Free clinic spawns hep B outbreak; court denies war vet's request for dentures

Dear DrBicuspid Member,

Health officials are stressing the importance of maintaining infection-control standards after five people involved with a free dental clinic in West Virginia last summer contracted hepatitis B.

And it's not an isolated case. Given the rise in infectious disease rates in recent years, is it time to review your infection-prevention policies and procedures? Read more.

Meanwhile, a nonprofit dental clinic set up in Jerusalem to help underserved populations there -- including the middle class -- celebrates 25 years of growth and success this month. Click here to read how one dentist's vision has helped hundreds of thousands of children and adults get the care they might not otherwise have been able to afford.

And in other news, a U.S. federal appeals court has denied a Korean War veteran's request that the government provide him with dentures to replace the teeth extracted by military dentists. Will the outcome of this case help define what dental services the U.S. government must provide to veterans? Read more.

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