Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Dentsply Sirona is Redefining the Endo Experience

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We’ve seen iPod & iPad controlled handpieces before from Bien Aire.  Now comes the latest endo idea courtesy of Dentsply Sirona.  This looks pretty good from what I’ve seen of it.
 
X-Smart IQ is a continuous and reciprocating cordlesss motor controlled by an Apple® iOS® application. In one cordless handpiece, you get a full-treatment solution that supports you through every step of your endodontic process - from patient education to treatment data. Through a custom iOS app, a digital ecosystem is created that allows synchronization of future products and immediate updates. Move freely and easily between operatories utilizing the easily portable, ergonomically-designed cordless handpiece.
 

Pretreatment - Engage and Educate Patients

• If your patients have questions, help address and ease their concerns with the interactive app. Using the tablet makes it easy to engage with patients and educate them about the procedure.

Treatment - Flow through your sequence with peace of mind.

• X-Smart IQ lets you flow through your file sequence with comfort, control and peace of mind. Within the iOS® app, select a pre-set Dentsply Sirona file sequence for ease and simplicity. Or, create your own file sequence and save your customized settings for future use. And, if your sequence calls for it, you can quickly switch from reciprocating to continuous motion.

Post Treatment - Treatment Data Capture and Transfer

• Capture treatment notes including: tooth number, working length, last file used, obturation, and notes for a specific patient. Transfer your treatment report to your patient file.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Cetylite® Launches New Cool Mint Flavor of Cetacaine® Topical Anesthetic Gel

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Cetylite® Inc. recently designed a new flavor of one of its flagship products, Cetacaine® Topical Anesthetic Gel. Cetacaine will now feature a Cool Mint flavored gel, which will be available by mid-June. Indicated for anesthesia of accessible mucous membranes (except the eyes), Cetacaine is primarily used to control pain and ease discomfort at the application site.

 

Cetacaine comes available in three forms; liquid, spray, and gel. The liquid form is applied subgingivally into periodontal pockets, where the viscous drops are easily dispensed using the soft-tipped syringe. The spray form safely dispenses a mist of Cetacaine through the spray cannula to suppress the gag reflex when taking x-rays or impressions. Both the liquid and spray are banana flavored. The gel form, which currently comes in a strawberry flavor, is applied with a cotton swab or micro brush to the site where pain control is needed prior to injection and treatment. Cetacaine Gel reacts with body temperature to melt and absorb quickly into tissue, and distributes evenly and consistently.

 

“When it comes to products that are used in the operatory, it’s all about trust,” stated Kathy Perini, Marketing Manager of Cetylite. “When a clinician finds a product that they can rely upon and that allows their patients to be comfortable, they recognize the value and become very loyal. We know this because dentists and hygienists tell us their success stories all the time. We are proud to have earned their trust. Cetylite has been able to stand tall all these years by making products that stand the test of time.”

 

The triple-active formula of Cetacaine (Benzocaine, 14.0%, Butamben 2.0%, and Tetracaine HCL 2.0%) features a rapid onset of less than a minute, and 30-60 minute duration. While many clinicians assume

Cetacaine is comparable to OTC 20% Benzocaine, a blind study published in the peer reviewed publication, Anesthesiology Review, shows the Cetacaine formulation to be more effective than 

 

 

 

 

 

Benzocaine alone.* Cetacaine Gel offers an outstanding choice for practices looking for an alternative to Benzocaine-only formulations.  

 

Cetacaine is a prescription topical, for professional use only. It is available through most dental and medical suppliers. For more information about Cetacaine and other Cetylite products and services, please visit  HYPERLINK "http://www.cetylite.com" www.cetylite.com.

 

For press inquiries or to schedule an interview with a Cetylite spokesperson, contact Kathy Perini at (856) 665-6111.

 

*Documentation of these statements available upon request.

Monday, May 22, 2017

World Summit Tour 2017 — a Brand New Scientific Experience within Implant Dentistry

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San Diego, May 2017—In 2017, Dentsply Sirona Implants welcomed dental professionals from all over the world to the World Summit Tour, the scientific congress on implant dentistry.

