Friday, May 29, 2015

IRS Hack Used Questions "Only You Should Know"



Wow, isn't it nice to know the IRS is taking our personal financial info so seriously?  It seems that recently around 100K-200K individuals had their info stolen from the IRS database.  Seriously?

The saddest part is that the bad guys didn't actually break in.  They just posed as the user and answered some questions that "Only You Should Know" but in reality were just easy questions to answer.

From USA Today:

The hackers who got access to over 100,000 personal records through the Internal Revenue Service's Get Transcript site didn't need all that much information to break in, say experts.
The IRS said Tuesday that cybercriminals used personal data obtained from elsewhere to get into the transcript service, which allows users to view tax account transactions, line-by-line tax return information and wage and income reported to the IRS.
To access that information, a legitimate user--or a thief--required a name, Social Security number, date of birth, filing status (single, married, etc) and a street address.
Next they needed to answer several personal identity verification questions "that only you can answer," in the words of the IRS site.
These are known as knowledge-based authentication, or KBA, challenges. They came from a service offered by the credit bureau Equifax, according to security writer Brian Krebs.
Those included information such as a prior address or phone number or car or home loan information. Users had to supply the correct answer to four such questions.
The problem is, that type of data is readily purchased on the Internet underground, where vast databases containing fully built-out portfolios on tens of thousands of people can go for as little as a dollar a record.
Far from being questions "that only you can answer," the verification queries used by the IRS were easy enough that the hackers tried to break into 200,000 accounts and got information out of 100,000.
"That's pretty staggering, it's a 50% success rate," said Morey Haber, vice president of technology at BeyondTrust, an Phoenix-based computer security company.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Boeing Develops EMP Weapon for US Air Force



As a geek, the concept of EMP has always been a cool one for me.

An “Electromagnetic Pulse” or EMP destroys electrical systems, magnetic media (hard drives, jump drives, basically all storage) as well as electrical power, Internet connections, etc.  The biggest fear has always been a nuclear explosion which, in addition to the human destruction, also generates a massive EMP.  

However, now Boeing has developed a missile-type weapon that can specifically deliver an EMP to a targeted building, leaving the surrounding infrastructure and systems intact.

I remember in the Gulf War that one of the first smart bombs dropped was on a large building housing Saddam Hussein’s telephone control systems.  The building was obliterated and I’m sure there was a serious loss of life.  Now, a weapon could be fired at command & control buildings while leaving the surrounding area and people unscathed.

It’s a fascinating concept.


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Newly-Published DentalCodeology eBook Explains the Complexity of New Medicare Rules Their Impact on Dentistry

An update/correction from an earlier post.



“What Dentists Need to Know about Medicare NOW” 

is Now Available in Digital Format

 

Addison, IL – May 20, 2015 – Patti DiGangi, RDH, BS, a prominent dental hygiene thought leader, recently published the 4th installment of her continuing DentalCodeology mini-book series entitled “What Dentists Need to Know about Medicare NOW” 

 

For this edition of the popular mini-book series, Patti partnered again with insurance coding authority Christine Taxin, and with another qualified coding and Medicare expert, Jan Palmer to provide dentists with an easy-to-follow primer on how to make informed Medicare decisions that will benefit their patients and practices alike.

 

“The time is now for dentists to get smart about Medicare,” says DiGangi. She further states that the new Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) ruling that goes into effect on January 1, 2016 will impact many older patients if their dentists prescribe medication, perform biopsies that require pathology tests, or simply refer their Medicare-eligible patients to a specialist.

 

DiGangi warns that the Medicaid opt-out clause can be particularly confusing and may have a devastating financial impact if not fully-understood. For example, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services published a final rule in May 2014 that requires all physicians and eligible professionals—including dentists—who prescribe Part D covered drugs to be enrolled in Medicare or opt-out for those prescriptions to be covered under Part D. 

 

Here’s the tricky part - by signing an affidavit to opt-out out of the program, dentists are out of the

Medicare system for two years - not one year. This means that they cannot receive any direct or

 

indirect Medicare payment for services provided to Medicare patients during that time. 

