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25 July
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South Hadley man faces numerous motor vehicle charges in Amherst including …

AMHERST A 22-year-old South Hadley motorist observed swerving over white lines on Route 116 without headlights on faces numerous motor vehicle charges after policestopped him near Atkins Friday night.

Police arrested Newman M. Galati just after 10:20 pm Friday night and charged him with operating under the influence, second offense; operating a motor vehicle to endanger, recklessness; marked lanes violation; leaving the scene of a property damage accident; driving an unregistered motor vehicle; driving an uninsured motor vehicle;driving without lights; and a license plate violation.

Galati allegedly struck a guardrail on Route 116 prior to his arrest.

He was taken to the Hampshire County Jail and House of Correction in Northampton following his arrest and was scheduled for arraignment Monday in Eastern Hampshire District Court in Belchertown.

Police had been notified by police in South Hadley and were ready when Galati came into town, police said.

25 July
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Hundreds line up outside North Point High School for free dental care

North Points gymnasium looked more like the largest dental office in the state of Maryland on Friday, as it was taken over by around 100 licensed dentists, 20 hygienists and at least 400 volunteers.

Its the best kind of tired weve ever been, explained Carol Hall from the Southern Maryland Dental Society Mission of Mercy (DSMM). Weve helped so many.

For the next two days, North Points gym will serve as a free adult dental clinic.

There are a lot of people here today who have a lot of needs, said Garner Morgan with DSMM. One of our surgeons took out seven teeth on one young lady.

It was clear the area residents who turned out for the event Friday were grateful for the free help.

Dental insurance these days is so hard to get, said William Coffren.

The services offered at the event include cleanings, fillings, extractions and root canals.

The mission started in Virginia 15 years ago and has expanded, representatives told ABC 7 News. The goal is to treat 1,600 patients over the next two days in Waldorf.

Some of these people come to us without a smile, Hall added. We are able to give them that smile back, and they are so appreciative.

A wide range of people came through the gymnasiums doors early on Friday – the uninsured, the underserved, and people who have lost their jobs. Veterans and their families are also welcomed, organizers said.

These people are really struggling, added Morgan, who said many people told them they were overwhelmed with bills for other basic family needs. This is our chance to help them out.

DSMM holds two such events each year. The next event will be in early September at the University of Maryland.

24 July
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Cops: Man charged after striking cop during motor vehicle stop

A 24-year-old man is in custody after he allegedly struck a Chicago Police officer with his car during a motor vehicle stop, officials said.

The incident happened at about 10 pm 6500 block of South Langley Avenue in the West Woodlawn neighborhood, said Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Janel Sedevic.

Anthony M. Turner of the 6700 Block of South Langley Avenue was charged with one felony count of aggravated batter of a police officer, a felony count of attempting to elude police and two misdemeanor counts of leaving the scene of an accident and misdemeanor reckless driving.

He also was cited for driving with a suspended license, failure to reduce speed and operating a vehicle without insurance.

Turner was allegedly seen driving the wrong way down the street. When police approached the vehicle, Turner accelerated towards police and struck an officer as he attempted to flee, police said.

Turner then struck a parked car and fled on foot. Officers were able to arrest him a shortly thereafter. Turner is expected in bond court on Monday, police said.

The police officer was taken to the University of Chicago Hospital and eventually treated and released, police said.

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24 July
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NC Dental Society Recommends Earlier Use of Fluoride

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WASHINGTON–The NC Dental Society wants parents to start brushing their kids teeth with fluoride as soon as their first tooth comes in.

The American Dental Association says that parents should use a light smear of fluoride toothpaste for children younger than 3-years-old and a pea-size amount for children ages 3 to 6.

The US Centers for Disease Control says dental decay is the most common chronic childhood disease with more than 16 million children suffering from untreated tooth decay in the nation.

