EHR Countdown: What's the meaning of meaningful use? February 20, 2013 -- Starting in 2014, are federal agents really going to raid you in the middle of the night and shut your practice down if you haven't implemented an electronic health record (EHR) system? Health IT expert Mike Uretz reveals the truth about the federal EHR mandate as it pertains to dental practices.
Age plays a role in dental CBCT image artifacts February 20, 2013 -- Dental cone-beam CT (CBCT) image artifacts stemming from patient movement are more common in pediatric and elderly patients, according to a short communication in Dentomaxillofacial Radiology. The study authors offer some suggestions for correcting the problem.
Ky. cancer center emphasizes patients' quality of life February 19, 2013 -- A University of Louisville cancer center's multidisciplinary approach for patients with head and neck cancers utilizes a number of novel techniques to decrease the debilitating side effects of radiation and chemotherapy. The center also conducts research and clinical trials for targeted therapies that aim to restore patients' oral functions.
Survey finds slim link between obesity, periodontitis February 15, 2013 -- TORONTO - The findings from a recent Canadian health survey did not reveal a significant association between obesity and periodontitis -- despite the fact that previous studies found at least a 35% increased risk for periodontitis among obese individuals.
NY woman awarded $285K in Fosamax osteonecrosis trial February 14, 2013 -- A 69-year-old New York woman has succeeded in her efforts to hold Merck, makers of the osteoporosis drug Fosamax, accountable for her osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ) and related health issues. This is only the second of seven Fosamax/ONJ lawsuits in which Merck has not triumphed.
How to help ease cancer patients' oral complications February 13, 2013 -- While cancer survival rates are improving, common cancer therapies such as chemoradiation often cause acute oral complications and toxicities that are largely unavoidable, according to a study in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians. The authors offer some tips to help dental care providers address these issues.
Do successful people have similar smiles? February 12, 2013 -- Every year, Time magazine publishes a list of the 100 most influential people. Now Spanish researchers have compared the faces of men and women appearing on those lists to search for patterns in their smiles and found some shared traits.
Dentistry at a Crossroads: The big issues February 11, 2013 -- After graduation, most dentists feel competent performing basic dental procedures. But problems in your practice can arise, usually from poor organizational ability and basic knowledge of good human relations. A practice self-appraisal can have a profound impact on team dynamics and patient communication.
How integrated EHRs can help guide clinical care February 8, 2013 -- Integrated medical and dental electronic health records (EHRs) offer a number of advantages for clinical and research applications, such as identifying associations between periodontitis and multiple medical conditions that could help guide clinical care, according to a new study in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology.
Texas working to recover millions in Medicaid fraud February 7, 2013 -- The Texas Attorney General's Office has so far recovered more than $1 billion from Medicaid fraud investigations over the last 10 years, with $400 million going to the state and the rest going to the federal government. Dental Medicaid fraud recoveries so far account for just $1.8 million of those figures, although dozens of investigations are ongoing.