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.
Sheri's Solutions: 'The reason I left was ...'
August 6, 2014 -- In her latest Sheri's Solutions, Dr. Sheri Doniger explores a situation you are no doubt familiar with: why patients leave a practice. Some explanations make perfect sense, while others are a little more complicated, she writes.
Dental care for aging seniors is growing problem in Va.
August 5, 2014 -- Dr. Ted Sherwin, the president of the Virginia Dental Association, makes a thoughtful case for a new pilot program awaiting funding in Virginia that would place oral health coordinators in nursing homes throughout the state.
Survey reveals clinicians' pervasive lack of e-cigarette knowledge
August 5, 2014 -- The use of e-cigarettes is exploding, and there is lack of knowledge about them among medical professionals. A new survey of doctors and nurses found that the vast majority know very little about e-cigarettes and want to learn more. More than half were uncomfortable discussing the topic with their patients.
Q&A about stress in dentistry
August 4, 2014 -- In her latest column, dental stress management expert Jen Butler answers some of the questions she hears most frequently from clients, including how stressed are dentists, how stress impacts a practice, and more.
Study: Lead in teeth holds secrets of person's origins
August 4, 2014 -- Trace amounts of lead in modern and historical human teeth can give clues about where a person came from, according to a new study in Science of the Total Environment. The discovery could help police solve cold cases by helping identify where and from what time period a body is from.
Dos and don'ts for the new patient experience: Time is of the essence
August 4, 2014 -- For most people, motivation does not last long. No matter how eager new patients may be to come to your office, time tends to diminish their enthusiasm. Show them they are a priority for your practice by minimizing wait times, notes Dr. Roger P. Levin in his latest Practice Success tip.