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9/24/2021

GoodRx is branching out again from a drug-price comparison tool and adding a website with answers to frequently searched health questions and advice on health-related financial matters. The company also has a prescription-drug membership program and a primary-care telehealth service.

9/24/2021

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., has proposed giving Medicare beneficiaries vouchers or debit cards with $1,000 on them to help pay for dental visits, hearing aids or eye glasses, Bloomberg Government reported. The vouchers, which would be available to people making less than $75,000 annually or $150,000 for a family, would be sent to older adults before dental, vision and hearing benefits would take effect in Medicare, as proposed by Democrats in their reconciliation package. The Medicare proposal would add dental benefits in 2028.

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9/24/2021

The 2021 House of Delegates will convene Oct. 13 to 16 in Las Vegas, and while delegates must be present to participate and vote, non-HOD members may register at ADA.org/HODReg to watch the proceedings through a livestream broadcast, ADA News reported. Reference committee hearings will be open to all ADA members, and non-HOD ADA members and non-ADA members can submit written testimony in advance at ADA.org/writtentestimony until 5 p.m. Central time Oct. 8.

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9/24/2021

Researchers found that 34.9% of children and adolescents ages 4 months to 17 years slept less than is recommended for their age, according to a study in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Short sleep times were more prevalent among children in southeastern states, those in ethnic- and racial-minority groups, and those who had low socioeconomic status or special health care needs, according to HealthDay News.

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9/24/2021

With the school year well underway, there's no better time to teach kids important lessons about taking care of their teeth. Help teachers incorporate dental hygiene into their lesson plans with this free collection of lesson plans, including fun, interactive dental health experiments!

Find more free resources for patients at MouthHealthy.org.

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9/24/2021

A study in Nature Communications found that a deep learning algorithm trained on almost 290,000 breast ultrasound images was able to help radiologists reduce the rate of false positives by more than 37% and requests for biopsies by more than 27%. Researchers also found that the algorithm yielded an area under the curve of 0.976 when used to identify breasts with malignant lesions and retained a high diagnostic accuracy across all mammographic breast densities, age groups and ultrasound equipment manufacturers.

9/24/2021

A unique pattern of dimples, dots and ridges on a dog's nose may be established by the time it is 2 months old and, like a human fingerprint, the pattern can be used along with nostril size and shape to identify individual dogs, according to a study published in Animals. Building a database of nose prints could help locate and identify lost dogs, writes psychologist Stanley Coren.

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9/24/2021

Robin Cronin, a dental office manager from Worcester, Mass., entered a guilty plea to one count of health care fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud. Authorities said Cronin conspired with two dentists to submit fraudulent claims to MassHealth for dental services that were not reimbursable because the services were provided by a dentist who had previously been terminated from the health care program.

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9/24/2021

The Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development predicted 6% growth in the US GDP this year, down from 6.9% in May, Fox Business reported. The country's recovery during the spring, buoyed by easing business restrictions and COVID-19 vaccinations, has been affected by the spread of the Delta variant, the Paris-based group said. "The delta variant has so far had a relatively mild economic impact in countries with high vaccination rates, but there are signs that it may weigh on confidence and lower near-term growth momentum," the OECD said.

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9/24/2021

Dental practices generally request a practice valuation when considering a sale or partnership, before a transaction or negotiations with a potential buyer or partner, during a phased buyout or when estate planning, according to Chris Mayer, a chartered financial analyst at The Heimat Group, ADAPT's trusted transactions partner. "A practice valuation helps both parties in a sale," Mr. Mayer wrote in an ADA Practice Transitions blog. "Not only does it provide guidance relative to a potential practice value, but it also provides insight into potential financing options for a buyer." A practice evaluation generally is current for about six to 12 months unless there have been material changes to financial performance.

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