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Simple lung cancer test may be used in dentist offices (Cancerfacts.com)
MONTREAL – Oct. 31, 2005 – One day people at high risk of lung cancer might scrape the inside of the cheek with a small wooden spatula similar to a tongue depressor and have the collected cells analyzed for lung cancer, a new study shows.

Not just drillin’ and fillin’: Dentist’s practice uses holistic approach (Stamford Advocate)
Leonard Kundel says his Stamford dental practice considers patients equal partners in determining appropriate treatment and care.

Not just drillin’ and fillin’: Dentist’s practice uses holistic approach (Norwalk Advocate)
Leonard Kundel says his Stamford dental practice considers patients equal partners in determining appropriate treatment and care.

Local News Search for missing dentist may resume (Thunder Bay Post)
An air search for a Marathon dentist who went missing in the summer while flying a small plane may resume now that the leaves have fallen.Doug Lawson, a member of a search and rescue organization in Sault Ste. Marie, says he intends to get up in the air this week, weather permitting.

Dentist Wants to Buy Back Extra Candy (WDEF Chattanooga)
Parents looking to get rid of some extra Halloween treats don't have to look far. East Brainerd dentist Andrew Lunn wants to buy the candy back. On Thursday, Lunn and his staff invite kids 12 and under to bring the leftovers to them.

Burdened by treats? Dentist will cash 'em in (Deseret News)
OREM — Hey, kids: Today could be payday if you snagged a PayDay candy bar while making the Halloween rounds on Monday night. Don't worry. Snickers, Almond Joys and Tootsie Rolls can bring in some cash, too.

Memorial for slain dentist (San Francisco Chronicle)
A memorial for David Gong, a dentist who was shot to death last week near his office, will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. in San Francisco. Dr. Gong, 56, was shot and killed at Jackson at Polk streets in San Francisco, a half block from his office, by a...

Ohio dentist's practice ordered closed after 2-year-old dies (Journal-News)
COLUMBUS, Ohio — A dentist who administered a lethal dose of anesthetic to a 2-year-old West Virginia boy committed malpractice, the Ohio State Dental Board has ruled.

Dentist severs finger and fakes car crash (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
A Dutch dentist who chopped off his finger and then faked a car crash before claiming 1.8 million euros ($2.2 million) from insurers was given a suspended sentence and fined by a court Thursday.

Dentist severs finger and fakes car crash (Reuters)
The man, aged 50, mutilated himself and crashed his car into a tree in Belgium in the hope of convincing insurers that the steering wheel had inflicted the injury, the court said.

Health Department Suspends License Of Pawtucket Dentist (NBC 10 Providence)
Rhode Island's director of health on Thursday suspended the license of a Pawtucket dentist. The Department of Health said Dr. Gary Anusavice does business at 451 Broadway under the name Premier Dental.

Dentist swaps patients for students (Tampa Bay's 10)
Seminole, Florida - Are you in the mood for a career change? Some people are turning to teaching and why not, the demand is there. The state needs 30,000 new teachers each school year to keep up with growth and class size requirements.

Belpre Dentist Charged with Malpractice (WTAP-TV)
The Ohio State Dental Board has ruled that the actions of a Belpre dentist who administered a lethal dose of local anesthetic to a two-year-old West Virginia boy constituted malpractice.

Health director suspends dentist's license (WLNE-TV)
A Pawtucket dentist facing allegations of fraud has his license suspended. Health Director David Gifford suspended dentist Gary Anusavice's license yesterday and ordered him to close his practice, Premier Dental in Pawtucket.

Belpre dentist's practice closed by dental board (Parkersburg News and Sentinel)
BELPRE - The Ohio State Dental Board closed the practice of a Belpre dentist who administered a lethal dose of local anesthetic to a 2-year-old Wood County boy and ruled that the action constituted malpractice.