 

The combination of renowned international and regional speakers and a highly multifaceted program arrived in San Diego, the second stop of the four-city tour, following Tokyo, welcoming over 1,000 delegates and 45 speakers and moderators.

 

“It was an honor to welcome everyone to San Diego for this meeting filled with inspiration, science and learning,” says John Voskuil, VP and General Manager, Dentsply Sirona Implants, North America. “As a company committed to better, safer, faster dental care, this meeting created a tremendous opportunity and environment to truly engage with the dental professionals that we serve. This event featured world-class education and showcased the very latest technology and developments designed to serve the needs of clinicians and laboratory technicians, and advance the field of implant dentistry.”

 

The theme of the World Summit Tour—Because inspiration and confidence matters—mirrors Dentsply Sirona Implants’ dedication to improved oral health and enhanced quality of life for implant patients worldwide. Each tour stop is designed to inspire clinicians and researchers to share scientific knowledge and clinical experience and discover the latest developments in implant dentistry. By combining general sessions, hands-on workshops, and a choice of various parallel sessions, the program promises to deliver inspiration and education for all members of the treatment team.

 

The World Summit Tour also included a Poster Competition in the two categories of Clinical Application and Research. Winners were selected by the Scientific Committee members, consisting of Tara Aghaloo, UCLA School of Dentistry; Lyndon Cooper, University of Illinois at Chicago;Barry Goldenberg, private practice St. Louis County; Craig Misch, private practice Sarasota, FL; Georgios Romanos, Stony Brook University, NY, and University of Frankfurt, Germany; and Homa H. Zadeh, University of Southern California.

 

For more information about the World Summit Tour, registration dates, the venues and the development of the scientific program, please visit worldsummittour.com

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Memorial Hermann Health System Agrees to $2.4 Million HIPAA Settlement

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This is one to learn from.  It seems that Memorial Hermann had a person come into one of their clinics with a false ID card.  The staff alerted the police, which was legal, but then MH released the patient’s name in a press release.  This caused the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) to become involved and hence the HIPAA violation.
 
The government’s HHS website has the complete story and I feel it is definitely worth a read to anyone who is in healthcare.  
 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

ADA and MD Anderson Cancer Center Join Forces For Cancer Prevention

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The fight against oral cancer continues.  When considering that one person per hour dies of this disease I often wonder why it doesn’t get the coverage it deserves considering the way the 24 hour news cycle works.  Now comes more great info on the fight from the ADA and MD Anderson Cancer Center.
 
 
 
The American Dental Association (ADA) and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center today announced a joint effort to improve patient outcomes through programs aimed at dental and medical professionals and the public to increase human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccinations and tobacco cessation for oral cancer prevention.
 
“ADA member dentists promise to put patients first, and as a profession we look for innovative ways to treat and prevent disease, and promote wellness,” said ADA President Gary Roberts, D.D.S. “Together with MD Anderson, one of the most respected cancer centers in the world, we are excited to pioneer new programs to help our patients live healthy and disease-free lives.”
 
Both organizations agree that increasing the percentage of children and young adults vaccinated for HPV is critical to improving their health and reducing risk of several related cancers, including those of the oropharynx (the part of the throat just behind the mouth which includes the back third of the tongue; the back part of the roof of the mouth, also known as the soft palate; the tonsils, and the side and back wall of the throat). In addition, programs aimed at preventing children and young adults from starting to smoke while encouraging current smokers to quit are another key component of the collaboration. 

 “MD Anderson is pleased to partner with the ADA to develop innovative educational programs that will increase awareness about the prevention and early detection of oral cancers,” said Marshall E. Hicks, M.D., president ad interim, MD Anderson. “Tobacco use and HPV infection remain the leading causes of oral cancers. Through this collaboration, we have a significant opportunity to inform care providers and the public about the associated risks, and we can make a difference in the fight to end cancer.” 
 
According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 50,000 cancers of the oral cavity and pharynx will be diagnosed this year in the U.S., and rates in men are more than twice as high as in women. These cancers are often not diagnosed until late stages, when treatment is less effective.
 
Tobacco use remains the leading preventable cause of cancers in the U.S., responsible for roughly one-third of all cases. HPV infections are responsible for approximately 70 percent of all oropharyngeal cancers, about 9,000 annually, as well as the majority of cervical, anal and genital cancers. HPV-related oropharyngeal cancers are four times more common in men than women, and the incidence rate of these cancers has risen significantly in recent years.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

New FTC Website Helps Small Businesses Avoid Scams and Cyber Attacks

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Here is good news for small business owners.  One of the problems we face is dealing with cyber security.  Without the revenue to have full time professionals helping guard our networks, we are often left exposed.  Now comes word from the FTC that help is available.  Read on for the details…

 

At the direction of Acting Chairman Maureen Ohlhausen, the Federal Trade Commission has launched a new website – ftc.gov/SmallBusiness – with articles, videos, and other information aimed at helping small business owners avoid scams and protect their computers and networks from cyberattacks and other threats.

“Small businesses are critical to our economic strength, building America's future, and helping the United States compete in today's global marketplace,” Acting Chairman Ohlhausen said. “This innovative new website is a one-stop shop where small businesses can find information to protect themselves from scammers and hackers, as well as resources they can use if they are hit with a cyberattack.”

According to the U.S.Small Business Administration (SBA), there are more than 28 million small businesses nationwide, employing nearly 57 million people. Scammers frequently target small businesses with deceptive tactics designed to get them to pay for supplies they didn’t order, donate to fake charities or trick them into giving access to their network or downloading malware that can corrupt their business’s computers.

Cyberattacks can be particularly devastating to small businesses, and many of them lack the resources that larger companies have to devote to cybersecurity. Symantec Corp.’s 2016 Internet Security Threat Report(link is external) indicates the percentage of spear-phishing attacks targeting small business rose dramatically from 18 percent to 43 percent between 2011 and 2015.

The FTC’s new web page offers specific information to help small businesses protect their networks and their customer data. This includes a new Small Business Computer Security Basics guide, which shares computer security basics to help companies protect their files and devices, train employees to think twice before sharing the business’s account information, and keep their wireless network protected, as well as how to respond to a data breach. It also has information on other cyber threats such as ransomware and phishing schemes targeting small businesses. The FTC is continuing to work with the SBA on additional ways to help small businesses.

The Federal Trade Commission works to promote competition, and protect and educate consumers. You can learn more about consumer topics and file a consumer complaint online or by calling 1-877-FTC-HELP (382-4357). Like the FTC on Facebook(link is external), follow us on Twitter(link is external), read our blogs and subscribe to press releases for the latest FTC news and resources.

 

Monday, May 15, 2017

Supporting the full implant treatment process - from planning to final restoration with solutions from Dentsply Sirona Implants

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The implant treatment process contains many steps—from imaging and diagnosis, treatment planning and implant surgery to abutment selection, restorative solutions and patient follow-up. Dentsply Sirona Implants presents several new solutions to their already extensive portfolio to delegates at their second World Summit Tour stop in San Diego.

“Whether thought leader, researcher, educator, Specialist, GP, or laboratory technician—while there are obvious unique differences and needs to be recognized, there is also a resounding commonality in the ease, precision, quality, speed and peace of mind that most dental professionals look for—ultimately for the benefit of the patients they serve,” says John Voskuil, VP and General Manager, Dentsply Sirona Implants, NA. “This is why we are committed to putting our customers first and to providing comprehensive end-to-end solutions that drive better, safer and faster dental care. It is exciting to be a part of an organization that can deliver on that promise and to be able to make a positive impact on the quality of life of others.”