Recommendations from CDC Division of Oral Health:

24 July
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Discovering the benchmark for your dental practice

It’s no secret that businesses seek success by looking for the most effective ways to make their goals a reality. In order to learn that information, businesses must continually evaluate themselves, their competitors, and their industry. A measure of success must be set. A benchmark is a point of reference by which things may be compared or assessed. Benchmarks show businesses what best practices to strive for, what is necessary to maintain a competitive edge, and what actions are necessary to adapt to the needs of their customers. Benchmarks should not be confused with quotas. Quotas are specific goals, and if not met often have a negative consequence.

In dentistry specifically, benchmarking may not be as valued as it should be. Information is seldom shared between colleagues because many dentists practice alone, and there are no large associations that share information that could be used to establish or compare benchmarking data. However, dentists should value the importance of creating an open environment where information is shared for the sake of building upon individual successes and identifying areas where one may appear to be an outlier among thousands of other dentists.

This is where benchmarking comes into play. For example, most dentists feel that patients should receive complete exams. My experience says that 90% of dentists believe all their patients have had complete exams. My experience also tells me when dentists actually check the data, they’ll find less than 100% of their patients actually received a comprehensive exam. If you’re a dentist, I invite you to print a list of your new patients over the last six months, and determine what percent received a complete oral exam. Then, determine if that percentage meets with your expectation. This is the beauty of benchmarking. It provides feedback to measure oneself against your peers and your expectations.

Benchmarks help businesses achieve better, more predictable results for their participants and customers. We can assume all cell phone manufacturers understand what the benchmarks are in their industry. Innovation occurs to meet these benchmarks at a lower cost or exceed them at the same cost. The bottom line is that customers benefit from that benchmark and innovation cycle. I believe that benchmarking in cancer therapy or cardiac therapy helps physicians and institutions provide more consistent processes and care, which yields better outcomes for patients. Results are shared and changes are made to therapies and processes to improve results.

Heartland Dental has studied the practice patterns of thousands of affiliated and nonaffiliated dentists for 15 years. When the data is shared with dentists, they can determine how their individual and practice results compare with thousands of other dentists. The profession as a whole could benefit greatly from a broad and transparent creation of benchmarks that could provide useful information for both solo practices and DSO-supported offices.

Leaders need to have clear written goals. As the leaders of their teams, they need to set the vision of their offices. They must communicate these expectations and follow up with team members to ensure success. As legendary coach Lou Holtz said, “Don’t be a spectator. Do things. Just decide what you want to do and then ask the question, ‘What’s important now?’ What do I have to do to achieve this? And that will tell you the action you have to take. It’s not a wish list; it’s a set of things you want and need to accomplish.”

There is no substitute for strong leadership. Leadership can be reinforced through the use of objective data (benchmarking). Objective feedback is equally, if not more important than subjective feedback. Many practices today base success simply on how the dentist feels. Is the dentist happy? I agree that the subjective feelings of a dentist are important; however, as a fellow dentist, I also feel objective data needs to be considered when evaluating whether a practice is fully achieving its mission.

There are methods to measure all aspects of a practice activity. Patient satisfaction can be benchmarked with health-care performance improvement companies, such as Press Ganey. By receiving the results on their offices and comparable offices, dentists and team members have a much broader method for identifying areas of opportunity. In addition, employee engagement can be measured using personal/professional development courses such as Bell Leadership.

Whether one is setting practice goals for clinical results, financial results, or patient satisfaction, a plan of action must be developed from data. Goals without objective feedback are not as attainable as goals supported by objective feedback. Dr. Gerald Bell of the Leadership Institute teaches that great leaders build great companies, and great leaders understand the value and relevance of benchmarking.

Rick Workman, DMD, is founder and chief executive officer of Heartland Dental. After practicing full-time, Dr. Rick Workman created Heartland Dental, a world-class dental support organization offering affiliated dentists nonclinical, administrative support. Heartland Dental has over 530 affiliated dental offices in 26 states. Dr. Workman may be reached at rworkman@heartland.com.

