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8/22/2019

Dental therapists are to the dental profession what nurse practitioners and physician's assistants are to the medical profession, and authorizing them to practice can help people in rural areas or with low incomes get needed care. But many dentists in the US say that therapists do not have the training and experience needed to extract teeth or perform other advanced services, and few training programs are accredited.

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The Associated Press
8/22/2019

More than 50 groups representing businesses, public schools, health care providers, tribes, municipal governments, and health and dental insurers are urging Wisconsin lawmakers to pass bipartisan legislation authorizing dental therapists to practice in the state. But the Wisconsin Dental Association says the bill wouldn't expand underserved communities' access to care and instead supports a bill creating a scholarship program.

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The Associated Press
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8/22/2019

A study published in JAMA Pediatrics linking prenatal fluoride exposure to lower IQ in 3- to 5-year-olds has stirred controversy in the medical community, with some experts praising the study's strength and others saying the authors did not account for certain confounders. The researchers do not suggest changes to water fluoridation policies, and other studies have not found a similar association.

8/22/2019

People diagnosed with anorexia or bulimia nervosa were more likely to have poor periodontal health and poor quality of life related to oral health than people without disordered eating who where admitted to the same mental health clinic, researchers reported in the Journal of Periodontology. The findings suggest that dentists who know the symptoms of eating disorders have an opportunity to help patients who may be avoiding treatment for disordered eating.

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anorexia, Bulimia
8/22/2019

People in a drug rehabilitation program who received comprehensive dental care at the University of Utah School of Dentistry stayed in rehab longer and were more likely to find jobs and housing than those in the program who did not receive dental care. The grant funding the program has expired, but Vice Dean and dentist Glen Hanson, who designed it, says lawmakers have allocated new funding through Medicaid.

8/22/2019

Cigna is reportedly working with an investment bank to explore a sale of its group benefits business, which could be worth up to $6 billion and includes disability, life, and accidental death and dismemberment insurance.

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Reuters
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Cigna
8/22/2019

Tracking metrics used by the Orlando Utilities Commission show its most-efficient wellness programs include onsite personal training and wellness classes, incentives for being physically active, and employee assistance programs. Having access to physical and mental health programs, and classes on workplace violence, anti-bullying, anti-sexual harassment and emergency responses also were on the list.

8/22/2019

Among the top risks identified in Aon's 2019 Global Risk Management Survey are economic slowdown/slow recovery, damage to reputation/brand, accelerated rates of change in market factors, business interruption, increasing competition and cyberattacks/data breaches. The top risks a company faces might vary by the nature of the business or where it's located - as well as where its top suppliers, partners and customers are located. However, awareness of global business risks is more important now than ever before.

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theonebrief.com
8/22/2019

According to Aon's 2018 DC and Financial Wellbeing Global Employee Survey, most workers tend to be confident about their finances, their ability to manage their money and good financial decision-making. But a deeper dive into the data reveals that confidence may be misplaced.

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theonebrief.com
8/22/2019

Thomas Ranieri, a doctor from New Castle, Pa., is set to be sentenced in January after pleading guilty to multiple counts of unlawfully prescribing and distributing controlled substances. Authorities said Ranieri illegally prescribed and distributed oxycodone, fentanyl, Opana ER and other Schedule II controlled substances without true medical purpose and outside the usual course of medical practice from January to June 2013.

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Department of Justice
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