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April 18, 2012

Admission fraud, PG seat quota in court, Free CE Free Journal, Crackdown on quacks, Jobless Dentists


Govt orders probe into racket of college admissions
State medical education minister Vijaykumar Gavit, on Monday, announced a probe into the alleged medical admission racket in three medical colleges, also deemed universities, where seats were up for sale. The colleges are run some of Maharashtra’s senior politicians.
Gavit’s
announcement came in response to corruption charges made by the leader of opposition Eknath Khadse, who submitted a CD of a sting operation, conducted by an aggrieved parent.
Khadse said that the sting operation had shown how MBBS seats were being sold for Rs20 lakh to Rs25 lakh, dental seats were being sold for Rs7 to Rs10 lakh, while rates for post graduation were around Rs50 to Rs70lakh.
“The CD shows honorary registrar of one college collecting money, it has shown an Officer on Special Duty to governor being involved. This is a huge racket,” said Khadse. LINK HERE

Dental students challenge govt decision on PG seats
A group of dental students studying have challenged the Gujrat state government’s decision to split the post-graduate seats into management and state quotas in 50:50 ratio. Earlier, only 15 percent of the seats were in management quota.
The matter came up for hearing on Monday before the bench of acting chief justice Bhaskar Bhattacharya and justice JB Pardiwala. The bench ordered that the petition be placed before the high court bench which hears education-related matters on such issues.
The students have also challenged the bona fide of the PG entrance examination conducted by the consortium of Self-Financed Dental Colleges on February 5. NEWSLINK

Private players only interested in making money, says Sibal
Perturbed over key bills related to reforms in higher education being stuck in Parliament for over two years, Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Kapil Sibal on Wednesday accused private players running educational institutes of stalling passage of these legislations which seek to raise quality.
The Minister said people running the institutes had little to do with education but were there only to make monetary gains out of the facilities. NEWSLINK

Unemployed dentists demand govt jobs-Diff matter that most of them are unemployable!
Jobless dental surgeons handed over a petition to chief minister Akhilesh Yadav during his Janata Darbar on Wednesday. Under the aegis of the dentists’ welfare association, the doctors said despite being qualified they were being forced to choose between unemployment and jobs other than their skill. For survival, many of them have taken up odd jobs. NEWSLINK

FREE CE Credits and FREE dental journal
Abbott pharma is pushing a new initiative to update about 7000 dentists in India. See letter below-click to see full text. Dentist will be able to get 6 CE credits free and get a free copy of leading world dental journal.
Social media basics for orthodontists
One of the most common buzz words in today’s online world is “social media.” This article defines social media, explains why it is important to practicing orthodontists, and provides information about how doctors can incorporate it into their practices. Five of the most useful social media tools are described in detail, outlining the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and risks inherent in each. FULL PAPER

En-masse retraction with temporary implants without posterior bonding
This report describes a novel concept of en-masse retraction with temporary skeletal anchorage devices in place of posterior bonding or banding. The patient was a Korean woman, aged 24 years 4 months, with a Class II Division 1 malocclusion with severe mandibular anterior crowding. Both molars showed decalcification of the cervical areas. Partial osseointegration-based C-implants and C-tube plates were placed bilaterally between the maxillary second premolars and the first molars and in the posterior mandible.
These temporary skeletal anchorage devices were used as independent appliances for full retraction of the maxillary and mandibular anterior teeth 3-dimensionally without the assistance of posterior bonded appliances. The posterior occlusion was not changed during treatment, and Class I occlusal relationships with optimal overjet and overbite were achieved.(Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop 2012;141:484-94) MORE HERE

No proof that periodontitis causes heart disease-AHA
A new report published today in Circulation, the journal of the American Heart Association (AHA), states that current scientific evidence does not establish a direct cause and effect relationship between gum disease and heart disease or stroke. Additionally, the evidence does not establish that gum disease increases the rate of heart disease or stroke. MORE HERE

Oral bacteria may influence joint failures
The culprit behind a failed hip or knee replacement may exist in the oral cavity, according to a new study in the Journal of Clinical Rheumatology.
DNA testing of bacteria from the fluid that lubricates hip and knee joints had bacteria with the same DNA as the plaque from patients with periodontal disease and in need of a joint replacement, according to researchers from the Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine (JCR April 2012, Vol. 18:3, pp. 117-121). LINK

3D printers could create customised drugs
Scientists are pioneering the use of 3D printers to create drugs and other chemicals at the University of Glasgow.
Researchers have used a £1,250 system to create a range of organic compounds and inorganic clusters – some of which are used to create cancer treatments. BBC NEWS

Crackdown of illegal practice
In Reno, a person hospitalized with life-threatening complications from a botched dental procedure told police about a man practicing dentistry in a nondescript mobile home. The man, 56, claimed he was a dental assistant in another country, police said. But he also had prior convictions locally for practicing dentistry without a license. LINK

Saliva Test Could Dramatically Increase Detection of Oral Cancer
A Michigan State University surgeon is teaming up with a Lansing-area dental benefits firm on a clinical trial to create a simple, cost-effective saliva test to detect oral cancer, a breakthrough that would drastically improve screening and result in fewer people dying of the world’s sixth most common cancer.The study will enroll 100-120 patients with white lesions or growths in their mouths and tonsil areas to test as part of the clinical trial. MORE HERE

Why perio health degrades with age
The study, published in Nature Immunology, reveals that the deterioration in gum health which often occurs with increasing age is associated with a drop in the level of a chemical called Del-1.
The researchers say that understanding more about Del-1 and its effects on the body’s immune system could help in the treatment or prevention of serious gum disease. MORE HERE

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