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Study: Universal gown and glove use by healthcare workers in ICU reduces MRSA 40 percent
Inside Dental Assisting
Healthcare workers' use of disposable gowns and gloves upon entering all patient rooms on an intensive care unit, versus only in rooms on standard isolation protocol, helped reduce patient acquisition of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) by approximately 40 percent, according to new research co-led by the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the Yale New Haven Health System Center for Healthcare Solutions.
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States with the best (and worst) adult oral healthcare
Dentistry IQ
Recently, Oral Health America issued a report titled "State of Decay: Are Older Americans Coming of Age Without Healthcare?" The question is answered right off the bat (yes), along with a few reasons why our aging population — one of the biggest demographics in the American population — is left in the dark when it comes to oral health.
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Some online journals will publish fake science, for a fee
NPR
Many online journals are ready to publish bad research in exchange for a credit card number. That's the conclusion of an elaborate sting carried out by Science, a leading mainline journal. The result should trouble doctors, patients, policymakers and anyone who has a stake in the integrity of science (and who doesn't?).
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Employee threats must be addressed quickly
Dentistry IQ
QUESTION: I am the office administrator. We have a team member that has been a dental assistant with our practice for years, and this past year she was moved to a front office role. She is exceptional in this role. There have been recent employee and schedule changes that require her to split her role between front office and assisting, but she is refusing to go back to assisting or she will leave the practice. The doctors do not want to lose her because she is an exceptional employee. What should we do?
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Is flossing really necessary?
LiveScience
LiveScience asks the experts to answer questions about your health. Dentists and experts on dental hygiene were recently asked: Why should people floss?
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Researchers find potential link between gum disease and Alzheimer's
Compendium
Oral bacteria from poor dental hygiene have been linked to brain tissue degeneration, according to new evidence from an international team of researchers, including one at the University of Florida College of Dentistry.
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Environmental scan shows dentistry entering a new normal
American Dental Association
Americans have been visiting the dentist less frequently and spending less money on their oral health, according to the American Dental Association Health Policy Resources Center. These habits may be pushing the profession into a new normal when it comes to total U.S. dental spending, HPRC said in an environmental scan of the dental care sector titled "A Profession in Transition: Key Forces Reshaping the Dental Landscape."
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Researchers regenerate a fully functional bioengineered salivary gland
ScienceDaily
The research group led by Professor Takashi Tsuji of Tokyo University of Science and Organ Technologies Inc. has provided a proof-of-concept for bioengineered mature organ replacement as a regenerative therapy.

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New study supports efficacy of desensitizing toothpaste
Dental Tribune International
A study conducted by dental researchers in Taiwan has provided new evidence that toothpaste containing the amino acid arginine and calcium carbonate can contribute to a significant reduction in dentine hypersensitivity.

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An office manager's role in preventive dentistry
By Jill Nesbitt
Have you ever heard of the Institute for Oral Health? This organization identifies best practices in oral health and then encourages collaboration between dental insurance companies, physicians, dentists (private practice, academia and public health) and researchers to benefit the public and the profession.

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International treaty pushes to end use of amalgam in dentistry
Inside Dental Assisting
A new global legally binding treaty on mercury, signed recently in Minamata, Japan, means "dental amalgam is neither appropriate nor practical in the 21st century," said Charlie Brown, president, World Alliance for Mercury-Free Dentistry. "Mercury fillings – amalgam is 50 percent mercury – has no future, on any continent."
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America needs more dental coverage for adults
Dental Health Magazine
With the new Affordable Care Act to be implemented starting with 2014 there will be quite some changes not only in the general health field but also in the field of dentistry. One of the most important provisions of this act is that uninsured children will get access to the dental care they need. However, adults will not be offered dental benefits under this act.
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