Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Rumors Say Next Generation iPad will have USB, Among Other Improvements

Just in case you haven't already had to exchange a Christmas present that you've already purchased for someone... now comes the rumor from around the web that the new Apple iPad, which is expected to be launched this spring, will have a USB port among other new features.

 

The USB function is potentially a really big deal.  Apple makes a decent amount of revenue from the licensing fees it receives from folks who make adapters for their proprietary dock connector.  Opening up the market to the USB port would diminish that.  However, one of the knocks on the first generation iPad was its lack of USB.  It made getting info on & off the device much trickier than it needed to be.  While not a deal killer for me, it would still have been a nice feature.  However, other rumors are stating that the USB may only be for charging which just seems plain silly to me.  You already get an A/C adapter with the device, why would you need 2 ways to charge it?

 

Other rumors include better screen resolution (similar to the iPhone 4), some type of different material for the case/body to decrease weight, and a gyroscope with a 3-axis registration.  There may also be a camera or maybe even 2 for video communication, but I still doubt the concept is ready to take off yet.  For me, the big news is the rumored USB.  That would be a huge addition and make the iPad an even greater way to consume media.  Stay tuned...

Monday, November 29, 2010

Impressions from a *Brief* Trip to the Greater New York Dental Meeting

I'm back from New York.  This was a seriously short trip for me.  I landed at LaGuardia around 7:00 p.m. on Saturday and was back in the air at about 6:15 p.m. on Sunday.

 

I was there to do a lecture for my friends at Ultradent for the Dental Tribune Study Club. The lecture was at 11:20 a.m. so I had about an hour before and a couple of hours afterwards to take a look around the exhibit floor.  It was crowded and booths appeared to be doing some good business.  The few vendors I had a chance to chat with in t he afternoon told me that sales had been good and that they were optimistic for a good meeting sales wise.

 

My personal opinion is that the economy has turned the corner and that the industry is back.  I've also noticed an uptick in the questions I get via email regarding purchasing decisions.

 

Thanks to everyone who took the time out of their schedules to spend an hour with me.  I hope you took away a few pearls that you can use to help your patients!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

CAO Group Introduces its Innovative Sheer Film™ Product Line During Greater New York Dental Meeting

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For Easier, Faster, Better Delivery of Dental Materials

West Jordan, UT (November 28th, 2010) – The CAO Group, Inc. (CAO), a worldwide provider of innovative dental devices and materials, is introducing its Sheer Film family of products at booth # 5237 during the Greater New York Dental Meeting.

 

Each Sheer Film product employs the most advanced delivery system on the market: CAO Group’s innovative Sheer Film material, which is the optimal delivery system for dental gel materials when contact time, patient compliance and comfort, and non-leakage are essential.

 

Products currently available in the Sheer Film family are Sheer White! 20% Carbamide Peroxide Whitening Film, Sheer DesenZ Desensitizing Treatment, and Sheer FluorX Fluoride Treatment.

 

All Sheer Film products have many benefits:

 

  • Remainwhere intended – Sheer Film products will not slip or slide, and can’t be moved by the tongue.

 

  • Mold to teeth (or gums) – Gels remain tight against the teeth (or tissue), with no fluid seepage down the throat.

 

  • Flexible and stretchable – Regardless of patient dentition, Sheer Film products are 
    tear-resistant.

 

  • Controlled release gels – Each Sheer Film product is specially formulated for each specific application.

  • Thin and comfortable – Wear Sheer Film products anytime, anywhere, without detection.

 

  • Easy to apply – Whether in the office or at home, everyone can easily apply Sheer Film.

 

  • Faster patient turnaround – Means increased profitability for the dental professional.

 

The unique, flexible backing material of each Sheer Film product enables convenient stretching, bending, molding, and shaping to the individual contours of the teeth and gums for a tight seal.  All Sheer Film products contain very specifically formulated gels that deliver the right material at a defined release rate for each application.  What’s more, Sheer Films are uniquely designed to enable full-arch treatment or centralized placement.

 

Sheer Films can be applied within seconds, and are so comfortable that patients are able to wear them for hours.  There is no need to prepare hard and uncomfortable trays, and no threat of common gel leakage down the throat.  Sheer Films are simply applied and the patient can be released to the waiting room (or home), providing a pleasant experience for the patient and allowing increased patient turnaround time for the treatment room to be prepared for the 
next patient.

 

Moreover, Sheer Films are very comfortable and discreet.  Unlike traditional, rigid trays or the currently available “strips,” patients are able to wear Sheer Films for hours without detection or discomfort.  SheerFilms also grant the user freedom of natural speech and facial expression, making the process convenient at any time, such as in the workplace or at home.

 

The SheerFilm family currently consists of three products:

 

  • Sheer White! – Whitens teeth fast.  Professionally applied, patient take-home.  Replaces trays, gels, and  old-style strips.  Ideal after in-office whitening.

  • Sheer FluorX – An easy and effective professional fluoride treatment.  Using 5% acidulated sodium fluoride, it is a more convenient alternative to tray-delivered fluoride treatments, as well as fluoride varnishes.

 

  • Sheer DesenZ – Rapidly relieves oral pain and discomfort associated with dental procedures and temperature changes.

 

All Sheer Film products are sold only to the dental professional, and are available through an exclusive agreement with Henry Schein® Dental.  The initial treatment is placed in-office, and the remaining films can be dispensed to the patient for home care.

 

For more information on Sheer Film products, please call 877-236-4408, or log onto www.CaoGroup.com/Dental.

 

About The CAO Group, Inc.

 

The CAO Group, Inc. (CAO), under the direction of Densen Cao, PhD, is headquartered in West Jordan, Utah, with FDA registered and EN 13485 certified manufacturing facilities in West Jordan, Utah and Beijing, China.  CAO is one of the world-leading companies focused on understanding and optimizing the use and application of light and biomaterials in dental care applications.  Driven by innovative technologies, CAO has been granted or filed more than 150 patents in these high-technology areas, and is recognized as the product development leader in dental materials and devices, especially in LED curing lights and soft tissue surgical lasers. CAO’s mission in dentistry is to make applications of dental materials and devices Easier. Faster.  Better.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Off to the Greater New York Dental Meeting

I'm heading out to the Greater New York Dental Meeting Today.

 

Tomorrow I'll be doing a lecture from 11:20-12:20 so if you are at the meeting, please come by and say hi!  One of the greatest things about doing programs like this, other than the learning that I get to receive from the attendees, is getting to see old friends &l meet new ones.  If you are in the are, please stop by!

 

Here is the course info:

11:20-12:20




Dr. John Flucke, DDSLIght Cured Adhesive Dentistry - Science and Substance

COURSE: 3030

Theories and protocols abound on how best to achieve successful bonded restorations. Learn the science of light cured composites and the secrets to routinely achieving sensitivity free composite restorations in a fast paced and interactive format. Participants will learn techniques and principles that they can use the next day back in the office.

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES:

  1. Learn the science behind light initiated composites.
  2. Learn why the curing light is often the overlooked key piece to success.
  3. Learn techniques to decrease sensitivity.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Apple Releases iOS 4.2 - It's Nice, but I Wish They Would Release Instructions Too

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As a diehard geek I've been excited to see the release of the newest OS for the the iPad, version iOS 4.2 It promised some pretty cool enhancements such as multitasking and nested folders. It has been out in beta for a while, but this week it was officially released and I quickly connected my iPad to my MacBook Pro to grab the new update and put it through its paces.