 

“Two years is a long time to sit on the Medicare bench,” states DiGangi. “With the aging of our baby boomers, opting-out of Medicare may cause many of their patients to abandon dentists that didn’t may any choice at all. The dentists will leave a lot of money on the table that could be going right to the bottom lines of the practices.”

 

Early reviews of the mini-book have been extremely favorable. For example, practice-building thought leader Linda Miles had this to say, “Every member of your team should not only read this, but have their own copy for easy referencing. It would cost thousands of dollars and many hours of a team’s time to discover all this information and these resources on their own.”

 

For more information about “What Dentists Need to Know about Medicare NOW’ including how to order, visit www.DentalCodeology.com. Follow DentalCodeology on Facebook. To inquire about bulk discount pricing for manufacturers, schools and associations, contact sales@DentalCodeology.com.

 

About the Authors:

 

Patti DiGangi, RDH, BS

 

Patti DiGangi is a vision driven-clinician helping people see their future of choice and ways to make it profitable. Patti holds a publishing and speaking license with the American Dental Association for Current Dental Terminology © 2015 and SNODENT diagnostic coding. She is an American Dental Association Evidence Based Champion.

 

Christine Taxin

 

Christine Taxin has extensive training and experience in both dental and medical coding based on her roles as the administrator of a critical care department at Mt. Sinai Hospital and management of a comprehensive multi-specialty dental practice.

 

Jan Palmer

 

Jan Palmer trains dental offices in the administrative aspects and requirements of treating the medical condition obstructive sleep apnea in the dental office with oral appliance therapy. Covering medical coding and billing, teaching to better understand the necessary office protocols to maintain Medical records and how to follow the mandated policies set forth by Medicare.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Smart Toys on the Horizon for Google?

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Cute and cuddly… or creepy?  That’s the question being asked by an article at Newsledge.
 
It seems the Google gang has filed some patents on toys that may just communicate with us or our kids.
 
The article says, in part:  
 

Nice. I always wanted a gremlin…

What type of toys? Looking at the patent filings, Google is looking at stuffed animals. Rabbits and teddy bears. Taking interaction to the next level, capabilities of the toy might “open its eyes, lift its head and/or focus its gaze on the user.”

 

 

Oh, and if you want the full article, which I think is definitely worth a read, click here.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Newly-Published DentalCodeology eBook Explains the Complexity of New Medicare Rules Their Impact on Dentistry

 

 

“What Dentists Need to Know about Medicare NOW” 

is Now Available in Digital Format

 

Addison, IL – May 20, 2015 – Patti DiGangi, RDH, BS, a prominent dental hygiene thought leader, recently published the 4th installment of her continuing DentalCodeology mini-book series entitled “What Dentists Need to Know about Medicare NOW” 

 

For this edition of the popular mini-book series, Patti partnered again with insurance coding authority Christine Taxin, and with another qualified coding and Medicare expert, Jan Palmer to provide dentists with an easy-to-follow primer on how to make informed Medicare decisions that will benefit their patients and practices alike.

 

“The time is now for dentists to get smart about Medicare,” says DiGangi. She further states that the new Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) ruling that goes into effect on June 1, 2015 will impact many older patients if their dentists prescribe medication, perform biopsies that require pathology tests, or simply refer their Medicare-eligible patients to a specialist.

 

DiGangi warns that the Medicaid opt-out clause can be particularly confusing and may have a devastating financial impact if not fully-understood. For example, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services published a final rule in May 2014 that requires all physicians and eligible professionals—including dentists—who prescribe Part D covered drugs to be enrolled in Medicare or opt-out for those prescriptions to be covered under Part D. 

 

Here’s the tricky part - by signing an affidavit to opt-out out of the program, dentists are out of the

Medicare system for two years - not one year. This means that they cannot receive any direct or

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indirect Medicare payment for services provided to Medicare patients during that time. 

