Archive for October 2016

NIH-Funded Research May Help Cancer Patients Suffering From Xerostomia.

Globe Newswire (10/20) carries a release announcing that physicians and researchers at Allegheny Health Network have developed “a promising gene therapy technique” that may help cancer patients suffering from xerostomia, “a common and debilitating side effect of radiation therapy,” according to a pre-clinical study presented Tuesday at the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) annual conference. A $1.7 million National Institutes of Health grant supported the project, which “involved the use of an innovative ultrasound procedure, instead of a virus, to facilitate the transfer of therapeutic DNA into cells.”

Globe Newswire (10/20) carries a release announcing that physicians and researchers at Allegheny Health Network have developed “a promising gene therapy technique” that may help cancer patients suffering from xerostomia, “a common and debilitating side effect of radiation therapy,” according to a pre-clinical study presented Tuesday at the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) annual conference. A $1.7 million National Institutes of Health grant supported the project, which “involved the use of an innovative ultrasound procedure, instead of a virus, to facilitate the transfer of therapeutic DNA into cells.”

Supplementing Dental Coverage Recommended.

In the Chicago Tribune (10/20), Miriam Cross of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance recommends people supplement their dental coverage, using either a flexible spending account or a health savings account. Cross states that an FSA or HSA lets people use pretax money for dental expenses, which may be helpful for people who have hit their annual limit or have additional expenses not covered by their dental plan.

Seniors Advised To Address Oral Health To Benefit Overall Health

The Burlington County (NJ) Times (10/18) stated that oral health is important to “overall health and well-being” as people age, adding that oral health is “one of the most invisible parts of health in later life.” The article debunked common myths about aging and dental care, stating, for example, that it is essential “to get rid of the idea that tooth loss and gum disease are inevitable as we get older.” According to the article, the ADA recommends taking care of teeth as they are meant to last a lifetime.

Dutch Team Developing 3-D Printed, Bacteria-Resistant Teeth

Fierce Medical Devices (10/19, Saxena) reports that “a team at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands is developing 3-D printed teeth” that are “also resistant to bacteria.” The 3-D printed implants have a material that can kill bacteria on contact without harming human cells, researcher Andreas Herrmann said, adding that additional investigation is required, including to determine “the compatibility with toothpaste.”

        The R&D Magazine (10/19, Watry) reports that the team’s 3-D printed teeth “may help people who receive implants keep their mouths clean,” adding that the researchers still “need to confirm the plastic is durable enough for dental use.” The research is published in Advanced Functional Materials.

Patients Encouraged To Address Dental Anxiety For Improved Oral Health

The Mapleton (IA) Press (10/18) states that dental anxiety can prevent people from receiving preventive dental care, resulting in poor oral health. Working through dental anxiety “is an important step toward getting the oral health care you need,” the article states, listing tips to address common dental anxieties. For example, an article published in the May 2014 issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association “found patients who have a higher frequency of gagging problems during a dental visit are more likely to experience higher levels of dental care-related fear and fear of pain,” the article notes, recommending dentists and patients discuss gagging concerns in advance.

Dental Visit Cancer Screenings Advised To Help Early Detection.

In an article for the Huffington Post (10/20, PresantM.d.), Dr. Cary Presant, practicing hematologist and medical oncologist, provides cancer prevention tips, including the recommendation that people have their “dentist check for early evidence of cancer or pre-cancerous changes” in their mouth, gums, and tongue.

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