Every year I try and take some time off between Christmas and New Year's Day.
It's a chance to unplug and spend time with the ones I love.
To that end, no posts this week.
I'll be back next week.
Enjoy the holidays!!!
Monday, December 29, 2014
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
It's Christmas Eve! And that means one thing. Santa is on his way around the world delivering gifts to all the good little girls & boys.
Want to know where Santa is on his journey right now? Then go to NORAD Santa to follow him on his Christmas Eve journey.
Every year NORAD (the part of the US Military that tracks incoming attacks from missiles or strategic bombers) uses their highly sophisticated tracking system to lock onto & track Santa's sleigh.
You can see exactly where Santa is & you can even watch as the reindeer pull his sleigh through the sky!
Want to know more about Santa's journey & when he will be at your house? Just call 1-877-HI-NORAD & a volunteer from the US armed forces will answer the phone & tell you when to expect Santa at your house!
Or, if you'd prefer, you can just sit at your computer, phone, or tablet and track Santa. Just click here for the live Santa Tracker Feed.
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
The lady in the picture above is very special to me. A few years ago I decided to get involved with 3D dentistry by having a cone beam 3D device placed in my office. My good and trusted friends at Goetze Dental helped me decide on the best piece of equipment for me, and that piece of equipment turned out to be the Gendex CB-500 HD. I was amazed at the quality of the images it produced and was thrilled it was part of our workflow.
Shortly after it was installed, my phone rang and I was told there was someone named Jackie on the line. I had never met Jackie before, but it wasn't long before we grew close. It turned out that Jackie was helping to market the new device and the company was wondering if I would be willing to work with them to let other doctors know how easy it was to learn to be a "3D Dentist". I love dentistry and I love teaching my peers. I told them I'd be honored to help bring my story to doctors thinking about incorporating 3D into their practices.
Over the years that followed, Jackie and I have gotten to be very close friends. She's an amazing lady who has faced some difficult challenges and she is a fighter!!! I am so proud of her and so proud of her strength and ability to fight. She has taught me a lot about life and has become a symbol of the fighting spirit that we can all embrace.
Recently, Jackie made a blog post and I thought I would share it with all of you. Jackie has worked with Gendex and DEXIS for quite a while now. She loves what she does and she loves the companies she works for as well as loving the people at those companies that she works with day in and day out.
You can sense her love for those people and those companies in the words she uses in the post. I've been a writer for most of my life and I *love* it when I read something and you can feel the power and the emotion in the words. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did when I first read it.
Jackie, I'm proud of you! I'm sharing these words so that others can read them and feel your strength and passion through them. I hope others are as touched and moved by your post as I was... and continue to be.
Take a read:
Monday, December 22, 2014
The Apple App store is a huge business. What started out a few years ago as a couple of programs, has blossomed into a way of life for many of us and a business for others.
It is estimated that Apple has over 1.2 million apps available for download. Amazing huh?
So amazing, in fact that some apps become a franchise/brand unto themselves... Angry Birds anyone?
Have you ever stopped to consider which one is most popular? Games come & go, but some apps become fairly ingrained in our collective consciousness.
The top app for 2014 is Elevate, a personal trainer for your brain.
Fox Business has a great article on the app. To read the article, click here.
Friday, December 19, 2014
This article is always fun, but always a bit stressful because it really bugs me to get things wrong... and invariably, that happens with this project.
So here are the topics:
- Smart Equipment
- The Cloud Connection
- The Electronic Health Record
- Open Source CAD/CAM
- 3D and 3D Integration
- Evolving Magnification
- 3D Printing
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Here's an interesting bit of info when you take into consideration the current situation facing the Russian Ruble. Although economics is not my area of expertise, from what I understand, the current decrease in global oil prices combined with economic sanctions due to the Russian situation in Ukraine has begun to cause a bit of a meltdown in the Russian economy.
The value of the Ruble is falling dramatically and to help prop it up, the country recently increased interest rates to something in the neighborhood of 17%.
As the value of the Ruble falls, that means that the costs of American goods, goes up. Recently Apple increased the cost of the iPhone 6 by 25% to help compensate for the drop in value of the Ruble.
Now comes word that Cupertino has decided to stop e-sales to the troubled country.
This is especially interesting because there are not many retail outlets for Apple products in Russia and there are NO Apple stores in the country. That means that the bulk of Apple's sales in Russia come via e-sales. Basically this means that the country now has an extremely limited access to Apple products.
In the big picture what does this mean? It's hard to say, but I always like to see what the big boys do to help evaluate a situation. It has been estimated that last year Apple sold 1 billion dollars worth of products in Russia. When a company like Apple suddenly cuts off a huge chunk of that much money, I see storm clouds on the horizon for the Russian economy.