 

“Two years is a long time to sit on the Medicare bench,” states DiGangi. “With the aging of our baby boomers, opting-out of Medicare may cause many of their patients to abandon dentists that didn’t may any choice at all. The dentists will leave a lot of money on the table that could be going right to the bottom lines of the practices.”

 

Early reviews of the mini-book have been extremely favorable. For example, practice-building thought leader Linda Miles had this to say, “Every member of your team should not only read this, but have their own copy for easy referencing. It would cost thousands of dollars and many hours of a team’s time to discover all this information and these resources on their own.”

 

For more information about “What Dentists Need to Know about Medicare NOW’ including how to order, visit www.DentalCodeology.com. Follow DentalCodeology on Facebook. To inquire about bulk discount pricing for manufacturers, schools and associations, contact sales@DentalCodeology.com.

 

About the Authors:

 

Patti DiGangi, RDH, BS

 

Patti DiGangi is a vision driven-clinician helping people see their future of choice and ways to make it profitable. Patti holds a publishing and speaking license with the American Dental Association for Current Dental Terminology © 2015 and SNODENT diagnostic coding. She is an American Dental Association Evidence Based Champion.

 

Christine Taxin

 

Christine Taxin has extensive training and experience in both dental and medical coding based on her roles as the administrator of a critical care department at Mt. Sinai Hospital and management of a comprehensive multi-specialty dental practice.

 

Jan Palmer

 

Jan Palmer trains dental offices in the administrative aspects and requirements of treating the medical condition obstructive sleep apnea in the dental office with oral appliance therapy. Covering medical coding and billing, teaching to better understand the necessary office protocols to maintain Medical records and how to follow the mandated policies set forth by Medicare.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Football Concussions Linked To Memory Problems In Retired NFL Players

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Although this really shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone, new info from a study on retired NFL players shows cognitive problems from repeated head trauma.
 
This has become a bit of a passion of mine as one of my best friends is a retired NFL guy.
 
Forbes has published the results and I really think it bears taking a look at the story.
 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

3-D printed jaw helps injured sea turtle eat again

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Today’s post comes from Foxnews.com:
 

Scientists say a sea turtle injured by a boat propeller may soon be able to return to the ocean, thanks to a metal beak created with 3-D printing, BBC.com reported.

Staff at the Research, Rescue and Rehabilitation center at Pamukkale University in Denizli, Turkey, nursed the injured 99-pound sea turtle back to health, but they realized the reptile would need a new beak if it was ever going to be self-sufficient at sea, as its jaws had been sheared off in the accident.

According to the BBC, the rehabilitation center reached out to Turkish company BTech Innovation, which creates customized medical prosthetics and implants for humans, to see if they could do the same for the turtle.

From the pic above, it looks like they did a pretty amazing job!

For the full story, follow this link.  

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Rebilda Post System Kit

 

 

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Procedure kit with solutions for all steps from placement   

of the post to placement of the core build-up 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VOCO introduces a Post Procedure kit that includes all matching materials used from the post cementation to the final core build-up. 

 

The kit includes 4 sizes of Rebilda Posts, dentin like flexible glass fiber posts with high radiopacity, high translucency and excellent light conductivity with matching reamers and drills. 

 

The award winning dual-cured universal bond Futurabond U, can be used in the self-cured mode without any light. This is a great benefit in the root canal thus avoiding the pooling effect (the blocking of the canal due to cured adhesive). Special Endo Tim brushes allow easy application of the adhesive into the root canal. 

 

The kit promotes the Mono-Bloc Concept. Rebilda DC is used as a cement and core build-up material. This not only saves time, but furthermore creates one mono block from the root canal to the core build-up with the same excellent physical properties. The manufacturer claims that this concept leads to higher success rates. Rebilda DC flows well, but is still stackable and cuts like dentin. Endo Tims make the cement application into the root canal very easy.

