Week in Review: A dentist with fake Picassos | CDC news on vaping | An opinion on dental therapists

Dear DrBicuspid Member,

I recently had the chance to visit a tremendous exhibit centered around Claude Monet at the Denver Art Museum. I have long been a fan of impressionist paintings, even though I do not have an artistic bone in my body.

Works of art by some of the masters are impressive to see in person. Imagine if you actually owned some of them and could see them every day.

Well, that was the story of one German dentist -- but it didn't exactly match up with local authorities. He will now reportedly stand trial after trying to present 20 fake Picasso paintings to several auction houses as authenticated works. He faces possible charges of unauthorized exploitation of copyrighted works and the use of fake certifications.

In other news, the recent outbreak of lung disease linked to vaping appears to be most prevalent in people who vaped THC-containing products obtained from informal sources, such as family, dealers, and online, according to a new report released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Also, the role of dental therapists has been in the news lately (and will likely continue to be for some time). A New York dentist shared his opinion on the subject with us. We'd love for you to comment on the article with your thoughts.

Finally, a couple of dental-related crime stories caught our eye this week, including a Virginia dentist reportedly with a "pharmacy on wheels" and a Wisconsin pain treatment center that has agreed to pay $1 million to resolve allegations that it submitted false Medicare and Tricare claims.

As always, we will try to keep you informed of the latest news in the dental industry. Thanks for reading!

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