Thoughts? I'd love to see some comments on this.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Monday, December 15, 2014
Hatfield, PA (December 12, 2014) DEXIS, a brand of the KaVo Kerr Group, is proud to announce that Dentaltown has chosen the DEXISTM Platinum digital intra-oral sensor, DEXISTM digital imaging software, and DEXcamTM 3 intra-oral camera as winners of the 2014 Townie Choice awards. DEXIS sends its appreciation to Townies across the nation, clinicians who use technology in everyday practice, and whose votes reflected their loyal use of DEXIS products.
Dentaltown states, “For over a decade, Townies have voted on the most comprehensive list of peer- recommended products and services in dentistry. Winners have become recognized as the most reliable and reputable in dentistry. By voting in the Townie Choice Awards, [Townies] improve the profession by advancing the best technologies and practices used by dentists around the world, helping them practice better dentistry. One vote can impact dentistry for thousands of practices and millions of patients.” To this point, the DEXIS Platinum single-size sensor offers dentists remarkable image quality, patient comfort, ease of use, portability, and time savings. DEXcam 3, a direct-USB intra-oral video camera, adds to the capabilities for patient education and communication.
DEXIS digital radiographs and photographs are combined for use in diagnostics and in patient communication within the DEXISTM Imaging Suite software. This program streamlines workflow and integrates with practice management software, digital pans and select 3D products. DEXIS goTM, the supporting application for DEXIS Imaging Suite, increases portability and patient education opportunities even more. DEXIS go displays all radiographic and photographic images within a patient’s record so dental professionals can communicate with patients using an iPad®.
“DEXIS products have won Townie Choice recognition over the years, and each year, it is still just as exciting that dental peers take their valuable time and effort to vote for us,” says Richard Matty, Director of Marketing for DEXIS. “We are thrilled that our intra-oral imaging products are helping them to achieve their goals in diagnostics and patient education. Dentists use DEXIS imaging products every day, and on almost every patient, and for this, we always strive to maintain the level of excellence that keeps our dental professionals loyal to our brand.”
Team DEXIS is grateful for the positive feedback on these products, continuing its legacy as the most highly awarded digital X-ray system. These votes of confidence encourage the pursuit of the development of new digital dental imaging solutions that can aid in better dental care.
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Thursday, December 11, 2014
As someone that has been around high pitched whining dental handpieces for more than half my life, I'm starting to feel like my high end hearing is starting to fade a bit. It might be all of that loud music in my youth too, but on second thought... probably not.
Anyway, there is good news for all of us who either *are* experiencing hearing loss or will at some point in our lives. It seems researchers have discovered a way to both prevent it *and* help restore it.
Read this press release for all the info:
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
A short post today, because, well because the link tells you everything.
I was sent a link to a great story on MSN regarding some tech hacks everyone should know about (hint #1 is pictured above).
So... follow the link and get educated. Some of these are really, really smart!
Here is the link.
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Monday, December 8, 2014
If you've ever filled out an online registration form, you are familiar with "Capcha" the squiggly letters your are required to enter into a box. The idea is that an automated system can't read those squiggly letters... only a human can.
Well it turns out the smart people at Google have figured out a way to find out if your are human or not just by following the movements of your mouse. It seems that humans move the mouse differently than automated systems and simply asking someone to click a check box can determine whether the person is real or automated.
For all the details, check out Wired.com
Friday, December 5, 2014
As many of you know, I am a drone flyer.
I bought mine around 2 years ago and have had an absolute blast with it ever since.
I would suggest doing a little research on one before purchasing, in fact I would even suggest buying a less expensive model before buying one of the more expensive models as it takes a bit of learning before you get really good with one.
I was lucky in that my past history of gaming and working with 3D software helped me more than I realized it would.
We are now hearing all kinds of stories and seeing all kinds of photos and videos being filmed by these flying drones & it is a real kick to be part of it. The process started with me reading an article in the geek magazine Wired and the rest for me is history. It has also propelled someone from the magazine to leave and run his drone company. Read that story here.
There are lots of companies out there and lots of models to choose from. If you are a regular reader, you've even seen some of them here. However, I love the company that Chris Anderson left Wired to pilot. It's called 3D Robotics. In my opinion, if you like the idea of really getting into this, the company Chris started is the way to go. Check out their website here.
Heck, someday Santa may be delivering using one of these...
Thursday, December 4, 2014
TeamSmile®, a unique national dental outreach program, gains continued support from DEXISTM, a brand of the Kavo Kerr Group, for the 7th consecutive year.
