Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Dental Decay In Children

Researchers from the U.S. and abroad suggest that a new method of genetic profiling may distinguish bacterial populations that cause severe dental decay in children and be used as a basis for intervention and prevention development. They report their findings in the January 2007 issue of the Journal of Clinical Microbiology.

Severe early-childhood caries (S-ECC) is an extremely destructive form of bacterial tooth decay generally involving multiple teeth. Although previous studies have indicated Streptococcus mutans as a potential agent, researchers have yet to determine if S-ECC is caused by a single strain of bacteria or a group of bacterial species. Prior testing based on cultivation methods has proven difficult because nearly half of the bacteria in saliva and dental plaque are not cultivable.

In the study researchers collected plaque samples from twenty children, some with S-ECC and some caries-free (CF), and evaluated the difference in bacterial diversity using denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE), a cultivation-free method which isolates total microbial genome DNA. Results showed the S-ECC group exhibited 94.5 bacterial populations while the CF group exhibited 113.4, suggesting that caries-associated bacteria become less diverse as specific groups begin to dominate the plaque biofilm.

"These results suggest that the microbial diversity and complexity of the microbial biota in dental plaque are significantly less in S-ECC children than in CF children," say the researchers. "Our study also demonstrated that PCR-based 16S rRNA gene DGGE is a sufficiently valuable tool for differentiating the microbial composition of the oral plaque in S-ECC children from that of CF children and may be further developed as a pattern recognition tool with which to identify specific group of bacteria predominantly colonized in children of various caries status."

Monday, January 29, 2007

Treo 680 $99


As you probably know I am into Treo Smartphones. (After all I just gave a hands on Smartphone course at the Yankee Dental Meeting.) Well the new Treo 680 is onsale at Amazon.com for $99 and a 2 year commitment to Cingular. Not a bad deal if Cingular works well in your area.

Click here to take you to the Amazion Treo 680 page.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Olympus Crystaleye A New Shade Scanner



I saw this new shade scanner and software at the Yankee Dental Meeting. Its called the Crystaleye and is made by Olympus. Price is not set but expect it to be in the $6K range. The software looks very interesting in the way it analyzes the color and the reports that it can generate for the laboratory technician. The camera can also take smile and face photographs.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Quickbooks and Microsoft Windows Vista

Many offices (including mine) use Quickbooks software to manage the office bills and payroll. Be aware that since QuickBooks 2006 and earlier versions were developed and released before the introduction of Windows Vista, these versions may be adversely affected when used on a computer running Windows Vista. More information can be found at www.quickbooks.com/support/vista

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Ohio dentist battles liver disease, awaits transplant

Dr. Jack Rigby (an Internet Dental Forum Member) is awaiting a liver transplant. Read more about his struggle in the ADA News article.

Makes us all think how lucky we all are.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Free 1GB Flash Drive

Here is a 1GB Flash drive free after rebates from eCost.com
We use flash drives in my office to backup practice management data on a daily basis. Each day has its own flash drive and we can get each day for approximately nine months before having to delete data. This is key if you ever have to restore after a corrupted data base.
Click here to see the eCost web page.

The rebate is good until January 31st.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Google Earth 4

Google has released Google Earth 4, an updated version of its popular satellite imagery program.

Google Earth 4 offers better 3D capabilities. It has an enhanced interface, which makes it easier to navigate.

Check it out
http://earth.google.com/





Friday, January 19, 2007

Articaine (Septocaine®) Formulation with Less Vasoconstrictor Gains FDA Approval

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the marketing of articaine (Septocaine) 4% with epinephrine 1:200,000 concentration. This product contains one-half the amount of epinephrine as that contained in the original formula of articaine (Septocaine) 4% with epinephrine 1:100,000.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Gum Disease and Tooth Loss Boost Pancreatic Cancer Risk

Men with periodontitis and tooth loss, or both, had an overall 64% greater risk of cancer of the pancreas than men with good oral health, showed data from Health Professionals Follow-Up Study.

"Our study provides the first strong evidence that periodontal disease may increase the risk of pancreatic cancer. This finding is of significance as it may provide some new insights into the mechanism of this highly fatal disease," said Dr. Michaud, in the Jan. 17 issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

Read more by clicking here.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Considering a Tablet PC?


