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Sugar industry influenced U.S. caries research in 1960s, 1970s
March 10, 2015 -- The sugar industry influenced U.S. caries eradication research during the 1960s and 1970s, according to a new study in PLOS Medicine. By working closely with the National Institutes of Health, a sugar industry trade organization helped to shift the focus of federal research from limiting sugar intake to finding alternative caries prevention strategies.
Neutron imaging shows gaps in glass ionomer cements
March 10, 2015 -- Using neutron imaging, researchers have shown how the lower mechanical strength in glass ionomer cements results from the presence of pores and also the increased hydrogen mobility within the material, according to a new study in the journal Scientific Reports. The authors recommend further study to improve the materials.
ADA disputes HRSA's projection of dentist shortage in 2025
March 10, 2015 -- An overall shortage of more than 15,000 dentists is projected in the U.S. by 2025, according to a report released last week by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). However, the ADA Health Policy Institute recommends interpreting the HRSA's overall conclusions with some caution.
Study finds how T cells cause inflammation with oral candidiasis
March 10, 2015 -- Ohio dental researchers have found a method to study how T cells cause inflammation during oral candidiasis infections, according to a new study in the Journal of Visualized Experiments. The discovery can lead to new therapies or drugs that jump-start weakened or poorly functioning immune systems.
Apple announces ResearchKit app software for medical researchers
March 9, 2015 -- Apple introduced ResearchKit, an open-source software framework designed to benefit medical researchers, at its March 2015 Special Event on Monday. Using ResearchKit, researchers will be able to more easily design apps that allow patients to remotely consent to join clinical trials and provide data.
Dos and don'ts for practice leadership: Improve your emotional intelligence
March 9, 2015 -- Emotional intelligence is the ability to recognize and understand the emotions -- yours and others -- that arise in interactions and to work with them to get the desired results. Studies show that the best leaders have high emotional intelligence, so it makes sense to concentrate on this area as a practice leader, according to Dr. Roger P. Levin.
Then and now!
March 9, 2015 -- As the Madow Brothers illustrate in this insightful and witty column, while much has evolved in the practice and science of dentistry, some things -- for good or bad -- haven't changed much.
6 costly hiring mistakes you're probably making
March 9, 2015 -- Do you enjoy the hiring process? Are you finding the right team members to improve your practice? As practice management consultant Sally McKenzie writes, the hiring process can be stressful, but it doesn't have to be. Think of it as an opportunity to improve your systems and your practice.
Organization leaders focus on moving forward from CDC caries report
March 6, 2015 -- While cautiously optimistic about the recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report on dental caries and sealant use in U.S. children, representatives from the ADA, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, and American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry spoke with about the report's impact and what needs to happen next to reduce the caries rate.
Study: MLPs may effectively screen for common dental diseases in low-risk patients
March 6, 2015 -- Dental therapists may be able to effectively screen for caries and periodontal disease in low-risk patients, according to a new U.K. study. The researchers found that these midlevel providers (MLPs) detected common dental diseases almost as often as dentists.
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