 

Implant solutions

 

SmartFix® concept

SmartFix is a treatment concept that can provide edentulous patients with an immediate fixed, full-arch prosthesis, supported by a minimum four implants. The SmartFix concept includes an angulated abutment that comes together with a short and flexible abutment holder for easier handling. The option of angulating the screw access channel through the prosthesis opens up for ideal esthetics and function. 

This concept is an easy and cost-effective treatment that offers improved treatment satisfaction for the patient and practice growth for the dental professional. 

“The SmartFix concept has streamlined the treatment of my edentulous patients desiring a fixed prosthesis,” says Dr. Gary Jones, Board Certified Oral Surgeon in Fayetteville, NC. “The integrity of the balance base abutment-implant connection and its versatility with positioning, provide for a more efficient surgical procedure. My patients are overwhelmed with this life-changing, predictable treatment.” 

SmartFix concept is now available for the Astra Tech Implant System EV product line in the US. Unique features include a holder made of Peek plastic for easier handling, especially in the posterior, and compatibility with the OsseoSpeed Profile EV, which when placed at an angle in the posterior, can further eliminate the need for bone reaming procedures. Multibase EV abutments are compatible with Nobel Biocare Multi-unit prosthetic cylinders and bridge screws. SmartFix concept is already available for Xive and Ankylos implant systems.

OsseoSpeed® Profile implants (Astra Tech Implant System)

Almost 40% of all implant sites present with a sloped alveolar ridge after healing.* The OsseoSpeed Profile EV implant (Astra Tech Implant System) is a uniquely shaped, patented implant specifically designed for just this clinical situation. It is designed to follow the natural shape of the bone, supporting the soft tissue by preserving marginal bone 360 degrees around the implant. In addition, it can help to eliminate the need for bone augmentation procedures. In fact, a reported 58% of all sloped implant sites have a reduced need for augmentation when using the OsseoSpeed Profile implant.

Dr. David Barack, a Periodontist from Skokie, IL states, “Since 1987, I have experienced the joys and frustrations of evolving implant technologies. The OsseoSpeed Profile EV implant has been one of the most impactful developments in my practice. I now place implants with optimal bone utilization, prevention of marginal bone loss, and position to neighboring teeth.”

Newly published results** on OsseoSpeed Profile implants show bone preservation, increased soft tissue volume and regain of keratinized mucosa in patients with compromised soft tissue conditions.

PD Dr. Robert Nölken, co-author of the study, explains “We have seen a great deal of improvement on the peri-implant soft tissue in our research follow-up. This allows us to achieve a good esthetic outcome for patients with thin biotypes.”

This prospective, 2-year follow-up, multicenter study—investigates OsseoSpeed Profile EV implant survival rate, soft and hard tissue maintenance following placement in healed sites of the posterior mandible. Twenty-four centers, 184 patients and 238 implants are included in the study.

 

Digital implant solutions

 

Atlantis® CustomBase solution

The Atlantis CustomBase solution combines an Atlantis Abutment and an Atlantis Crown with a screw access hole. The crown is cemented to the abutment extra orally and then all is screw-retained into the implant, avoiding potential complications caused by excess cement. The crown can be designed in the customer’s own software by ordering a unique digital file, with the screw hole indicated. 

“Atlantis CustomBase gives our laboratory the ability to fabricate a screw-retained restoration with a custom designed titanium sub-structure,” states Conrad Rensberg, Owner and Head of Dental Implants, Absolute Dental Services, North Carolina. “Incorporating Atlantis CustomBase has greatly reduced post-delivery de-bonding and fracturing between the restoration and interface. The Atlantis CustomBase in gold-shaded titanium allows for brilliant color reproduction in our high translucent materials,”

Since the Virtual Atlantis Design (VAD) software takes the edentulous space with surrounding teeth and soft tissue anatomy into consideration, the Atlantis CustomBase solution is a premium, single-tooth, screw-retained solution providing patient-specific design of core height and optimized retention and design. This provides a result that replicates natural tooth function and esthetics. Moreover, the Atlantis CustomBase solution provides customized emergence profile for enhanced soft-tissue management and placement of material junction considering biological principles.

