MINOR METALS-Vanadium prices hit 4-year high on supply crunch

By Eileen Soreng and Sethuraman N R

 

May 16 Vanadium prices have climbed to four-year highs due to tighter supplies created by a shift in production processes and stringent environmental policies in top producer China.

Vanadium is used to strengthen steel and in a new generation of batteries, which advocates say has advantages over lithium batteries in terms of grid storage.

There is a current shift towards more vanadium being produced from ore rather than as a steel by-product while China tackles environmental regulations, traders and analysts said.

Read more via MINOR METALS-Vanadium prices hit 4-year high on supply crunch | Reuters

Gold Price Futures (GC) Technical Analysis – June 27, 2017 Forecast

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August Comex gold futures are trading higher shortly before the regular session opening. After hitting a six-week low on Monday on a fluke trade, the market is being driven higher today by bargain hunters and a weaker U.S. Dollar.

The dollar is down against a basket of currencies, led by a surge in the Euro. The single currency is being supported by hawkish comments from European Central Bank President Mario Draghi. The EUR/USD surged to its highest level in over a week after Draghi said factors weighing on inflation in the Euro Zone were mainly temporary and the ECB could look through them.

Read more via Gold Price Futures (GC) Technical Analysis – June 27, 2017 Forecast | FXEmpire.com

Six Mistakes Dentists Make When Hiring

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Remember the class you took in dental school all about interviewing and hiring terrific team members? No? Of course not! Chances are there wasn’t one. It is no wonder that dental teams are frustrated with the process of interviewing and hiring.

Just like prepping a crown, there is a process to hiring that, if done correctly, will yield a great fit, but if not, you will lose time and money and a bit of your sanity in the process. Here are 6 mistakes dentists make while hiring and a few tips on how to avoid them.

Not Asking the Same Questions

Oftentimes we go into an interview with the plan to “feel the candidate out.” We chat, ask about past experience and school, maybe jot down a few notes, and that’s it. Doctors and office managers base their hiring decision on how they “felt” about the candidate. In this case, there is no real metric by which to compare competitors.

This laissez-faire approach will not land you the best fit. What happens if you like 2 candidates equally? What if you and your office manager disagree? Without a standardized way to compare candidates, you will not get the most out of your hire. Instead, go into the interview with a standard set of questions each interviewee is asked. Our suggestions are as follows:

  • What type of culture do you think you fit best in?
  • What does your ideal work place look like? What did you not like about your last job?
  • What core values are most important to you?
  • What do you like about our practice, and why do you want to work here?
  • What do you think you could bring to our practice, and how could you add value?

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Dubai: 10 Things to do – 3. Gold Souk

gold soukDubai is known for really cheap gold — but you’ll have to haggle for it. Whether or not you’re ready to buy, a stroll through the dazzling Gold Souk is a must. The stores also offer platinum, diamonds and occasionally silver, and the government keeps tight control over the quality of all the merchandise, so rest assured that your purchases will be genuine. (The same cannot be said, however, of the street vendors outside hawking “genuine fake” watches and “Guuci” handbags.) If something in the window catches your fancy, be sure to barter — persistent protest capped with a walkaway will get merchants to drop their asking price by as much as half.

Read more via Dubai: 10 Things to Do — 3. The Gold Souk – TIME

A Mini Dental Implant Alternative to All-on-Four

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photo courtesy of Max Arocha DMD

INTRODUCTION
Aesthetic dentistry has evolved throughout the past few decades, specifically in the field of implantology. Patients are preferring endosseous procedures to traditional dentures and other removable prostheses to increase stability and comfort, and to decrease pain.1 Conventional implants require several procedures involving multiple appointments and upwards of a year until completion; although some newer techniques promote a faster completion time. The “All-on-4” technique is an immediate conventional implant procedure in which 4 large-diameter implants (2 in the anterior and 2 in the posterior) are inserted at a 45° angle to take advantage of the available bone and to reduce the need for bone augmentation and/or sinus lift.2

According to Nobel Biocare’s All-on-4 treatment concept manual, a minimum of 5.0 mm in bone width and 8.0 mm in bone height is necessary to begin the procedure.3 (All-On-4 is a registered patent owned by Nobel Biocare developed together with Paulo Malo, DDS, PhD, at the MALO CLINIC.) Though the All-on-4 technique claims to eliminate the need for bone augmentations and sinus lifts, these procedures cannot always be eliminated if the bone quantity does not meet the requirements due to the large diameter of a conventional implant.1-2,4 While the All-on-4 technique offers acceptable support with 4 implants, the endosseous procedure is still invasive and time consuming compared to the immediate and early loading procedures used with mini dental implants.