Dutch dentist amputates own finger (The Register)
No IT angle, but definitely digital

Dentist Is A Fugitive, Nassau D.A. Says (CBS 2 New York)
Nassau authorities are looking for a Hempstead dentist who failed to appear in court yesterday to face charges of insurance fraud.

Angola dentist suspended (Fort Wayne Journal Gazette)
An Angola dentist’s license was suspended Friday after allegations that she diagnosed patients with cavities that didn’t exist. The Indiana Board of Dentistry suspended the license of Penelope Lynn Dunlap, 35, at the request of state Attorney General Steve Carter.

Pawtucket dentist allowed to reopen practice for now (WPRI 12)
PAWTUCKET , R.I. (AP) -- A Pawtucket dentist whose license had been suspended amid fraud allegations is back in business today. Gary Anusavice’s practice, Premier Dental, can reopen after a Superior Court judge yesterday blocked the Health Department’s suspension of his license.

Young dentist's future opens wide in Reading (Reading Eagle/Reading Times)
A friend's phone call to St. Joseph Medical Center keeps career goals on track for a doctor-in-training who was displaced by Hurricane Katrina.

Suspended dentist allowed to reopen practice (WLNE-TV)
A Pawtucket dentist whose license had been suspended amid fraud allegations is back in business today. Gary Anusavice's practice, Premier Dental, can reopen after a Superior Court judge yesterday blocked the Health Department's suspension of his license.

Area dentist takes witness stand in trial (Edwardsville Intelligencer)
There were several raised-eyebrow moments during Belleville dentist Raymond Criscio's testimony on the first day of his malpractice trial, among them his acknowledgement that the 30 to 40 root canals he performed each week brought in...

Area dentist takes witness stand in trial (Edwardsville Intelligencer)
There were several raised-eyebrow moments during Belleville dentist Raymond Criscio's testimony on the first day of his malpractice trial, among them his acknowledgement that the 30 to 40 root canals he performed each week brought in seven figures annually.

Filling the dentist's shoes (The Sacramento Bee)
Shoes can save the drabbest of outfits.

Dentist's License Suspended Following Allegations (WRTV Indianapolis)
ANGOLA, Ind. -- A dentist's license has been suspended after allegations that she diagnosed patients with cavities that did not exist. The Indiana Board of Dentistry suspended the license of Penelope Lynn Dunlap, 35, at the request of state Attorney General Steve Carter.

Ex-dentist in Bangor to remain in prison (The Morning Call)
Michael Pacifico, the former Bangor dentist convicted of drug dealing, won't get to spend the remainder of his prison term on house arrest.

Dentist prices could come down (Jersey Insight)
The cost of going to the dentist could come down because of the new Competition Law. The Dental Association will no longer recommend prices that dentists should charge.

16 Moms: Easing the dread of a child's first dentist visit (WNDU 16)
Most adults dread going to the dentist. So how do you ease your child's anxiety about getting their teeth cleaned? Mona Yang, mother to Faline, says, "I was worried that she would refuse to open her mouth and just be very upset. You know, that's someone she doesn't know is going into her mouth."

Pawtucket Dentist Will Close Practice (NBC 10 Providence)
A Pawtucket dentist agreed Monday to close his office and have his license suspended for 18 months. The agreement was part of an out-of-court settlement reached between Dr. Gary Anusavice and the state Department of Health.

Dentist sues Belvedere (The Daily Record)
A dentist is suing the Belvedere Condominium Council of Unit Owners, alleging it is trying to illegally foreclose on his unit after he refused to pay more than $10,000 in unexplained electricity charges.

Dentist kicks out 8,500 patients (The News and Star)
Let us know your verdict on this story. Email [email protected] AROUND 8,500 patients will lose their place with an NHS dentist after it was revealed a leading practice in Carlisle and Penrith - thought to be the biggest in the area - is to go private.

Health Department forces dentist to close practice (WPRI 12)
PAWTUCKET, R.I. A Pawtucket dentist accused of fraud has agreed to close his practice by the end of the year. The state Health Department suspended dentist Gary Anusavice's license last week, saying he billed patients for services they didn't receive and deceived them about credit provided to them.

