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Bacteria linked to rheumatoid arthritis, other autoimmune diseases
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Researchers are using 21st-century technologies to investigate the century-old hypothesis that certain autoimmune diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, are caused by bacteria living in the human body and presented their initial data at the American College of Rheumatology Annual Scientific Meeting in Atlanta. Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic disease that causes pain, stiffness, swelling, and limitation in the motion and function of multiple joints. Although joints are the principal body parts affected by RA, inflammation can develop in other organs as well. Researchers have long associated periodontal disease and bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract with RA, although no specific bacteria ever have been identified by researchers as the bacteria to target as possible therapy. Nevertheless, studies have suggested that bacteria or bacterial products contribute to RA and other autoimmune diseases. More

Poor sleep generates higher inflammation in people
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A research at Emory University has found that people who sleep poorly are at a risk for heart disease and stroke because they have higher levels of inflammation. Acute deprivation of sleep, in fact, might lead to increased production of inflammatory hormones and changes in the functioning of blood vessels. Researchers observed acutely sleep-deprived participants for more than 24 hours among a group of 525 middle-age people. "Most of the studies looking at the body's response to lack of sleep have looked at subjects who have been acutely sleep deprived for more than 24 hours in experimental sleep laboratories," said study author Dr. Alanna Morris, a cardiology fellow at Emory University School of Medicine. "Nothing of this sort has been investigated in epidemiologic studies." More

Maine dental bond approved by slim margin
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Question 2, a bond issue proposing increased access to dental care in Maine by borrowing $5 million to fund a dental school and to create clinics, was in a close race. Votes in favor of the bond issue led votes opposed 51.4 percent to 48.6 percent. The difference in percentages was equitable to a margin of 15,254 votes. Passing this ballot measure means $3.5 million of the $5 million total funds being sought will be matched by an additional $3.5 million in funding. In sum, $8.5 million will be spent across Maine to create a community-based teaching dental clinic and to upgrade existing clinics in order to increase availability of dental care to Maine residents. More

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Does New Hampshire face a pending dentist shortage?
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In just three years, states like Vermont, Maine and Arizona will have more dentists retiring than graduating from schools to replace them. New Hampshire also has issues regarding access to primary dental care in parts of the state, but whether a shortage is on the horizon is unclear. But with the increasing emphasis placed on oral health as an integral part of overall health, the issue has become all the more critical to address. "Across the country, the number of dentists per 1,000 population is the lowest it's been in 100 years," said Tom Raffio, chief executive of Northeast Delta Dental, a dental insurance company in Concord. "In 2013, more dentists will be retiring than graduating. This will peak in 2023, with a net loss of 1,706 dentists nationwide, and it doesn't correct until 2030." More

Why flossing can prevent a heart attack
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Your grandmother may have slept with her dentures in a jar by the side of the bed, but with improved dentistry and good oral hygiene younger generations can expect to keep their own teeth. However, if you are one of the 98 percent of people in the U.K. that the Dental Health Foundation estimates is not regularly flossing, your gums and teeth won't be as healthy as they could be and your health might be being suffering in quite surprising ways. More
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Ruling may lead Yelp to recoup legal fees from dentist who sued site
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Handing a victory to review site Yelp, a California court ruled that a pediatric dentist's lawsuit over a bad review should have been thrown out under a state law aimed at protecting people's right to discuss matters of public interest. In a decision released Nov. 10, an appellate court in Santa Clara ruled that Yelp was entitled to the protections of the state's anti-SLAPP (strategic lawsuit against public participation) statute for hosting the review, allegedly posted by the father of a 6-year-old patient of Yvonne Wong. That statue provides that defendants who are sued based on statements about matters of public interest are, in some circumstances, entitled to recover their legal fees. More

UTIs and perio
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A 56-year-old female with autoimmune thyroid dysfunction, multiple allergies, and sensitivities presented to her gynecologist with the signs and symptoms typical of a recurrent urinary tract infection. UTIs are the second most common type of infection in the body and, like periodontal disease, frequently are treated based on symptoms alone, with antibiotic therapy started before testing is complete. This particular physician treated many UTIs, so autopilot took control and he ignored the patient's history of multiple allergies, just as oral health professionals can also forget a patient's history when treating periodontal disease. Treating this woman for a UTI without testing could have led to inadequate or inappropriate care. More

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New Jersey smokers get chance to see cigarettes in a new light
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"Warning: Cigarettes cause cancer." This familiar message now will go with something new: a picture of a rotting, cancerous, human mouth. Other pictures will show colorful corpses with toe tags and autopsy scars, or people on oxygen masks or crying children. And the pictures will be accompanied by messages such as, "Cigarettes are addictive," "Tobacco smoke can harm your children," and just "Smoking can kill you." One of 36 pictures soon will cover the top half of every pack of cigarettes. But whether it makes a difference with smokers remains to be seen. More

Small business: Tax planning is crucial for start-ups
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Tax planning may not seem like the most exciting part of starting a new business, but down the road when it saves a lot of money, the payoff can be exhilarating. "Starry-eyed entrepreneurs who skip planning could get caught in the taxman's net," said Daniel D. Morris, a partner at accounting firm Morris & D'Angelo in San Jose, Calif. Some budding businesspeople don't realize they may have to file a tax return, even if they've not yet made a penny in revenue or even started formal operations. For example, if a start-up registers as a limited liability company in California, a state income tax return will need to be filed along with an $800 payment. More

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