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Gold Outlook Investors Watching $1,300 For Gold Next Week

Gold’s renewed momentum, following a disappointing May jobs report, is expected to continue into next week with some analysts saying that $1,300 could be a viable target.

Gold saw a major boost Friday after the release of a weaker-than-expected nonfarm payrolls report, which showed that 138,000 jobs were created in May, well below expectations for gains of 181,000 jobs.

August gold futures last traded at $1,279.60 an ounce, up 0.64% from last Friday, its fourth consecutive week of positive gains.

The rally in gold helped push up the entire precious metals complex higher with palladium posting its highest price in almost two years; September palladium last traded at $835.45 an ounce, up more than 6% from last week. July Comex silver futures last traded at $17.505, up 1% from last week. Meanwhile, July Platinum was the only weaker metal, last trading at 953.60 an ounce, down almost 1% from the previous week.

Read more via Investors Watching $1,300 For Gold Next Week | Kitco News

Oral Health

Oral health touches every aspect of our lives but is often taken for granted. Your mouth is a window into the health of your body. It can show signs of nutritional deficiencies or general infection. Systemic diseases, those that affect the entire body, may first become apparent because of mouth lesions or other oral problems.

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British Pound Slips After UK Election Shock, Dollar Gains

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NEW YORK — The British pound plunged to a seven-week low on Friday after a shock election result cast doubt on Britain’s talks to leave the European Union, but global equity markets rallied with key indices on Wall Street hitting new record highs.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said she would form a government backed by a small Northern Irish party after her Conservative Party lost its parliamentary majority in a vote on Thursday just days before the EU departure talks begin…

Read more via British Pound Slips After UK Election Shock, Dollar Gains – The New York Times

Baby Teeth Offer Clues to Autism Risks

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Differences in the uptake of multiple toxic and essential elements during the second and third trimesters and early postnatal periods are associated with the risk of developing autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), according to researchers from the Senator Frank R. Lautenberg Environmental Health Sciences Laboratory and the Seaver Autism Center for Research and Treatment at Mount Sinai, who used baby teeth in their work.

The critical developmental windows for the observed discrepancies varied for each element, suggesting that systemic dysregulation of environmental pollutants and dietary elements may serve an important role in ASD. In addition to identifying specific environmental factors that influence risk, the study pinpointed developmental time periods when elemental dysregulation poses the biggest risk for autism later in life.

While the genetic components of ASDs have been intensely studied, specific environmental factors and the stages of life when such exposures may have the biggest impact on the risk of developing autism are poorly understood. Previous research has linked fetal and early childhood exposure to toxic metals and deficiencies of nutritional elements with several adverse developmental outcomes, including intellectual disability and language, attentional, and behavioral problems.

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Three Impression Material Classifications

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It is said that a first impression is everything, and this is especially true in the field of dentistry. The art and science of taking an excellent impression plays a critical role in the restorative process. Without a stable and accurate replica of the patient’s dentition and surrounding soft-tissue landmarks, creating an accurate and well-fitting dental prosthesis or lab-fabricated restoration is virtually impossible. Impression materials provide a straightforward and reliable method of producing the negative likeness of a patient’s tooth structure and surrounding soft-tissue landmarks needed to finalize a prosthesis or indirect restoration.

One major problem is that most dentists rely on only one impression material to address all clinical needs. Clinicians may be better served to stock more than one type of impression material to accommodate a variety of clinical situations.

This article will discuss the 3 most common classifications of impression materials: polyether (PE), vinyl polysiloxane (VPS), and a hybrid material called vinyl polyether siloxane (VPES). In addition, 3 mini case reports will be presented, focusing on the impression to give the clinician an understanding of the rationale that may be used when choosing the best impression material from different types of materials in various clinical situations. This article will assist the clinician in making optimal impression material choices…

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