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Underlying mechanisms behind chronic inflammation-associated diseases revealed
Inflammatory response plays a major role in both health protection and disease generation. While the symptoms of disease-related inflammatory response have been know, scientists have not understood the mechanisms that underlie it. In a paper published Feb. 21 in Cell Reports, a team lead by Xian Chen, associate professor of biochemistry and biophysics and member of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, mapped the complex interactions of proteins that control inflammation at the molecular level.
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Antiseptic mouthwash might help fight plaque, gum inflammation
The Washington Post
This study involved 139 generally healthy adults (average age 31) with mild to moderate plaque and gingivitis. They were randomly assigned to brush their teeth twice a day and to rinse for 30 seconds, morning and night, with an antiseptic mouthwash or a placebo mouthwash, and to clean between teeth with floss or other devices as needed. Everyone used the same type of toothbrush and toothpaste. After six months, both plaque and gingivitis had declined more among people using the germ-killing mouthwash than among the others. The same was true for bleeding from their gums.
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The psychology of flossing
World of Psychology
Dr. Mark Burhenne writes, "Why is it so tough to remember to floss? I rarely run into patients who can't remember to brush their teeth twice a day, but even the most conscientious among us come to their hygiene appointment anxious and awaiting the hygienist's lecture about flossing. Flossing can be icky and awkward — no one likes feeling like they're shoving their entire fist into their mouth. But the reason why we don't make flossing a habit is a bit more complicated and has its roots in psychology."
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Fight heart disease with a toothbrush
The Odessa American
Heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the United States. Although it declined by 33 percent from 1999-2009, cardiovascular disease kills more than 2,150 Americans each day. Affecting people of all ages, races and backgrounds, each of us have a vested interest in keeping this dreaded disease at bay. Whether it's advice from our doctors or sharing ideas among friends, we look for every conceivable angle to maximize our prevention efforts to avoid being a statistic in the continued fight against heart disease and stroke. However, many of us might be overlooking an important prevention tool: our toothbrushes.
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Gum disease treatment can lower annual medical costs for people with heart disease, stroke
PR Newswire via The Herald
The latest findings from a landmark oral health study by United Concordia and Highmark Inc. show that annual medical costs are lower by $2,956 and $1,029 for individuals with heart disease or cerebrovascular disease (stroke), respectively, who are treated for gum disease. "Once again, our UCWellness study findings highlight the important role good oral health plays in overall health," said Dr. James Bramson, chief dental officer for United Concordia. "Treating chronic health conditions like heart disease and stroke comes with a very high healthcare cost; dental disease is preventable or treatable at a much lower cost and the beneficial effects through reduced health care costs are significant."
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Primary-care doctors can make the wrong call
HealthDay News via WebMD
In one case documented in a new study, an elderly patient was misdiagnosed with bronchitis but actually had full-blown pneumonia and ended up being admitted to the hospital. Although that patient recovered, other symptoms that aren't properly diagnosed could be even more serious: numbness, tingling and dizziness that aren't recognized as the first signs of a stroke, for instance. According to the new study, published online Feb. 25 in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, primary-care physicians can make diagnostic errors across a wide range of conditions, many of them common conditions such as urinary tract infections and anemia.
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Ancient chompers were healthier than ours
Prehistoric humans didn't have toothbrushes. They didn't have floss or toothpaste, and they certainly didn't have Listerine. Yet somehow, their mouths were a lot healthier than ours are today. "Hunter-gatherers had really good teeth," says Alan Cooper, director of the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA. "[But] as soon as you get to farming populations, you see this massive change. Huge amounts of gum disease. And cavities start cropping up." And thousands of years later, we're still waging, and often losing, our war against oral disease. Our changing diets are largely to blame.

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FDA plans to reclassify safety of dental implant
Courthouse News Service
The Food and Drug Administration plans to reclassify a blade-form surgically implanted dental device, citing the benefits of such devices relative to their risks. The blade-form endosseous dental implant is a kind of device, made of titanium alloy or other so-called biocompatible material, that is surgically installed into a patient's jaw bone. A denture, crown, bridge or similar dental restoration is attached to the implant by means of a screw extending into the patient's mouth, the proposal states.

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LeAnn Rimes suing dentist, says his bad work made her career suffer
ABC News
LeAnn Rimes is suing her dentist, alleging that his poor dental work is the reason her career has stalled. The singer is seeking monetary compensation for "loss of earnings and future earning capacity" as well as for the physical, emotional and psychiatric injuries she sustained over a three-year period of treatment, according to court documents. Rimes alleges that her "ability to perform as an artist has been and will continue to be significantly compromised until all re-treatment is complete."

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Dr. Oz health essentials: What's in the doctor's medicine cabinet?
The Oprah Magazine via The Huffington Post
It may not look as cluttered as your garage or basement, but of all the storage spaces in your home, your medicine cabinet probably needs a makeover the most. After you've cleared out the expired bottles, restock with medicine cabinet must-haves.
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Dental signals and what they mean
The Times of India
Dental problems are not just a sign of neglected oral health. The problem is rooted much deeper — in stress levels, eating habits and even kidneys. Dentists say, reading these signs and tackling them at the earliest is key to maintaining not just your pearly whites but also a healthy body.
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Gum disease best natural remedies
Dental Health Magazine
Gum disease is one of the biggest enemies of oral health. If not treated early, and if not treated properly it can create a havoc in your system. The gums will start to recede, the dental pockets get lose, infection is all over, and teeth will fall out. This is how a progressing and aggressive untreated gum disease can be described. Thankfully, there are many natural remedies available out there, which help relieving the ugliest symptoms of gum disease, and restore a healthy balance within your mouth.
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Teeth options over implants
The Palm Beach Post
Q: After moving to Florida, my new dentist looked at my X-rays and criticized my previous dentist by claiming he used "too short an implant to support my crowns and bridges." I have no pain and nothing is loose. Should I be worried?
A: Beware of the dentist who criticizes your existing dental work; he does not know the exact circumstances that were present at the time the work was done. He is obligated to diagnose active disease and recommend treatment; PERIOD. This type of so-called bedside manner is about as tolerable as hemorrhoids (not to mention completely unethical and in violation of ADA rules).

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