Thursday, May 30, 2013
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Since their introduction just a few short years ago, tablets have rapidly made serious in-roads into the everyday lives of millions. I know that personally when I read the news in the morning, I *used* to do so on my laptop... now I sit in a comfy recliner and check out what happened over night on my iPad or Android tablet.
Well, this may come as a shock to many of you, but I'm not the only one. With their much more affordable price, instant on, cameras, etc it now seems that tablets of all kinds are quickly becoming the go to devices for lots of people. So much so, in fact that Bloomberg is now predicting that tablets will outpace PC sales by 2015... which isn't that far away.
Check out what Bloomberg has to say on the issue. It's a great read.
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Friday, May 24, 2013
There was quite a bit of buzz this week when Yahoo owned photo storage service Flickr announced that they were giving their free members 1TB of storage... at no cost. Wow!
To many people this may not seem like that big a deal. After all 1 TB drives are really cheap and really plentiful, right? And nowadays, even your cell phone camera has high resolution so storing those should be easy and no big deal.
However, storage isn't really all that cheap when you consider it, and that's why I'm so impressed with Fllickr offering all of this free space. I'm a paying customer for the site and I will continue to be so gladly, just because of things like this.
If you want to *really* understand what the costs of this type of storage are and why it's such a *big deal* that's it's free, read this column from ZD Net by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes. I think it will give you a new perspective.
I'd love some comments on this post, so feel free to do so!
Thursday, May 23, 2013
The First True, Direct LED Light in the U.S. is Now New & Improved
Conversion Kits are Available for competitive lights as well as Existing Users
for a Simple and Easy Upgrade
Malvern, PA (May 21, 2013) – DentalEZ® Group, a supplier of innovative products and services for dental health professionals worldwide, is pleased to announce that its popular everLight® LED operatory light is now enhanced with brighter illumination for a more productive experience. Conversion kits are available for competitive lights as well as existing users of the original everLight for a quick and easy upgrade.
Specifically, the everLight’s intensity settings are now increased for an even brighter illumination:
- •Low setting – has been increased from 8,000 LUX to 15,000 LUX
- •Medium setting – has been increased from 15,000 LUX to 25,000 LUX
- •High setting – has been increased from 25,00 LUX to 30,000 LUX
The everLight’s procedural settings have also been enhanced for a clearer, whiter light:
- •The “A Sun” color match setting has been increased from 5,300 Kelvin to 5,800 Kelvin
- •The “B Sun/Bulb” operative setting has been increased from 4,300 Kelvin to 4500 Kelvin
An alternative to halogen-based operatory lights, the everLight LED operatory light provides color-corrected lighting, precise light pattern and energy efficient features simply not possible using traditional halogen lighting. The everLight encompasses a long life of 30,000-plus hours, 10 times longer than halogen; therefore, there no longer is a need for replacement of lightbulbs. Moreover, dental professionals will enjoy substantial savings on monthly energy expenses, as the everLight uses less than 35 watts of energy; 70% less than halogen-based systems.
No reflector or fan is required for the ultra-quiet everLight, since it is 100% true direct LED lighting and remains at a consistent, cool temperature.
The everLight is equipped with nine temperature/intensity settings to meet all operative needs. Its superior LED technology provides natural daylight illumination and a precise light pattern, which results in clear oral cavity visibility and exact color matching. Furthermore, the everLight’s LED composite setting will not cause pre-maturing on composite materials.
The innovative design of the everLight is ergonomically equipped with a standard third-axis rotation, allowing limitless positioning for optimal illumination. Moreover, the everLight is easily installed in six mounting configurations.
The everLight has an extended life expectancy and comes with a best in its class 3-year warranty combined with a 6-year warranty on the unit’s engine components (switches, LED driver, and lens).
For more information about the new and improved everLight and all DentalEZ offerings, please call 866-DTE-INFO or visit www.dentalez.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.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Dental Professionals Provided a Hands-On Experience at all Major Trade Shows
Savannah, GA (May 21, 2013) – Brasseler USA®, a leading manufacturer of innovative, quality dental instrumentation, recently added extra value to the trade show experience by dedicating a substantial portion of its exhibit booth to implement its new “Innovation Station”. The Innovation Station provides dental professionals with a full hands-on experience of all available Brasseler products.