Prosthodontist, Dr. Mark Montana, Tempe, AZ, shares his clinical perspective. “Atlantis CustomBase provides customized emergence profile and optimal design of the axial walls, resulting in a restoration that is specific to a patient’s tissue and with a reliable cement interface, when compared to stock Ti-base alternatives.”

The Atlantis CustomBase solution is available for all major implant systems and is fully FDA compliant.

 

Atlantis® connectivity with CEREC® Omnicam

The upcoming integrated connectivity between Atlantis WebOrder and Sirona Connect SW will make the ordering of all Atlantis abutments solutions easily accessible for the CEREC Omnicam users. The digital impression is taken with either a ScanPost or an Atlantis IO FLO.

 

mySimplant® Planning Service

With mySimplant Planning Service, computer guided implant treatment is now even easier and more affordable. mySimplant enables clinicians to treat more patients with enhanced safety, and predictability. The user-friendly interface eliminates the need to acquire costly planning software or to spend valuable hours learning how master it. Through a secure online portal, an implant treatment planning proposal is prepared according to the unique specifications set by the clinician for their patient.

This new outsourcing service from Dentsply Sirona Implants gives clinicians the possibility to rely on an experienced partner to build and grow their business while still staying in control of the treatment planning, and most importantly, without compromising the treatment outcome.

For more information, visit www.mySimplant.com

Dentsply Sirona Implants customer survey Austria, Germany, North America, Switzerland; data on file.

** Reference: Schiegnitz E, Noelken R, Moergel M, Berres M, Wagner W. Survival and tissue maintenance of an implant with a sloped configurated shoulder in the posterior mandible-a prospective multicenter study. Clin Oral Implants Res 2016;E-pub May 13, doi:10.1111/clr.12869.

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Dental Hygiene KOL Patti DiGangi, RDH Publishes the ROMA* Manual on Dentistry

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Part of the DentalCodeology Series, the New Book is a Light Hearted, 

Yet Deadly Serious Look at the Dental Profession

 

Addison, IL – May 09, 2017 – Patti DiGangi, RDH, BS, a prominent dental hygiene thought leader, took a totally different approach when writing the latest book in her DentalCodeology Series. 

 

She and co-author Dr. Benson Baty took a humorous approach in examining some of the observations, insights and urban legends associated with patient communications, dental team interactions and clinical practice. 

 

“You can’t make this stuff up,” says DiGangi. “I think everyone who has worked a few years in a dental office has a ROMA book in them!” If you think ROMA stands for Results Oriented Management and Accountability, think again. Those with a military background may recognize that ROMA is an acronym for “Right Outta My A_ _.”   

 

According to Dr. Baty, “Although we don’t want to be politically correct, we don’t want to offend either. If you are offended after learning what ROMA means, this may not be the book for you.”

The authors say the purpose of this book is to take a light-hearted view of dentistry while also challenging assumptions, questioning traditions and looking at the evidence with some ethical lessons thrown in for good measure.

 

For example, here’s a preview of some of the chapter topics:

 

  • Patients Say the Darndest Things
  • Professionals say the Darndest Things
  • Dental Education’s Darndest Things
  • Dentistry’s Darndest F-Words 

 

The ROMA Manual of Dentistry is not intended to be a one-hit wonder. In fact, the authors believe there is a bottomless well of material to draw from. “Everyone working in dentistry has their own observations, insights and opinions,” explains DiGangi. We are planning to use a crowd-sourcing approach to gather some of the material for our next installment. Dental professionals will be provided opportunities to contribute on DentalCodeology.com and on our social media platforms.”

 

You can order your copy of The ROMA Manual: A Light Hearted, Yet Deadly Serious Look at Our Profession by clicking http://bit.ly/2pJgiC2.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

KaVoTM Launches SMARTmaticTM Series

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SMARTmatic Low-speed handpiece series combines quality, smart features and optimal ease of use for more successful clinical outcomes.