Dentist accused of claiming fake cavities (Chicago Sun-Times)
ANGOLA, Ind. -- A dentist whose license was suspended on allegations that she diagnosed patients with cavities that did not exist will fight the accusations, one of her lawyers said Tuesday.

Dentist shortage (Aftenposten)
New research shows that Norway will have a greatly reduced number of dentists working in 2020, but experts are not sure that this will be a crisis.

Minister hails dentist recruitment success (Guardian Unlimited)
The government today hailed a drive to recruit more dentists as a success after the number working for the NHS rose by more than 1,000 in the past year.

Minister hails dentist recruitment success (Guardian Unlimited)
Society: Drive to recruit more dentists sees number working for NHS rise by more than 1,000 in past year.

5000 lose NHS dentist in Lothian (The Scotsman)
NEARLY 5000 patients in Lothian have lost their NHS dentist in the past two years as Scotland's dental crisis deepens.

NHS 'like travelling back in time' says Lithuanian dentist (Telegraph)
A Lithuanian dentist who is being forced to quit the NHS due to lack of funding has said that practising within the health service was like "travelling back in time".

Minister hails dentist recruitment success (Guardian Unlimited)
The government today hailed a drive to recruit more dentists as a success after the number working for the NHS rose by more than 1,000 in the past year.

Dentist numbers exceeding targets (Politics.co.uk via Yahoo! UK & Ireland News)
The number of dentists recruited over the past year has exceeded government targets, the health minister said today.

60 ,000 LOSE NHS DENTIST (Daily Record)
ALMOST 60,000 people lost access to their NHS dentist during the last two years, figures showed yesterday. The SNP condemned the "shocking and unacceptable" number of patients who had their registration with an NHS dentist withdrawn.

Dentist: Board OK not needed (Today's News-Herald)
Students in Mohave Community College's dental assistant program don't need national board certification to earn higher wages than employees trained on the job. All they need to earn $2 to $4 an hour more is graduation from a one-year dental assistant program.

60,000 LOSE DENTIST (Daily Record)
ALMOST 60,000 people lost access to their NHS dentist during the last two years, figures showed yesterday. The SNP condemned the "shocking and unacceptable" number of patients who had their registration with an NHS dentist withdrawn.

Hundreds join queue for dentist (BBC News)
Hundreds of people queue outside dental surgeries in Cumbria for the second day.

Prosecutor picked for Angola dentist case (Fort Wayne Journal Gazette)
A LaGrange County prosecutor has been appointed special prosecutor in a case involving a dentist in Steuben County whose license was suspended Friday on allegations of diagnosing patients with cavities that didn’t exist.

Lodi dentist's hearing delayed (Recordnet.com)
LODI -- A hearing to determine if a Lodi dentist should stand trial for allegedly groping female patients was postponed Wednesday until Nov. 29.

10,000 FIFERS LOSE THEIR DENTIST (Fife On-lien)
ALMOST a third of all people in Scotland who have been de-registered from their dentist in 2005 live in Fife, according to newly released figures.

Hempstead Dentist Pleads Not Guilty (WNBC)
MINEOLA, N.Y. -- A Hempstead dentist pleaded not guilty to insurance fraud charges Wednesday and vowed to stay on the Hempstead School Board, even though the board has called for him to resign.

Special Prosecutor Will Decide Whether to File Charges Against Dentist (Fort Wayne News Channel 15)
(Angola, Ind.-AP) A special prosecutor says he will decide within a month whether to file charges against an Angola dentist whose license was suspended following allegations that she diagnosed patients with cavities that did not exist.

Dentist ‘a hard worker’ in 40-year career (The Brownsville Herald)
November 11, 2005 — Longtime Brownsville dentist Dr. Harold Hugh Emerson never gave up and never quit. He died Monday at 85 years of age after a lengthy illness.