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Doctors, dentists, plastic surgeons wary of Wall Street bill
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More than 20 of the nation's largest health care associations are warning Congress that they would fall under sweeping new financial regulations aimed at Wall Street. In a letter May 3, the groups said the scope and reach of a new consumer financial protection office are too broad and that they would face new regulations designed for banks and other financial companies. More



Medical implants made of foam?
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Scientists have developed a new lightweight "metal foam" with elasticity similar to bone that could lead to a new generation of medical implants, likely overcoming a range of problems associated with devices currently in widespread use. "We can tailor this material's properties for both orthopedic and dental implants," said Afsaneh Rabiei, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and an associate faculty in biomedical engineering at North Carolina State University. "It has the potential to revolutionize the field." More

3 tips for getting a better handle on collections
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Uncollected account receivables can make a sluggish economy even more challenging for practices. That's why Levin Group advises practices that they should collect 99 percent or more of all fees charged to patients. Better financial management allows doctors to maintain their income and grow their practices through investments in technology, equipment and facility upgrades. Here are three tips your practice can use to keep your collections process in complete control. More

Ex-inmate with bad gums can sue over no toothpaste
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Prison can be tough on the gums. A former Michigan inmate who claims he was denied toothpaste for nearly a year can sue prison officials, citing his constitutional right against cruel and unusual punishment, a federal appeals court said. Jerry Flanory, of Flint, says he developed gum disease and had a tooth removed in 2006 as a result of no toothpaste. The appeals court reinstated his lawsuit May 6 against officials at the Newberry prison in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. More



Boy's death during dental work under investigation
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The death of a young Cedar Key, Fla., boy during a routine dental appointment remains under investigation, officials say as they await the final autopsy report, which could take several months. Five-year-old Dylan "Dilli Man" Shane Stewart died last month after being sedated during an appointment with longtime Gainesville-area pediatric dentist Dr. Ronnie Grundset, according to the Alachua County Sheriff's Office. More

Letter confirms FTC probe in clinic conflict
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Federal investigators have instructed the Alabama Dental Association to preserve records related to an investigation into whether the group or others broke federal law by allegedly refusing to deal with low-cost dental care providers such as the Anniston-based Sarrell Dental Clinc. The Star has obtained a copy of a letter to the Alabama Dental Association from the Federal Trade Commission stating the federal agency is conducting an investigation into possible unfair or deceptive acts by the association. More

Concerns raised about fluoride from China
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Officials and citizens in Massachusetts, Louisiana and Maryland are raising questions about additives in fluoride imported from China for use in community water supplies, according to news reports. The Amesbury Water Department in Amesbury, Mass., stopped adding fluoride to the community's water supply after noticing that some of the fluoride supplied by Chinese sources did not dissolve as expected, according to TV station WCVB. (May require free registration to view article.) More

Implants becoming less invasive, painful
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A growing number of people are turning to dental implants to replace missing teeth. Dental implants are simply a titanium screw placed into the jawbone to simulate a tooth root so a crown, bridge or denture can be attached. Dental implants produce beautiful results, and the procedure involves little pain. More

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New emergency preparedness information available for dental offices
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Best practices for managing medical emergencies in dental clinics have evolved throughout the past decade to account for advances in knowledge and the development of new medications and medical equipment. Dr. Morton Rosenberg, of Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and an expert on dental anesthesiology, integrated existing guidelines with new information to create an updated list of emergency medications and equipment for dental providers -- including an emergency preparedness checklist. More

Women, journal readers practice less-invasive dentistry
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Dentists who read peer-reviewed journals practice less-invasive dentistry than their peers, according to a study presented at the recent American Association for Dental Research meeting in Washington, D.C. Another study found that women dentists practice less invasively than their male counterparts. Researchers often express frustration that clinicians don't put the researchers' conclusions to use. March's AADR presentations were part of their effort to probe the reasons why. (May require free registration to view article.) More

8 steps for converting 'can't stand the pain patients' to 'forever patients'
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It was the oil crisis of the 1980s and we were practicing in a community where many believed that you go to the dentist when "you can't stand the pain any longer." Money was tight; times were tough. Many of you are facing economic challenges or even just stiff competition. Some of you aren't. Regardless of the stress or strain you are or aren't feeling, these eight steps for converting emergency patients into forever patients will help you thrive. More

Jessica Simpson's dentist shocked by her bad dental habits
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Jessica Simpson's dentist, Dr. Bill Dorfman, famous for creating Hollywood celebrities' pearly white smiles, often through the use of porcelain veneers, is not happy about his patient's admitted poor brushing habits. Simpson has confessed publicly that she brushes only once or twice a week, often using the sleeve of her sweater. Apparently, she hasn't heard about a little thing called periodontal disease. More

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