KaVo is pleased to announce the launch of the SMARTmatic Series, available now and making its debut at the California Dental Association CDA Presents in Anaheim and the Ontario Dental Association (ODA) in Toronto, May 4-6, 2017.

The new SMARTmatic series unites KaVo‘s trusted quality with smart features for optimal ease of use and successful clinical outcomes. As a successor to the established INTRAmaticTM E / ES series, the SMARTmatic series fits alongside the Master and Expert series to offer dentists a new, attractive entry into the world of KaVo.

The SMARTmatic series boasts a number of features to optimize performance, including:

  • Small head size for better view

  • Ceramic sliders within the chuck system for securing the bur

  • Stainless steel construction for long durability

  • High-precision ball bearings for a high degree of efficiency

  • Light-weight for tireless working

  • Optimum balance for precise treatment

    Designed with flexibility in mind, the SMARTmatic series is perfect for anyone wishing to combine the highest standards in reliability, a broad spectrum of treatment options including endodontics, restorative and prophylaxis treatment indications. SMARTmatic straight and contra-angle handpieces are available for any dental system, air or electric.

    A smart choice for any practice, call 888-ASK-KaVo or visit www.KaVo.com for more information on the SMARTmatic. 

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Brasseler USA® Expands the ImplantPro® Family with New Titanium Scalers and Curettes Brasseler USA® Expands the ImplantPro® Family with New Titanium Scalers and Curettes

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ImplantPro® Titanium Scalers and Curettes Provide 

an Ideal Balance of Safety and Efficiency 

 

SAVANNAH, GA (May 4, 2017) – Brasseler USA®, a leading manufacturer of quality instrumentation, is pleased to announce an expansion of its popular ImplantPro® family of products with new ImplantPro® Titanium Scalers and Curettes. The thin, durable tips and ergonomic design of ImplantPro Titanium Scalers and Curettes safely yet effectively remove calculus and biofilm around implants, both supra- and sub- gingivally as well as interproximally, ensuring gentle debridement.   

 

ImplantPro Titanium Scalers and Curettes and are made from 6Al-4V titanium, comparable to most implant abutments, and are never heat-treated. This allows ImplantPro Scalers and Curettes to maintain the low Rockwell C hardness of 25-31 HRC. Moreover, ImplantPro Scalers and Curettes feature Brasseler USA’s unique blade finishing with long-lasting, polished edges which are less aggressive than traditional scalers and curettes to further ensure the safest instrumentation possible around implants.  Because of this special finishing, hand sharpening is not recommended.

 

“Brasseler designed the new ImplantPro Titanium Scalers and Curettes specifically to answer dental hygienists’ requests for thinner implant maintenance instruments,” remarked Brenda Sharp McCarson, RDH, BS, Brasseler USA’s National Manager of Hygiene. “They are strong enough to dislodge calculus and even residual cement, yet are flexible and soft.”

 

The ImplantPro Titanium 204S Scaler features thinner, shorter blades with less curvature than a traditional 204S, while the four ImplantPro Titanium Curettes feature elongated terminal shanks and thin, short blades to reduce tissue distension and ease subgingival insertion.  

 

All feature Brasseler USA’s distinctive, lightweight PEEK (Polyether Ether Ketone) handles for outstanding ergonomics.  The light, ideally-balanced handles of each ImplantPro Scaler and Curette are specifically structured to minimize hand fatigue and provide the best performance possible.

 

For more information about ImplantPro Titanium Scalers and Curettes as well as all of Brasseler USA’s product and service solutions for dental, hygiene, and laboratory professionals, please visit www.BrasselerUSA.com or call 800-841-4522.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Wireless health services provider settles $2.5 million HIPAA breach

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As regular readers know, I’m pretty dedicated to security & HIPAA compliance.  Simply for the fact it’s the right thing to do *and* it keeps fines away from the office.
 
Well, there’s been a settlement lately that I wanted to bring to your attention.  
 
