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24-year-old NFL player retires over concussion risks
ESPN
San Francisco 49ers linebacker Chris Borland, one of the NFL's top rookies this past season, said he is retiring because of concerns about the long-term effects of repetitive head trauma. Borland, 24, said he made his decision after consulting with family members, concussion researchers, friends and current and former teammates, as well as studying what is known about the relationship between football and neurodegenerative disease.
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5 important focus areas for dental practices in 2015
Dental Practice Management
Keeping up with change is vital for any business, but particularly for healthcare practices. As dental regulations and trends continue to evolve, it's important to show patients that your practice is comfortable keeping pace. In addition, periodic changes are necessary to keep your practice as profitable as possible. Let's explore five areas of your practice to examine closely to make the most of 2015.
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Concussion bill would keep kids out of class without doctor's permission
NJ Spotlight
High school football players and their parents know that adolescent athletes who sustain a concussion need professional attention and time to recover before returning to the field. Now, a new bill being considered in New Jersey would require any student who suffers a concussion to be evaluated by a doctor or other healthcare provider and get written clearance before they can go back to school.
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Salivary diagnostics: What your spit can reveal about you
By Piyush Bakshi
The origins of salivary diagnostics go back some 60 years when it was found that people suffering from cystic fibrosis had above-normal levels of calcium in saliva. However, despite of carrying a number of biomarkers for systemic and local conditions, the field of salivary diagnostics had languished until a few years back. One of the main reasons for the preference of blood and urine testing as modalities for diagnosis and prognosis was that enzymes, proteins and antibodies were always easier to isolate with these fluids. But things have changed over the past decade.
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A better relationship with your dental lab will improve your practice
Dentistry IQ
Whether you realize or not, relationships are the fuel that feeds the success of your practice. Here's how to create a win-win relationship with one of your most important vendors — dental labs — that lasts. Whether you recognize it or not, successful dental practices — regardless of their location, niche, or area of specialization — have one thing in common: the dentist knows how to build and maintain relationships.
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A simple flashcard test to detect concussions
The New York Times
An easy, two-minute vision test administered on the sidelines after a young athlete has hit his or her head can help to reliably determine whether the athlete has sustained a concussion, according to a new study of student athletes, some as young as 5. The test is so simple and inexpensive that any coach or parent potentially could administer it, the study's authors believe, and any league afford to provide it as a way to help evaluate and safeguard players.
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Looking to get published this year?
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In an effort to enhance the overall content of the ASD Update, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of ASD, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this experience with your peers through well-written commentary. Make 2015 the year you get published as an expert in your field! Our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
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Parents rethink youth football as safety fears drive NFL linebacker to retire
The Guardian
Dr Steven Fisher has a decision to make. It's an agonizing one. Working in the Emergency Room & Trauma Center of the Abington Memorial Hospital in Pennsylvania, he's seen enough concussion victims to last a lifetime. Yet, as the summer begins to edge closer and the football season lurches into view, his 11-year-old son will ask the question: "Dad, can I play?"
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Study locates brain regions that relieve dental pain
Dental Tribune International
Although local anesthesia was introduced in dentistry more than 130 years ago, little is known about associated brain mechanisms. New data has now pinpointed brain regions that appear to play a distinct role in dental pain and its relief. The study aimed to investigate task-related brain activity and functional connectivity patterns after onset of a regional anesthetic nerve block during continuous noxious dental stimulation.
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How to increase Facebook engagement for your dental office
Dentistry IQ
Did you know that Facebook posts with pictures receive 39 percent more engagement? But let's not get carried away — posting too many images and flooding the news feeds of your loyal followers can also have a negative effect. After all, we're trying to leave a positive impression for our fans, right? Just like many things, moderation is key, especially on the social media front.
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