Knowles on difficult staffing decisions; McKenzie's 3 tips for change; largest HNC study

Dear DrBicuspid Member,

In her latest column, Dr. Lisa Knowles addresses one of the most difficult situations for any practice owner: Is it time to let someone go? She offers practical expertise and real-life experience to help you navigate this dilemma.

Now that the first month of the new year is in the books, practice management consultant Sally McKenzie asks if anything has changed in your practice? If not, she offers three possible reasons why and some practical ideas as to how to turn your practice in the right direction.

A California-based company, PorOsteon, has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration clearance for its Phusion Metal-based medical device and plans to enter the dental market in the near future. Phusion Metal is a proprietary porous material developed to promote bone fusion that could have multiple dental applications. Read Rabia Mughal's article here.

In the largest investigation on the role of major risk factors for head and neck cancers (HNC) in young adults, researchers found that these cancers are more likely the result of inherited factors, rather than lifestyle factors such as smoking or drinking alcohol, according to a new study in the International Journal of Epidemiology. Read Features Editor Donna Domino's article here.

We're in the process of planning our coverage of the Chicago Midwinter conference. Are there particular aspects of the show you are looking forward to? Is there something you wish the conference would include that it doesn't? Let me know.

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