I connected, performed a sync, downloaded and installed the update, and... nothing. Not much, no amazing stuff, nada, zilch. I did notice a new icon called Game Center designed for gaming, of course, but other than that there were no obvious changes. I went into settings looking for something, nope. I checked my software and found I was indeed running iOS 4.2, so where was all the cool stuff?

I'm writing this because I'm a geek and a fairly techie guy. And I'm willing to admit that I may have missed something here. I've been pretty busy the last few days and haven't had serious time to devote to the device, but really should something as simple as an iPad require "serious time" to figure out? I know that Apple is famous for its almost Zen instruction manuals that really don't tell you much, but this time I couldn't figure out a thing.

I went first to the Apple website and looked around. I could find info about the update, but that didn't really seem to take me anywhere. Maybe I missed something, but really, shouldn't they have made it really easy to find the instructions?

Finally I went to my old pal Google, and used that to search for ways to learn about switching between apps & creating folders. Google had the Apple.com pages listed and I was soon on my way. However, it could have been much easier.

For the record, now that I know how to do all the cool new things, I really like the update. It should make the iPad experience even better. I still subscribe to the theory that the iPad is a great consumer of media and a not so great creator of media, but if you're living in a WiFi world like me or have the AT&T connected device, it's a much slicker way to consume media than via a laptop.

Here is the press release from Apple detailing all the new features:
Apple's iOS 4.2 Available Today for iPad, iPhone & iPod touch


Major Software Update Brings Multitasking, Folders, Unified Inbox, Game Center, AirPlay & AirPrint to iPad

CUPERTINO, California-November 22, 2010-Apple® today announced that iOS 4.2, the latest version of the world's most advanced mobile operating system, is available today for download for iPad™, iPhone® and iPod touch®. iOS 4.2 brings over 100 new features from iOS 4.0, 4.1 and 4.2 to iPad including Multitasking, Folders, Unified Inbox, Game Center, AirPlay® and AirPrint.

"iOS 4.2 makes the iPad a completely new product, just in time for the holiday season," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "Once again, the iPad with iOS 4.2 will define the target that other tablets will aspire to, but very few, if any, will ever be able to hit."

iPad users can now run their favorite apps and switch between them instantly, while preserving iPad's legendary battery life. Users can organize their apps with drag-and-drop simplicity using Folders, and Mail now features a Unified Inbox, fast inbox switching and a threaded message view.

Game Center allows iPad, iPhone and iPod touch users to challenge and play friends or be matched automatically with new opponents, showcase their scores and achievements, and discover new games their friends are playing.

AirPlay is a new feature for streaming music, video and photos wirelessly from iPad, iPhone and iPod touch to Apple TV®, transforming Apple TV into a great accessory for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. iOS users also will be able to use AirPort Express® and AirPlay to stream wirelessly to any stereo or powered speakers, or directly to AirPlay-enabled speakers coming to market in the months ahead.

AirPrint is a next-generation Wi-Fi print architecture that dramatically simplifies printing by completely eliminating printer drivers. A selection of AirPrint enabled printers including the HP Photosmart, HP LaserJet Pro and HP Officejet will be the first to support printing direct from iOS devices. iPad, iPhone and iPod touch users can simply tap to print their documents or photos wirelessly to any printer that supports AirPrint.

The Find My iPhone (or iPad or iPod touch) feature is now free to use without a MobileMe℠ subscription and helps you locate your missing device.* The Find My iPhone app is a free download on the App Store℠ and lets users easily locate a missing device on a map and have it display a message or play a sound. Users can even remotely lock or wipe data from a lost device to protect privacy.

Other new features that iOS 4.2 brings to the iPad include: the ability to rent TV episodes directly to iPad using the iTunes® App with a 30 day viewing window and a 48 hour session window once playback is started; the ability to easily find and highlight specific words and phrases on web pages in Safari®; enhanced enterprise support so businesses can take advantage of stronger security features, new device management capabilities and improved enterprise integration; industry-leading accessibility enhancements; and support for 25 additional languages, including Korean, Portuguese and Traditional Chinese.

The revolutionary iPad allows users to connect with their apps and content in a more intimate, intuitive and fun way than ever before. You can browse the web, read and send email, enjoy and share photos, watch HD videos, listen to music, play games, read ebooks and much more, using the innovative Multi-Touch™ user interface. iPad weighs just 1.5 pounds, making it easy to carry and use anywhere.

Today, customers have downloaded more than seven billion apps from the groundbreaking App Store and more than 300,000 apps are available to consumers in 90 countries, with more than 40,000 native iPad apps. Over 125 million iOS users around the world can choose from an incredible range of apps in 20 categories, including games, business, news, sports, health, reference and travel.

Availability The iOS 4.2 update is available today to download to iPad, iPhone and iPod touch by syncing the device with iTunes 10.1. iOS 4.2 is compatible with iPad, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, second and third generation iPod touch (late 2009 models with 32GB or 64GB) and new iPod touch. Some features may not be available on all products. For example, Multitasking requires iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, third generation iPod touch (late 2009 models with 32GB or 64GB) or later.

*The free Find My iPhone feature is available for iPhone 4, iPad or new iPod touch (4th generation).

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork, and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple is reinventing the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and has recently introduced its magical iPad which is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices.


Thursday, November 25, 2010

Things I'm Thankful For

Wow, here it is another Thanksgiving in the U.S.  Honestly, it just doesn't seem possible.  Over the last year, so much has happened and yet it still feels like the last Thanksgiving holiday was yesterday.  Every year, I try to make a list of what I'm thankful for so here's this year's effort:

  • My God - for... well for everything
  • My family - for putting up with what makes me me.  You guys are the best.  For someone who, in their late 20's, didn't think marriage would ever be possible... and even if it was, kids would not be a part of it, you've made my life the wonderful place it is.  I am truly blessed each and every day by having you in my life.
  • Vicki - for the laughs, smiles, hugs, and hard work.  For being you and helping me to be a better me.  I will always miss you.
  • My staff - for putting up with me, my crazy travel schedule, and my crazy tinkering and experimenting.  Thanks also for helping me take such good care of our patients.
  • My patients - for putting your trust in me and giving me the opportunity to do what I truly love to do.
  • Don and everyone at Goetze Dental - It's a great feeling when you're not a customer, but a friend instead.  It's no wonder your business is so successful.
  • The Royals - for always giving me something to hope for.  You break my heart year after year, but I keep coming back.
  • The "K" - for the smell of fresh mowed grass, popcorn, and nachos.  For giving me a place to relax on a warm summer night.  For allowing me to spoil myself with season tickets year after year and for the sounds and smells of my favorite game.
  • Paul Feuerstein & Marty Jablow - Because a guy couldn't ask for better crazy dental rock star buddies!
  • David Dodell - Founder of the Internet Dental Forum and a great friend for all these years.
  • The staff at Dental Products Report especially Noah and the beloved "Queen of all Dental Media" Thais Carter - Thanks for the deadline reminders, the encouragement, the laughs, and the dinners.  I can't think of a better place to call home for my writing!  I'm proud and honored to be the Technology Editor.
  • My pals at Gendex - what started out as a business relationship has blossomed into a great and warm friendship with so many people there.
  • Lou & Erin at Catapult - For friendship that just doesn't quit
  • Bob & Michele Lowe - One of my only regrets in my travels is that you 2 aren't at every event that I manage to make it to.  I'm really looking forward to the Hinman in 2012!
  • Laurel at Catapult Elite - How in the world you manage to keep track of all the stuff for me that you do... amazing!
  • The guys at American Stonehenge Films - You always make me look good when I'm hosting the DEN.  I'm not sure how you do it, but thanks!
  • Barry & Audrey - For the love and the friendship.  Only by living at this point in time could a kid from Kansas be lucky enough to have wonderful friends in New Zealand.  Here's hoping the All Blacks have a great season!
  • For cool spring days and crisp autumn evenings.  I know some people hate the seasons and prefer to live in warmer climates, but to me seeing the seasons change is one of life's great pleasures.
  • For the way the wind whistles through the leaves as I sit on my deck in the early evenings.
  • Tom Baugh - He helped make my dream of a new office an amazing reality.  He made going to the office every day a moment I treasure and he became a really great friend in the process.
  • Technology - It makes my life easier and gives me a purpose other than dentistry.