 

The Rebilda Post System kit has been developed with the input of many dentists. Their recommendations led to the inclusion of many procedure oriented application aids such as special brushes, tips and reamers. All materials match each other and take the guesswork out of the procedure leading to faster, more predictable and successful results.

 

Contact:

 

VOCO America, Inc.

Toll-free phone:1-888-658-2584

Fax:1-888-849-3989

E-mail:infousa@voco.com

Internetwww.vocoamerica.com

 

VOCO America, Inc., 1245 Rosemont Drive, Suite 140, Indian Land, SC 29707

Monday, May 18, 2015

i-CAT Debuts A New Release Of 3D Treatment Planning Software At The AAO



Tx STUDIOTM 5.4 features more powerful tools for complete implant, restorative planning and treatment, and airway analysis. Hatfield, PA (May 14, 2015) i-CAT, a brand of the KaVo Kerr Group, is pleased to release its new and enhanced Tx STUDIO 5.4 treatment planning software at the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) Annual Session, San Francisco, CA. Fully integrated and exclusively for the award-winning family of i-CATTM cone beam 3D imaging products, Tx STUDIO delivers a host of new and powerful treatment tools for dentists and specialists working with implants, airway, TMD, orthodontics, and surgical procedures. In addition to its already existing capabilities for accurate implant planning and extraordinary restorative planning capabilities, Tx STUDIO 5.4 also offers new and improved tools. Useful for treatment planning and patient communication, these new features include an enhanced abutment design that allows the crown to be placed onto the abutment and prepped teeth, as well as simulation of pontics and bridges. For airway analysis, more comprehensive and exclusive tools allow for 2D analysis of the airway with quantitative information on the anterior posterior distance and left and right distance. The airway can now be created and visualized in the variable quadrant. Changes in the parameters and area of the cross-sectional area along the airway are displayed graphically. • Other helpful tools now available with Tx STUDIO 5.4 offer the opportunity to: • Simulate a sinus bone graft in two clicks while gaining the approximate graft volume. • Create bitewing radiographs from 3D data and evaluate those bitewings in all three dimensions. • Replicate jaw articulation as well as offer control of the translation and rotation. • Provide 3D analysis using orthognathic advanced cuts and movement that also show tissue change in profile. “At i-CAT, we continually strive to create innovations to our products and software,” says Yena Chokshi, Product Manager for i-CAT. “The launch of Tx STUDIO 5.4 adds even more efficient planning and treatment tools to our already award-winning 3D imaging modality. As dentistry continues to evolve and offers more options to patients, these new tools show that we listen to our customers and respond to their increasing imaging needs.” Tx STUDIO treatment software is included with new i-CAT cone beam 3D scanners, giving general dentists and specialists the tools to place and restore implants, perform oral surgery, periodontics, prosthodontics, orthodontics, utilize CAD/CAM applications, and analyze TMJ and airway with greater confidence and lower radiation options.


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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Apple Pay Could Be Coming to Home Depot

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Now, never mind the fact that I happen to have a serious affection for Home Depot.  I will gladly admit that.  As a DIY guy, on a geeky level, Home Depot makes it really really easy to get your hands dirty while it looks like you are getting stuff doe around the house.
 
So, I was doubly excited when I saw this article on Fortune.com about Home Depot strongly considering making Apple Pay available at 2000 stores in the US.
 
At this point in the roll out of Apple’s payment by phone service, that would make the Home Depot the largest retailer in Apple’s chain.
 
Although it is not yet widely accepted by retailers, Apple Pay should still process around $67 billion worth of sales.  Amazing huh?
 
Of course that isn’t the only option… and it can’t be simply because not everyone is going to be using an iPhone.  There will be other payment options for other hardware  provides. Still $67 billion is nothing to sneeze at is it?

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Saving Canines Is i-CAT’s Theme At The AAO As The Company Partners With The Milo Foundation Animal Sanctuary

 

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An impactful “Their Story” will be presented at the 2015 Annual Session of the American Association of Orthodontists. Dr. Carlson and patient Natalie will be onsite to discuss details of the case along with providing an opportunity to also help man’s best friend.