Specifically, the new Innovation Station is a special area located within Brasseler’s exhibit booth dedicated to providing dental professionals with an interactive experience of Brasseler’s most popular products in a relaxed professional environment. Dentists can choose from a variety of Brasseler rotary instruments to trim, adjust, finish and polish a wide spectrum of restorative materials including the newest generation of ceramics. Dedicated Brasseler personnel are also readily available to assist with any comments or questions users may have along the way.
Brasseler has received abundant positive feedback from those who have already taken advantage of the Innovation Station experience at recent dental tradeshow events. “We tested our Innovation Station concept at the 2012 ADA show and this year’s Chicago Midwinter Meeting and it was very well received,” remarked Jack Burlison, National Sales Manager for Brasseler USA. “Dentists loved the fact that they could actually test products on materials in a relaxed manner. We’re excited about our new Innovation Station and the value this will bring to practitioners who visit our booth.”
Going forward, Brasseler’s Innovation Station will be a staple of Brasseler’s trade show exhibit at the following dental meetings:
- •American Dental Association Annual Session (ADA)
- •Greater New York Dental Meeting (GNY)
- •Yankee Dental Congress
- •Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting (CMW)
- •Thomas P. Hinman Dental Meeting
- •California Dental Association (CDA Spring Sessions)
For more information about all Brasseler products and services, please visit www.BrasselerUSA.com or call 800-841-4522.
About Brasseler USA®
Brasseler USA® is a leading ISO Certified healthcare company, providing quality instrumentation to healthcare professionals for use in restorative dentistry, endodontics, oral surgery and oral hygiene. Over the past 35 years, Brasseler USA has developed a reputation as an innovative market-leader in diamonds, carbides, polishers, endodontics, hand instruments and handpieces. Today, Brasseler USA offers the most comprehensive assortment of instruments and power systems under one brand in the world. For more information, please visit www.BrasselerUSA.com.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
What a great time to be alive! All you have to do is look around and you can see change & progress without even really needing to look for it.
It's also pretty amazing when you can find out info that shows the progress we are making and learn about the minds behind that progress… especially when it's a high schooler. Over the weekend, Intel held their awards for the IntelInternational Science and Engineering Fair.
One of the participants is a high school senior from Saratoga, CA who developed a rather impressive device. Eesha Khare stated she was "in a daze" after receiving one of the two Young Scientist Awards at the event.
Her project is a supercapicitor device that stores massive amounts of energy and can deliver it very quickly, giving a cell phone a charge in 20-30 seconds. The device could definitely change the way we look at and interact with mobile devcies. Imagine being able to use a device to the point of almost zero battery and then returning it to 100% in half a minute. Things like this (if they work and can be adapted to lots of different devcies) can be game changers.
I'm truly impressed with the fact that a high school student with limited funds & limited time has managed to create a device like this that might end up chugging aspects of our lives.
Also, remember the term "super capacitor" as you're going to be hearing more about them in the future. These things are amazing!
Monday, May 20, 2013
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Researchers at USC have uncovered info that may help humans actually regenerate teeth!
Studying alligators, the researchers have uncovered unique processes that allow tooth renewal in alligators. This may lead to the same in human beings.
Friday, May 17, 2013
Professional Economics Bureau of America’s XLDent MU Receives ONC-ACB Certification by Drummond Group
May 9, 2013 – Loretto, MN – Professional Economics Bureau of America’s XLDent MU has been tested and certified under the Drummond Group's Electronic Health Records Office of the National Coordinator Authorized Certification Body (ONC-ACB) program. This EHR software is compliant in accordance with the criteria adopted by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
“We are very happy to offer a solution that will assist eligible providers in achieving Meaningful Use for the EHR Incentive Program,” says Dawn Christodoulou, President of Professional Economics Bureau of America, Inc. “What makes the XLDent Dental Practice Management System unique is the ability to run all workflows, including those new workflows required for Meaningful Use Attestation, in a completely mobile environment. XLDent MU is just another example of how we are delivering solutions at the point-of-care.”
Drummond Group’s ONC-ACB certification program certifies that EHRs meet the meaningful use criteria for either eligible provider or hospital technology. In turn, healthcare providers using the EHR systems of certified vendors are qualified to receive federal stimulus monies upon demonstrating meaningful use of the technology – a key component of the federal government’s push to improve clinical care delivery through the adoption and effective use of EHRs by U.S. healthcare providers.