I know there are others, but I think that's a pretty good list.  Thanks also to all of you!  Those of you who read this blog, read my articles in Dental Products Report, and come see my lectures make all of this worthwhile.  I'm honored that you take the time to let me into your lives.  It is an honor that I am truly grateful for and truly treasure.

Now go spend time with the ones you love.  That is truly what Thanksgiving is all about!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Violight UV Cell Phone Sanitizer

 

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Last year there was widespread fear of the H1N1 flu virus.  When the panic really started to heat up as winter set in, the folks at Violight promoted their toothbrush sanitizer. The toothbrush is a great place to harbor & grow bacteria.
Now come reports that due to its constant handling with our dirty mits, that the cell phone may be one of the dirtiest things we come in contact with.  So for $49.99 you can now UV sanitize your phone.  You can order here from the Violight website. Here is all the info from the website:

 

Overview

Your cell phone is probably one of your most often touched electronic devices; you use it everyday wherever you are. The warmth of your phone creates the perfect environment for germs to live. Do you realize how many germs are lurking there? Now you can sanitize cell phones and other small devices like Bluetooth headsets, earbuds, and MP3 players in just minutes with the Violight UV Cell Phone Sanitizer.

Features and Benefits

  • Germicidal UV light eliminates 99% of germs and bacteria
  • Dual UV bulbs
  • Sanitizes your device in less than 5 minutes
  • Automatic on and off function.
  • Includes an accessories basket for small devices such as headphones, MP3 players, and cell phone head sets
  • Perfect for home or office
  • Makes a unique gift item for just about anyone
  • Battery Operated (3 AA batteries)
  • Works with devices having max dims: 3"L x .75"W x 5"H

 

 

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Wacom Interactive Pen Displays Demonstrate Increased EMR Efficiency

 

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For graphic artists & die hard computer geeks, Wacom has been a company we've know & loved for a long time.  The ability to draw on the screen has been a huge plus for many applications.  Imagine my joy in finding out that the company is now working on devices to use for 3D and other types of medical imaging.  With my Gendex GXCB-500 dental cone beam unit, I can see structures & situations better than ever before.  Add to that the concept of virtual treatment   planning, and you can easily see why I'm excited about Wacom being in the imaging part of my profession.
Here is the press release with all the details:

 

ntuitive Pen-on-screen Workflow Improves Patient-staff Interaction and Enhances Digital Information Sharing, Organization and Accuracy; Demonstrations Available at Booth 7704

An increasing number of medical facilities are looking to adopt paperless workflows to create more efficient information management processes, and many are turning to Wacom to further their ability to interact with data more effectively. Offering a direct and fully digital pen-on-screen workflow, Wacom interactive pen displays help make the capture of electronic medical records (EMR) simple and fast for both healthcare professionals and patients. At RSNA 2010, being held Nov. 28 - Dec. 3 at Chicago's McCormick Place, Wacom will showcase interactive pen capabilities in booth #7704 (North Building-Hall B).

"Designed to accommodate healthcare professionals requiring advanced digital documentation capabilities, Wacom offers a highly intuitive, quick and natural way for patients to review and sign forms," says Alan Orth, business development manager, Healthcare for Wacom Technology. "In turn, medical facilities greatly improve staff-patient relations with the pen displays' ease of use and create a streamlined paperless, cost-effective workflow."

Delivering a completely digital solution to administrative tasks from reviewing patient admission documents to signing legally binding insurance and consent forms, a Wacom interactive pen display is an innovative multi-tasking device. It opens the door to improved efficiency within the medical community.

"The Wacom pen display is a critical tool in helping to reduce processing time, paper usage and costs, as well as greatly improving patient recordkeeping and accessibility," confirms Cathy Fuhrman, manager of Sharp HealthCare's Document Imaging Group. "In addition, staff and patients enjoy the ease-of-use, freedom and control the pen delivers to the overall experience."

For additional information about Wacom interactive pen display technology, Wacom's industry partners and events at RSNA, please visit http://www.wacom.com/industries/medical.php.

About Wacom
Founded in 1983, Wacom's vision to bring people and technology closer together through natural interface technologies has made it the world's leading manufacturer of digital human interface solutions. Wacom revolutionized the nature of digital input when it introduced its family of interactive pen displays, allowing users to work with a pressure-sensitive pen directly on screen. Today, thousands of medical professionals count on Wacom interactive pen displays to deliver superior control and productivity to their workflow. For more information, visit www.wacom.com.

 

 

Monday, November 22, 2010

MDMouse puts BP Readings at your Fingertips... Literally

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It's a common problem for many people.  We're told by our physicians to keep an eye on our blood pressure.  The problem becomes finding the time in the first place or even remembering to do it.  Wouldn't it be easier if the whole process was just right there in front of you all the time?
Well now it is.  CalHealth, Inc has developed the MDMouse System that incorporates a blood pressure monitor & a computer mouse.  Here are all the details:

he MDMouse system is the first suite of tools being developed by CalHealth.  These tools are the combination of pre-existing medical devices into conventional computer control mice, creating devices that are easier to use and more efficacious than stand-alone units.

The principal advantages incorporated into the devices will lead to an overall increase in compliance from patients, which in turn, will lead to better data collection.  In addition, the process of borrowing computational power from the computer should also lead to improved results of any test or measurement taken with the device.


The first tool is designed to measure blood pressure outside of the medical environment, and to provide that information for use by the individual, clinical evaluation companies (CROs), healthcare providers and healthcare payers.  It consists of an innovative mouse device which includes a blood pressure monitor and an application software package that resides on a PC where the blood pressure readings are displayed.  The software application for the MDMouse system will display the blood pressure readings to the user and it will also provide a means to maintain records and allow the user to access past readings at any time.  In addition, the software will allow the user to direct his/her records to a third party, such as a physician or insurance company, or in the event of use for clinical studies, the data can go directly to the study sponsor.  Other features of the system include the ability to set alarms reminding the user to take their blood pressure or medications and set appointments with the doctor.

The MDMouse system is easy to use and readily available to the patient.  In today's world, patients are in front of their computer regularly and will have the mouse in their hands where it is convenient to take a blood pressure reading without leaving their chair.  And, there is significantly greater accuracy in machine-to-machine communication, as used by the MDMouse system, than relying on patients to write down their readings and then consolidate them on a monthly basis.  The blood pressure readings go directly from the MDMouse system sensor to the computer for recording on the hard drive - there is no human interaction required and none allowed.  This information can be easily inserted into an Electronic Health Record (EHR) system.  Once EHR systems are fully implemented in the U.S., it will be imperative that the all blood pressure monitors do what the MDMouse system already accomplishes...automatically move the data collected remotely into those EHR systems.


