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Special Olympics makes health a global priority
ESPN
In the summer of 2004, a 22-year-old Special Olympics basketball player named Dustin Plunkett walked into a makeshift health clinic at California State University, Long Beach. Plunkett, a Long Beach native, was competing at his local chapter's summer games and taking advantage of free health screenings that have been a staple of Special Olympics since 1997. A volunteer dentist began to evaluate Plunkett's mouth, which had not been checked in more than a decade. The last time Plunkett had seen a dentist, the doc accidentally shattered one of his teeth.
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As Floyd Mayweather Jr. steps into ring, he turns it into a catwalk
The New York Times
When Floyd Mayweather Jr. recently stepped into the boxing ring at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, to fight Manny Pacquiao, the first question on most viewers' minds was, of course, who would win. But running a close second: What would Mayweather wear? His style is expressed not only in his ring clothes, but also in his mouthguards, which are bespoke and made by Dr. Lee Gause, a dentist who also makes mouthguards for athletes such as the Dallas Mavericks basketball player Amar'e Stoudemire and the Cleveland Browns football player Josh Gordon.
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Concussions are most likely during practice in high school and college
National Public Radio
Parents worry about a child getting a concussion in the heat of competition, but they also need to be thinking about what happens during practices, a study finds. High school and college football players are more likely to suffer a concussion during practices than in a game, according a recent study published in JAMA Pediatrics. Here are the numbers.
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Researchers hope to improve dental health by changing caregiver's behavior
Medical Xpress
Studies have long associated low-income areas with poor oral health. But dental researchers at Case Western Reserve University and University of Washington sensed that other factors related to income may be at work — in particular, education level. So they recently investigated how a parent or other caregiver's education level and dental habits affect children's dental health.
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Women more likely than men to have memory problems after concussion
Medical News Today
A new study led by researchers from Taiwan finds the effects of concussion may differ between men and women, with women experiencing more persistent working memory impairment. Concussion, also referred to as mild traumatic brain injury, is defined as a temporary loss of normal brain function as a result of a head injury. Symptoms can include headache, sleep impairment, fatigue, poor coordination, loss of memory, poor concentration and changes in mood.
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4 ways to manage a happy dental practice
Dentistry IQ
I know what you're thinking. "Go ahead. Tell me. How do I help manage a happy dental practice?" You've probably read about this over and over again and believe there's nothing new to say on the subject. Well, I'm going to be brutally honest. (Your staff can't afford the political fallout of being so honest with each other, so I'll do it.) The secret (drum roll please) is to pay your staff more money. More money? Really? Yes, really.
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Former UConn quarterback urges stronger concussion law
WTNH-TV
A young former University of Connecticut football player is urging Connecticut lawmakers to make the state's concussion law even stronger. Casey Cochran says concussion warnings need to go to kids and their parents in youth sports programs, because young kids are in the most danger. Kids and their parents in scholastic sports are supposed to be getting information about the dangers of concussion because of a new law passed last year. Now the push is for the info to be made available to kids and parents in youth sports as well.
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What 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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From 1 to 50, the best and worst states to work in a dental practice
Dental Products Report
For many of us, we're pretty partial to where we live and work. We think it's a great place with a lot of great features. Maybe you love that you're close to the mountains or ocean. Maybe you love the big-city vibe or the small-town feel. Maybe you think this is the best place to raise a family or the best place to be single and free. Maybe, just maybe, it's the place where you were born and raised and you can't imagine living anywhere else.
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Treatment guidelines for dental patients: Plaque-induced gingivitis
Dentistry IQ
How often do you have patients scheduled for a dental hygiene appointment and they have no radiographic signs of bone loss, their periodontal screening exam is WNL, but they, however, have heavy bleeding? What about patients who are overdue to see the hygienist? They should have been to your dental office over a year ago. They finally come to their dental hygiene appointment, and they have no signs of perio. But there is more than a normal amount of calculus, and there is a lot of bleeding during the appointment. How do you treat these patients?
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3 questions dentists should ask before giving raises
Dental Practice Management
Your loyal hygienist of 10 years just asked for a raise. She tells you she's struggling to make ends meet, and if you could just bump her pay a little, it would be a huge help. Without hesitating, you agree. You're happy to reward her for her dedication to your practice, and you’re sure you can spare an extra $2 an hour. The problem is, you have no idea what this pay increase will do to your bottom line. A few bucks an hour might not seem like a lot, but every time you give an employee a raise it directly impacts your overhead.
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