21Sep, 2016

Common bacteria show promise for treating celiac disease

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Researchers have isolated an enzyme from bacteria present in human saliva that has potential as a therapy for celiac disease (CD), an autoimmune disorder that causes severe digestive and other health problems among sufferers when they consume gluten. An estimated 3 million people in the U.S. have celiac disease. Currently, the main course of treatment for people with CD is adherence to a strict gluten-free diet. The study, published in the American Journal of Physiology — Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology, was chosen as an APSselect article for September. “Gluten are […]
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14Sep, 2016

Sealants Decrease Decay by 80% as Guidelines Get Updated

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Tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood illness, affecting 21% of kids aged 6 to 11 years and 58% of adolescents aged 12 to 19 years, according to the 2011 to 2012 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Yet sealants can stop decay in its tracks, reducing its risks by 80% in permanent molars, the ADA and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) report. “Sealants are a proven and effective therapy for preventing cavities in children and teens. Oral disease can greatly impact one’s concentration and self-esteem and contributes to […]
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6Sep, 2016

STUDY: ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION CAN HAVE A NEGATIVE IMPACT ON GUM HEALTH

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Researchers find that drinking may heighten periodontal disease risk factors, exacerbate existing periodontitis In a study published ahead-of-print in the Journal of Periodontology, Brazilian researchers have found that consumption of alcoholic beverages can have a negative effect on the health of a person’s gums, aggravating an existing case of severe periodontal disease (also known as periodontitis) or raising periodontal disease risk factors. Previous research indicates that poor oral hygiene is a common trait in alcohol users, thus increasing drinkers’ susceptibility for developing periodontal disease. Titled “Alcohol Consumption and Periodontitis: Quantification of Periodontal Pathogens and […]
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1Sep, 2016

Should You Save Baby Teeth for Stem Cells?

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Stem Sells We look into the recommendation that parents preserve their kids’ baby teeth so stem cells can be harvested from them for future use in treating disease. CLAIM: Stem cells can be harvested from baby teeth, so it’s a good idea to preserve them in private stem cell banks for future use in medical treatments. MIXTURE WHAT’S TRUE: Research shows that stem cells can be harvested from baby teeth and have potential dental and medical uses in repairing and regenerating tissues, and commercial facilities exist for the preservation and storage of […]
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