July 31, 2012
BOSTON, Mass., USA: U.S. researchers have found evidence that taking anti-inflammatory drugs and aspirin in particular reduces the risk of Barrett's esophagus (BE), a medical condition that is the largest known risk factor for esophageal cancer. In a recently published study, they found that aspirin users were 44 percent less likely to have BE compared with nonusers.
July 30, 2012
SEATTLE, Wash., USA: According to the World Health Organization, neurological and behavioral disorders may be observed after inhalation or ingestion of different mercury compounds. Researchers have now suggested that children and boys in particular are susceptible to the effects of mercury from dental amalgam fillings owing to their genetic predisposition.
July 26, 2012
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., USA: Following a systematic analysis of 27 eligible studies published over 22 years, U.S. researchers have found an inverse association between increased fluoride exposure in drinking water and neurodevelopmental delays. They suggest that children living in high fluoride areas have significantly lower IQ scores compared with those in low fluoride areas.
July 24, 2012
CHICAGO, Ill., USA: The American Dental Association has recently announced that its members can now receive discounts on electric utilities for their practices and homes when registering with energy supplier Energy Plus. In addition, they can choose to add a green option to support renewable energy.
July 23, 2012
WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J., USA: A young woman from New Jersey has collected thousands of toothbrushes through the online dental charity she founded a year ago. Through "Donate A Toothbrush" she aims to raise awareness regarding poor oral hygiene in Third World countries. The toothbrushes are shipped to countries such as Papua New Guinea, Kenya and Costa Rica.
July 19, 2012
SANTIAGO, Chile: According to a Chilean online newspaper, scientists have discovered a revolutionary molecule that eliminates the bacteria that are largely responsible for tooth decay. In only 60 seconds, it renders human teeth cavity proof for hours, the researchers have found.
July 18, 2012
DENVER, Colo., USA: The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has called upon more than 8,000 dental patients to get tested for HIV and hepatitis. They had been treated by an oral surgeon who allegedly reused needles and syringes for multiple patients between 1999 and 2011.
July 17, 2012
DURHAM, N.C., USA: In order to evaluate the impact of the 2007 revision of the antibiotic prophylaxis guidelines for dental procedures on patients with heart defects, researchers have examined more than 1,000 cases of infective endocarditis (IE). They found no evidence that the new guidelines were associated with an increase in IE admissions in the U.S.
July 13, 2012
SILVER SPRING, Md., USA: The first in-home HIV test kit has recently received approval for over-the-counter sale directly to consumers in the U.S. The OraQuick In-Home HIV Test enables individuals to screen for antibodies to the virus and to seek medical care if necessary. The FDA hopes that it will identify large numbers of previously undiagnosed HIV infections.
July 12, 2012
IOWA CITY, Iowa, USA: In order to determine the amount of fluoride that children receive from solid foods, researchers have assessed data on the diets of young children. They have discovered that some receive more than 80 percent of their dietary fluoride from solids, which might place them at an elevated risk of developing dental fluorosis.
July 10, 2012
ATLANTA, Ga., USA: A recently published report has demonstrated that oral health status in the U.S. varies significantly by age, ethnicity and poverty level. With regard to the prevalence of untreated dental caries, existing dental restorations, dental sealants and tooth loss between 2005 and 2008, it was observed that more than one in five people in the U.S. have untreated caries and three in four have at least one dental restoration.
June 29, 2012 | Business
PHILADELPHIA, Pa., USA: As reported by the University of Pennsylvania, two professors at the university's School of Dental Medicine have been given the 2012 Distinguished Scientist Award for their exceptional research achievements in periodontal disease and oral biology by the International Association for Dental Research.
June 29, 2012
RESTON, Va., USA: Alternative materials to amalgam for fillings may have less negative impact on human health and the environment, according to a recently published report. The Health Care Research Collaborative report compared mercury-based dental fillings with alternatives currently available in the U.S. and found that the effects of mercury outweigh the known effects of resin-based composites and glass ionomer fillings.
June 27, 2012
MIAMI, Fla., USA: For the first time in the history of fetal medicine, doctors have successfully removed a large oral tumor from the mouth of a four-month-old fetus in a pioneering in utero surgery. Last week, media representatives were invited to meet the child, who is now 20 months old, at a press conference.
June 26, 2012
BALTIMORE, Md., USA: Antibacterial chemicals commonly found in personal hygiene products may be linked to an increased risk of allergies in children. Researchers have found that children with high urinary levels of triclosan, an ingredient added to mouthwash and toothpaste to prevent bacterial contamination, have a twofold higher risk of environmental and food allergies.
June 25, 2012
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., USA: For the first time, U.S. researchers have found that the effects of Bisphenol A (BPA) on social behavior can be passed on to unexposed subsequent generations. In a recent study conducted on mice, they found that gestational exposure to BPA can change gene expression and social behavior up to the fourth generation.
June 20, 2012
CLEVELAND, Ohio, USA: Gum disease treatment in obese patients is more effective in those who have undergone gastric bypass surgery and had fat cells from the abdomen removed, researchers from Cleveland’s Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine have found. Their recent study demonstrated a significant improvement in oral health after weight reduction.
June 14, 2012
RALEIGH, N.C., USA: The Alliance for Access to Dental Care, a trade and advocacy group committed to providing quality dental care, has announced the ongoing support from national and regional organizations in its efforts to prevent the passage of House Bill 698 (H.B. 698) and Senate Bill 655 (S.B. 655). If passed, H.B. 698 and S.B. 655 will change the way dentists work with dental service organizations (DSOs).