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Puerto Rico Dental Association Agrees to Settle FTC Charges of Price Fixing

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – The Colegio de Cirujanos Dentistas de Puerto Rico ("Colegio"), an association of approximately 1800 dentists licensed to practice dentistry in Puerto Rico, has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it restrained competition among dentists in Puerto Rico by fixing the terms under which individual dentists would deal with health insurers and other payers of health care services, orchestrating or threatening boycotts of payers by its members to obtain higher reimbursement, and preventing or discouraging truthful, nondeceptive advertising by members. The proposed settlement of the charges would prohibit the Colegio from continuing the illegal conduct alleged in the complaint.

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Discovery of Taste Receptors May make Bitter a Bygone Taste

BETHESDA, Maryland – It's an old axiom that in life we have to "take the bitter with the sweet." A recent study has shown that humans, as well as rodents, are well equipped to do just that. Scientists have discovered a new family of taste receptors (T2Rs) that may comprise as many as 80 different members, which together help detect different forms of bitter.

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Roxbury Oral Surgeon Indicted on Charges of Practicing Without License and Medicaid Fraud

BOSTON, Massachusetts – A dentist who practiced in the Dudley Square area of Roxbury was indicted today by a Suffolk County Grand Jury for practicing dentistry in the Commonwealth without a license and for committing Medicaid fraud, Attorney General Tom Reilly's office announced.

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Henry Schein Announces Fourth Quarter and Year-End Results

MELVILLE, New York - Henry Schein, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSIC) today announced financial results for the 1999 fourth quarter and year.

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Aspirin Fights Gum Disease Too: New Study

ADELAIDE, South Australia – A world-first study by Australian dental researchers has discovered a link between taking aspirin and protection against gum disease. The study, by Dr Arthur Drouganis and Dr Robert Hirsch at Adelaide University's Dental School, shows that even ex-smokers can benefit from small doses of aspirin.

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Oral Pathogens Put Children with Down Syndrome at High Risk for Early-Onset Periodontal Disease

CHICAGO, Illinois – Severe periodontal inflammation is often seen in children with Down syndrome (DS). A study released today in the February issue of the Journal of Periodontology found that various periodontal bacteria colonize in the early childhood of people with DS. And, P. gingivalis, a type of bacteria with a strong correlation to severe periodontal disease, increases in prevalence with age in those with DS, playing an important role in the onset of periodontal disease.

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Lizard Liver Toothpaste and Other Reasons to Welcome Dentists to the 2000 National Dental Conference

VANCOUVER, British Columbia-With more than 7,000 delegates expected to arrive in Vancouver for this year's national conference in March, it is an opportune time to give thanks to modern technology that allows your dentist to care for your teeth in comfort.

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BC Dentists Celebrate 10 Years of Saving Children's Smiles

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – The Association of Dental Surgeons of BC is proud to kick off its 10th annual Save a Smile Campaign to bring dental care to financially disadvantaged children across the province.

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Orthodontic Centers Of America, Inc. Announces Record Year - End Results

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida - Orthodontic Centers of America, Inc. (NYSE:OCA) today announced record financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 1999.

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Obesity Gene Controls Bone Density Via Brain Pathway

BETHESDA, Maryland – The obesity gene, which helps maintain body weight and fertility, also plays a key role in controlling bone density, according to a report in the January 21 issue of Cell. Leptin, the hormone product of the obesity gene, acts as a natural bone inhibitor by telling the brain to slow down the rate of bone formation.

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