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ASD welcomes new members
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Please welcome the newest members to the Academy for Sports Dentistry. Members interested in welcoming our new members personally can log on to the members only section of the ASD website.
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Concussion: Rugby is making progress, but not enough
The Guardian
It has been four years, two months and seven days since Ben Robinson died. He was 14 years old, and the injuries that killed him were inflicted during a school rugby match. They could, and should, have been prevented. Ben's father, Peter Robinson, has spent those four years channeling his grief into a campaign to raise awareness about concussion. Peter worries that when people see his name in a paper, or hear his voice on the radio, they think, "Here's that man again, going on about his son."
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Parents might be responsible for children's dental anxiety
Dental Tribune International
Fear of the dentist is very common in all populations around the world. Many people feel stressed by or are even terrified of dental examinations, which can eventually lead to avoiding dental appointments completely. A new survey has now provided further evidence that parents with dental phobia pass their fear on to their children, and this might significantly affect their dental visiting patterns later in life.
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Antioxidant therapy may have promising potential in concussion treatment
Medical Xpress
A new study out of West Virginia University suggests antioxidants may play a key role in reducing the long-term effects of concussions and could potentially offer a unique new approach for treatment. Common among athletes and soldiers, it is estimated that 3.4 million concussions occur each year in the United States. The development of a readily available oral supplement would have the potential to improve brain function in a percentage of concussion sufferers.
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Data is no less secure even as HIPAA enforcement is here
By Lindy Benton
The headlines are endless and ever-growing: Healthcare data is at risk. However, despite continued efforts to address security loopholes across the sector, simply "taking action" to mitigate damage is not an effective strategy, and it won't work long term. Healthcare data is becoming increasingly targeted. According to an Identity Theft Resource Center report, for example, healthcare accounted for 42.5 percent of major data breaches in 2014, overtaking the business sector for the second straight year.
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Parents need answers about youth sports concussions
The Huffington Post
Dr. Howard Fillit writes: When 49ers inside linebacker Chris Borland announced his early retirement from the NFL after just one season, the league and fans reacted with shock. But as a father, a neuroscientist and a geriatrician, I can imagine all too well the immense relief that Borland's parents likely felt knowing they would no longer have to watch their son take a beating on Sunday afternoons.
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Most hockey helmets rank low in reducing concussion risk
KARE-TV
A new study by researchers at Virginia Tech's College of Engineering suggests that a quarter of hockey helmets on the market might be unsafe and may need a major safety makeover. Just like it did with football helmets four years ago, Virginia Tech measured more than 30 models of hockey helmets for their ability to reduce the risk of concussions. Researchers performed impact testing and measured the forces known to lead to concussions and then rated the helmets using a five-star system.
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Sugar industry may have biased US dental research program in the past
Dental Tribune International
An analysis of historical documents has shown that the sugar industry worked closely with the National Institute of Dental Research in the 1960s and 1970s and may have influenced its research priorities at the time. In particular, findings indicate that the industry adopted a strategy to deflect attention to public health interventions that would reduce the harm of sugar consumption, rather than restricting intake.
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Concussions still clouded in mystery
The Columbus Dispatch
Bobby Carpenter knows how hard the biggest guys can hit, the intensity with which a football player's head can collide with another player or the ground. He has both Ohio State University and NFL careers as a linebacker behind him. That said, when it comes to his three children, "there's not a sport that I would discourage them from playing," he said at a recent concussion symposium.
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Infographic: Is your dental practice losing money? Find out why
Dentistry IQ
According to statistics from DentalMarketing.net, you could be losing tens of thousands of dollars per year. Did you know that more than 37 percent of phone calls to your practice happen after hours and on weekends? Eighty-five percent of them will not call back, and 75 percent of them will not leave a voice message, and this is no good for your practice's new patient numbers.
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Fluoridated water helps older adults keep teeth, study says
The New York Times
Fluoridation of water supplies, long ago proved to protect children from cavities, also helps older adults keep their teeth, a new study from Ireland has shown. But fluoridation had no effect on overall bone density in the aged, a result that surprised the study's authors because fluoridation had been shown to increase bone mass.
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