Researchers propose new staging model for HPV+ oropharyngeal cancer February 24, 2015 -- Canadian researchers are proposing a new tumor-staging model for predicting outcomes and guiding treatments for patients with human papillomavirus (HPV)-related oropharyngeal cancer, according to a new study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Since HPV-related cancer differs significantly from smoking-related cancer, less-intensive treatment strategies may be more appropriate, the study found.
NDDA president: MLP experiments have failed February 24, 2015 -- Dr. Paul Tronsgard, president of the North Dakota Dental Association (NDDA), puts forth his organization's plan to improve dental health for North Dakotans, citing data and the need to collaborate innovatively. He advocates for the defeat of a recently introduced state Senate bill that would allow midlevel providers (MLPs).
Dos and don'ts for scheduling: Superb scheduling equals smooth sailing February 23, 2015 -- Scheduling is one of the most significant indicators of how your practice is functioning. An efficient scheduling system ensures a steady flow of patients and production throughout the day. Dr. Roger P. Levin shares ideas that will help you create the best schedule for your practice.
5 reasons people don't open your emails February 23, 2015 -- The Madow Brothers ask: Are your patients opening your emails? Are you getting enough return from this important tool? In their latest column, they offer five good reasons your patients might not be opening your emails and offer specific ideas to help improve your open rates.
Tips to improve your collections February 23, 2015 -- Are your collections at 98%? If not, practice management consultant Sally McKenzie has some practical tips to increase your practice's collection ratio, including some you probably haven't thought of before.
FDA's lack of transparency hurts dentists and their patients February 19, 2015 -- The dental community should be a little more wary of articles detailing clinical trials published in peer-reviewed journals, according to a new review of clinical trials in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The findings of trials are sometimes published without any note of their scientific misconduct found by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the author found.
Study: Dentists need to consider diagnostic task in CBCT use February 18, 2015 -- Cone-beam CT (CBCT) is often used for implant planning, cases of impacted teeth and trauma, periapical diagnosis, and more, but it is well known that it delivers a higher radiation dose than other imaging methods. The authors of a new study advise practitioners to consider the diagnostic task when evaluating CBCT images and image quality.