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Short on concussion data, NCAA sets out to get some
The Wall Street Journal
The NCAA has had a concussion problem for years. But the organization has resisted issuing rules to diagnose and manage the debilitating brain injury, in part because it doesn't have enough scientific evidence upon which to base rules. Now the National Collegiate Athletic Association is helping bankroll a project to gather the information. In partnership with U.S. Department of Defense, it has launched a three-year, $30 million project to track the effects of concussion using data from as many as 37,000 student athletes.
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Mouthguards 'should be the norm in sports'
BBC News
We all take our teeth for granted. Often, it is only when we are faced with the reality of losing one, or several, that we realize just how important they are. Sadly, for many, this realization comes too late. It is a sad fact that too many people playing sports — at all levels — are losing teeth unnecessarily. In many cases, this is because they don't use a mouthguard — or, worse still, are wearing one that doesn't fit properly.
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Do you really need that dental software?
By Jill Nesbitt
Recently, I was approached by a new software company that wanted to sell its product to my clients. They were kind enough to send me a video so I could become familiar with their product. As I watched the video, I realized they had a sharp presentation with a good-looking software product, but there was a dirty little secret: You don't need it. You do not need their software. You can save your practice money every month.
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New concussions deal with NCAA proposed
Chicago Tribune
Recent filings in U.S. District Court in Chicago notified a federal judge that there was a new proposed settlement for a head injury lawsuit against the NCAA brought by football players and other college athletes. U.S. District Judge John Lee rejected the initial settlement in December, though, in doing so, he encouraged the sides to try again. It is likely to be weeks before they know for sure if this agreement pleases Lee more than the first.
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4 things to consider when purchasing a new X-ray system
Dentistry IQ
If you're new to digital radiography, you might not be sure about where to start when choosing a system to purchase. Here are four things to consider if you're thinking about making the investment.
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Psychiatric symptoms predict recovery after concussion
Neurology Advisor
In the first month after a concussion, patients who display psychiatric symptoms, particularly after seven days, were at increased risk for having a recovery that lasted longer than one month, according to new findings. Researchers recently presented at the 2015 American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting.
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Study: College athletes often become depressed just days after concussion
The Huffington Post
When people talk about the relationship between football and concussions, the consequences always seem far off in the distant future. But a new study finds that concussions can affect the mood of the human mind within just a number of days, and they often do. College athletes who have recently suffered a concussion appear remarkably likely to experience a near-immediate rise in depressive thoughts, according to a study published in the Journal of Athletic Training.
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How to improve your dental practice's customer service skills
Dental Practice Management
When did we decide that our patients are no longer customers? Are customer service skills dying in the dental field? Regardless of the field in which you work, good customer service is a must. Customers pay for services they receive and intend to receive. Patients themselves are paying customers. So it makes sense that they deserve good service as well. We need to understand that patients have many choices for their dental purchases these days and that you can be out of business in less than 90 days.
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Concussion isn't just for the young
National Public Radio
Fred Powledge writes: I think I knew what was happening even before my head bounced off the hard kitchen counter on its way to the even harder stone floor. I was rapidly losing my connection with reality. My wife, Tabitha, later estimated that I was out for 10 minutes. When I emerged from unconsciousness I heard the sirens on the street in front of the house. It seemed as if half of Tucson's fire department was streaming through the front door.
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6 ways parents can help make youth sports safer
The Huffington Post
April is both National Youth Sports Safety Month and National Child Abuse Prevention Month, so it seems the perfect time to consider what we can do to help keep our kids safer playing sports. While the Federal Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act provides guidance to states by identifying a minimum set of acts or behaviors that define child abuse and neglect, there are no federal, and very few state laws (outside the realm of concussion safety), which specifically protect children involved in sports; fewer still penalize those that violate its provisions.
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