Hatfield, PA (December 3, 2014) Since the inception of the TeamSmile program in 2007, DEXIS has been a proud supporter through its donation and maintenance of its digital imaging systems, DEXISTM Platinum sensors, CariVuTM caries detection and DEXcamTM intra-oral cameras, as well as financial contributions. TeamSmile partners with dental professionals and athletic organizations to bring together athletic role models and underserved children in communities across the country at events held throughout the year. These events allow the children to obtain free screening and treatment and also learn about the importance of their overall health. DEXIS has rededicated efforts to assist TeamSmile with company volunteers, on-site systems and funding.
By partnering with professional sports organizations, TeamSmile creates an experience that develops bonds between children’s organizations, oral health professionals, surrounding communities, and the athletes that solidify the message that oral health care is vitally important to long-term health. Understanding that these patients deserve the very best, volunteer dentists, dental assistants, dental hygienists and educators provide the highest level of care and use industry-leading materials and equipment. Through this experience, children are taught that the mouth and body are linked for overall health, and they receive free oral health education, screening, and treatment.
Dr. William Busch is the founder of TeamSmile. His loyalty as a DEXIS owner and his vision for helping others are driving forces in the continuing success of the program. He explains, “I have been practicing dentistry for 25 years, and have been a DEXIS owner for 15 years. Being able to help give the gift of a healthy smile to children in the community by using DEXIS imaging—the very best digital technology dentistry has to offer, is a dream come true. In an outreach environment, we only have one day to make an impact. Being able to quickly capture images not only gives us more clinical time with the children, the images help us to educate them about the benefits of a healthy smile.”
“We are so happy to lend our continued support to TeamSmile,” states Candy Ross, Director of Industry and Professional Relations, Dental Technologies, NA for the KaVo Kerr Group. “Participating in TeamSmile events over the years has given us the opportunity to play a role in serving those who need it the most. When I attend these events, I see how our systems help speed the triage and diagnosis process so that the volunteers can treat more children. And that’s what it’s all about—the kids.”
DEXIS is an industry leader in developing high quality digital imaging solutions for the dental community. Since its introduction to the United States in 1997, DEXIS has become the most highly awarded intra-oral digital X-ray system with numerous awards from dental researchers and well- respected dental publications. The company has a strong history of supporting national and international outreach programs including Give Kids A Smile®, TeamSmile® and Mission of Mercy®. For more information about DEXIS, visit www.dexis.com.
DEXIS is a member of the KaVo Kerr Group. KaVo Kerr Group is a global portfolio of leading dental brands that share common values of Trust, Experience, Choices, Quality and Smart Innovation. Brands include KaVo, Kerr, Kerr Total Care, Pentron, Axis|Sybron Endo, Orascoptic, Pelton & Crane, Marus, Gendex, DEXIS, Instrumentarium, SOREDEX, i-CAT, NOMAD, Implant Direct and Ormco. With over 500 years of combined experience and proven solutions, KaVo Kerr Group uniquely serves 99% of all dental practices. Visit www.kavokerrgroup.com for more information.
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
- Free CE Course: “Salivary Testing for Early Diagnosis of Oral Cancer" (course code #3240) will be given on Sunday November 30th, 2014 at 9am. Attendees will receive $15.00 lunch voucher at the end of the course which can be used at any Javits restaurant. Course presenters are Jack Martin, MD, Neil Gottherer, DDS and Mark Cohen, DDS.
- Free Industry Reception: This press conference for the entire industry will feature some late-breaking research data presented by the PeriRx executive team that further confirms the efficacy of SaliMark OSCC for early oral cancer detection. Several other industry leaders are expected to say a few words regarding the importance of these latest findings. This free event will take place on Monday, December 1st from 3:00 - 4:00 PM at booth # 5430.
For more information about PeriRx, LLC or its SaliMark OSCC salivary test for oral cancer, visit www.PeriRx.com, call 610-544-3500 or send an email to info@PeriRx.com.* Not yet approved for sale in the state of New York. New York practice owners who register online will be kept on file and notified immediately when SaliMark is approved for sale and use in their state.About SaliMark™ OSCCDevelopment of this simple-to-use, painless and noninvasive test was based on the strong scientific foundation of NIH-funded research with initial discovery and pre-validation work conducted by Dr. David Wong of the University of California at Los Angeles. The SaliMark OSCC test also has the distinction of being the first of its kind assay in the world to aid in the identification and early detection of oral lesions at the highest risk for cancer. Recently, the SaliMark OSCC test underwent a PRoBE (prospective-specimen-collection, retrospective-blinded-evaluation) design study which is the most rigorous biomarker validation available. In addition, PeriRx successfully completed a validation of the mRNA markers at the University of Michigan, Michigan State University and the St. Johns Providence Health System in Detroit.About PeriRx LLC:Based in Broomall, Pennsylvania, PeriRx LLC is a premier developer of breakthrough, non-invasive, oral diagnostic technology that will help clinical professionals detect and treat diseases sooner and enhance the practice of wellness management.The company was founded in 2008 to explore, innovate, and develop novel therapeutics or devices focused on the oral inflammatory/systemic connection. The PeriRx executive team consists of CEO and founder Stephen M. Swanick, an entrepreneur and experienced drug and device development professional; Dr. Neil Gottehrer, a practicing dentist; and Dr. Jack Martin, a cardiologist.PeriRx obtained its patented and patent-pending technologies from inventor Dr. David Wong’s firm RNAmeTRIX and the Regents of the University of California at Los Angeles. PeriRx and RNAmeTrix have ongoing agreements which ensure the continuing research and development necessary to advance product development from clinical trial, through regulatory approval, and into commercialization.
