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NCAA releases football hitting and concussion safety guidelines
CBS Sports
The NCAA recently released new guidelines for concussion safety, including limiting live contact football practices to two per week during the season. The guidelines address contact at football practices, independent medical care for all athletes and best practices to diagnose and manage concussions. The NCAA, which faces multiple concussion lawsuits, worked with the College Athletic Trainers' Society, several medical organizations, multiple conferences and the American Football Coaches Association to create guidelines, not rules.
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Finding, training and keeping the right people for your dental practice
Dentistry IQ
Getting the most out of employees is difficult in today's highly regulated world. Performance management is not just about dealing with the poor performers. It is a process that begins with getting the right people, setting employee expectations, coaching employees and terminating poor performing employees.
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California approves dental director in new state budget
Dental Tribune International
The California Legislature has approved a new state budget plan that includes funding for two positions — a state dental director, who must be a licensed dentist, and an epidemiologist — in the Department of Public Health to establish and implement a state oral health program.
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New mouthguard sensor measures football players' chance for head injury
Medical Daily
A new mouthguard has been shown in lab testing to be 99 percent accurate in predicting serious brain injury after near-concussive force, a new study reports, holding profound implications for sports like football and hockey where hard hits are built into the game.
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NCAA releases football hitting and concussion safety guidelines
CBS Sports
The NCAA recently released new guidelines for concussion safety, including limiting live contact football practices to two per week during the season. The guidelines address contact at football practices, independent medical care for all athletes and best practices to diagnose and manage concussions. The NCAA, which faces multiple concussion lawsuits, worked with the College Athletic Trainers' Society, several medical organizations, multiple conferences and the American Football Coaches Association to create guidelines, not rules.

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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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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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Coalition efforts result in vote to continue fluoridation in water
American Dental Association
With only a few weeks to organize a campaign to convince its city commissioners of the value of continuing to fluoridate water in Traverse City, Michigan, a broad-based coalition sprung into action. Dentists and other health professionals, the state and local dental societies, the state oral health coalition and others worked together and were able to commission a survey, contact commissioners in support of fluoridation, host a press conference, run an op-ed in the local newspaper and speak at the city commissioners' meeting on the day of the vote.
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Stem cells may be used to grow teeth
Dentistry Today
Stem cells may be closer to being implemented. The ability to turn stem cells into new teeth will be showcased at the Royal Society's Summer Science Exhibition. Stem cells would likely be a more effective way to replace missing teeth because of the costs of implants, in addition to the difficulty in making sure the implants last for a long period of time.
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4 ways to improve communication with specialty dental practices
Dentistry IQ
When restorative doctors and specialists collaborate on a case, success can be measured in terms of four factors: clinical outcomes, patient satisfaction with the process and results, efficient interoffice function and reinforcement of the referral relationship. All will be influenced, for better or worse, by the quality of communications between the two teams. To ensure the greatest possible success in every respect, practices should take a thorough, businesslike approach to communications planning.
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Report highlights promising models that expand dental care
Statesman Journal
A report studying the effectiveness of three strategies that were used to expand dental healthcare makes the case that using midlevel oral health practitioners could be an economical path to making dentistry accessible to more people. As Oregon tries to figure out its own solutions for the dental care shortage, case studies from other states are showing what's possible.
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Energy drinks causing dental disease in young athletes
WBZ-TV
Jon Salisbury played sports for years. The last injury he thought he'd suffer was one to his teeth. "I’m 25. I've had two root canals already," he said. Root canals at such a young age? From playing sports? Well, not from the sports per se. But it's what young athletes are drinking while playing sports that is doing the damage.
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Treating gum disease linked to improvements in other conditions
Reuters
People who were treated for periodontal disease had lower healthcare costs and fewer hospitalizations for other medical conditions compared to those whose gum disease went untreated, a new study has found. "We were very surprised at the magnitude of the results," Dr. Marjorie Jeffcoat told Reuters. She led the study at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in Philadelphia.
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