NEW YORK, N.Y., USA: Baboons at Paignton Zoo in Devon, United Kingdom, have learned to floss. A female hamadryas baboon was seen using a bristle from an old broom to clean her teeth. Paignton Zoo volunteer Liz Chisholm, who took the photos, said: “As I passed Baboon Rock I noticed that the baboons had been given broom heads to play with.” Some young baboons were seen sweeping with them, possibly mimicking the actions of their keepers.
MELVILLE, N.Y., USA: Henry Schein Inc. has announced a new partnership with the American College of Prosthodontists Education Foundation (ACPEF). The new partnership commits $1.25 million to fund a program of the American College of Prosthodontists (ACP) for the development of a groundbreaking new curriculum that incorporates computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) technology into the dental school curriculum.
NEW YORK, N.Y., USA: ADA 2015, billed as America’s Dental Meeting, is Nov. 5-10 in Washington, D.C. Registration details can be found at ADA.org/meeting, and a current list of planned courses is available at eventscribe.com/2015/ADA. New this year is an off-site welcome reception included in the cost of registration, scheduled for the evening of Thursday, Nov. 5.
BUFFALO, N.Y., USA: The two female students who scored the highest on the Syrian national high school final exam studied in a small basement classroom without electricity near Damascus, the Syrian capital at the heart of the country’s four-year civil war. “In spite of everything, those two girls rank first and second in all of Syria — from a war-zone area,” says Othman Shibly, DDS, clinical associate professor in the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine.
Dr. Luis Carrière obtained his dental degree from the University of Complutense in Madrid (UCM), in 1991. He then attended the University of Barcelona (UB) where he completed his orthodontic training and received his master of science in orthodontics in 1994. In 2006, he received his doctorate in orthodontics, cum laude, from the University of Barcelona.
LAS VEGAS, Nev., USA: X-Nav Technologies, the developer of advanced technology solutions for dental surgery, has announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the X-Guide Dynamic 3D Navigation system. The X-Guide system is designed to elevate the surgeon’s control and precision over the entire implant process, including planning and placement.
LAS VEGAS, Nev., USA: Thousands of clinicians and supporting staff have descended on the grounds of Caesars Palace to attend the American Academy of Implant Dentistry’s 64th Annual Educational Conference. This year’s AAID’s meeting, “Where Classic Principles Support Cutting-Edge Implant Dentistry,” aims to provide “practical education for the practicing implant dentist.”
WESTWOOD, Calif., USA: People undergoing root canals may have gained a powerful, if tiny, new ally. Researchers from the UCLA School of Dentistry have found that using nanodiamonds to fortify a material used in the procedure could significantly improve outcomes for patients. A paper on their research is published in the current issue of the peer-reviewed journal ACS Nano.
Your staff members are essential to the smooth functioning of your practice, and you rely on them to keep things going. But according to a 2014 report by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), health-care businesses are likely to be victims of fraud, with yearly losses averaging $175,000 per practice. The same study also found that small businesses are disproportionately affected — and under protected — from fraud and employee theft.
WASHINGTON, D.C., USA: Dr. Bernard Fialkoff, a periodontist and dental implant surgeon from Bayside, N.Y., and president and founding sponsor of the Foundation for A Drug Free World, The Americas Chapter (FDFW), recently visited the nation’s capital with members of Drug Free World, as part of an international convention on drug abuse.