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Sugary drinks account for majority of kids' drink sales
October 16, 2019 -- Sugary drinks accounted for almost two-thirds of children's drink sales in 2018, according to a report published on October 16. Beverage manufacturers also spent millions of dollars advertising sugar-sweetened beverages to children last year.  Discuss
FTC hands out mixed ruling to Benco, Patterson, Schein
October 16, 2019 -- Henry Schein was cleared of conspiracy charges in an October 16 ruling by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC). However, fellow defendants Patterson Companies and Benco were found to have conspired to refuse to offer discounted prices or otherwise compete for the business of buying groups of independent dentists.  Discuss
DIY orthodontics takes hit with new Calif. law requiring x-rays
October 15, 2019 -- California has become the first state in the U.S. to pass a law that aims to better protect patients who undergo direct-to-consumer orthodontic treatments, such as those offered by SmileDirectClub, by requiring x-rays and more before moving ahead with care.  Discuss
CDC names vaping-related illness, issues new guidance
October 15, 2019 -- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its initial recommendations for healthcare providers on how to deal with vaping-associated illness, which the CDC has now named e-cigarette, or vaping, product use-associated lung injury (EVALI).  Discuss
3 largest DSOs add practices
October 15, 2019 -- In DrBicuspid.com's latest list of the largest dental service organizations (DSOs) in the U.S., the three largest ones have continued to add affiliated practices. Heartland Dental, Aspen Dental, and Pacific Dental have all added about 40 practices since the last list was published in April 2019.  Discuss
Propofol shows promise for conscious sedation
October 14, 2019 -- Propofol is one of the most used drugs for general anesthesia, but the findings of a new study suggest that the medication may also be beneficial for conscious sedation. Researchers from the U.K. found that propofol helped anxious adolescents successfully receive dental treatment while awake.  Discuss
New research of oral anomalies aids understanding of schizophrenia
October 14, 2019 -- The causes of schizophrenia are not entirely understood, but healthcare practitioners are increasingly intrigued by the links between this complicated condition and human physical and neurological development. In this Second Opinion, Dr. Gary Hack details his team's recent research and offers hope for improving the dental experience for these patients.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for scheduling: Rethink your schedule
October 14, 2019 -- In business, time is money. In dentistry, time is controlled by the practice's scheduling system, but many practices are using outdated schedules. While dentistry is different than a corporate business, some business time management principles can be reoriented to work well within a dental scheduling system, increasing efficiency and decreasing stress, notes Dr. Roger P. Levin.
Former dental clinic owner sentenced to prison for fraud
October 14, 2019 -- Pamela Van Drie, a former owner of a Springfield, MO-based dental clinic, has been sentenced in federal court for multiple fraud schemes totaling more than $1 million in Medicaid payments, failing to pay payroll taxes, and collecting unemployment benefits she wasn't entitled to receive.  Discuss
Endodontists give in when docs, patients push for opioids
October 11, 2019 -- Approximately 43% of endodontists reported they had prescribed opioids after feeling pressured by physicians or patients to order the medication, according to a new study published in the Journal of Endodontics.  Discuss
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