Here is a UMPC (Ultra Mobile PC) that runs all your Windows Programs. It is a tablet PC so you can use a stylus. List for $799
This will be great for the operatory, front desk for patients to fill out forms or just those people on the go.

More information is available on the AGOPC web site.

Friday, January 12, 2007

Elvis Presley's Crown


If you are interested a crown made for the King is up for bid on eBay.

Click here to bid on "The King's Crown" and model of Elvis Presley's teeth.

Adobe Acrobat Reader Patch For Old Version

Adobe Systems Inc. has released a security update to address a cross-site scripting vulnerability in versions 7.0.8 and earlier of its Adobe Reader and Acrobat software.

Adobe last week urged all users of its software to upgrade to Version 8 of Adobe Reader and Acrobat, both of which were unaffected by the flaw. At that time, the company also said it would release patches addressing the issue for users who wanted to continue using older versions of the two programs.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Kodak Health Group Purchased by Onex

Here is the press release.


Kodak to Sell Health Group to Onex for up to $2.55 billion
Sale fulfills strategic intention to focus investment, increase financial flexibility

ROCHESTER, N.Y., Jan. 10 – Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE:EK) announced today that it has entered into an agreement to sell its Health Group to Onex Healthcare Holdings, Inc., a subsidiary of Onex Corporation (TSX: OCX), in a move that will sharpen Kodak’s strategic focus on consumer and professional imaging and the graphic communications industry.
Under terms of the agreement, Kodak will sell its Health Group to Onex for up to $2.55 billion. The price is composed of $2.35 billion in cash at closing, plus up to $200 million in additional future payments if Onex achieves certain returns with respect to its investment. If Onex Healthcare investors realize an internal rate of return in excess of 25% of their investment, Kodak will receive payment equal to 25% of the excess return, up to $200 million.
Because of tax-loss carry forwards, Kodak expects to retain the vast majority of the initial $2.35 billion cash proceeds. The company plans to use the proceeds to fully repay its approximately $1.15 billion of secured term debt. Other potential uses of the cash proceeds are under review and will be discussed at Kodak’s previously announced investor meeting, scheduled for February 8.
About 8,100 employees associated with the Health Group will continue with the business following the closing. Included in the sale are manufacturing operations focused on the production of health imaging products, as well as an office building in Rochester, N.Y.
Kodak’s Health Group, with revenue of $2.54 billion for the latest 12 reported months (through September 30, 2006), is a worldwide leader in information technology, molecular imaging systems, medical and dental imaging, including digital x-ray capture, medical printers, and x-ray film.
Onex Corporation, based in Toronto, is a diversified company and is one of Canada’s largest corporations, with annual consolidated revenues of approximately C$20 billion and consolidated
Kodak to Sell Health Group to Onex / Page 2
assets of approximately C$20 billion. Onex has global operations in health care, service, manufacturing and technology industries. The health care operations include emergency care facilities and diagnostic imaging clinics.
“Kodak’s Health Group is a business with significant market presence and intellectual property assets,” said Antonio M. Perez, Kodak’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “This sale maximizes shareholder value by obtaining a full and fair valuation for this business, and allows Kodak to increase its financial flexibility.
“We now plan to focus our attention on the significant digital growth opportunities within our businesses in consumer and professional imaging and graphic communications,” Perez said.
Perez noted that Onex brings significant financial resources to invest in the Health Group business and to ensure its continued success.
“Onex is an ideal acquirer of Kodak’s Health Group because they understand the health industry and are committed to growing the business for the benefit of customers and employees,” Perez said. “I’m very pleased that we have such a favorable outcome for all of our constituents.”
“This is a great opportunity to acquire and grow a business that has established an impressive record in delivering innovative solutions to customers around the world,” said Robert M. Le Blanc, an Onex Corporation Managing Director. “Kodak’s Health Group has an exceptionally strong management team and we share this team’s vision for the future. We recognize that growth is critical and that digital technology is the future, and we believe strongly that customers and employees must continue to be a top priority.”
Subject to regulatory and other approvals, it is anticipated that the sale will close in the first half of 2007.
Goldman, Sachs & Co. acted as financial advisor to Kodak on the sale of its Health Group and Sullivan & Cromwell LLP provided legal counsel. Lazard Freres & Co. provided a fairness opinion in relation to the transaction.
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CAUTIONARY STATEMENT PURSUANT TO SAFE HARBOR PROVISIONS OF THE PRIVATE SECURITIES LITIGATION REFORM ACT OF 1995
Certain statements in this press release may be forward-looking in nature, or "forward-looking statements" as defined in the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. For example, references to strategic focus, expectations and the availability of the use of proceeds and debt reduction plans are forward-looking statements.
Kodak to Sell Health Group to Onex / Page 3
Actual results may differ from those expressed or implied in forward-looking statements. In addition, any forward-looking statements represent the Company's estimates only as of the date they are made, and should not be relied upon as representing the Company's estimates as of any subsequent date. While the Company may elect to update forward-looking statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so, even if its estimates change. The forward-looking statements contained in this report are subject to a number of factors and uncertainties, including the successful: execution of the digital growth and profitability strategies, business model and cash plan; implementation of the cost reduction program; implementation of, and performance under, the debt management program, including compliance with the Company's debt covenants; development and implementation of product, go-to-market and e-commerce strategies; protection, enforcement and defense of the Company's intellectual property, including defense of our products against the intellectual property challenges of others; implementation of intellectual property licensing and other strategies; development and implementation of e-commerce strategies; completion of various portfolio actions; reduction of inventories; integration of acquired businesses; improvement in manufacturing productivity and techniques; improvement in receivables performance; improvement in supply chain efficiency; and implementation of the strategies designed to address the decline in the Company's traditional businesses. The forward-looking statements contained in this report are subject to the following additional risk factors: inherent unpredictability of currency fluctuations, commodity prices and raw material costs; competitive actions; changes in the Company's debt credit ratings and its ability to access capital markets; the nature and pace of technology evolution; continuing customer consolidation and buying power; current and future proposed changes to accounting rules and to tax laws, as well as other factors which could impact the Company's effective tax rate; general economic, business, geo-political and regulatory conditions; market growth predictions; continued effectiveness of internal controls; and other factors and uncertainties disclosed from time to time in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Any forward-looking statements in this report should be evaluated in light of these important factors and uncertainties.
2007

