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Dental News

Prozone confirms effectiveness of ozone dental therapy
Clinical tests from the Department of Molecular Biology at the University of Salzburg in Austria have confirmed that dental treatment with Prozone, a next generation ozone generator by Austrian manufacturer W&H, is highly effective against bacteria strains that are responsible for oro-dental infections and the development of dental caries. In the control study conducted in 2009, samples of Streptococcus mutans and Escherichia coli were gassed immediately and after 1.5 hours with ozone for 24 seconds and several times.
Source: Dental Tribune

Scientists Report Gene Network in Early Tooth Development
Darwin had his finches, Morgan had his fruit flies, and scientists today have cichlid fishes to trace the biological origins of jaws and teeth. In this week's issue of the journal PLoS Biology, researchers supported by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, part of the National Institutes of Health, report they have deduced a network of dental genes in cichlids that likely was present to build the first tooth some half a billion years ago.
Source: National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research

Sniff of Local Anesthetic in the Dentist's Chair Could Replace the Needle
Scientists are reporting evidence that a common local anesthetic, when administered to the nose as nose drops or a nasal spray, travels through the main nerve in the face and collects in high concentrations in the teeth, jaw, and structures of the mouth.
Source: ScienceDaily

Patient Resources

Most Dentists OK With Doing Medical Screenings
Dentists are willing to screen their patients for common medical conditions, says new research. If necessary, they also will refer them to a physician if necessary, the study finds. The research involved a survey that 1,945 dentists filled out.
Source: Simple Steps To Better Dental Health

Dental Treatment Might Lower Glucose Levels in Type 2 Diabetes
Researchers analyzed seven studies of people ages 16 and older with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes who had periodontitis, a bacteria-caused disease that attacks the gums, tissue and bone that support the teeth. After combining data for 244 patients from the three most pertinent studies, the researchers concluded that treating gum disease could have small but beneficial implications for people with type 2 or “adult-onset” diabetes.
Source: Health Behavior News Service

Baby Tooth Decay Linked to Obesity
A study of young children undergoing treatment for cavities in their baby teeth found that nearly 28 percent had a body mass index (BMI) above the 85th percentile, indicating overweight or obesity.  
Source: Ivanhoe Newswire

Did You Know?

Chemicals that speed growth may impair ability to absorb soil's nutrients.

Donald Davis, PhD, a former researcher with the Biochemical Institute at the University of Texas, Austin, led a team that analyzed 43 fruits and vegetables from 1950 to 1999 and reported reductions in vitamins, minerals, and protein. Using USDA data, he found that broccoli, for example, had 130 mg of calcium in 1950. Today, that number is only 48 mg. What's going on?
Source: MS NBC

Practice Management Tips

Reusing Reports and Groups

When you think about reports in the medical practice, you probably think billing or schedules most of the time. With Fields of Code 2.0 you can generate a multitude of reports for patients, prescriptions, as well as reports for internal use.

If you already have a large set of reports, you can organize them into clusters by adding them to group documents based on what they relate to. A report can appear in more than one group, which makes this method efficient at categorizing for multiple uses. It also provides quick access by selecting the reports from the groups rather than the Reports Gateway when the full list is very large.

Here are a few examples of useful groups: patient reports, HR reports, prescriptions reports, letters to colleagues and referrals.

Another example is a group to contain all reports related to the new patient intakes. A possible list of reports in this case could be: medical conditions questionnaire, insurance questionnaire, privacy statements the patient needs to sign, forms about previous health care providers and requests for patient files, letter to patients informing of extended services, etc. Because the list within the group can be annotated efficiently, graphically and textually, you can easily track the status of any patient by using the group. This will help remember what forms were signed, and which letters were mailed out, or responded to.

To make the above process even faster, groups and reports can be copied and reused again. Creating templates with logos, headers and partial text is just one such example. These templates can be copied to build new reports thus accomplishing not only a fast workflow, but a consistent appearance as well.

Our team has prepared a video tutorial that demonstrates how to make copies of existing reports in Fields of Code 2.0. Follow the same steps to create copies of groups referencing the reports. You can view this tutorial at the Fields of Code Library. Scroll to the Reporting section and look for the following video ID: A3T2.

All of our tutorials and registration are free. First time users are required to complete a quick, one-time registration.
Source: Fields of Code Library


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