XLDent MU Version 7.6, which met the requirements for Complete EHR Ambulatory is a fully certified Electronic Health Record solution designed to help dental offices qualify for federal incentive payments. The module is seamlessly integrated with the XLDent Suite of products, version 12.9 and above.
“Leveraging information technology for healthcare initiatives provides the opportunity to deliver a high-level quality of care and efficiency which essentially benefits and enhances the overall patient experience,” says Rik Drummond, CEO of the Drummond Group Inc. “We have been testing software for more than a decade and will continue to provide our extensive experience testing and certifying complex systems for multiple industries, as well as ensuring interoperability and security remain key components in the growing healthcare industry.”
About Professional Economics Bureau of America, Inc.
Professional Economics Bureau of America, Inc (PEB) is a privately owned Dental Software Development and Services company with its headquarters located at 279 North Medina Street in Loretto, Minnesota. PEB has focused on serving the high technology needs of the dental community since 1971 and is dedicated to providing software solutions that are focused on the success of its clients and on enhancing the standard of patient care for improved patient outcomes. PEB is committed to the continual development of electronic dental health records, mobile solutions and internet-based options in the current development environment with emphasis on proven technologies. For more information, please visitwww.xldent.com.
About Drummond Group Inc.
Drummond Group Inc. is a global software test and certification lab that serves a wide range of vertical industries. In healthcare, Drummond Group tests and certifies Controlled Substance Ordering Systems (CSOS), Electronic Prescription of Controlled Substances (EPCS) software and processes, and Electronic Health Records (EHRs) – designating the trusted test lab as the only third-party certifier of all three initiatives designed to move the industry toward a digital future. Founded in 1999, and accredited for the Office of the National Coordinator HIT Certification Program as an Authorized Certification Body (ACB) and an Authorized Test Lab (ATL), Drummond Group continues to build upon its deep experience and expertise necessary to deliver reliable and cost-effective services. For more information, please visit http://www.drummondgroup.com or emailDGI@drummondgroup.com.
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European Federation of Periodontology and American Academy of Periodontology Issue Consensus Reports Reaffirming Relationship between Periodontal Disease and Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes, Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes
Chicago, IL – April 30, 2013 – The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP), in collaboration with the European Federation of Periodontology (EFP),) recently published a series of consensus reports that analyze the scientific evidence linking periodontal disease, specifically periodontitis, to other systemic diseases, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease and adverse pregnancy outcomes. The consensus reports, which appear in both the Journal of Periodontology and the Journal of Clinical Periodontology, also outline clinical recommendations for dental professionals to use when treating patients at risk for, or presenting with, certain medical conditions.
Specifically, the consensus reports conclude:
- -There is strong epidemiologic evidence that periodontitis provides an increased risk for future cardiovascular disease. Dental professionals should discuss other risk factors for cardiovascular disease with their patients, including hypertension, obesity, and tobacco use. The treatment of periodontitis in patients with a history of cardiovascular disease should follow the American Heart Association guidelines for elective procedures.
- -There is an independent association between moderate to severe periodontitis and an increased risk for the development or progression of diabetes. Periodontal interventions may provide beneficial effects on diabetes outcomes in some patients, so regular comprehensive periodontal evaluations should be part of an ongoing diabetes management program.
- -While some studies suggest a modest association between maternal periodontitis and adverse pregnancy outcomes, there is currently insufficient evidence that periodontal therapy can be recommended as a means to improve pregnancy outcomes. Periodontal therapy is considered safe in pregnant women and can result in improved periodontal health, but dental professionals are urged to adhere to general obstetric guidelines that suggest elective procedures should be avoided in the first trimester.
- -Evidence suggests a relationship between periodontitis and other systemic diseases, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, pneumonia, chronic kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis, cognitive impairment, obesity, metabolic syndrome and cancer. However, additional studies are needed to better understand these associations.
The consensus reports also identified recommendations for future research, such as well-designed interventional studies and randomized clinical trials, to enhance understanding of the impact of periodontitis and periodontal treatment on overall health. The complete consensus reports are freely available by clicking here: http://www.joponline.org/toc/jop/84/4-s
The consensus reports were developed at a joint workshop held in Segovia, Spain in November 2012. More than 70 international experts met to conduct an intense review of the available evidence supporting the association between periodontitis and other systemic diseases.
