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Researchers: Invasive dentistry may raise short-term heart, stroke risk
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Reports    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Invasive dental procedures designed to treat gum inflammation may raise the risk for heart attack and stroke, researchers say. But the increase appears to be slight and short-term, the study team noted. "I don't want to downplay this entirely because we saw a genuine rise in cardiovascular risk in the period just after dental work was done among patients undergoing invasive treatment," said study co-author Liam Smeeth, a professor of clinical epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in England. "But the overall risk is quite small and endures for only a very brief period." More

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Researchers: Osteoporosis drug regrows jaw bone
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Eli Lilly and Co's osteoporosis drug Forteo can regrow bone in jaws damaged by severe bone-destroying conditions called osteonecrosis and periodontitis, doctors reported. The research, presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research in Toronto, suggests that the drug may spur growth in a damaged jaw, the researchers said. Forteo, known generically as teriparatide, cuts in half the risk of bone fractures in patients with thinning bones by stimulating the growth of new bone. But it is seldom given for more than two years out of fear that long-term exposure might lead to osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer. More

OHSU School of Dentistry examines antimicrobial drug interactions in periodontology
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Researchers at the Oregon Health & Science University School of Dentistry have found that a light-detecting biosensor system can quickly and effectively determine whether antibacterial treatments are working in patients with periodontitis. The OHSU team also found that the anesthetics lidocaine and prilocaine, and the antiseptic chlorhexidine do not interfere with the antibiotic minocycline hydrochloride when it is used to treat periodontal disease, and that the drugs can actually complement the antimicrobial activity of such treatment. More

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The 'irrational' way humans interact with dentists
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Behavior economist Dan Ariely of Duke University weighs in from time to time on how irrational we humans really are. On Oct. 5, he spoke with NPR's Robert Siegel about dentistry and how many of us interact with our dentists. More

Canada declares BPA toxic, sets stage for more bans
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Canada has declared bisphenol A a toxic chemical, prompting calls for far-reaching curbs on the industrial chemical that is used in everything from the linings of aluminum cans to coatings on electronic till receipts. Canada added the compound, known as BPA, to a list of substances deemed potentially harmful to health or the environment in a notice published Oct. 13 in the Canada Gazette. That makes it easier for Ottawa to regulate the use of the chemical, perhaps by limiting how much BPA can be released into air or water or perhaps with outright bans on its use in specific food containers. More

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Loss of dental hygiene program leaves cavity in AASU's curriculum
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Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Ga., began its Department of Dental Hygiene in 1968, and it was the first of its kind in the state. Amid the onslaught of statewide education budget cuts announced this spring, AASU's administration made the decision to cut the 42-year-old program. "It's really sad that they are closing a facility that holds the oldest program in the state," said Janice Mengel, assistant professor of dental hygiene at AASU. The two-year program currently has approximately 40 students and provides dental services for a large portion of the local community. Suzanne Edenfield, head of the dental hygiene program, said that the office receives at least 100 calls a week from patients seeking dental care at the student clinic. More

Forsyth Institute reels in $20.7M grants for gum disease research
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The Forsyth Institute, a dental research and teaching organization, has landed a four-year $20.7 million grant from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research to apply to three research projects aimed at the understanding and treatment of periodontal disease. Also known as gum disease, periodontal disease affects 40 percent of U.S. adults, Forsyth officials reported, and the disease has been linked to diabetes, metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease, some cancers and preterm birth. The three grant-funded projects are expected to address how and why the disease develops and progresses, as well as disease prediction methods and potential treatment of the disease. More

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USC researchers investigate HIV shedding in saliva
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Research led by the Ostrow School of Dentistry at the University of Southern California has documented the important relationship between oral and overall health and the likelihood of passing HIV through saliva. As part of the multi-center, National Institutes of Health-funded Women's Interagency HIV study, professor Mahvash Navazesh and her colleagues from the Keck School of Medicine of USC and the University of Illinois at Chicago examined hundreds of HIV-positive women. Blood and saliva samples taken at six-month intervals throughout five and a half years were tested to determine the amounts of HIV and CD4 immune cells present in each. More

