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Study links acute myocardial infarction, periodontal disease    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The relationship between periodontal disease and cardiovascular disease is a complicated one. While many studies have suggested that the presence of periodontal disease may be associated with CVD, others have not confirmed this association. Now a new study to be presented at the International Association for Dental Research conference in San Diego has found that periodontal disease can contribute to occurrences of acute myocardial infarction. Few studies have focused on the associations between periodontal disease and AMI, and in many of them there has been a series of methodological limitations, lead author Isaac Suzart Gomes-Filho, Ph.D., of Feira de Santana State University in Brazil said. These limitations include selection bias among the cases and controls, low quality of CVD diagnosis and insufficient control over potential confounding factors. (May require free registration to view article.) More

Periodontal treatment effects on endothelial function, cardiovascular disease biomarkers in subjects with chronic periodontitis
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Periodontal disease is an infectious clinical entity characterized by the destruction of supporting tissues of the teeth as the result of a chronic inflammatory response in a susceptible host. It has been proposed that PD as a subclinical infection may contribute in the etiology and pathogenesis of several systemic diseases including Atherosclerosis. A number of epidemiological studies link periodontal disease/edentulism as independent risk factors for acute myocardial infarction, peripheral vascular disease and cerebrovascular disease. Moreover, new randomized controlled clinical trials have shown an improvement on cardiovascular surrogate markers (endothelial function) after periodontal treatment. Nonetheless, such trials still are limited in terms of external validity, periodontal treatment strategies, CONSORT-based design and results consistency/extrapolation. More

Special assistants making inroads in dentistry
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Many people have grown accustomed to seeing a physician assistant for minor ailments when their family doctor can't fit them in. Now dentistry is creating a similar specialty: a dental therapist who could perform basic dental procedures while freeing up full-fledged dentists to do more complex and invasive procedures, such as extractions and oral surgery. Not everyone, though, thinks it's the best way to proceed. Two states, Alaska and Minnesota, currently allow dental therapists to provide oral care, according to the American Dental Association. Minnesota was the first to license dental therapists, and the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry has become the first college in the nation to offer a dental therapy track. More
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Dentists at risk for hearing loss
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Everyone knows there are certain jobs that carry a risk for loss of hearing. Rock musicians immediately come to mind. So do construction workers who use jackhammers. And don't forget the guys who use those yellow flashlights to direct planes at airports. According to experts, dentists are also among those at risk for ear trouble. 
Most individuals would not consider a dental office to be a place where noise is a problem, but the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration prescribes that any workers exposed to noise levels in excess of 85 decibels are at risk. The exposure to continuous high frequencies from a dental drill can degrade one's hearing. According to the experts, dental professionals should use protective hearing devices. More

A third judge validates health care overhaul law
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A third federal judge upheld the constitutionality of the Obama health care law, reinforcing the divide in the lower courts as the case moves toward its first hearings on the appellate level. Judge Gladys Kessler of Federal District Court for the District of Columbia became the third appointee of President Bill Clinton, a Democrat, to reject a constitutional challenge to the Affordable Care Act. Two other federal district judges, both appointed by Republican presidents, have struck down the law's keystone provision, which requires most Americans to obtain health insurance starting in 2014. More

Tennessee lawmakers: Stop promoting water fluoridation
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A group of Tennessee lawmakers is worried about fluoride in the water, and they're calling for the state Health Department to take a stand. A bipartisan group of legislators, including House Speaker Beth Harwell, has sent a letter to the state health commissioner. They're asking for the department to stop promoting water fluoridation. More

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Inflammation: The body's mortal enemy
The Herald-Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
"Inflammation," it turns out, is not one of those empty buzzwords in the health and lifestyle arena. The serious effects that inflammation has in precipitating many diseases actually has formidable scientific support. Inflammation has gained the attention of the scientific community not only because of its presence as an underlying process in disease, but because research shows that it plays a part in causing genes — which predispose us to certain diseases — to turn on. Researchers now know that just because you have the gene for heart disease, for instance, does not mean that the gene will be active, or expressed. That's controlled by an internal switch, which responds to diet and lifestyle. More

Top 7 myths about dental implants
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Dental implant surgery has more than 50-year old history. During this time they held enough tests, operations with negative consequences and a lot of mistakes. That is why modern skilled professionals can provide almost 100 percent guarantee on the result. Nevertheless, there is much distrust to dental implant procedure among patients. Let's find out the most popular myths about dental implants. More


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Debate on 510(k)s, recalls reaches Capitol Hill
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The ongoing arguments about whether U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulation of medical devices is too lax or too onerous continued in a House of Representatives committee, with the Republicans, now in the majority, lining up behind industry investors who argue that the FDA is destroying the U.S. medical-device industry with overregulation. On Feb. 17, the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on "the impact of medical-device regulation on jobs and patients." Dr. Steven Nissen (Cleveland Clinic) and Dr. Rita Redberg (University of California-San Francisco) testified on the FDA's 510(k) premarket clearance process, which the agency has been reviewing in conjunction with the Institute of Medicine for more than a year. (May require free registration to view article.) More

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