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Most children with cleft palate will likely need tympanostomy tubes. The age of first tube placement may affect the total number of tympanostomy procedures. The benefits of tube placement before palatoplasty should be weighed against possible complications, including calcification, perforation, and thickening of the eardrum. CHAPEL HILL, N.C. / July 16, 2019 – Almost all children with cleft palate will eventually need surgery to insert tympanostomy tubes. A recent study examined the impact of when these tubes are placed with regard to complications and tube replacement. The study, “The Impact of Timing of Tympanostomy Tube Placement on Sequelae in Children ...
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Wendy-Jo Toyama, MBA, CAE National Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness month is an opportunity to raise awareness of the challenges here in United States for those born with facial differences. This year, we are collaborating with three other organizations as a direct result of a joint meeting during ACPA’s 76th Annual Meeting in Tucson.  A joint press release with Children’s Craniofacial Association, myFace and Smile Train was released on July 9. We continue to hold quarterly conference calls and seek other opportunities to shine a light on what is being done to help those with cleft lip and palate and other ...
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Unprecedented effort to educate public about one of the world’s most common birth defects, and the growing number of treatment options available CHAPEL HILL, N.C. / July 9, 2019 – This year, more than 7,000 babies will be born in the United States with a cleft lip and/or palate or other serious craniofacial condition. But the prospects have never been better for these patients to thrive due to advanced medical treatments and interdisciplinary supporting care. Four leading non-profit organizations that serve these patients and their families — the American Cleft-Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA), Children’s Craniofacial Association, myFace and Smile Train — ...
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BERNARD J. COSTELLO, DMD, MD, FACS The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal is an excellent resource for professionals in the ACPA community, providing professionals with the latest basic science and clinical research of cleft and craniofacial anomalies. I am pleased to announce that the journal is having more impact than ever before. The 2018 Impact Factor for the CPCJ has been released and CPCJ achieved its highest impact factor to date­–a factor of 1.471. Impact factor is the average number of times articles from the journal published in the past two years have been cited in the year. Congratulations to Editor Jack ...
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ACPA’s 77th Annual Meeting, March 31 – April 4, 2020 in Portland, OR is now accepting abstracts.  All ACPA members and interested nonmembers are invited to submit abstracts on new research, developing information or instructional courses on cleft lip/palate and craniofacial anomalies.   Submit an abstract by September 9, 2019. Abstracts in the following categories will be considered: Advanced Courses (120 minutes) – Non-Research – These courses offer advanced level training in a specified area of study. The in-depth content will typically require a certain amount of familiarity with the topic. These may be taught in any format. Clinical Platform Paper (10 ...
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ACPA offers educational webinars to cleft and craniofacial care providers worldwide.  Visit ACPA Online Learning for a complete list of live and on-demand webinars. Register for a session today! Demystifying Cleft Palate Speech: A Primer for the new SLP and Non-SLP members of the craniofacial team July 3, 2019 6:00 PM ET Clinical Audit for Psychosocial Outcome: Strategies for Identifying Families at Risk July 17, 2019 6:00 PM ET Hemifacial Microsomia: An Interdisciplinary Integrated Approach to Care August 15, 2019 2:00 PM ET The Oral Examination: Normal and Abnormal Findings. Improving Your Diagnostic Skills for Children with Craniofacial Disorders August ...
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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. / June 18, 2019 – Dr. Jamie Perry has been named the editor of The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal (CPCJ), a peer-reviewed publication dedicated to prevention, diagnosis and  interdisciplinary treatment of cleft and cleft palate and other craniofacial conditions. Perry is a licensed speech language pathologist and speech scientist, and Associate Professor and current chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C. CPCJ is published by SAGE Publishing in association with the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA), a nonprofit 501(c)(3) association of interested individuals and health care professionals who treat ...
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Wendy-Jo Toyama, MBA, CAE Last week, I visited the American Board of Anesthesiology®, which is headquartered in Raleigh.  The mission of the American Board of Anesthesiology® (ABA) is to advance the highest standards of the practice of anesthesiology. As the certifying body for anesthesiologists since 1938, the ABA is committed to partnering with physicians to advance lifelong learning and exceptional patient care. I toured the facility, which is well equipped to handle the candidates and examiners that flow through during a testing period. I was intrigued by the rooms designated for the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE), which are set up ...
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The 2019 ACPA Team Approval Application is now available. All cleft and craniofacial teams in the US and Canada are invited to apply to be an ACPA Approved Team. All applications are due July 31, 2019.  All teams up for renewal will receive an email from Erin Mallis.  Please email erin.mallis@acpa-cpf.org if you are not sure of your renewal date. ACPA Team Approval is for teams that demonstrate they meet the Standards for Approval of Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Teams – standards that identify essential characteristics of quality for team composition and functioning. ACPA Approved Teams are listed on the website ...
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BERNARD J. COSTELLO, DMD, MD, FACS July’s National Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness Month is just around the corner. This exciting time of the year is an excellent opportunity for our community to come together as we further ACPA’s mission to create a world where people with cleft and craniofacial conditions thrive. Participating in awareness month also supports our strategic goal to foster communications with families. We do this by getting involved in our local communities and encouraging each person to make a difference in their own way. This year, ACPA will celebrate awareness month by sharing patient and family stories, ...
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