Thursday, September 22, 2016
Sometimes I work, sometimes I work too hard, and sometimes I attack life. During those attack phases, I grab life with my teeth like an angry Pit Bull and shake it for all its worth. Unfortunately for me, those attack phases kept getting closer and closer together. I finally ended up at a point where I was just exhausted from the pace I was keeping.
On advice from my doctors as well as my friends, I took some much needed time off to just see what it's like to live at a 'normal" pace. Now that I'm rested and recharged, I'm ready to get back after it.
Starting on Monday I will resume my normal blogging schedule of Monday through Thursday posts. I hope you enjoy what I have to say and will tell your friends about the blog and my column in DPR. Thanks for your understanding during my sabbatical. I've missed all of you!
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Several years ago we went to Nitrile gloves in my office.
We had a staff member with a latex allergy as well as more and more patients marking "latex allergy" on their health histories.
Due to those 2 factors, we just did away with using them in my office. It seemed a prudent decision at the time, now over 8 years ago.
Today I read from the Washington Post that the FDA is considering banning powdered gloves completely.
If you are interested in the story, you can read it here.
Monday, March 21, 2016
We've gone through an interesting change in fashion trends in the last few years.
It seems like watches really went out of style for a while. As smart phones penetrated the market more and more with people, especially younger people, relying heavily on them, the lowly watch seemed to be seen as a one trick pony and was redundant tech. I mean, who needs a watch when your phone gives you the time whenever you touch the power button?
Also, since we are always looking at our phones anyway, and the time is usually seen at the top of the screen, why would I want a watch that I have to make an effort to look at?
I started to notice a lot of bare wrists...
Then the fitness band/tracker craze set in. Suddenly the same wrists there were bare a few months before were now sporting these new sleek rubber bracelets that not only functioned as watches, but let the user track all kinds of fitness data as well.
Now I had a problem with this new craze. To me, watches are gadgets. That means that I've worn a watch for as long as I can remember. Ever since I've been able to afford more than one, I've worn multiple watches. I sleep in one, I shower in one, heck the only time I'm not wearing a watch is when I'm taking one off to put on another. I've grown accustomed to the feeling of a watch on my wrist and when I'm not wearing one, I feel a bit unbalanced.
What does this mean? In short it means that I wasn't able to embrace the band/tracker craze because no matter how cool they were, they didn't feel like a watch on my arm. I needed the weight and heft of a watch.
Then, in the last 6 months it seems that several companies begin releasing the "combo" product I'd been waiting for. A watch footprint with the fitness tracker heart in it. After looking at several, I settled on the Razer Nabu Watch Forged Edition (pictured above). It comes in a basic black edition (one of my main demands... if you know me you know my affection for black). It does all the things you'd expect of a digital watch. It also does all the things you'd expect of a fitness tracker.
Combine all of the above with a dual LED screen which features one traditional LED green screen and one OLED green screen and you've got a winner in my book.
The device also has an app that connects via Blue Tooth to my iPhone. The app allows me to control all aspects of the watch from my phone. By that I mean I can set the alarms (there are 3 of them), set the second time zone, determine if my phone synchs its time function with my iPhone (as someone who travels I can't begin to tell you how wonderful that is), charge the OLED (7 day battery life)from my computer or a USB AC adapter, etc.
Could it do more? Sure. I know there are band form factors out there that do more from a fitness standpoint, but none of those have the heavy black form factor that is similar to a Casio G-Shock. I've had the Razer Nabu Watch for about 2 weeks now and am very happy with it. It is a highly recommended product. Interested in checking one out? You can follow this link to get all the details.
Razer also has all kinds of incredible products that are designed with a focus on aesthetics and the color black. Check them out & be prepared to be amazed. I was.
Monday, March 14, 2016
Before I entered dental school, I received my undergraduate degree; a BA in Psychology.
As a psych major, I've always had a fascination with why we do what we do and how we got to be the way we are. Our psychological health can affect all kinds of things that can directly lead to problems in our overall health. Antidepressant use is linked directly with a diagnosis of clinical depression which can lead to problems with weight, blood pressure, and sleep cycles, just to name a few.
Individuals suffering from clinical depression can also be linked to lower numbers of oral hygiene/maintenance visits as well as decreased home care. The previous sentence may be why a pilot study has found an association between antidepressant use and dental implant failure.
Now this is a preliminary study so there may be a lot more here than meets the eye. It was also a pretty small sample size of just 74. The study says that none of the implant failures were linked to depression, but in my opinion that's a hard call to make.
Anyway, it's a short & interesting read which you can find here.
Thursday, March 10, 2016
A short post today because it's all in the story.
Medicaid is *scammed* for $60 billion (that's with a big B) per year. Stunned by that? I sure was.
There is a great story on Wired.com that outlines how one guy is trying to track them down. It's a great read!