Inside a standard-sized computer mouse is a blood pressure finger cuff that is placed over the index finger to allow blood pressure measurement.  Additional components include a pneumatic pump to inflate and deflate the cuff and a pressure sensor to identify the pulse during cuff deflation, thus allowing for measurement of blood pressure by a standard method (the "oscillometric" method).  These components, and the electrical power source and processing capabilities of the computer to which the MDMouse hardware is attached, comprise a highly accurate "sphygmomanometer".  The PC, using the installed MDMouse software, along with the MDMouse device, will perform the calculations necessary to turn the digital data obtained by the sensor into useful information for display on the PC.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Siemens unveils Biograph mMR* whole-body integrated MR and PET system capable of simultaneous data acquisition. First system already undergoing clinical use testing in Munich, Germany

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From a doctor's perspective, this is way cool.  The first combined MR scanner and  PET detection system all in one.  I've been saying for a while that it's a 3D world, but it just keeps getting better.  The amount of info that doctors will be able to get from this system will allow them to have more diagnostic data and save more lives than ever before.  The ability to look inside the human body and see what it going on is just amazing.  Here is the press release:

Erlangen, Germany, 2010-Nov-19

Today, Siemens Healthcare unveils its new system, Biograph mMR, the world's first integrated whole-body molecular MR with simultaneous data acquisition technology, currently undergoing clinical use testing. This revolutionary system comprises a magnetic resonance (MR) scanner and an integrated PET (Positron Emission Tomography) detection system with an architecture that performs as one. In the new 3-tesla hybrid system, Siemens developers have succeeded for the first time in simultaneously capturing MR and PET data with a whole-body system. The Biograph mMR system has been installed at the university hospital Klinikum rechts der Isar of the Munich Technical University, Germany.

“Together with our partner Siemens we are entering a new dimension in diagnostic imaging today“, said Prof. Dr. Markus Schwaiger, director of the clinic for nuclear medicine at the university hospital. “We’ve initiated clinical use testing of Biograph mMR in an effort to diagnose diseases at a very early stage; to see the progression of disease and to use that information to develop a therapy plan precisely focused on the respective patient. Furthermore, we plan to use the system for cancer follow-up in the long run, by reducing radiation exposure by the use of the system.“

With the simultaneous acquisition of MR and PET data, this system is designed to provide new opportunities for imaging. While MR provides exquisite morphological and functional details in human tissue, PET goes further to investigate the human body at the level of cellular activity and metabolism. The innovative system has the potential to be a particularly valuable tool for identifying neurological, oncological and cardiac conditions of disease and in supporting the planning of appropriate therapies. Since MRI does not emit ionizing radiation, Biograph mMR may provide an added benefit with lower-dose imaging. The Biograph mMR also opens new opportunities for research, such as the development of new biomarkers or new therapeutic approaches.

“Biograph mMR is the latest breakthrough innovation of Siemens in the field of diagnostic imaging. It will be a new instrument for driving personalized medicine forward”, said Walter Maerzendorfer, CEO of the Business Unit Magnetic Resonance at Siemens Healthcare. “Biograph mMR is designed to simultaneously acquire morphology, function, and metabolism for the entire body”, added Britta Fuenfstueck, CEO of the Business Unit Molecular Imaging at Siemens Healthcare.

MR and PET have become an established part of everyday healthcare routines and have proven themselves to be valuable clinical diagnostic tools. The integration of these two technologies into a single system capable of simultaneous acquisition brings the potential to revolutionize the diagnosis of many conditions. Initial research suggests that with this system, Molecular MR can scan the entire body in as little as 30 minutes for the combined exams, compared to one hour or more for sequential MR and PET examinations.

Siemens envisions a wide range of clinical applications for molecular MR including the early identification and staging of malignancies, therapy planning (including surgery planning) and therapy control.

A technical revolution

Until now, it was nearly impossible to integrate MR and PET technologies: the conventional PET detectors, which use photomultiplier tubes, could not be used in the strong magnetic field generated by an MR system. Integration was further limited by the lack of space inside the MR device. For this reason, MR-PET imaging was the result of two separate scans (MR and PET) with a significant time lag. With Biograph mMR, Siemens brings the first molecular MR system for clinical research that integrates MR with compact, specialized PET detectors.

The Biograph mMR – incorporating Tim, the “Total imaging matrix” technology from Siemens may make it even quicker and easier for clinicians to perform the MR examination.

More information and press pictures can be found under: http://www.siemens.com/press/healthcare/Biograph-mMR

*The Biograph mMR system requires 510(k) review by the FDA and is not commercially available. Due to regulatory reasons its future availability in any country cannot be guaranteed. Please contact your local Siemens organization for further details.

The outcomes achieved by the Siemens customers described herein were achieved in the customer's unique setting. Since there is no "typical" hospital and many variables exist, e.g., hospital size, case mix, level of IT adoption, there can be no guarantee that others will achieve the same results.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Curve Dental Developing Patient Check-in and Questionnaire App for the iPad

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The innovation at Curve just keeps rolling along. Yesterday I got this press release with a promise from them that I can beat the major media outlets by 48 hours. How cool is that?
With a small and nimble team of developers, Curve is able to make changes and provide services in a way that only startups can. This is a great example of that philosophy.

Downloadable app allows Curve Dental customers to create forms their patients can complete using an iPad

OREM, UT—Curve Dental, creators of Web-based dental software, announced their development of an iPad app that will modernize the way in which patient information is gathered and digitized in the dental practice. Using the new app, called Curve Questionnaire, the dental practice can create check-in, medical history and other types of forms for their patients to complete using an iPad. Data entered by the patient is written directly to Curve Dental’s Web-based dental software when the patient submits the questionnaire.

“We recognize that the iPad can change the way information is gathered in the dental practice,” said Matt Dorey, founder and managing director of Curve Dental. “The iPad represents an enhancement to a practice’s professional appearance. How much more innovative and capable will a practice appear to the patient when they are handed an iPad to complete a medical history questionnaire rather than a clipboard and a stack of papers? And how much more efficient is the process of gathering and digitizing this information when it’s collected using an iPad? Once the patient has completed the questionnaire their information is immediately written to the practice’s patient data. The Curve Questionnaire saves a great deal of time since the dental team doesn’t have to re-enter the patient’s information like they would with paper forms.”

Using the app, the dental practice can create any number of different forms or questionnaires depending upon their needs. The practice can determine what questions to ask and how each question can be answered, whether with a yes or no response, multiple choice, or open-ended. The Curve Questionnaire app will be available to all Curve Dental customers without charge. The app will also complement Curve Dental’s Web-based dental software.

“Curve Questionnaire is our first app developed specifically for the iPad,” said Dorey. “It benefits the practice in a number of different ways, from reducing paper costs to the time required to manage paperwork. Just as we leverage the many advantages of the Web and the cloud as a platform for our software, we will continue to leverage the unique capabilities the iPad delivers to the dental practice by developing new apps that will benefit our customers. More and more doctors are looking to the Web as a way to simplify the dental software experience. Doctors are tired of installation hassles, upgrade worries, hardware compatibility issues, and backup concerns generally attributable to client-server software. The Web experience, on the other hand, is much more simple.”

About Curve Dental, Inc.

Founded in 2005, Curve Dental provides web-based dental software and related services to dental practices within the United States and Canada. The company is privately-held, headquartered in Orem, Utah with offices in Calgary, Canada and Dunedin, New Zealand. The company strives to make dental software less about computers and more about the user experience. Their creative thinking can be seen in the design of their software, that’s easy to use and Web-based. Dentists can call 888-910-4376 or visit www.curvedental.com for more information.