“These consensus reports confirm that periodontitis is related to other conditions, especially diabetes, cardiovascular disease and adverse pregnancy outcomes. Since we know that nearly half of U.S. adults have periodontitis, it is imperative that patients are made aware of their increased risk for systemic disease,” said Robert Genco, DDS, PhD, co-chair of the EFP-AAP 2012 Workshop Organizing Committee and Distinguished Professor at The State University of New York at Buffalo. “The AAP’s collaboration with the EFP provides the ability to promote the importance of periodontal health in maintaining overall health on a widespread scale.”
According toNancy L. Newhouse, DDS, MS, President of the American Academy of Periodontology and an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Dentistry, “The AAP was honored to be part of this milestone event. Both the AAP and the EFP understand the importance of synthesizing the current literature to provide helpful information to dental professionals. Periodontists, and all dental professionals, share a responsibility in managing the periodontal health of our patients. These findings only help us be more effective.”
The EFP and AAP joint workshop on the perio-systemic link was supported by an educational grant from Colgate-Palmolive. “This initiative in dental care is crucial in the overall challenge to improve general health,” said Foti Panagakos, DMD, PhD, Global Director, Scientific Affairs, Colgate-Palmolive Co. “There is a strong association between periodontal disease and conditions affecting many of the body’s other systems. Colgate-Palmolive is proud to support this campaign and help raise awareness of the importance of healthy gums as a fundamental element to patients’ quality of life.”
For more information, visit perio.org or perioworkshop.efp.org.
Thursday, May 2, 2013
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Wednesday, May 1, 2013
The newest caries detection system, The Canary, bears looking into by doctors who are into early caries detection. I was it at the Chicago Midwinter meeting, going so far as to volunteer to be scanned by the system. It's pretty interesting. There is a link to the website below.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, April 29th, 2013
MR. WILLIAM FITZPATRICK APPOINTED CEO OF QUANTUM DENTAL TECHNOLOGIES INC
Toronto, Ontario - Quantum Dental Technologies (QDT), creator of The Canary System®, announced today that Mr. William Fitzpatrick has been appointed CEO. Mr Fitzpatrick has 36 years of experience working with companies in the dental industry. He has held executive marketing and sales positions with industry leaders such as Siemens, J. Morita, Pelton & Crane and Henry Schein, Inc.
In 1994, Mr. Fitzpatrick founded Fitzpatrick Management Resources, a strategic planning and marketing consulting firm. As a dental industry consultant, he has worked with a broad spectrum of dental manufacturers, both domestic and international, and is best known for his ability to build high-performance teams and produce exceptional results. QDT is pleased to have Mr. Fitzpatrick join its management team.
The Canary System is the only evidence-based caries detection system that can detect and monitor caries across the entire spectrum of the disease process. Its ‘Energy Conversion Technology’ can detect and measure changes in the tooth structure due to caries or cracks. This allows The Canary to detect caries on all tooth surfaces including interproximal areas, around the margins of restorations and beneath opaque dental sealants. Bacterial porphyrins, stain and restorations which cause false positive readings with some of the fluorescence-based technologies do not affect any of the measurements done by The Canary System.
Mr. Fitzpatrick says “QDT has developed reliable technology that will help dentists treat caries from the earliest small lesions to the placement of restorations. The Canary System is the only caries detection device that can detect and measure changes in the crystal structure of the tooth.”
Dr. Stephen Abrams, President of QDT adds: “Bill has years of experience in the dental market and will lead our team in introducing this novel technology to the dental profession. The Canary System will shift the management of caries from the surgical approach to disease management and prevention.”
The Canary System is the product of over 12 years of research and development which includes 55+ peer-reviewed journal articles, 7 patent families, and supported with two clinical trials performed under FDA CFR 21 guidelines. The system, which includes an integrated intraoral camera, is available in Canada, US and Europe.
About Quantum Dental Technologies
Quantum Dental Technologies (QDT) is a Canadian diagnostic device company focused on the field of oral health care. The company was founded in 2006 by Dr. Stephen Abrams and Dr. Andreas Mandelis who designed and developed The Canary System. The Canary System is a patented technology to provide dental professionals with an innovative approach to aid in the diagnosis, prevention and management of dental caries. For more information, please visit www.thecanarysystem.com.