Intraoperative CT fine-tunes maxillofacial surgery January 23, 2015 -- Maxillofacial surgeons who used CT intraoperatively on their trauma patients found that imaging and review can be performed quickly, perfecting the trauma surgeon's work while there's still time to make revisions, according to an article published this month in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery.
Study: Heavy smokers should be checked for head/neck cancer January 22, 2015 -- In addition to being screened for lung cancer, heavy smokers should also be checked for head and neck cancer to improve early detection and survival, according to a new study by University of Pittsburgh researchers in the journal Cancer.
Benefits of laser oral surgery for your practice and patients January 21, 2015 -- In this Second Opinion, periodontist Dr. Cyril Evian advocates for the use of lasers in dentistry. He details the advantages of using a laser in your practice, including an expanded clientele, less patient anxiety, and more productive time.
Analysis: Widespread cancer screening does little to prevent deaths January 21, 2015 -- Screening for diseases that can lead to death typically does not prolong life substantially, according to a controversial new meta-analysis in the International Journal of Epidemiology. A few screening tests may avert some deaths, but even then it is difficult to document an improvement in overall survival, the researchers found.
EHR implementation, adoption still face challenges: Part 1 January 20, 2015 -- For a well-intentioned idea born more than a decade ago, establishing electronic health records (EHRs) has run into a surprising number of obstacles. In the first part of a two-part series, MacPractice CEO Mark Hollis reviews the relevance and benefits of EHRs for dentists.
Dos and don'ts for internal marketing: Ask patients for testimonials January 19, 2015 -- Your most enthusiastic patients may tell everyone they know what a great dentist you are, but there's a limit to how many people will get this message. By collecting written testimonials from happy patients and including them in your print materials and on your website, you'll be able to spread the good word, according to Dr. Roger P. Levin.
6 tips to reduce cancellations and no-shows January 19, 2015 -- It happens to every practice -- cancellations immediately before the appointment. Practice management consultant Sally McKenzie offers six tips, including proactive ones, for helping your practice handle last-minute cancellations and no-shows.