Friday, November 19, 2010

Propoxyphene: Withdrawal-Risk of Cardiac Toxicity

Here is an announcement that came from the Institute of Medical Emergency Preparedness.  The group does a great job of monitoring and notifying of device problems/recalls as well as medicine recalls like this one.  For more info about them, visit their website.

Propoxyphene: Withdrawal - Risk of Cardiac Toxicity 
Sold as Darvon, Darvocet, and generics

ISSUE: FDA notified healthcare professionals that Xanodyne Pharmaceuticals has agreed to withdraw propoxyphene, an opioid pain reliever used to treat mild to moderate pain, from the U.S. market at the request of the FDA, due to new data showing that the drug can cause serious toxicity to the heart, even when used at therapeutic doses. FDA concluded that the safety risks of propoxyphene outweigh its benefits for pain relief at recommended doses. FDA requested that the generic manufacturers of propoxyphene-containing products remove their products as well.

BACKGROUND: FDA’s recommendation is based on all available data including data from a new study that evaluated the effects that increasing doses of propoxyphene have on the heart (see Data Summary in Drug Safety Communication). The results of the new study showed that when propoxyphene was taken at therapeutic doses, there were significant changes to the electrical activity of the heart: prolonged PR interval, widened QRS complex and prolonged QT interval. These changes can increase the risk for serious abnormal heart rhythms.

RECOMMENDATION: FDA recommends that healthcare professionals stop prescribing and dispensing propoxyphene-containing products to patients, contact patients currently taking propoxyphene-containing products and ask them to discontinue the drug, inform patients of the risks associated with propoxyphene, and discuss alternative pain management strategies. Patients were advised to dispose of unused propoxyphene in household trash by following the recommendations outlined in the Federal Drug Disposal Guidelines.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Elecom Headphones for iPod Shuffle - Who Needs Bluetooth?

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Now don't get me wrong.  I mean I love Bluetooth.  I have it in my truck as well as having a headset, headphones, and a presentation mouse all using the Bluetooth standard.  The wireless standard makes my life easier and cuts down on lots of wires... what's not to love?
And yet, there are those times when less can be more, or at least a steady equivalent, and this is one of those times.  It seems the smart people at Elecom came up with the very bright idea of making the latest iPod Shuffle totally portable and wireless.  Now I know the Shuffle is portable.  Heck the dang thing is about the size of a box of matches... maybe smaller, but the wired earbuds can be a bit of a pain when dealing with any MP3 player; even one as tiny as the new Shuffle.
Now if you don't want wires, you can certainly find some very good Bluetooth headsets like this one that I happen to own. But if you'd rather have a regular "wired" type headset without the wires, Elecom has your solution.  The idea is beautiful in its simplicity.  There is a headphone plug on the headphones and the Shuffle simply slides onto  it and is held in place directly on the side of the headphones.  The result is a totally portable wireless headphone system.  Oh, and it's only $50 which isn't rock bottom cheap, but it isn't breaking the bank either.
I haven't had a chance to evaluate these so I have no idea what the sound quality is, but it's a great concept/idea as far as better mousetraps go.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Large Software Announces docLock - Military Grade File Protection

Looking to secure your documents and files? Nowadays who isn't? If that's the case then take a look at docLock. It's something I'll be evaluating in the next few weeks and I'm excited to be able to use it.


Here's all the info:

Enjoy peace of mind while ensuring privacy and protection of sensitive data
SAN DIEGO, Calif. (November 16, 2010) – Large Software, a provider of easy-to-use consumer software including PC Tune-UpTM, announced today the launch of docLockTM, a software tool that allows users to protect and secure files and folders on their PC with military-grade password protection – all with just a click. In addition to protecting sensitive data, the software also makes managing this protection a breeze –with advanced features such as a password generator and a “visual password” function that allows users to conceal their hard-to- remember password in a photo. Since data must often be shared, the software offers a host of ways to securely share protected documents, photos, videos, Zip files, PDFs (or even entire folders) with others – even if they don’t have the software. Users also have the option to securely create portable versions of protected documents that can be easily transported via memory stick, USB drive, flash drive, external hard drives, or other mobile storage device. An ideal gift for the holidays, docLock is available at a reduced price of $29.95 for a limited time (MSRP of $49.95 thereafter).

Perfect for home users or equally ideal for accountants, lawyers, stockbrokers, bankers, small business owners, or anyone interested in protecting sensitive or confidential computer data,
docLock offers complete protection and management of users’ computer data. Use docLock to protect computer files such as tax returns, financial documents, credit information, medical records, photos, videos, etc. In addition, docLock goes a step further with its protection to include features such as “Secure Delete” and “Clean Free Space” which make it easy to remove files and free space so that deleted files will be completely unrecoverable – especially useful for those who may be upgrading to a new computer this holiday season.

For added convenience and quick sharing, docLock allows users to e-mail locked files to recipients that might not have docLock installed, and to make all locked files portable by transferring locked files from PC to PC using any USB/Flash drive, again without having to have docLock installed.

“We want to show people how easy and pain-free it can be to protect your files and information since we believe very strongly in the old adage ‘better safe than sorry,’” said Nick Forcier, CEO of Large Software. “You can now e-mail sensitive documents and the recipients do not have to download any software to open the files, they just need the password you create for them. Whether you’re a computer pro or just an everyday user, docLock was built for those concerned about their privacy.”

ABOUT LARGE SOFTWARE
Large Software® is an innovative software solution provider that applies new thinking and ideas to create simple, valuable, and trusted experiences with technology. The company’s premier product, PC Tune-UpTM, enables users of all technical levels to quickly and easily clean their computers and keep them running smoothly. Large Software is a privately-owned company that was founded in 2006 by NNJ Corporation. The company is headquartered in San Diego, California. For more information, please visit www.largesoftware.com.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Genius Announces Rechargable Wireless Keyboard And Mouse Combo

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You know, the folks at Genius just make really nice affordable products.  Always finding a nice balance between cutting edge and affordability, Genius products work well and are well thought out too.  That's one of the reasons you see them here.
Their latest slick device is a nice keyboard and mouse that are rechargeable. That's good for the environment!  Here are all the details:
New keyboard boasts 2.4 GHz wireless capabilities and USB battery charger to prolong battery life

MIAMI (November 9, 2010) – Genius (www.geniusnetusa.com), a brand division of KYE Systems Corp., today announced a new addition to the company’s extensive line of keyboards, the Luxemate R820, combined with wireless mouse, that offers rechargeable battery life and anti-interference wireless capabilities with 2.4GHz transmission.

The LuxeMate R820 is a rechargeable desktop keyboard and mouse combo kit that features a USB battery charger to prolong the battery life of the mouse and keyboard. The anti-interference function offers reliable 2.4GHz transmission and can operate up to 10 meters from its receiver. The fashionable Apple-like style keycaps make for quiet typing and are soft to the touch. The LuxeMate R820 has ten function keys for instant control of media and Internet features. Combined with a handy 1200 dpi optical mouse, the Luxemate R820 keyboard combo makes it easy to browse through documents or Internet pages quickly. Now available in black finish, the Luxemate R820 is Windows 7, Vista and XP compatible and attractively priced at MSRP USD $54.90.

