Scams played on dentists: Part 3 -- The insurance industry
August 13, 2014 -- In the final part of this series, Dr. Michael W. Davis details some of the ways dentists and dental offices are vulnerable to scams. This part discusses the insurance industry and concludes the series on the scams played on dentists.
High-acidity drinks can permanently damage kids' teeth
August 13, 2014 -- Australian researchers are warning parents of the dangers of soft drinks, fruit juice, sports drinks, and other drinks high in acidity, which form part of a "triple threat" of permanent damage to young people's teeth, based on the findings of a tooth enamel erosion study in the Journal of Dentistry.
Study: Use electromyography first instead of MRI for TMDs
August 12, 2014 -- A new study has evaluated how effective surface electromyography is in diagnosing temporomandibular disorders (TMDs) with differing pathology, finding that it can help produce an accurate diagnosis that doesn't require a costly MRI exam.
Federal auditors blame Texas agency for poor oversight of ortho services
August 11, 2014 -- In the latest development in the ongoing Texas Medicaid scandal, a federal report by the U.S. Office of Inspector General has laid the responsibility for hundreds of millions of dollars spent on dental and orthodontic procedures that may have been medically unnecessary squarely on the Texas state agency that oversaw the program.
PET may artificially boost HNC survival rates
August 11, 2014 -- The use of positron emission tomography (PET) is associated with a stage migration phenomenon in locally advanced head and neck cancer (HNC) patients, according to a recent report in JAMA Otolaryngology -- Head & Neck Surgery.
Dos and don'ts for monthly business reviews
August 11, 2014 -- Monthly business reviews serve a critical function by identifying bottlenecks and finding solutions, which lead to improved practice productivity, reduced stress, and greater efficiency, according to Dr. Roger P. Levin. These meetings are the appropriate venue for minor training, role-playing with scripts, and addressing any staff conflict as well.
Study: Genetic mutations linked to salivary gland tumors
August 8, 2014 -- Scientists from the Scripps Research Institute in Florida have found genetic mutations linked to salivary gland tumors, according to a new study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The discovery could help develop new treatments that target the cancer's underlying genetic causes.
With preparation, reimplantation survival more likely than not
August 7, 2014 -- While implant failures are rare, relative to their rates of survival, failure is an inevitable part of a practice that places implants. Now, two researchers have examined the data regarding the survival rates of reimplantation with results that clinicians should find encouraging.
Study identifies head and neck cancer biomarker
August 7, 2014 -- High death rates among head and neck cancer patients usually occur only when mutations in the tumor suppressor gene coincide with missing parts of genetic material on the cancer genome's third chromosome. But a new study in Nature Genetics has found that the mutated gene may be caused by other genetic abnormalities.