- Free SaliMark OSCC Test Kit: Any dental practice owner who pre-registers and creates a PeriRx online ordering account, will receive one free SaliMark test Kit in order to get familiar with the test, the protocol and the lab results. Simply visit http://perirxsecure.com/register.php to register your practice and set up an account.*
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
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Monday, December 1, 2014
When I built my new office about 7 years ago, it turned out to be an avalanche of blessings in more ways than I could have ever imagined.
One of the blessings, and one that I would not have thought of prior to construction, was my close friendship with they guy who ran my building project. That man, Tom Baugh, is a pretty big guy. It wasn't until we were way into the building project that I found out he had played in the NFL for a while.
We bonded over the building (both the structure and the project) and have been friends ever since. Over the years , one of the things we've both taken an interest in is head trauma. Me, because I was in a massive car wreck when I was 23 that resulted in massive head trauma, Tom because of his NFL career and all the things that go with it.
I've also taken an interest in Chronic Traumatic Encephaly (CTE) because of what I do for a living. Tom began discussing some of the info that he had on the subject and I became an "info-nerd" on CTE.
The latest on the potential results of CTE came this weekend with the suicide of an Ohio State player. Now, as someone who has a degree in psychology I'm the first to say you cannot say one thing caused this. Suicide is a complicated subject and it may take quite some time before the true reason(s) are known. However, CTE very well could have played a part. I hope open minds examine this case and that a thorough autopsy is done on this young man's brain.
Here is the story from USA Today:
Missing Ohio State football player Kosta Karageorge was found dead Sunday of what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Columbus Police confirmed.
Sgt. Richard Weiner said Karageorge, who had been missing since Wednesday after sending a text message about concussions, was found in a dumpster near campus with a gun.
"The Ohio State University Department of Athletics was shocked and saddened to learn today of the death of student-athlete Kosta Karageorge, a senior from Columbus," the school said in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the Karageorge family, and those who knew him, during this most difficult time."
The 6-5, 285-pound defensive tackle had tattoos that helped confirm the death, Columbus police said. An official police report is expected later this week.
Karageorge's mother told authorities he has had concussions and spells of confusion, an earlier police report said. She said he texted a message Wednesday citing the concussions and saying he was sorry if he was "an embarrassment."
After Karageorge went missing, the team's physician, Jim Borchers, said he could not comment on the medical care of student athletes. But, he added, "We are confident in our medical procedures and policies to return athletes to participation following injury or illness."
Julian Bailes, neurosurgeon with the NorthShore Neurological Institute of suburban Chicago, said it is too early and the information is too incomplete to speculate on whether the death was related to concussions or the brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).
"It's somewhat conjecture to think that's what led to his (apparent) suicide. We just don't know," said Bailes, a CTE researcher. "He is certainly not the typical CTE guy, only in college and so forth. So you don't know.
"The other things, which are often associated with suicide, are mental health issues and/or drug or substance abuse. I just don't know. I just read a little bit about it the day he went a missing.
"There are so many factors associated with suicide. You just don't know."
CTE is diagnosed by examination of the brain after death. Researchers have linked the disease to repetitive head trauma. It was diagnosed in the brains of former NFL players who committed suicide, such as Mike Webster, Junior Seau and Dave Duerson.
"(Whether to have the brain examined) would be up to his family and then maybe even the medical examiner, depending on the circumstances of his death," Bailes said.
"If there's a legal issue of circumstances, was it foul play or unknown or so forth, the medical examiner could chose to do it. But otherwise the family would have to request it."
The Buckeyes defeated Michigan on Saturday, 42-28. Defensive lineman Michael Bennett said afterward that Karageorge missed practices and that teammates started getting nervous Thursday.
Contributing: Scott Gleeson and Gary Mihoces of USA TODAY Sports; and The Associated Press.
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