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Genetic testing to prevent gum disease complications
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The University of Michigan School of Dentistry has partnered up with Interleukin Genetics Inc. in order to conduct a breakthrough study. This study will use genetics as an underlying factor that makes possible to detect and predict the risk of gum disease appearance. In the past, several researches already have pointed out that genetics is closely linked to gum disease, and it also have been proven that factors such as low birth weight or heart disease complications are indicators of developing periodontal disease later in life. The gum disease current study will takes place over the course of a year, and it will collect genetic information from around 4,000 patients. This information then will be combined with the two leading factors of diabetes and smoking. More



Yelp aims to deal with problem of fake reviews
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In this episode of the Haggler: gaming Yelp. As a consumer-review website, Yelp is so big and influential that it has given rise to a small, semi-underground group of entrepreneurs who, for a fee, will post a rave about your company. Others will post a negative review about your rivals. Yes, this is very sneaky, and it's a continuing problem for Yelp, which is locked in a "Spy vs. Spy"-style contest with fake reviewers. Let's see how that contest is going by looking at, of all things, the field of dentistry. More

Innate immune system proteins attack bacteria by triggering bacterial suicide mechanisms
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A group of proteins that act as the body's built-in line of defense against invading bacteria use a molecular trick to induce bacteria to destroy themselves, researchers at the Indiana University School of Medicine have determined. The research could point the way toward new anti-bacterial treatments that could take on bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics. The proteins, called Peptidoglycan Recognition Proteins, are able to detect and target bacteria because bacteria are unique in having peptidoglycan polymers in their cellular walls. However, the mechanism by which PGRPs are able to kill bacteria had not been determined. More

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Dentist turns in license after patient death
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A Florida dentist has turned in his license, nearly four years after dropping a tool down the throat of a patient who later died. The Board of Dentistry moved to revoke the license of Dr. Wesley Meyers, of Winter Park, at a meeting May 20, but the dentist's attorney says Meyers decided to voluntarily hand over his license instead. The complaint against Meyers involves a 90-year-old man who was seeking dental implants. In one visit, Meyers and his staff dropped a tiny screwdriver down the man's throat. It was later removed from his large intestine. More
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Nurse practitioners can help pregnant women with oral care
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Advanced practice nurses can play a key role in educating pregnant women about the importance of oral health, according to researchers from Saint Louis University and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. For their study, they randomly assigned 170 pregnant women in a hospital-based inner city clinic in the Midwest to either a control or experimental group. Those in the experimental group participated in an educational session, received dental supplies, and were scheduled for an oral care appointment. Those in the control group were not. All participants completed pretest and post-test questionnaires. (May require free registration to view article.) More



Editorial: Kill bad bill that cuts chewing tobacco tax
San Antonio Express-News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
According to the National Cancer Institute, smokeless tobacco causes oral cancer, esophageal cancer and pancreatic cancer. It also may cause heart disease, gum disease and other medical problems. The current tax rate of $1.13 per ounce of chewing tobacco acts as an economic disincentive for consumption of a demonstrably harmful product. Weakening that disincentive will increase the use of smokeless tobacco products as well as the frequency of often deadly medical problems associated with them. Yet that is exactly what the Texas Legislature is poised to do. A measure authored by state Rep. Allan Ritter, R-Nederland, already has passed the Texas House. Sound minds in the Senate need to make sure this bad piece of special-interest legislation does not reach the governor. More

Oral care for happy mother and baby
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It's commonly known that risk factors such as smoking, alcohol and drug use contribute to mothers having babies that are born prematurely at a low birth weight. Women are conscious of this and try to maintain healthy habits that will benefit the mother and baby. However, evidence is mounting that suggests a new risk factor: periodontal disease. Pregnant women who have periodontal disease may be seven times more likely to have a baby that is born too early and too small. Oral health during pregnancy should be made a priority for the health of the mother and baby, and to reduce the risk of premature birth that can affect the health of the baby. More research is needed to confirm exactly how periodontal disease may affect pregnancy outcomes. More

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What your mouth says about your overall health
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If fear of a jack-o'-lantern smile isn't enough to get you brushing and flossing, then maybe this will: Researchers are finding intriguing links between poor oral health and serious chronic disease. In the past decade, an explosion of studies has shown important connections between severe periodontal, or gum, disease and a scary list of other conditions, including heart disease, pneumonia, diabetes, arthritis, liver disease, osteoporosis and Alzheimer's. Gum disease even may contribute to mothers having babies who are born prematurely at a low birth weight. These babies have an increased risk of poor health throughout their lives. More


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