Friday, April 24, 2009

Flap's Dentistry Blog Links - April 24, 2009

Milestone Scientific Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: MLSS), the recognized leader in advanced injection technologies, today announced that the Company will be hosting the Second Annual Symposium on Computer-Controlled Local Anesthetic Delivery (C-CLAD) in Amelia Island, Florida. This year's invitational event will welcome many of the world's leading dental practitioners, key opinion leaders and industry academics who will be reviewing and discussing the application of C-CLAD technologies in the field of Dentistry, with particular concentration on Milestone's award-winning, patented STA Single Tooth Anesthesia System(TM) (STA

For those making plans to fulfill continuing education requirements, ADA CE Online offers a variety of free and low-cost options for general dentists, specialists and members of the dental team. Online CE is gaining in popularity, too. In a 2008 ADA survey, more than 76 percent of respondents said they were likely to take an online CE course this year. There are now more than 110 courses in the ADA CE Online library, which provides an extra boost to users in a down economy. Members pay $28 per credit hour and nonmembers pay $45 per credit hour. Dental team members can take any course, but 16 courses have been specifically designed for the dental team. Those courses are offered at a great price, too: $15 per credit hour.

Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) is a term reflecting chronic, painful, craniofacial conditions usually of unclear etiology with impaired jaw function. Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected patients often report chronic pain and pathologies targeting body joints during retroviral therapy. Although both conditions may share similar secondary disorders, no conclusive cause-effect relationship has been found linking the TMD to the HIV-antiviral treatment. This report describes a case of TMD associated with HIV infection during active retroviral therapy. Clinicians should be aware that treatment of an HIV-infected patient with TMD requires an interdisciplinary team approach. J OROFAC PAIN 2009;23:174–176.

A mishap in a Lawrence dental office that resulted in serious injuries to a Tonganoxie teenager has raised questions about the inspections of medical gas systems by private contractors. After allegations that an improperly installed medical gas system was to blame for the injuries last month, the Lawrence Journal-World reviewed policies in various cities regarding such equipment. The newspaper reported Wednesday that it found several other cities do significantly more to ensure that the systems are properly tested before being used on patients. The newspaper's review also found Lawrence isn't alone in having a policy that essentially places all the burden of ensuring the safety of the system that delivers oxygen and nitrous oxide upon private builders.

Most doctors agree that breast-feeding is best for babies’ health. Now a large study suggests that the practice benefits mothers as well: women who have breast-fed, it says, are at lower risk than mothers who have not for developing high blood pressure, diabetes and cardiovascular disease decades later, when they are in menopause. The benefits increase with duration of past breast-feeding, the study found. Women who had breast-fed for more than a year in their entire lifetimes were almost 10 percent less likely than those who had never breast-fed to have had a heart attack or a stroke in their postmenopausal years. They were also less likely to have diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol.

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