Thursday, April 23, 2009

Flap's Dentistry Blog Links - April 23, 2009


Boston University’s medical school is in an unwelcome glare amid the news that one of its students is accused of killing a woman he met through Craigslist. The school has been inundated with camera crews and other media since the arrest of its second-year medical student, Philip Markoff, the Boston Globe reports. The Globe quotes an email that the school’s dean, Karen Antman, sent to students. “By now you probably have heard the sad and disturbing news that a second-year medical student is facing charges in the incident known as the ‘Craigslist Murder,’” she wrote. “You may be privy to personal information on this student through social media networking sites and other technologies. Please use caution and discretion in discussing this case on those sites, as anything you post could become part of the media coverage.”

Some research has suggested that consumption of high-fructose corn syrup, used as a sweetener in a wide variety of foods, may increase the risk of obesity and heart disease. Now, a controlled and randomized study has found that drinks sweetened with fructose led to higher blood levels of L.D.L, or "bad" cholesterol, and triglycerides in overweight test subjects, while drinks sweetened with another sugar, glucose, did not. Both L.D.L. and triglycerides have been linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease.

As your follower count grows on Twitter you will exponentially be hit with more and more follows and targeted direct messages and replies from spammers, trolls and other unsavoury folk. This article will provide you with steps on how to tackle these nuisances.

Dental professionals have long been pioneers of preventive care. We get the systemic link between oral and overall health. And now, our industry is transforming to address the connection between personal and planetary well-being.

A 41-year-old Manhattan man has been charged with practicing dentistry without a license out of a Roslyn office for nearly two years, the Nassau County district attorney's office announced Monday. Paul Diba was charged with two counts of unauthorized practice, a felony, and two counts of unauthorized use of a professional title, a misdemeanor. The charges followed complaints by two patients who received root canals from Diba. "Mr. Diba is a con artist playing a very dangerous game with people's health," said Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice in a statement. "It is imperative that people do their research when choosing a doctor or dentist to ensure that they receive safe and proper care." Diba — who is expected to be arraigned Tuesday — could face up to 4 years in prison if he is convicted.

A New Yorker is accused of practicing dentistry - including root canals - without a license. The allegations follow a complaint by a Long Island patient who was getting a root canal. She said her teeth had to be drilled three times before the correct tooth was found. Paul Diba was expected to be arraigned Tuesday on felony counts of unauthorized practice and other misdemeanor charges. He could face four years in prison if convicted. Nassau County DA Kathleen Rice says Diba ran a dental office in Roslyn from June 2007 until his arrest on Monday. She says Diba has never been licensed as a dentist in New York.

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