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Bacteria protect intestinal tumor model from being killed by immune cells
Cell Press via ScienceDaily
Bacteria that are commonly found in the mouth are often abundant in patients with colon cancer, but the potential role these microbes play in tumor development has not been clear. A study published by Cell Press in the journal Immunity reveals that the oral pathogen Fusobacterium nucleatum protects a variety of tumor cells from being killed by immune cells. The findings could open new avenues for the treatment of cancer in human patients.
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Bone-loss score may tip off doctors to gum disease in postmenopausal women
Menopause via Medical Xpress
Postmenopausal women susceptible to bone fractures may also be a higher risk for gum disease, according to researchers at Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine and Case/Cleveland Clinic Postmenopausal Health Collaboration. Researchers found a link between postmenopausal women with high scores on a Fracture Assessment Risk Tool, and symptoms of severe gum disease, said Leena Palomo, DDS, MSD, associate professor of periodontics and director of DMD Periodontics program at the university's dental school.
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New research suggests possible cure for HPV+ oropharyngeal cancer
It may be possible for some patients with human papillomavirus-positive oropharyngeal cancer to be cured, even after the disease has spread to other organs, Canadian researchers reported at the International Conference on Innovative Approaches in Head and Neck Oncology in Nice, France. Such cancers are usually considered incurable, and the goal of treatment is generally limited to symptom control.
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Headlines from the Crossroads of Perio and Tech

In anticipation of the AAP's upcoming 2015 Spring Conference, "Embracing Technology to Enhance Your Clinical Practice," This Week in Perio brings you a special roundup of headlines on technology's impact on periodontics, from clinical practice to practice management. Don't miss the AAP's 2015 Spring Conference, to be held May 2-3 in Chicago. Click here for more information.

  • New dental technology makes getting a crown much easier
  • Cameras show what dentists see. It ain't pretty


    11 ways you're ruining your teeth without even realizing
    You might think you're getting your five fruits a day, but dried fruit such as raisins are actually packed with sugar, which leads to tooth decay and cavities. Try to enjoy these foods in small doses, and make sure you're brushing your teeth twice a day to make sure the sugary stuff can't hang around between your teeth.
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    Dental coding truths and myths
    Patti DiGangi, RDH, BS, writes: "As a futurist, I see the day coming very soon for a profession of dental coders, or of a dental specialty within the medical coding world. That day has not yet arrived, which means dental hygienists, who often prefer to take a hands-off approach, need to step up and truly learn about coding. What we think we know about coding often affects the care we offer. This carries risk — risk to patients' health, risk for the practice, risk to your license and the risk of being unprepared in a rapidly changing world."
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    Make it easy: How to prevent dental patient no-shows before they happen
    Andrea Kowalczyk, RDH, BS, writes: "If there has ever been a common lament of dental offices everywhere, it is openings in the hygiene schedules. I don't think any practice is totally immune from the occasional no-show or last-minute cancellation. The advantages of a full hygiene schedule are obvious. A healthy revenue stream and patients getting the care they need are what we all strive for. Some of the negative consequences of slow schedules are subtler, but they affect dental practices in big ways."
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    Smart business solutions for creating profitable dental practices
    Possessing the education, equipment and knowledge to be a successful dentist is only part of what is required to operate a successful dental practice. Dentists also need to know how to run the business side of the practice. Yet running an effective business practice places additional time demands on dentists and staff, drawing them away from the patient-related tasks. One alternative is to use outsourced partners to take over labor-intensive business functions so that dentists can make their business more successful.
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