Features:
* Rechargeable 2.4GHz wireless keyboard combo
* Up to 10m operational distance and anti-interference function
* Ultra-slim keyboard design with enhanced functions keys
* USB battery charger
* High resolution optical mouse with mini receiver

Sales/Purchase:
The new Luxemate R820 is currently shipping. Interested shoppers can go to New Egg.comAmazon.comwww.geniuseshop.com, Tiger Direct, Buy.com or for more information on the entire line of Genius products and other retailers and distributors please visit: http://www.geniusnetusa.com/

ABOUT KYE SYSTEMS CORP.
Genius is an international leading company in computer peripherals. Genius was established in 1985, product portfolio includes computer mice, keyboards, web and security cameras, speakers, gaming peripherals, remote controls, headphones, digital cameras, digital camcorders and digital photo frames. It also holds the U.S. patent for mouse scroll-wheel technology. Genius expanded from computer peripherals into consumer electronic products that include mobile phone accessories, Bluetooth headsets, digital cameras, digital photo frames, iPod speakers and EeePC mice.

Monday, November 15, 2010

The New York Times to Launch eBook Best-Seller Lists

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Although this doesn't really surprise me, I thought I would report on it nonetheless.  As a lot of you know, I'm an Amazon Kindle owner as well as being an iPod owner.  Both of the devices allow me to read books electronically.  In fact, the iPod has an Amazon app that allows me to read my Kindle books on the iPad.
I haven't read or purchased a book in physical form in at least a couple of years and yet I find myself reading more since I've gone to electronic books than I ever did before I had access to them.  So it should come as no surprise that the New York Times is now going to publish best seller lists for this media.  I mean, this has been a legitimate prime time way to consume books for a while now, but this definitely shows it is a growing medium that is now an official literary powerhouse.  Here is the press release:

Independent Third Party, RoyaltyShare, Inc., Will Help Validate Sales Data

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The New York Times announced today it will publish eBook fiction and nonfiction Best-Seller Lists beginning early 2011.

“The Times is a trusted brand within the book publishing industry and with consumers. As with all The Times’s rankings, these additional lists will benefit from corroborative sourcing and we will watch for trends in the industry.”

Since 1935, The New York Times Best-Seller Lists have been the definitive metric that book publishers and authors have used to judge success. The Times’s eBook Best-Seller Lists are a natural extension of this important franchise as the proliferation of portable devices grows.

“The vibrant growth of digital publishing has created a need for an impartial, reliable source for tracking and reporting the top-selling eBooks across the country,” said Janet Elder, editor of News Surveys for The New York Times. “The Times is a trusted brand within the book publishing industry and with consumers. As with all The Times’s rankings, these additional lists will benefit from corroborative sourcing and we will watch for trends in the industry.”

"The best-seller list is an essential part of the Book Review, and we're excited we'll be able to give readers newer and more complete information," said Sam Tanenhaus, editor of The New York Times Book Review.

The rankings will reflect sales aggregated from a growing number of online service providers who sell eBooks to consumers. To further secure the integrity of the rankings, The Times is aggressively developing a means of processing and displaying the information necessary, and of verifying the data provided.

The Times has entered into a relationship with an independent third party, RoyaltyShare, Inc., whose unique, Web-based software platform will be used by the staff of The New York Times Best Seller Lists to help validate eBooks sales data received from various sources.

As new devices continue to captivate readers, the eBook category has seen tremendous growth. The Association of American Publishers recently reported that eBook sales for the first eight months of the year were up more than 190 percent, generating nine percent of total consumer book sales.

The lists will appear in The New York Times Book Review both in print and online editions. Rankings will reflect sales for the week at many venues where a wide range of general interest eBooks are sold nationwide. These include independent book retailers; national, regional and local chains; and online and multimedia entertainment retailers.

About The New York Times Company

The New York Times Company, a leading media company with 2009 revenues of $2.4 billion, includes The New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, The Boston Globe, 15 other daily newspapers and more than 50 Web sites, including NYTimes.com, Boston.com and About.com. The Company’s core purpose is to enhance society by creating, collecting and distributing high-quality news, information and entertainment.



Sunday, November 14, 2010

Raven Window Uses Smart Technology to Reduce Energy Bills


Raven Window is a pretty cool product. The idea is similar to the idea with self tinting eyeglasses. One of the biggest problems we have with windows is the need for light leveraged against the need to combat incoming infrared radiation that drives up room temperatures and forces A/C units to work harder. Wouldn't it be great if your window was clear when you needed the light and then tinted when it was in the direct sun? Well... you guessed it, now it can be!

Here is the info from the website:


Until now, windows have been part of the energy problem for architects, builders and building operators. Sunlight from windows raises indoor temperatures, forcing air conditioning systems to run more often. They allow heat to leak outside, making buildings less efficient in cold temperatures as well.

RavenWindowTM smart windows an integral part of a building's energy conservation strategy. Thanks to a breakthrough in smart window technology, RavenWindowTM automatically adapts to outside temperatures to reduce the need for air conditioning and heat. On hot days RavenWindowTM reflects the sun's light and heat away from the building, keeping indoor temperatures cooler. When outdoor temperatures drop RavenWindowTM becomes transparent, letting free solar heat inside. RavenWindow's flexible thermoreflective technology creates substantial energy savings in all four seasons.









Saturday, November 13, 2010

Apple-1 Up for Auction... Buyers?

Maybe you've heard the story. In 1976 a couple of kids began assembling a circuit board type computer in a garage and selling it via mail order. Those kids were Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak and the computer they were selling, the Apple-1, is considered by many to be the first true personal computer.


The kids tried to get Atari to help them and they also tried to get HP involved but neither company was interested. Bet they are regretting that decision, huh?

Anyway, one of those original Apple-1 devices is going up for auction. Here is the full story from CNN.

Friday, November 12, 2010

High Q Dental Announces Line of Sight Video System





The ultimate educational tool available through High Q Dental

Lexington, Kentucky – QED Medical a US based manufacturer and distributor of surgical lighting systems for the dental and medical disciplines since 1971 introduces the ALOS-TTL through the lens video headlight system now available to the dental market exclusively through High Q Dental.

The ALOS-TTL system provides a lightweight, user friendly method for collecting – or showing real time – line of sight footage of procedures, with zero parallax, from the doctors point of view. The systems new “pin-hole” lens technology, allows the ALOS-TTL to deliver exceptional depth of field to facilitate operator motion without the risk of drifting out of focus, while the CCD chip provides exceptional image resolution.

The ALOS-TTL allows others the opportunity to see a procedure exactly as they will when they themselves will perform the procedure they are learning. This system puts every viewer in the shoes of the doctor performing the procedure. Whether demonstrating in real-time or recording for future use, the ALOS-TTL system is a powerful tool for the School, lecturing doctor, Study Club, manufacturer’s demonstrating product, or anyone interested in cataloguing procedures.

The ALOS-TTL System includes the Altair HI 2 Fiber Optic Headlight with integrated TTL Camera and Pin-Hole Lens, Camera Control Unit (available in NTSC or PAL), Universal Power Supply and Nova 3 200-watt Light Source. High Q includes standard composite and S-VHS cables allowing the image to be directed to most available recording or viewing devices.

For more information on High Q Dental, please visit our web site at www.highqdental.com, call High Q at 1-800-775-3433, fax 480-905-0794 or E-mail at sales@highqdental.com.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Mac OS X 10.6.5 update is now available




A short post today. I'm still grieving from Monday's loss of Vicki, but I know she would be after me to keep on doing what I do.

So... Mac has today released the latest update to their Snow Leopard operating system. It contains a myriad of fixes and security improvements. It's also a huge download at over 1/2 a gigabyte so only attempt the download on a broadband connection!

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The Most Terrible News...

On Monday night, my friend and treatment coordinator Vicki passed away suddenly.