Hatfield, PA (May 11, 2015) i-CATTM a brand of the KaVo Kerr Group, will exhibit at the 2015 AAO Annual Session, May 15-19, 2015 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, CA. Unique to this meeting and as part of the company’s “Their Story” campaign launched in November 2014, i-CAT will introduce the latest “Their Story” featuring Dr. Sean Carlson and his patient, Natalie. This growing collection of stories illustrates how doctors are using i-CAT imaging to help better patients’ lives every day. In Natalie’s case of transmigratory impacted canines in the mandibular jaw, information from the i-CAT scan helped Dr. Carlson formulate a treatment that allowed Natalie to save her canines and thus retain her full complement of teeth.

Also at this meeting, the theme of saving canines will be taken to the next level as i-CAT partners with the Milo Foundation, an established 501(c)(3) nonprofit, no-kill animal shelter in Northern California. Its mission is to provide education, adoption services, and sanctuary for many types and ages of animals. John Fonseca, Outreach Coordinator for the Milo Foundation will be at the booth on Saturday and Sunday, and attendees

can get their photos taken with some great little canines that will be on site to promote pet care awareness.

John Fonseca noted, “The Milo Foundation is excited to participate with i-CAT in the 2015 AAO Annual Session. As an animal rescue organization, the animals’ good health is extremely important, dental health included. This is an innovative opportunity for us to share information about our work and encourage support to help the many homeless animals not only in California, but throughout the country.”

Jessica Kachmar, Marketing Manager for i-CAT, added, “We are very happy to host Dr. Carlson and Natalie and eager for clinicians to visit with them and discuss their inspiring story at our booth. The success of that treatment entailed much hard work and knowledge from Dr. Carlson, effort and energy from Natalie, and quality 3D cone beam scans from i-CAT. We are also appreciative of the humanitarian work done for needy animals by

The Milo Foundation, and i-CAT will be donating to this worthy cause.”

AAO attendees are encouraged to meet and greet with Dr. Carlson and Natalie, take pictures with Milo Foundation dogs and participate in the other activities in the i-CAT booth No. 2037.

More information on Their Story is at http://stories.i-cat.com/. For more information on The Milo Foundation’s good works, visit http://www.milofoundation.org

Indications for Use: www.i-cat.com/ifu 


 

About i-CAT

Serving the dental industry since 1992, i-CATTM is at the global forefront in the development and manufacturing of the computer-controlled dental and maxillofacial radiography products, and internationally recognized by highly regarded dentists and radiologists as one of the most innovative companies in dental imaging. i-CAT systems offers clinicians enhanced features for highly effective treatment planning and surgical predictability. i-CAT is exclusively distributed by Henry Schein Dental. To learn more, visit www.i-cat.com.

i-CAT 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.

About The Milo Foundation

The Milo Foundation rescues adoptable dogs and cats of all ages, sizes, and breeds from high-kill shelters throughout California. Since its founding at its no-kill Sanctuary in 1994, Milo has saved the lives of more than 25,000 animals. Milo has an Intake and Adoption Center near San Francisco in Point Richmond, CA and its 283-acre Sanctuary three hours north in Mendocino County. A community of volunteers and foster homes plays a key role in helping the animals find loving homes. For more information please visit www.milofoundation.org. 


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Mad Max Remake... After all These Years...

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I can still remember the moment.  It was something like 1981.  I was in undergrad in the living room of my college girlfriend’s house.  One of the advantages of a commuter campus was decent living arrangements and Brenda’s house was no exception.
 
Back then, that meant her family had cable and a decent TV,  Her family was very sweet and easy to get along with.  They were also liberal enough in their political views to let a younger college age guy watch some fairly violent plotted tales that I wouldn’t dare a let a kid watch these days…  Heck, I even sometimes amaze myself at how strict I’ve become.
 
I spent a lazy Saturday afternoon watching a movie called Mad Max…
 
So… now we are facing the remake of Mad Max and I cannot  wait to get myself into the theater to see this one. 
 