An iPhone Hands On Look

David Pogue spent some time up close and personal with the iPhone.
Read all about it here.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

The iPhone Has Arrived!

Well here it is!

Apple has announced the iPhone. It will be a GSM phone available in June from Cingular.


iPhone combines three products — a revolutionary mobile phone, a widescreen iPod with touch controls, and a breakthrough Internet communications device with desktop-class email, web browsing, maps, and searching — into one small and lightweight handheld device. iPhone also introduces an entirely new user interface based on a large multi-touch display and pioneering new software, letting you control everything with just your fingers. So it ushers in an era of software power and sophistication never before seen in a mobile device, completely redefining what you can do on a mobile phone.

More information at Apple's web site.
www.apple.com/iphone

New From Fast Attach

National Electronic Attachment, Inc (NEA) Offers FASTLOOK

January 8, 2007 – National Electronic Attachment, Inc. (NEA) of Atlanta, GA (www.nea-fast.com) announced today the launch of FASTLOOK, an ALL Payor attachment lookup accessible via the Internet. NEA partnered with the National Association of Dental Plans (NADP) of Dallas, TX (www.nadp.org) to develop this unique solution to concerns raised by organized dentistry and providers about the complexity and accessibility of payor attachment requirements NEA and NADP are committed to reducing the cost, confusion and paperwork related to paper claims for both Providers and Payors. “Our partnership with NEA will help our members offer a valuable service to dental offices and practice management companies,” states Evelyn F. Ireland, CAE, NADP’s Executive Director.

NADP members anticipate this relationship will reduce unnecessary radiographs and other attachments for Providers and dental offices using the FASTLOOK service. What this means to a Provider sending a paper claim is, the Provider can look in FASTLOOK by Payor and determine exactly what or if an attachment needs to be sent. Until now, only Payors receiving electronic attachments posted requirements on the NEA FastAttach website for access by providers submitting electronic claim.

