasn’t eclipsed is this: the leading cause of death in the U.S. is still heart disease, with approximately one in four deaths caused by a cardiovascular-related illness.

For what it’s worth, COVID-19 could make this data point even deadlier, as the U.K.’s BMJ summarized a recent meta-study that looked at over 48,000 patients and found that those with risk factors for cardiovascular disease who also contracted COVID-19 were at significantly higher risk of developing a critical case, or even dying from, the virus.

However,

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Gabrielle Dawn Luna sees her father in every patient she treats.

As an emergency room nurse in the same hospital where her father lay dying of Covid last March, Ms. Luna knows firsthand what it’s like for a family to hang on to every new piece of information. She’s become acutely aware of the need to take extra time in explaining developments to a patient’s relatives who are often desperate for updates.

And Ms. Luna has been willing to share her personal loss if it helps, as she did recently with a patient whose husband died. But she has also

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