24 July
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4 Reasons To Buy Realty Income Corporation

Realty Income Corp (NYSE: O) is one of the largest property-owning real estate investment trusts (REITs) on the market. In addition to providing growth as the value of its properties rises, the company also provides a fantastic, growing monthly income stream to shareholders.

Here are four great reasons why Realty Income Corporation belongs in your portfolio.

Diversity, diversity, diversity
One of the most compelling reasons to buy REITs instead of individual investment properties is the diversification they provide. And, Realty income is about as diversified as they come in terms of tenants, industry exposure, and geography.

24 July
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Jon Stewart tackles highway funding fight

Comedian Jon Stewart weighed in on the fight over federal transportation funding in Congress, criticizing lawmakers on his show on Wednesday night for opting for a temporary spending patch instead of a long-term extension. 

Lawmakers have been working on a nearly $11 billion bill that would extend federal transportation funding until May 2015.

Stewart took Congress to task failing to pass a multi-year extension that transportation advocates have argued would allow the nation to make more progress on fixing its aging infrastructure. 

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23 July
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Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) Surface Labs In Process Of Creating Tabs Aimed …

According to Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) CEO Satya Nadella, the key to its cloud and productivity lies in its struggling Surface tablet as the software giant is working hard to create a tablet that could displace the giants like Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), Samsung Electronics and Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) from their current market position. In order to take a complete view of what Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is up to, Bloomberg took a tour of the companys secretive Surface labs.

A look at the Surface labs reveals that Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s original design greatly varies from its usual business. Panos Panay, VP of Surface Computing said:

“This is not something, where it was in our DNA twenty years ago, it was not in our DNA ten years ago. This is not one of these things where we just started nine months ago, and we came up with a great idea.

However, it is a continuous process of improvement taking place over a period of time. The Surface Labs consists of Model Shops, which are equipped with a range of tools, both old school and new ones, ranging from tooling machines, table saws to 3D Printers. These shops also house all sorts of materials to model with like acrylics, metal, plastics, etc. making it a modern workshop of industrial design.

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) first launched its Surface tablet in 2012 but it failed and led to a charge of $900 million to be written off. But, the market of subsequent Surface launches is growing gradually, at a slow pace though. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is working hard to pull the charm for its Surface 3 as it strives to get everything right. Thus, they have made the new surface tablet thinner and lighter, where even tenth of grams means a lot of currency for the engineers.  At the same time, the company has invested thousands of man hours to create a new tablet style. All those iterations, all that inventing has given Microsoft what they think is a productivity tool to replace the laptop, reported Bloomberg.

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23 July
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Dental students raise money for trip to Guatemala

REDDING, Calif. –

Students from the Shasta College dental hygiene program are raising money to take a mission trip to Guatemala. The students will bring a mobile clinic to the developing country and provide cleanings and educational programs. They need to raise more than $10,000 to pay for airfare and supplies.

As a dental student its a once in a lifetime chance. When are we gonna ever get the opportunity to go to Guatemala and provide dental care? Well just learn so many things, have a new experience differently from what we do in the clinic, said second-year student Sarah Craft.

Airfare to Antigua, Guatemala is $1,100. The students will have to raise that money too.

The money helps pay travel expenses and it helps buy the supplies that we need … we have to take all the supplies down there, said second-year student Chantique Grinsell. 

The two year dental hygiene program gives students hands-on experience through student-run clinics. They provide dental screenings throughout the school year. The trip to Guatemala will give them even more time on the job.

We have classroom time and we also have clinic time … going to Guatemala will be completely different because we are going to be providing dental care non stop for five days, said student Brandon Hawkins. 

Shasta College has done the trip a few times, and each year students working at the mobile clinic have to cap the number of people they see.

The years before theyve actually run out of supplies, and when we run out of supplies we cant help anymore. So the more supplies we have, the more people we can reach out to and the more impact well be able to make in Guatemala, said student Reina Suarez.

You can donate here: www.fundraise.medicalteams.org