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Phoenix Scientist Creating Guidelines for Dentists to Identify Domestic Violence Victims

Jonathan Lifshitz, PhD, director of the Translational Neurotrauma Research Program at the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix, and Samantha Mendez, a clinical simulation nurse in the Center for Simulation and Innovation at the college, were interviewed by AZ Family about dental trauma. Dr. Lifshitz recently published a study in the Journal of Aggression, Mlatreatment and Trauma, that discovered oral biomarkers that may help dentists identify victims of domestic violence. 

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