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New tool may help improve sideline concussion diagnosis
Fox News
After a year of testing on athletes at San Diego State University, a new device utilizing balance measurements to help objectively diagnose athletes with concussions has proven effective. Now, it's just waiting for approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The B-TrackS force plate was designed by researchers at SDSU as a cheaper, easier and more accurate way for trainers to identify concussions in athletes.
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Shaping the new dental patient experience
Dentistry IQ
As a result of the Great Recession and slow recovery, many patients have radically reduced their spending on oral care, visiting dental offices less often and rejecting recommendations for any treatment that is not need-based. As a result, dentists can no longer afford to believe that new patients — as always, the lifeblood of dental practices — will automatically show up and fuel production as they once did.
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What issues is your dental practice facing?
By Jill Nesbitt
How's your office going these days? Are your schedules full? Everybody paying on time? Insurance all caught up? Beyond these everyday challenges, there are big changes facing the dental field that affect almost everyone. I know how busy every day can be, but take the time to work "on your practice" and not just "in your practice." Let's take a closer look at a few issues facing the dental field.
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New tests for helmets proposed in concussion fight
Lafayette Journa & Courier
There is no concussion-proof football helmet, but manufacturers may soon have to meet new testing standards against certain concussion-causing forces — a step in the quest for more protection. The organization that sets safety standards for athletic equipment is preparing to adopt the testing criteria.
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Coffee could lead to healthy teeth
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There may be a newly discovered benefit to drinking coffee. Recent studies suggest that regularly drinking coffee keeps teeth healthy and clean. The information was determined by a team at the Federal University in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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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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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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Top 10 issues for dentists who will someday sell their practices
Dental Economics
Beware of the baby boomer bubble of those who graduated in the 1970s and 1980s. They have been hanging on, and they will eventually retire and increase the supply of dental practices on the market.
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Sports injuries: Are women more at risk?
Pharmacy Times
Engaging in sports has many benefits. Sports increase agility, strength and stamina, burn calories and improve mood and confidence. They also increase analytic skills. Team sports create a social opportunity and teach cooperative skills. Before 1972, women were less likely than men to participate in competitive sports in school. That changed radically with the passage of Title IX.
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Lab association says lack of standards has big implications
Dental Tribune International
Proposed nationwide regulations for dental laboratories may be the perfect prescription for the oral healthcare profession, especially when dentists and consumers understand why the need for minimum standards is so great, according to the National Association of Dental Laboratories. Today, NADL says, dental laboratories in more than 40 states are unregulated.
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New technology may put an end to drilling at the dentist's office
The Washington Post
There may be a time in the near future when fillings for minor cavities are a thing of the past. Researchers at King's College London are developing a procedure that uses low frequency electrical currents to help teeth "self heal" lesions (sometimes referred to as cavities) without drilling. The technology, called "electrically accelerated and enhanced remineralization," could put an end to fillings for early-stage lesions and moderate tooth decay.
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Coffee could lead to healthy teeth
Dentistry Today
There may be a newly discovered benefit to drinking coffee. Recent studies suggest that regularly drinking coffee keeps teeth healthy and clean. The information was determined by a team at the Federal University in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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Canada lacks national sports injury database for university athletes
Global News
A group of Saskatchewan researchers is looking at how a national database tracking sports injuries might prevent university athletes from getting hurt. "The biggest thing we found was that there's a lot of missing data and unknown data surrounding injuries," said Tanner Tetlow, a University of Saskatchewan medical student and researcher. In the United States, the National Collegiate Athletic Association has been analyzing trends in sports injuries for over 30 years.
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