In the 6 years that she had been in my life, Vicki had gone from being an employee to being so many other things in my life. She was words of encouragement when I needed them and a kick in the seat when words weren't enough. She was the highly organized center of my front office team and a bundle of energy that just couldn't stop. Most of all she was my very close friend. A partner in helping my business and in helping my patients. I could always count on her to do "the right thing" and I trusted her with so much.

She was a proud mother, a delightful spirit, and truly larger than life in so many instances. My life is better for having her in it and emptier now that she has moved on to the next plane. Monday night as she left the office we exchanged our usual "See you tomorrow!" evening greetings. Unfortunately this time it wasn't true. I'll never see her again in this world, but I AM confident I'll see her again. Of that, I have no doubt.

As I told the staff today in a closed and quiet office, in a few days heaven is going to be a lot more organized!

One thing I'm grateful for is that we often told each other how lucky we both felt to have each other in our lives. So many times things like this happen and we regret that we never told someone how important they are.

Hug the ones you love and remember life is fragile. I miss you Vicki... and I always will. My life is a better place because you were in it...

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Toshiba Blade SSD's coming to Other Hardware Soon

The "Blade" SSD that is currently gracing the new MacBook Air could be showing up in other hardware sooner than you think. These "wafer thin" SSD's are blazing fast and have capacities of 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB.


Here's all the info from the Toshiba press release:

At a Thickness of 2.2mm, the 128GB Module is 42 Percent Thinner than the Typical mSATA Form Factor

IRVINE, Calif., and TOKYO, Nov. 7, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Toshiba Corp. (Toshiba) and Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC)* today announced the Blade X-gale™ SSD series, an innovative new form factor in high capacity, high performance solid-state storage. Available now, the new drives are offered in capacities of 64-gigabyte (GB) (1), 128GB and 256GB, with a maximum sequential read speed of 220MB per second (MB/s) (2) and a maximum sequential write speed of 180MB/s. Ideally suited for integration into space-sensitive products, including tablet PCs, laptops, mini-mobile and netbook PCs, Toshiba's latest SSD offering helps these devices achieve a super slim profile.

"Delivering a product that enables superior user experience in a smaller footprint is the ultimate goal," noted Scott Nelson, vice president, Memory Business Unit, Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. "The density of MLC NAND enables the creation of smaller form factor high density storage solutions, and Toshiba, as the technology leader for NAND storage solutions, will continue to innovate in this space."

As mobile devices get smaller and lighter, yet even more feature packed than ever, the SSDs inside them – the heart of storing all of the music and other entertainment data – must be even smaller, and much thinner. Toshiba's new 64GB and 128GB Blade X-gale SSDs are the thinnest available within the company's comprehensive portfolio of SSD solutions. At a thickness of 2.2mm, the modules are 42 percent thinner than that of a typical mSATA SSD, and Toshiba's advanced wiring technology has assured optimized wiring layouts and data transfer rates in this new form factor. Thanks to Toshiba's base design technology that minimizes board warpage during thinning, 256GB capacity can be achieved when mounted on both sides, the largest density in the industry for small type SSD modules. Toshiba also offers designers a choice of mSATA and Half-Slim SSD modules in capacities up to 128GB.

"Until recently, storage designers looking for high capacity storage had accommodated the size of HDD into their designs," continued Nelson. "Up to this point, SSD designs also followed the basic design of small form factor HDD - which does not fully leverage the capabilities of high density NAND technology. Toshiba's module-based SSDs break with this approach, giving hardware designers greater freedom and flexibility in enabling their product design."

Toshiba will continue to promote innovations that widen the horizons of the NAND Flash market and support the company's continued leadership in that market. As such, Toshiba will generate demand for SSDs in notebook PCs, netbooks, laptops, and digital consumer products by enhancing its line-up, offering products with various densities and interfaces in a range of packages - while also advancing device performance. For more information on Toshiba SSDs, please visit ssd.toshiba.com

Monday, November 8, 2010

The Importance of Backing Up & the Importance of ioSafe


As regular readers know, I'm a huge proponent of backing up. If you don't, eventually it's going to catch up to you. Every hard drive fails... or, heaven forbid, a physical disaster occurs.

To help you get through this, there's ioSafe. The company makes unique products that are basically totally survivable hard drive backup systems designed to survive both extreme heat from fire and also being submersed in water.

The company has just recently released the new SoloPRO device and I'm going to be doing some testing on it starting later this week.

As a health care provide, the survivability of my data is the most critical parts of my business strategy. Take a look at this story that shows how valuable an ioSafe device can be.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Ancient Roman Multi-tool

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This is high tech from way back in the day. This is a utensil from the days of the Roman armies.  When I saw it, I just had to do a post on it.
This device is 88mm tall and 155mm long and dates from between A.D 201 to A.D. 300
It is an "eating implement, folding, with three-pronged fork, spatula, pick, spike and knife".  I'm guessing this was probably the early version of the Roman Army Leatherman.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Thanks to the Buffalo Niagara Dental Meeting

On  Friday, I spent the day lecturing at the Buffalo Niagara Meeting on Predictable Endo for the General Practitioner.

Thanks to everyone who came out and spent the day with me.  It was a great crowd and I can't tell you how humbled in I am that you all stayed with me to the very end.  I hope you all went home with some great tips to improve your care and to improve the lives of your patients.  That's what it's all about, after all.

I also wanted to thank the good people of United Airlines for their excellent service in helping return a lost item to me.  I'll probably do a whole post on that at a later date, but suffice it to say that was extremely impressed by their folks at the Buffalo airport.

Friday, November 5, 2010

DentalEZ® Group Presents DEZiree, Star Hygienist



New Weekly Video Blog Delivers Tips and Tools Exclusively for Hygienists

Malvern, PA (November 1, 2010) – DentalEZ® Group, a supplier of innovative products and services for dental health professionals worldwide, is pleased to introduce DEZiree the Dental Hygienist. DEZiree is the star of a new video blog recently created by the DentalEZ Group called The DEZiree Show.

A positive representation of the modern hygienist, DEZiree promises to be a familiar face in the dental community. DEZiree will star in a weekly video blog that interested hygienists and dental professionals can opt-in to view through weekly e-mails. The blog provides weekly updates of useful information and news regarding topics geared solely toward the dental hygiene profession.

The new blog will be an ongoing showcase of DEZiree presenting 30- to 90-second video segments covering a variety of topics relevant to dental hygienists. DEZiree will present the latest industry news, exclusive promotions, new product announcements, and tales from the chairside that dental hygienists will surely identify through their everyday personal and professional experience.

“Currently, dental hygienists are using the internet and social networks more and more,” remarked Randy Arner, Vice President of Marketing for DentalEZ Group. “We created DEZiree to be the face of dental hygienists everywhere. We think hygienists will identify with many of the trials and tribulations that DEZiree faces every day. DEZiree is a strong, well-rounded dental professional who presents a lighter, humorous view of common dental situations.”

Dental hygienists can opt-in to receive weekly e-mails for The DEZiree Show by logging onto www.thedezireeshow.com, where The DEZiree Show is housed. The new DentalEZ blog also features a forum for dental hygienists to discuss daily events and products among their peers.

To sign up for The DEZiree Show weekly newsletter, or for more information, please log onto www.thedezireeshow.com.

About DentalEZ® Group

DentalEZ® Group is committed to advancing the practice of dentistry through innovative products and services. Encompassing six distinct product brands—StarDental®, DentalEZ®, CustomAir®, RAMVAC®, NevinLabs™, and Columbia Dentoform® — DentalEZ® Group manufactures everything in the operatory, from handpieces to chairs to vacuum systems to dental simulation models, creating a complete line of products to elevate the health, comfort, and efficiency of the dental operatory. For more information, please visit www.dentalez.com.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

CAO Group Introduces SheerWhite!™ Teeth Whitening Films

I got a chance to see this product at the ADA meeting in Orlando last month. CAO is a company that has been making dental products for a while now, but they've been making them for other companies. Now the company has decided to enter the market directly.


