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Pregnant? See your dentist right away

from Scripps Howard News Service via East Valley Tribune

Infections are around us all our lives. Most seem to be short-lived, miserable bouts of intestinal or respiratory bugs that so often drive us to a doctor. But researchers have been steadily peeling away the impact that germs and viruses can have in producing other medical problems. The human papillomavirus causes almost all cases of cervical cancer. Hepatatis B virus is blamed for more than 60 percent of liver cancers. A chronic bacterial infection causes ulcers, and there's continuing research pointing to inflammation from infection contributing to the formation of plaque that brings about heart disease. Many other connections are suspected between infectious agents and conditions affecting the immune system, from multiple sclerosis and arthritis to diabetes and obesity. more


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