It seems that CardioNet has settled a case with the federal government for 2.5 million dollars.  The fine is due to an employee losing a company laptop.  The missing laptop contained over unsecured Protected Health Information on 1391 patients.  The laptop was taken from the car of an employee while the car was parked in the employee’s driveway.  The fine breaks down to $1797 per patient record.
 
This is another example of treating patient data like gold when it is outside the office, because basically it is.  DO NOT leave data unattended.  It’s just that simple.  You’ve been warned.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Storwize USB Initialization Tool may contain malicious code

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It seems that some people that purchased an IBM Storwize disk rack lately received a little something extra with the purchase.  The device comes with a USB stick contained the initialization tool on it.  However, some unlucky people also got malware loaded on it as well.  This means that putting the USB drive into a port would infect whatever was attached to it.  A nice little present that you wouldn’t really be expecting from a piece of equipment you just took out of the box.
 
IBM put the information on a support page, but unfortunately, the page doesn’t have any information on how the malware got on there or an apology for the mess it creates.  It’s more technical info on what to do.
 
Would you like to see it?  Here is the link.  

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Interesting Facts About Online Reviews

It doesn’t matter what your business is these days, online reviews are critical to your success.  Your customers have never access like never before to tell others the good, the bad, and the ugly about your business.  Because of that, it behooves any business to listen to your customer base and to see what kind of reviews you are getting online.

 

The following infographic was put together by the good folks at website builder.org and they were kind enough to let me use it here.  There is some incredible info provided here and I highly suggest you read it.

 

If you have any interest in the info they provide, feel free to contact them at their website.  

 

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Could Rodent Teeth be the Answer to Stem Cell Regeneration?

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For the past several years, researchers have been trying to figure out exactly what causes stem cells to kick in and function in a regeneration situation.
 
All rodents (including “Leo the Bunny” shown above), continue to grow their incisors through their life.  In fact, if they do not wear their teeth down by chewing & gnawing the incisors can grow terrifyingly long & cause all kinds of problems.
 
To that end, researchers at the University of California San Francisco have been studying the teeth of mice (another rodent) to see what the factors are & could those factors help to grow new organs and teeth someday.
 
 
Here is a brief excerpt:
 
"As we grow older our teeth start to wear out, and in nature, once you don't have your teeth anymore, you die. As a result, mice and many other animals - from elephants to some primates - can grow their teeth continuously," said UC San Francisco's Ophir Klein, MD, PhD, a professor of orofacial sciences in UCSF's School of Dentistry and of pediatrics in the School of Medicine. "Our lab's objective is to learn the rules that let mouse incisors grow continuously to help us one day grow teeth in the lab, but also to help us identify general principles that could enable us to understand the processes of tissue renewal much more broadly."

Monday, May 1, 2017

10 Ways to Protect Yourself on Public Wi-Fi

We live in a world where security is something we need to pay attention to continuously.  Whether you know it or not, bad guys are out there and they are frequently sniffing the signals of open WiFi to try and steal your valuable data.  To that end, the good folks at TheBestVPN have put together this list of ways to stay safe.  When you are done reading, head over to their website and check them out.  
 
Here are some comments from the company and the list.
 

Public Wi-Fi: How to Stay Secure 

 

 

The more we are heading towards convenience and simplicity, the greater we are exposed to data breaches and personal information. All we need is to fall within the wifi range and we can enable it, connecting to the internet. 

 

What used to be done on personal computers in the past can conveniently be done on mobiles and tablets these days. To save on time and cost, public wifi is extensively available at public places in most of the countries. 

 

Simplified access of wifi over wired networks has moved people away from firewalls and network security softwares. Individuals and small businesses leaving networks unsecured without sufficient encryption, has further aggravated the situation. 

 

In addition, data breach has also taken a new direction, with novel ways being implemented every alternate day to exploit user information. 

 

While it is difficult to out-perform astute programmers with their hacking skills, we can certainly adhere to safer practices while hooking to a public wifi. Take a look at this infographic -

 
 
 
 
 
 
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