We are very pleased to announce our relationship with NADP. NEA is proud to have led the process in bringing this service to dental Providers and Payors in the marketplace,” states Tom Hughes, NEA’s CEO. NEA’s FASTLOOK product gives all dental offices the ability to know requirements of the nation’s dental Payors.
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National Electronic Attachment is the nation’s largest electronic attachment company. NEA’s premier product FastAttach™ enables healthcare claims attachments to be transmitted, via the Internet, to NEA’s repository where insurance companies are able to view the images on NEA’s web site, in support of electronic claims. NADP is the leading trade association in the US dental benefits industry. NADP’s member dental plans provide benefits to 132 million of the 163 million Americans with dental benefits or 81% of the total dental benefits market. NADP members offer various lines of dental benefits including DHMO, DPPO, Dental Indemnity and
Discount Dental plans.

NATIONAL ELECTRONIC ATTACHMENT, INC.
www.fast-attach.com
4588 Winters Chapel Road, Suite 200
Atlanta, Georgia 30360-2827
Phone: 770.441.3203 ¨ Fax: 770.441.3204
www.nadp.org
8111 LBJ Freeway, Suite 935
Dallas, Texas 75251-1347
Phone: 972.458.6998 ¨ Fax: 972.458.2258

Monday, January 08, 2007

War For The 4th Screen

Here is an intereting article about future cell phones, including the anticipated Apple cell phone.

Click here to read more.

Friday, January 05, 2007

Worried About Image Storage?

1TB drives coming soon
Hitachi and Seagate plan to sell terabyte hard drives during the first half of 2007. The drives will use perpendicular recording to store the data. Hitachi says its drive will sell for $400.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Danaher Acquires Icat

MAKER OF i-CAT® CONE BEAM 3-D IMAGING

SYSTEM ACQUIRED

Des Plaines, Illinois, January 3, 2007 Imaging

Sciences International has been acquired by Danaher Corporation and joins KaVo®,
Gendex®, DEXIS® and Pelton & Crane® as part of Danaher’s group of market-leading
dental equipment companies. Imaging Sciences, which is based in Hatfield,
Pennsylvania, manufactures, sells, and markets the i-CAT® Cone Beam 3-D dental
imaging system, which is the market leading 3-D dental imaging solution for general
practitioners and dental specialists.

Imaging Sciences' i-CAT has the ability to capture views of critical anatomy, including
bone structure and tooth orientation. This imaging technology enables dental
professionals to improve patient care by more accurately planning procedures such as
implants and oral surgery, creating more predictable outcomes, and reducing treatment
time and radiation. These advantages have driven the adoption of Cone Beam 3-D
dental imaging solutions along with the steady growth in general dentistry, implant
procedures, oral surgery, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) analysis, periodontal and
orthodontic procedures.

Imaging Sciences’ President, Ed Marandola, said, “We are extremely excited to become
a key part of the leading dental equipment team, and we are confident that this
transaction will solidify i-CAT as the top choice for dental practitioners in need of a value creating 3-D imaging solution.”

Bob Joyce, President of KaVo Gendex North America, stated, “Adding the number one
3-D imaging product line to our 2-D offerings from Gendex and DEXIS demonstrates our
commitment to dental professionals at a time when practitioners increasingly recognize
the need for the powerful information these systems provide. Imaging Sciences’
talented professionals will help us continue to deliver unsurpassed product performance,
quality and customer service to dentists worldwide.”

In North America, i-CAT is exclusively distributed through Sullivan Schein Dental™, a
Henry Schein division. i-CAT is distributed outside the U.S. by several other distributor
partners. For more information on Imaging Sciences, see www.imagingsciences.com

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

EZ Deposit Slip

Are you one of the millions of businesses that accepts checks but still hand writes your deposit slips? If you're using PCs to run your business why are you still writing bank deposits the old fashioned way with a calculator or adding machine?

we have been using this program for over a year. It works great. You can search deposits, back them up and throw the paper in the garbage.

Check it out at www.ezdeposit.com