Monday, March 04, 2013

The Morning Drill: March 4, 2013

Jasmine Delafuente

Good Monday morning!

On to today's dentistry and health headlines:

Sentence drilled down for embezzling dental bookkeeper

A former bookkeeper who stole approximately $5,000 from an East Palo Alto dental office while on probation for embezzling from two other Redwood City dentists will spend two years on mandatory supervision and must repay the money.

Jasmine Delafuente, 33, received a three-year term but, under the realignment split-sentence rules, she was given a year in the county jail followed by the supervision. She has credit for time served on the jail sentence and was released Friday. Delafuente must also pay $5,000 to 6 to 9 Dental, the office from which she stole between June 29, 2012 and July 19, 2012. Delafuente, who worked as the office manager, was responsible for making cash deposits and took the funds by depositing only part of the cash and pocketing the rest, according to prosecutors.

Delafuente also has another 187 days of supervision left on an earlier embezzlement case that will run consecutive to her new sentence.

In that case, prosecutors said between March 2009 and August 2010 Delafuente took $70,161.54 by taking the cash paid by patients and deleting proof of payment from office records. Delafuente urged patients to pay in cash, according to prosecutors who said she particularly took advantage of Spanish-speaking patients.

Rory McIlroy, who was 7-over through eight holes, walked off the golf course at Honda Classic - Blames Wisdom tooth

Walking off the course before you're finished with a round is behavior we're used to seeing from a hot-head on tour. Or a guy that parks his van outside a Hooters during the Masters.

But not the No. 1 player in the world who's defending his title at a marquee event.

Rory McIlroy made for the parking lot at the Honda Classic on Friday morning after hitting a ball into the water on the 18th hole at the PGA National Champion course in Palm Gardens, Fla. McIlroy had started his round on the back nine and was already 7-over par after the first eight holes. He blamed his early exit on "severe wisdom tooth pain" that was affecting his concentration.

Postmenopausal Women Who Smoked Are More Likely to Lose Teeth Due to Periodontal Disease

Postmenopausal women who have smoked are at much higher risk of losing their teeth than women who never smoked, according to a new study published and featured on the cover of the Journal of the American Dental Association by researchers at the University at Buffalo.

The study involved 1,106 women who participated in the Buffalo OsteoPerio Study, an offshoot of the Women's Health Initiative, (WHI), the largest clinical trial and observational study ever undertaken in the U.S., involving more than 162,000 women across the nation, including nearly 4,000 in Buffalo.

The UB study is the first to examine comprehensive smoking histories for participants that allowed the researchers to unravel some of the causes behind tooth loss in postmenopausal women who smoked.

Smoking has long been associated with tooth loss, but postmenopausal women, in particular, experience more tooth loss than their male counterparts.

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