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Football head impacts can affect brain even without concussion
TIME
As the world mourns the loss of Ohio State University football player Kosta Karageorge, who was found dead in an apparent suicide on Nov. 30, concerns about the long-term effects of head injuries sustained by footballers continue to mount. A day after Karageorge's death, a study has been released that suggests sports-related head impacts can cause changes in the brain even when there are no outward signs of a concussion.
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5 strategies dentists should use to retain patients
Dentistry IQ
With the number of dentists in practice today, it may seem like there aren't enough paying patients to go around. It's hard to get new patients in the door. Unless you practice in a one-horse town, you're going to have competition. This means that in addition to offering high quality services, carving out a niche market and having competitive prices, you'll have to invest in marketing that will attract new patients to your practice.
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High school football player files lawsuit over concussion protocols
CNN via WITI-TV
The legal fight over head injuries in football has made its way to the high school arena — and is heading to court. A former Illinois high school football player has filed a class-action lawsuit against the Illinois High School Association over concussions protocols and management. "It's the first-ever class action filed against a state high school association," said attorney Joseph Siprut, who filed on behalf of 29-year-old Daniel Bukal.
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All for lack of a good dental office manager
By Jill Nesbitt
I heard a terrible story the other day about how a dentist began a vicious negative spiral when his well-loved dental office manager retired. When his office manager retired, he hired someone who had slightly less experience to take over. Unfortunately, she wasn't able to grow into the position, and the dentist had to start getting more and more involved in the business side of the practice. Now, instead of just practicing dentistry, he was dealing with insurance and collections and other management issues. Here's where the story gets crazy.
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6 ways to make your dental office more kid friendly
Dentistry IQ
The Affordable Care Act has brought with it an influx of new patients under the age of 18 into dental offices. Your practice might be thinking of adding more children into its schedule. If so, here are a few simple steps you can take to make your office a little less ominous and much more inviting to the new little patients coming into your practice.
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Post-concussion suicide risk not well understood
The Columbus Dispatch
Head injuries have been linked to impaired mental health and to suicide attempts and deaths, though the long-term risks of suicide after concussion are not well understood and scientists continue to explore the connections, experts said. A hit or repeated hits to the head can exacerbate anxiety, depression or other mood disorders in a person with a history of or predisposition to mental illness.
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Avoiding joint ownership and its disinheritance risk
By David B. Mandell, JD, MBA, and Carole Foos, CPA
Nearly every dentist uses joint ownership to hold title to some of their assets — whether it is the home, bank accounts, investment accounts or other assets. Nonetheless, joint ownership can cause serious problems in an estate plan and often should be avoided. In this article, we will lay out the risks of joint ownership and how best to avoid them.
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New research has major implications for public dental health resources
The Medical News
The latest research from the University of Adelaide challenges current thinking on whether many people with tooth loss really need dentures. The findings have major implications for public dental health resources and costs for patients. Studies conducted by the University's Australian Research Centre for Population Oral Health have found that people with tooth loss do not have their quality of life interfered with provided they still have a certain number and type of teeth left.
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How to run a stress-free dental practice this holiday season
Dental Practice Management
The holiday season is in full swing, and we all know that can often mean it's a stressful time of year. With holiday celebrations, family gatherings and shopping runs taking up a majority of your time, running your business can sometimes take a back seat. As dentists, this stress can be compounded with an influx of patients trying to get their appointments in before the end of the year.
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1st evidence of milk consumption discovered in ancient dental plaque
Dental Tribune International
An international team of researchers has discovered the first evidence of milk consumption in the ancient dental calculus of humans in Europe and western Asia. The team found direct evidence of milk consumption preserved in human dental plaque from the Bronze Age to the present day.
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