Prevention of Infective Endocarditis: Guidelines from the American Heart Association
The American Dental Association Council on Scientific Affairs has approved these guidelines as they relate to dentistry. These guidelines have been endorsed by the Infectious Diseases Society of America and by the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society.
"The committee concluded that only an extremely small number of cases of IE might be prevented by antibiotic prophylaxis for dental procedures even if such prophylactic therapy were 100 percent effective..."
Source: The Journal of the American Dental Association
A Histologic and Histomorphometric Evaluation of Anorganic Bovine Bone Retrieved 9 Years After a Sinus Augmentation Procedure
After 9 years, the tissue pattern appeared composed by residual ABB particles in close contact to the newly formed bone. The bone mineralized matrix around the ABB had collagen fibers randomly oriented and more osteocytes embedded. The results demonstrate both a high level of osteoconductivity and a “biomimetic” behavior over the long term.
Source: Journal of Periodontology Online
Scientists Discover Protein Receptor for Carbonation Taste
Researchers at the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), part of the National Institutes of Health, and their colleagues from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) report that they have discovered the answer in mice, whose sense of taste closely resembles that of humans. They found that the taste of carbonation is initiated by an enzyme tethered like a small flag from the surface of sour-sensing cells in taste buds. The enzyme, called carbonic anhydrase 4, interacts with the carbon dioxide in the soda, activating the sour cells in the taste bud and prompting it to send a sensory message to the brain, where carbonation is perceived as a familiar sensation.
Source: National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
The Ins and Outs of Dental Tourism
At present, the most popular destinations include Mexico, Hungary, India, Thailand, Poland and Singapore. Depending on the circumstances, you may save thousands of dollars with dental tourism. But there are some things to think about before you go.
Drinking Tap Water May Help You Avoid Dentist's Drill
Tooth decay affects children in the United States more than any other chronic infectious disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Source: Medical News Today
Low B Vitamins May Up Risk for Canker Sores
Researchers at the University of Connecticut collected diet information on 100 people who had a history of canker sores. They compared this group of people to a national survey of more than 9,000 people. These people had completed a diet history, but did not have canker sores.
Source: Simple Steps To Better Dental Health
ADA and Other Groups Petition Against FTC "Red Flags" Rule
Following a recent federal court decision, the American Dental Association (ADA) has joined with three other national organizations representing professional health care providers calling on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to exclude health professionals from controversial new regulation intended to combat identity theft.
According to the associations, the FTC’s interpretation of the regulation imposes an unjustified, unfunded mandate on health professionals for detecting and responding to identity theft.
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Complying with “Red Flag” Rule and Reducing Risk of Identity Theft with Fields of Code Dental 2.0
The FTC in the US has determined that health care providers could join the ranks of businesses that must comply with the “Red Flag” rule. The purpose is to ensure the protection of patient private information. Interest is driven by the massive number of identity thefts that occur in the US, close to 9 million cases yearly. While for the time being the FTC has delayed¹ the enforcement deadline to June 1, 2010, it is a good time to take a look at how you might be affected.
The Federal Trade Commission has many articles on its website aimed to help determine if the new rule could apply to your particular practice. This determination so far is not precise; it relies on establishing if the practice is acting in a “creditor” capacity, and revolves around billing and payment procedures². The FTC also suggests on its website that an “Identity Theft Prevention Program” should be set up by applicable clinics, with focus on reacting to, and recognizing suspicious activities that may lead to identity theft.
Navigating the legal labyrinth will be daunting; the rules are changing frequently and are complicated. If you are in the US, you may be required to act in the next several months. This is best accomplished by discussing the status of your clinic on the “Red Flag” rule with a lawyer who specializing in health care. You may have to implement a prevention program in the future that is solid and guarantees your compliance. But once that is realized, Fields of Code Dental has several features that may assist in some regards. Here are a few simple workflows for what you can do to prevent identity theft in your clinic:
1. FTC Extends Enforcement Deadline for Identity Theft Red Flags Rule
The Federal Trade Commission, Business Articles
2. The "Red Flags" Rule:
What Health Care Providers Need to Know About Complying with New Requirements for Fighting Identity Theft
The Federal Trade Commission, Business Articles
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