Based on the Company’s Revolutionary SheerFilm™ Technology, Sheer White! is
Simple to Apply, Easy to Wear, and Delivers Fast Results

West Jordan, UT (November 1, 2010) – The CAO Group, Inc. (CAO), a worldwide provider of innovative dental devices and materials, is introducing the first member of its revolutionary Sheer Film™ family of products, Sheer White!™ teeth whitening films. Consisting of thin, flexible films plus 20% carbamide peroxide gel, SheerWhite! is easily applied, molds to teeth, stays where placed, and whitens teeth fast. SheerWhite! sets a new standard for take home whitening through professionals.

New SheerWhite! teeth whitening films employ the most advanced delivery system available today. Using CAO’s innovative and proprietary thin, flexible Sheer Film material, SheerWhite! teeth whitening films are easily molded to individual tooth shape and cover from approximately first molar to first molar. The Sheer Film material molds tightly to the teeth, ensuring complete contact of Sheer White!’s whitening gel to enamel and effectively preventing washout or leakage down the patient’s throat.

Moreover, SheerWhite! teeth whitening films are very comfortable and discreet. Unlike whitening trays or old-style “strips,” patients are able to speak clearly, so Sheer White! teeth whitening films can be worn anytime – at work or even overnight.

SheerWhite! is the new and better alternative to traditional whitening products such as tray delivery or strip products. SheerWhite! is also the perfect complement to in-office whitening, as patients usually must finish treatment at home. With SheerWhite!, there is no tray to fabricate, no lab costs, and whitening can begin immediately.

Sheer White! is the first CAO product featuring the company’s revolutionary SheerFilm™ material. Over the next several months, CAO will utilize its SheerFilm™ material to effectively deliver medicaments for desensitizing and fluoride, and more.

SheerWhite! teeth whitening films are distributed exclusively through Henry Schein Dental to the dental profession.

The Sheer White! Introductory Kit contains six (6) Patient Treatment Kits; the Sheer White! Bulk Kit contains 24 Patient Treatment Kits. Each Patient Treatment Kit provides a complete five-day whitening regime. SheerWhite! has an 18-month shelf life.

For more information on Sheer White!, please call 877-236-4408, or log onto www.CaoGroup.com/Dental.

About The CAO Group, Inc.

The CAO Group, Inc. (CAO), under the direction of Densen Cao, PhD, is headquartered in West Jordan, Utah, with FDA registered and EN 13485 certified manufacturing facilities in West Jordan, Utah and Beijing, China. CAO is one of the world-leading companies focused on understanding and optimizing the use and application of light and biomaterials in dental care applications. Driven by innovative technologies, CAO has been granted or filed more than 150 patents in these high-technology areas, and is recognized as the product development leader in dental materials and devices, especially in LED curing lights and soft tissue surgical lasers. CAO’s mission in dentistry is to make applications of dental materials and devices Easier. Faster. Better™.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Anteriorest Clinical Testing is Over - Get One!

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On September 24th we began our clinical testing of the Anteriorest System. The system is designed to attach to the patient chair and provide back support from the front.  What a concept!
Rather than trying to maintain my posture with my back muscles tensing, I now lean forward against the Anteriorest pad and let my back relax.  I'm fully supported doing dentistry without the effort normally required.  You know, the effort that makes your back and neck hurt at the end of the day.  Over 60% of dentists who become disabled, become that way due to neck & back injuries.  Everyone in the field knows a few people who are either suffering with these types of problems or have been forced to stop practicing.
Anteriorest is the one product that may very well help prevent these types of problems as well as extending the careers of those suffering with these types of problems.
In my 6 weeks with the device, I've found it to be easy to use and  that it works exactly as advertised.  It has quickly become a part of my everyday clinical routine and I leave the office in the evening feeling much less back fatigue.  The device was easily installed and is used by staff members as well.
This product can change the lives of our profession for the better and is highly recommended.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Dr. Paul Feuerstein Joins Eco-Dentistry Advisory Board





I've been a lucky man in my life. I have been blessed with many opportunities and had the good fortune to be around a lot of great people. One of them is Paul Feuerstein. Paul is a giant in the dental industry and is an expert on anything to do with technology in the profession. He's a great man and an even greater human being. It is with great pride and affection that I call him my friend. When I got this press release, I couldn't have been happier for him... Or more proud. Way to go Paul!!!

Berkeley, CA (November 1, 2010) – The Eco-Dentistry Association™ (EDA), an international membership association formed to promote environmentally sound practices in dentistry, recently appointed Paul Feuerstein, DMD, a practicing general dentist and one of the industry’s most prominent technology leaders, as the organization’s newest Advisory Board member.

EDA Advisory Board members are chosen because of their unique expertise or leadership in their fields as it relates to a particular aspect of Green Dentistry. “We are honored to welcome Dr. Feuerstein as our newest Advisory Board member,” remarked Ina Pockrass, Co-founder of the EDA. “Dr. Feuerstein was chosen because of his vast knowledge of incorporating high-technology solutions into the dental practice. Adopting the latest technology into the dental practice can help reduce waste and pollution, as well as save energy and water. Dr. Feuerstein is the foremost dental technology guru, and we are grateful to have the opportunity to benefit from his expertise internally and to share his wealth of knowledge with our members.”

As an EDA Advisory Board member, Dr. Feuerstein will act as an informational resource for the EDA and its members on how to create and maintain a green practice through the latest advancements in dental technology. He will provide the organization with ongoing insight, feedback, and validation on a variety of functions, including product evaluations and certifications, training programs, public relations, and continuing education program development and research.

The EDA regularly apprises its Advisory Board Members of new developments in the organization to seek their advice and counsel. “Dr. Feuerstein will be doing everything from providing guidance on our program offerings to speaking on behalf of the EDA to the trade and mainstream press,” said Pockrass.

Dr. Paul Feuerstein graduated from the New Jersey College of Medicine and Dentistry in 1972. He received his B.S. at SUNY Stony Brook in 1968. Today, in addition to continuing to practice dentistry, Dr. Feuerstein serves as a consultant to the dental profession, and is a lecturer to dental associations on technology-related topics.

Dr. Feuerstein was recently appointed Adjunct Assistant Professor at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in General Dentistry, a facility that has achieved the US Green Building Councils, LEED Silver Certification. The school is dedicated to training doctors of dental medicine as expert clinicians. In this role, Dr. Feuerstein has the opportunity to introduce the latest technologies to the students, faculty, and CE course attendees.

He is also Technology Editor of Dental Economics, and a contributor to many journals in the United States and abroad. He has incorporated many of these products and ideas in his general practice in Massachusetts, and frequently presents these product ideas in his
seminar series.

In January, Dr. Feuerstein was presented with the Clinician of the Year Award by the Massachusetts Dental Society (MDS). The award was presented to Dr. Feuerstein during a ceremony at the 35th annual Yankee Dental Congress®, which is one of the largest dental meetings in the country.

Dr. Feuerstein can be reached by email at drpaul@toothfairy.com.

About the Eco-Dentistry Association™

The EDA is an international educational membership organization that provides standards, best practices, and certification for green dental offices and green dental products and services. The organization also provides the public access to dental professionals who share their values of wellness and environmental stewardship. More information can be found at www.ecodentistry.org.




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