The original one drew fans in by the droves.  It was shot on a shoestring budget.  Because of that, there wasn’t much scenery involved.  However, because of the lack of scenery it meant that those who saw it were forced to create their own scenery in their own minds.  That meant it was custom tailored to whoever watched it.  It was not the intent of the production, but amazingly enough that meant it had a universal visual appeal to whomever watched it.  Everyone who watched it, loved it.
 
This time, it will be shot with a bigger budget.  That means more special effects. more explosions, more cool stuff.  I mean, just take a look at what Feedspot has as a teaser from an article via Wired  magazine.
 
I’ve always loved the Mad Max original trilogy.  I fell in love with it in the 80’s and haven’t ever let go of it since.  Here’s to hoping the new life that George Miller has breathed into it lasts as long as the original…

Monday, May 11, 2015

A Big Day of Filming on Friday at the new ADA Studios




 
 
What a day it was Friday!
 
I spent the entire day in the basement of the ADA building in Chicago in the brand new ADA Studios production area.
 
There we shot a series of videos for the Kavo Kerr Group as well as a few videos for a new project the ADA & I are working on called “Flucke’s Tech Tips”.
 
The KKG videos are featuring products from the company that I happen to use and like.  The “Tech Tips” are short and quick ideas about products that can save you time and help provide better care for your patients.
 
Look for the Tech Tips to be linked into upcoming ADA Morning Huddle emails.
 
After you watch them, I’d love to have some feedback on ways we can improve them, or if you like them just as they are.  My goal is to give you good info on ways to help give your patients better care!
 
Stay tuned.  I’m not sure when they will be available, but once I get a date, I’ll announce it here.
 
Have a great week!


Thursday, May 7, 2015

Henry Schein launches Dentrix G6 with new features to improve office productivity, patient care

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Here is some info that I think readers who are Dentrix users will find useful.  This info arrived  to me on May 5th.  Read on for some of the features of the new Dentrix G6…

 

 

Dentrix users will be excited about the new features in Dentrix G6, which was released last week at CDA (California Dental Association in Anaheim). Some of these new features include:

  • eDex service ehancements, which allows easier access to patient information by enabling business and personal contacts to be merged and accessible on a single platform.  
  • New “click to chat” button in the Help menu so customers can receive real-time answers to their questions from the Dentrix support team.
  • Split Payment by Family Member feature, which was a popular request.
  • Medical Alert Notes, which simplifies selecting medical conditions and adding notes, with datelines and spell check.
  • One-click access to Dentrix Marketplace, an online store for everything Dentrix, including Dentrix Connected apps.
  • And more . . .

 

You can see video demos of these new features at: www.Dentrix.com/G6

 

Dentrix customers with an active Dentrix Customer Service Plan can upgrade to Dentrix G6 at no cost.  Customers who do not have an active plan may call 1.800.336.8749 or visit www.Dentrix.com/CSP to enroll and qualify for the upgrade. 

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

The First Known Occurence of Drone Vandalism

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As a drone owner and tinkerer, I’ve always loved the freedom that comes with flying.  Even if I’m not up there with it, the exhilaration I get when flying drones is almost beyond compare.  It’s fun, safe (with the proper precautions), and shouldn’t intrude on anyone else.
 
So far regulation of drones has been pretty minimal and that’s been because drone owners have been respectful and careful.  That is, until lately.  Now it seems that more nefarious things are occurring in the drone world.
 
Recently a billboard in downtown Manhattan, NY was defaced by graffiti artist and vandal KATSU.  The feat was done to prove a point… that a drone, altered to hold a spray paint can with the nozzle depressed by some type of actuator, could be used to tag something that was previously unreachable.
 
The problem this presents is for law abiding drone pilots like myself.  I’m counting on increased legislation (control) over where, when, how, and who can fly these things all because some small number of rule breakers push the envelope.
 
