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Jean Carper: Stay sharp
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I admit I was shocked to discover I have the ApoE4 gene that triples my odds of developing Alzheimer's disease. My two younger sisters and a brother have the gene, too. So do about 25 percent of all Americans. But genes are not destiny. Millions of Americans without a genetic susceptibility develop Alzheimer's, and many with the genes do not. "The idea that Alzheimer's is entirely genetic and unpreventable is perhaps the greatest misconception about the disease," says Dr. Gary Small, director of the UCLA Center on Aging. Researchers now know that Alzheimer's, like heart disease and cancer, develops over decades and can be influenced by lifestyle factors including cholesterol, blood pressure, obesity, depression, education, nutrition, sleep and mental, physical and social activity. More


Study: No evidence that asthma leads to tooth decay
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There's no link between asthma and tooth decay in children, according to a new analysis of studies on the issue. The findings challenge some previous research suggesting that children with asthma may be more likely to develop cavities. For this new study, researchers analyzed 27 studies in papers published between 1976 and March 2010. "We found little evidence to suggest that asthma causes tooth decay. In fact, the two largest studies we reviewed found that children with asthma appear to have fewer cavities than others," study author Gerardo Maupome, a professor of preventive and community dentistry at the Indiana University School of Dentistry, said in a university news release. More

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FDA warns mouthwash makers on false claims    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Food and Drug Administration on Sept. 28 warned Johnson & Johnson, CVS and Walgreen to stop making "unproven" claims that their mouthwash products are effective in removing plaque or preventing gum disease. In a warning letter sent to each company, regulators specifically targeted Johnson & Johnson's "Listerine Total Care Anticavity Mouthwash", CVS's "CVS Complete Care Anticavity Mouthwash" and Walgreen's "Walgreen Mouth Rinse Full Action." "These mouth rinse products contain the active ingredient sodium fluoride. The FDA has determined that sodium fluoride is effective in preventing cavities but has not found this ingredient to be effective in removing plaque or preventing gum disease," the agency said in a statement. More

Toothpaste 'poisoning' suspected
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A mental health patient whose heart stopped while she was restrained by staff at Wollongong Hospital in Australia may have been poisoned by toothpaste, a probe into her cause of death has uncovered. Fluoride toxicity, which can occur if someone ingests large quantities of toothpaste, is one of several scenarios being explored as potential causes or contributing factors to the woman's death during a two-week investigation before Coroner Ian Guy. The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had been vomiting a clear or milky substance the same morning she was restrained by staff for aggressive behavior and ultimately suffered a cardiac arrest. More

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Dental school accused of violating law
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The Indiana University School of Dentistry in Indianapolis has launched an internal review of its dental hygiene clinic after a visiting professor raised concerns about what he called countless violations. In the clinic, students work under licensed hygienists, and the work of both the student and the hygienist must be approved by a licensed dentist. But Dr. Peter Paris said that while he was supervising the clinic from August 2009 through this March, he observed at least 40 cases of staff violating the law, 6News' Rafael Sanchez reported. More

9 life-changing reasons for getting dental implants
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As we grow older, we tend to lose facial structure and our faces shorten, resulting in the distinct lines commonly seen in the faces of elderly people. This facial shortening is often the result of bone loss, which happens faster when someone loses their teeth, because one of the primary functions of the jawbone is to support the teeth, and when they fall out, the jawbone begins to slowly deteriorate. In view of this, the following are nine life-changing reasons for getting dental implants if you are losing your natural teeth. More

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How far along are California dentists in adopting an electronic dental record system?
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Just 23 percent of surveyed dentists in California say they have fully implemented an electronic dental health record system in their practice, according to new survey by the California HealthCare Foundation. Fifteen percent of respondents say they are in the process of adopting an electronic dental health record system, and 9 percent say their practice plans to install a system within the next 12 months. The survey also found that 43 percent of respondents cited cost as the top concern about adopting an electronic dental health record system and that 19 percent believed installing such a system would offer little or no return on investment. More

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Tax cuts: Small biz fact check    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Republicans say raising taxes on the wealthy would cause small businesses to pull back on hiring. Many leading Democrats say that's nonsense. Who's right? The answer isn't black and white, despite politicians' confident assertions to the contrary. It's more like multiple shades of gray. Here's a breakdown of the debate. More

The 1099 fracas and Income Tax Evasion 101
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We are a nation of tax cheats. In 2001, the difference between what Americans and businesses owed in taxes and what they actually paid voluntarily was $345 billion. The enormous amount, known as the "tax gap" has been vexing politicians and IRS bureaucrats ever since it was quantified in 2005. Of course, one way to increase U.S. tax revenue is to raise taxes; another way is to better collect taxes already due. The most effective tool in the government's quiver to do the latter is not an IRS agent — it's information dissemination. More

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FDA renews warnings of patient burns from handpieces    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Food and Drug Administration has issued a safety alert to dental practitioners and dental handpiece manufacturers following new reports of patients being burned by handpieces that overheat during treatment. The agency first informed dental professionals of this problem in 2007. In that notice, the FDA reminded users of the importance of properly maintaining the handpieces. Since that notice, however, the FDA said it has received numerous additional reports of patients being burned by electric handpieces. The burns range from first-degree burns to third-degree burns requiring reconstructive surgery. (May require free registration to view article.) More

Dentists wary of new solar-powered toothbrush
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Leading dentists have advised people to keep brushing their teeth with toothpaste after the development of a solar-powered brush that has claimed to clean teeth without the need for toothpaste. The dental industry maintains using a fluoride toothpaste twice a day when brushing teeth is by far the best way to keep mouths healthy. British Dental Health Foundation chief executive Dr. Nigel Carter underlined the importance of toothpaste to oral health. "It is absolutely vital that we stick with fluoride toothpaste when brushing our teeth, in order to maintain the good modern-day levels of oral health," Carter said. More

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The new health care rules: What they will and won't do
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It wasn't supposed to be like this. When Democrats front-loaded the Affordable Care Act with consumer protections set to kick in six weeks before Election Day, they never imagined health care reform itself would stay so unpopular. The newest reliable poll on public opinion on the new law, sponsored by The Associated Press, shows 40 percent of Americans oppose the new law, with 30 percent saying they have no opinion and only 30 percent favoring it. Opposition to the overhaul has remained strong despite efforts by the Obama administration and pro-health reform advocacy groups to turn the tide. The reason, they say, is that Americans are confused about how the law will work. More

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