Bone infection picked up at dentist almost cost girl, 6, her arm
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A 6-year-old girl went into hospital to have two teeth out and nearly lost her arm. Cameron McGlashan fell victim to a bone infection after dentists cut into her gum. She started to complain that her elbow was sore, but her mother, Julia, thought at first that she had hurt it falling off her bike. And it took three trips to accident and emergency, blood tests, scans and a week in hospital before a sharp-eyed doctor spotted an abscess on the elbow caused by osteomyelitis. By that time, the bone was disintegrating and Cameron needed a three-hour op to save the arm. More
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Fluoridation debate nowhere near resolution
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In 1945, Grand Rapids, Mich., became the first city in the U.S. to fluoridate its community water. Now, some 72 percent of the U.S. population — 196 million people — is on fluoridated public water systems, according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, released last month. In fact, the CDC considers water fluoridation one of the greatest public health achievements in the 20th century. Yet controversy continues regarding the long-term health effects — and potential risks — of fluoride consumption. (May require free registration to view article.) More

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Weapons technology to be used in dental prosthetics
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A group of ground-breaking American and Russian scientists, led by Dr. Terry Lowe, chief scientist at Manhattan Scientifics, are taking Cold War weapons technology and repurposing it for peaceful use in medical prosthetics and dental implants. Manhattan Scientifics holds exclusive licensed U.S. rights from the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. Nanotitanium, a new Food and Drug Administration-approved super-metal that is stronger than conventional metal alloys, integrates more quickly with human bone and is expected to be more reliable, longer lasting and provide faster post-surgery healing. More

UF awarded $7 million to train dentists to serve children, at-risk patients
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Faculty at the University of Florida received five grants totaling nearly $7 million to improve access to dental care for underserved children and adults from the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The funding will be used to enhance education for dental students and specialists with an emphasis on public health dentistry and ensuring that tomorrow's dentists graduate with an understanding of how to treat a diverse patient population, and are culturally competent to deliver care to the underserved. More

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Study: HPV linked to oral cancer
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Mouth and throat cancer could be caused by the virus that causes genital warts and cervical cancer, and it could be spreading through sex and French-kissing, according to a recently published study. "In addition to the known oral cancer risk factors — smoking, drinking alcohol and chewing betel nuts — human papillomavirus has been added to the list," the study published in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Emerging Infectious Diseases report says. HPV has been documented in many cases of oropharyngeal squamous cell cancer, which is on the rise. More

Dental implant placements grew more than 10 percent across BRIC countries in 2009 despite economic crisis
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According to Millennium Research Group, in 2009 approximately 1.6 million dental implants were placed in the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) countries, and this number will expand at a double-digit rate during the next five years. Despite the global economic crisis, procedure volumes grew more than 10 percent across the BRIC countries in 2009. The emerging nature of the BRIC countries' economies has allowed them to largely resist the negative effects on dental implant placement volumes that many of the developed markets experienced; what little effects have been felt will be quickly resolved, with growth rates returning to pre-recession figures in the next five years. More

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Tuatara acts as model for false teeth damage
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An iconic reptile native to New Zealand has been used as the basis for a 3-D computer model investigating how damage to teeth is prevented by the jaw, muscles and brain in the absence of the periodontal ligament. The research, funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Science Research Council, used the tuatara, a lizard-like reptile whose teeth are fused into the jaw bone, much like dental implants. The 3-D computer model was used to investigate the feedback between the jaw joints and muscles in a creature that lacks periodontal ligaments, and to understand how the animal knows how hard to bite. More

John Stamos joins cast of 'Glee,' shines light on oral health
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Oral health isn't something that most people pay a whole lot of attention to. In the grand scheme of overall health, it often is brushed to the sidelines. However, dental issues recently were shoved to the forefront of one of America's hottest T.V. shows, as John Stamos joined the cast of "Glee" to play a dentist. His recurring character emerged for the first time on the recent Britney Spears-themed episode. He will continue to show up throughout the remainder of the season, treating many of the show's characters for oral health problems. Along the way, he is expected to inject himself into some romantic situations. More


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