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WHO calls potential health cutbacks a mistake

October 14, 2008

LONDON, UK: Governments should resist the temptation to cut their health budgets in response to a global financial crisis, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has said. WHO Director-General Margaret Chan told the Graduate Institute in Geneva that steps to repair the economy should not only focus on rekindling trade and business growth but also on fighting poverty, misery, and ill-health.

Interview: ‘Amalgam seperators must be mandatory’

September 28, 2008 | News

Mercury has been used for millennia in many applications, primarily in artisanal mining and as an electrode in the chlor–alkali industry. Today, for many people exposure to mercury results from their amalgam fillings. With new regulations on amalgam use in Europe and the United States, environmental aspects of the toxic metal have to be taken into consideration. DT editors Daniel Zimmermann and Claudia Salwiczek spoke with Lars Hylander, Associate Professor at the University of Uppsala, Sweden, about how amalgam waste affects the environment and how it could be prevented.

FDI invites to 2009 congress in Singapore

September 26, 2008

The FDI and the Singapore Dental Association (SDA) have invited to next year’s FDI Annual World Dental Congress in Singapore. The 2009 congress of the organisation will be held from 2 to 5 September in the Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre and offer a large scientific programme, covering the most recent clinical and scientific advancements affecting the world of the dental profession.

International Speaker Development Programme launched by FDI

September 26, 2008

During the its Annual World Dental Congress in Stockholm, Sweden, the FDI World Dental Federation has launched the International Speaker Development Programme (ISDP) with Nobel Biocare. The aim of the programme, according to FDI President Dr Conrod, is to establish a global network of young professional opinion leaders in the field of dentistry.

Straumann shows new implant material at EAO

September 21, 2008 | Business

LEIPZIG, Germany: Roxolid, a new material that could make dental implants both smaller and stronger, was recently presented at the 17th Annual Scientific Meeting of the European Association for Osseointegration (EAO) in Warsaw, Poland.

Straumann shows new implant material at EAO

September 20, 2008

LEIPZIG, Germany: Roxolid, a new material that could make dental implants both smaller and stronger, was recently presented at the 17th Annual Scientific Meeting of the European Association for Osseointegration (EAO) in Warsaw, Poland.

Predictable composite shrinkage may refine material selection

September 18, 2008

LEIPZIG, Germany: Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials in Freiburg in Germany have successfully managed to simulate the process of shrinkage and consequent microleakage in dental composites. Their findings may eventually allow clinicians to select appropriate restorative material based on the shape of the cavity to be filled.

Top marks for UK University

June 26, 2008

The Times Good University Guide has rated Queen’s University Belfast as the top dentistry school in the UK. The latest edition of the guide awarded the university’s undergraduate course in dentistry an overall rating of 100 per cent. This year the league tables incorporated results from the National Student Survey with Queen’s being given the highest student satisfaction rating of 87 per cent.

Interview with dentist Stefano Dallari, Italy

June 18, 2008

For many reasons Tibet is a place where no boundaries exist between the material and spiritual worlds or between politics and religion as demonstrated by the Dalai Lama who is a political as well as spiritual leader of the Tibetan people. The relation between this unique part of the world and Italian dentist Stefano Dallari is a love story that started in 1982 with a “dental expedition” to Ladakh, India, to examine the teeth of Tibetan monks for a thesis undertaken at the University of Modena. Dental Tribune Italy Editor-in-chief Massimo Boccaletti had the opportunity to speak with Dallari not only about how he became involved with Tibet, but also about how dentistry is performed at the “Roof of the World.”

Dentists issue warning for children’s teeth

June 15, 2008

LONDON, UK/LEIPZIG, Germany: Children should brush their teeth no more than twice a day and not straight after meals, according to a leading dental academic. Professor Jimmy Steele of the School of Dental Sciences at The University of Newcastle, UK, is urging parents to change their habits after a survey by the company Sensodyne found, that 79 per cent of dentists are seeing the effects of acid erosion on children’s teeth at least once a week. It also found that 53 per cent of five year-olds had some form of tooth erosion.

World Health Assembly takes on new challenges in health

May 21, 2008

LEIPZIG, Germany/GENEVA, Switzerland: At the 61st World Health Assembly in May, over 2,700 participants from 190 nations have endorsed a six-year action plan to tackle noncommunicable diseases, such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and different kinds of cancer. They also reaffirmed their commitment to eradicate polio and prepare for a future influenza pandemic.

Clinical Innovations Conference held in London

May 18, 2008

LONDON, UK: Held at Regent’s College on 15–16 May, the fifth Clinical Innovations Conference was hosted by Smile-On, in association with Dental Tribune International. With a comprehensive programme covering all domains of aesthetic dentistry, leading edge products and research were presented through a blended approach of lectures and hands-on workshops.

Overseas doctors in the UK in parity with EU medics

May 4, 2008

LEIPZIG, Germany: The UK’s highest judiciary, the House of Lords, has declared as illegal guidelines discriminating against overseas medical graduates, mostly Indians, from applying for training posts in the in the country’s National Health Service. As a result of the decision, doctors currently involved with the Highly Skilled Immigrant Programme (HSMP) are allowed to remain in Britain and train and work under the same conditions that are applicable to doctors from the European Union.

Jürgen Heraeus elected chairman of UNICEF Germany

April 13, 2008

LEIPZIG, Germany: The German branch of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has elected Dr Jürgen Heraeus as its new chairman. The entrepreneur, who also chairs Heraeus Kulzer, a company involved in the worldwide dental business, is replacing 65-year-old Heide Simonis, who resigned after allegations had been raised that donor funds were mismanaged.

New survey claims high satisfaction with dental tourism worldwide

March 2, 2008

LEIPZIG, Germany: Dentists in affluent, high-priced markets, such as North America, Japan, Australia, and Western Europe may need to keep an eye on overseas and cross-border competition in the form of dental tourism. A dental tourism survey by, a medical and dental tourism search engine in Dublin, Ireland, claims 'high levels of satisfaction' among dental tourists it polled.

Swedish Nobel Biocare partners with German university

January 27, 2008 | Business

BERLIN, Germany: Nobel Biocare is extending its worldwide University Partner Program. During a press conference in January, the Swedish dental manufacturer signed an agreement with the Charité University Medical School (Charité UMS) in Berlin.

Virgin starts venture in healthcare and dentistry

January 27, 2008 | Business

LONDON: Unstoppable entrepreneur Richard Branson is moving into healthcare and dentistry, it has been announced. His Virgin Group has established a new business called Virgin Healthcare and plans to open centres with general practitioners (GPs) of the National Health Service and other healthcare professionals in the UK, including dental teams. The company said the move followed an extensive two-year consultation with key stakeholders from across primary care.

Interview with forensic dentistry specialist Professor David K. Whittaker, UK

November 4, 2007

David K. Whittaker is Emeritus Professor of Forensic Dentistry at Cardiff University, Wales. He is the author of a standard text on forensic dentistry in the UK (Colour Atlas of Forensic Dentistry, Wolfe Medical Publications) and the author of more than 100 publications. As a practising expert witness for 30 years, he has written more than 430 reports and statements and regularly appears in Crown, Appeal, Magistrates and Coroner Courts. During the 2007 FDI World Dental Congress in Dubai, Dental Tribune editor Claudia Salwiczek had the opportunity to speak with him about his fascinating work in forensic dentistry.

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