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Private donors commit $65 million to study youth concussions
Los Angeles Times
With the focus on concussions in young athletes intensifying across the nation, the White House recently unveiled a raft of initiatives aimed at preventing mild traumatic brain injury and improving its diagnosis and treatment in children. Readying for a White House event focusing on youth sports and brain safety, officials announced a fresh commitment of $65 million in private funds to boost clinical and scientific work.
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Where do your new patients come from?
By Jill Nesbitt
How much is your dental practice spending on marketing? This is a chunk of money invested to gain new patients. In fact, one of the major factors in how your practice performs financially is how many new patients come through your doors. For many dentists, this is the most important measure in the practice. To improve your dental practice's financial picture, the best thing you can do is to do a thorough evaluation of your new patients — so you can build on your strengths and look for new opportunities for marketing.
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Antibacterial agent boost toothpaste effectiveness
Dental Tribune International
Regular use of fluoride toothpaste containing triclosan, an antibacterial agent, and a copolymer, which helps prevent the triclosan from being washed away by saliva, reduces plaque, gingivitis and bleeding gums and slightly reduces tooth decay compared with fluoride toothpaste without those ingredients, according to a new review in The Cochrane Library.
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Pennsylvania school bans heading in soccer over concussion concerns
The Washington Post
A Pennsylvania school showed brain safety concerns are percolating at the local level following national attention on the issue during a recent summit at the White House. The Shipley School in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, instituted a "no-heading" policy for its middle school soccer teams earlier this month. The groundbreaking stance prohibits heading with game-sized balls in practice and will ask players to avoid heading the ball in games.
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A nice, bright smile: Scientists use lasers to regrow teeth
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Scientists have come up with a bright idea — literally — to repair teeth. And they say their concept — using laser light to entice the body's own stem cells into action — may offer enormous promise beyond just dentistry in the field of regenerative medicine. The researchers used a low-power laser to coax dental stem cells to form dentin, the hard tissue similar to bone that makes up most of a tooth, demonstrating the process in studies involving rats and mice and using human cells in a laboratory.

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Intelligent mouthguard may lead to concussion-proof helmets
WKYC-TV
There is no football helmet on the market that can definitively prevent concussions. And researchers at the Cleveland Clinic say it may take many years to design one. However, they are hoping that a device Kent State University football players will start using this summer may give them the information needed to design that perfect helmet.

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Role of mouthguards in reducing mild traumatic brain injury in athletes
AGD
There is continued speculation on the value of mouthguards (MGs) in preventing mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI)/concussion injuries. The purpose of this randomized prospective study was to compare the impact of pressure-laminated (LM), custom-made, properly fitted MGs to over-the-counter (OTC) MGs on the MTBI/concussion incidence in high school football athletes over a season of play. Four-hundred-twelve players from six high school football teams were included in the study.

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5 steps to keep angry dental patients from ruining your reputation online
Dentistry IQ
It's inevitable that every good dentist will get a bad review. It's not if but when, so you need to be prepared and ready for battle. The real question is — what are you proactively doing to protect yourself, your family and your practice online? Your online reputation impacts every form of marketing, whether it's direct mail, radio, TV, reactivation campaigns and even internal referrals.
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Poor dental health boosts mortality risk in ESRD
Renal and Urology News
Poor dental health is an independent risk factor for mortality in patients with end-stage renal disease, according to results released at the 51st Congress of the European Renal Association–European Dialysis and Transplant Association. In addition, specific oral hygiene practices improved survival, while periodontitis had no effect on survival in this population.
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A nice, bright smile: Scientists use lasers to regrow teeth
Reuters
Scientists have come up with a bright idea — literally — to repair teeth. And they say their concept — using laser light to entice the body's own stem cells into action — may offer enormous promise beyond just dentistry in the field of regenerative medicine. The researchers used a low-power laser to coax dental stem cells to form dentin, the hard tissue similar to bone that makes up most of a tooth, demonstrating the process in studies involving rats and mice and using human cells in a laboratory.
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Great legs, gross teeth: Endurance runners and tooth decay
The Huffington Post
Runners have a contagious energy, an unusually positive outlook on life, and let's face it — they look good in their spandex shorts. But, according to dentists and health professionals, runners and other endurance athletes are more prone to tooth decay and dental problems than the rest of the population. Here's what you need to know about runners and tooth decay.
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First-ever summit on sports concussions hosted at White House
The Washington Post
President Obama said during a recent summit that the culture of American sports must shift to cope with the danger posed by concussions, even as he urged young players to stay on the field. The conference featured a panel discussion by experts and new financial commitments by the federal government and private sector to fund research into concussions.
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Blood markers may guide return to play after concussion
DailyRx
New research suggests that certain markers in the blood may guide doctors as they work with athletes on a plan to get back in the game after a concussion. The research team, who studied more than 200 professional hockey players, found that measuring levels of proteins in the blood may help determine when it's safe for players to get back on the ice after a concussion.
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