I’m hoping nothing comes of this that affects drones.  I mean, it’s already illegal to deface a billboard and the “method” of defacing really shouldn’t be that important.  However, since drone usage is so new, my fear is laws being passed that affect things that in the big picture aren’t all the necessary.
 
Obviously, only time will tell on this one.  However, with the concern over small aircraft and what they can do vs. how difficult they are to detect, there will probably be some laws coming along sooner as opposed to later.

Monday, May 4, 2015

DEXIS™ Unveils The All-New DEXcam™ 4, The Next Generation Of Intra-Oral Camera

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Dentists can use DEXcam 4 to educate patients on conditions and need for treatment and to help grow the practice.

 

Hatfield, PA (April 30, 2015) As a leading provider of digital diagnostic imaging solutions, DEXIS, a brand of KaVo Kerr Group, announces the release of the DEXcam 4 intra-oral video camera designed for patient communication and case documentation. This new easy-to-use camera includes a higher resolution sensor, dual capture buttons, one-touch focus, and a detachable cord —all contained within an aluminum housing. DEXcam 4 seamlessly integrates with DEXIS™ imaging software.

 

This next generation intra-oral camera has been designed from the ground up, with a focus on these key benefits:

  • High-resolution, color-correct images
  • Enhanced image quality and zoom mode allowing for clearer communication with patients
  • Improved ergonomics for both left and right-handed users
  • Greater ease-of-use resulting from the motor-driven one-touch focus
  • Easy sharing in multi-operatory practices with the quick disconnect cable
  • Robust and chemical-safe aluminum construction

“Our goal for DEXcam 4 camera is the same as with all DEXIS products—to ­­deliver high-quality imaging with an efficient workflow and patient comfort,” states Adam Palermo, Sr. Product Manager for DEXIS. “This new camera completes your diagnostic tool kit and is the perfect complement to the DEXIS™ Platinum intra-oral sensor and the CariVu™ caries detection aid, both of which capture clear, vivid images for diagnosis and patient communication.”

 

To learn more about how DEXcam 4 can help you help your patients, call 888-883-3947 or visit http://www.dexis.com/dexcam4.

 

Indications for Use: www.dexis.com/ifu

 

About DEXIS

DEXIS is an industry leader in developing high quality digital imaging solutions for the dental community. In 1997, DEXIS introduced digital radiography on laptop computers — making it the first truly portable and affordable digital X-ray system. In 2001, DEXIS became the first intra-oral digital radiography system to be accepted by the American Dental Association into the highly prestigious ADA Seal Program. Today, DEXIS is the most highly awarded intra-oral digital X-ray system with numerous awards from dental researchers and well-respected dental publications. For more information on the DEXIS Imaging Suite of products including the DEXIS™ Platinum Sensor and CariVu™, 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. 

 

Friday, May 1, 2015

Floyd Mayweather Protects his Pearly Whites... for a Heavenly Price Tag...

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I’m all for protecting the dentition when participating in sports.  We make a lot of mouthguards every year for the Lee’s Summit School District.  I’ve been the consulting dentist for Lee’s Summit Sports Teams for over 20 years now and it’s a lot of fun and rewarding knowing I’m protecting the the teeth, face, and helping to reduce concussions.
 
In fact, I make mouthguard for those playing varsity sports in the LS school district free of charge.  I do it because I think it’s the right thing to do and because I know it helps kids that might not be able to afford a high quality mouthguard.
 
Now comes word from Las Vegas that Floyd Mayweather is wearing a mouthguard that few people could afford.  His custom made mouthguard contain parts of $100 bills, gold flake, diamond dust, pretty much anything that has “value” that can be put into it.  The cost?  Only a cool $25,000.  That’s not a typo, it’s 25 THOUSAND for one.  The TMT logo that can be seen in many of these is for the organization surrounding Mayweather that he calls “The Money Team”.
 
The photo above, courtesy of TMZ.com shows a few of the high priced protectors.  You can also order these for yourself for a cost of $250.  I’m guessing that’s probably sans the precious metal & gems.