Pandemic-Related Stress May Be Affecting Oral Health

Noting that “reports of a huge spike in cracked teeth have received national media attention in recent days,” USA Today (9/11, Shannon) said some dentists say they are seeing signs the coronavirus pandemic may be affecting oral health in additional ways, with some observing that they are treating more patients →

Chewing Sugarless Gum May Help Prevent Tooth Decay, Review Finds

The Press Trust of India reports a systematic review suggests that chewing sugarless gum may “reduce the advancement of dental caries” and “be used as a viable preventative agent.” The researchers analyzed “12 studies published in the past 50 years which explored the impact and intervention outcome of chewing sugar-free →

Survey Suggests People With Diabetes Seek Empathy, Personalized Care

Medwire News reported that in a survey involving 1,190 people with diabetes, researchers discovered several areas where respondents “wished for greater knowledge or different behavior from their healthcare providers.” For instance, “the respondents often felt that their healthcare providers had an incomplete understanding of the barriers they faced when managing →

Study Suggests Inflammation May Be Common Link Between Obesity, Gum Disease

Case Western Reserve University’s (OH) The Daily states that in a review of existing studies, researchers found “data showing increased body mass index, waist circumference and percentage of body fat to be associated with an increased risk to develop gum disease.” The researchers “concluded that changes in body chemistry affect metabolism, →

CDC: Number Of Cases Of Vaping-Related Illness Exceeds 1,000

The New York Times  reported that on Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said vaping-related illness had increased to 1,080 cases, which is up by 275 cases from the previous week. In addition, the resultant death toll had risen to 19 as of Thursday. The article said that →

Researchers Find “Normal” Body Temperature Has Dropped

TIME states that 98.6°F (37°C) has been considered the “normal” human body temperature since 1871, but “in a paper published last week in eLife, researchers at Stanford University reported that the normal human body temperature has dropped since that time.” Looking at data “collected between 1862 and 2017,” the team →

Antibiotic Use – and Overuse

Antibiotic resistance is one of the most serious public health problems in the United States and threatens to return us to the time when simple infections were often fatal. CDC works to improve antibiotic prescribing and use in human health care, and educate patients about the importance of appropriate use. →

Gum Disease May Increase Hypertension Risk

The New York Times reports that “people with gum disease may be at increased risk for high blood pressure,” researchers concluded after analyzing “the results of 81 studies including more than 200,000 people.” The findings were published in Cardiovascular Research, a journal of the European Society of Cardiology. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution →