Study: Lidocaine May Kill Head, Neck Cancer Cells

DrBicuspid reports, “Lidocaine (the most common local anesthetic used for dental procedures) triggers specific bitter taste receptors in the mouth that may ultimately lead to the death of head and neck cancer (HNC) cells, according to a preclinical study recently published in Cell Reports.” The “increased expression of these bitter …

Researchers Examining New Treatment For Advanced Tooth Decay

Newsweek (12/4, Thomson) reports that “scientists are examining a new treatment for advanced tooth decay.” In a new study, researchers “found that molecules called resolvins regenerate tissue when applied to dental pulp.” The body naturally produces “Resolvin E1 (RvE1) and other resolvins,” and “the study found that when RvE1 was applied …

Researchers Examining New Treatment For Advanced Tooth Decay

Newsweek reports that “scientists are examining a new treatment for advanced tooth decay.” In a new study, researchers “found that molecules called resolvins regenerate tissue when applied to dental pulp.” The body naturally produces “Resolvin E1 (RvE1) and other resolvins,” and “the study found that when RvE1 was applied to different …

New Device Detects Early Biomarkers Associated With Oral, Throat Cancer

DentistryIQ reports, “A new early-stage oral cancer detection test for dental professionals could offer ‘unprecedented level of actionable insight into their patients’ health,’” according to Viome Life Sciences, the company launching it. The Oral Health Pro with CancerDetect is “a device that, according to a company press release , uses proprietary RNA …

Study Suggests High Levels Of White Blood Cells In Mouth Indicates Risk Of Heart Disease

The New York Post reports, “A new study published in Frontiers in Oral Health suggests that a simple mouthwash could determine a person’s chances of developing heart disease.” Researchers at Mount Royal University in Canada “tested a simple oral rinse to see if signals for cardiovascular disease can be linked to …

Worldwide Diabetes Cases Projected To Hit 1.3 Billion In Next 30 Years, Researchers Estimate

HealthDay reported, “Diabetes is skyrocketing, with more than 500 million people of all ages living with the disease today and the number of cases worldwide projected to hit 1.3 billion in the next 30 years,” according to findings published online in The Lancet. What’s more, “96% of diabetes cases are …

Study ties e-cig use in young teens to heavier smoking later

A study published in Tobacco Control found that e-cigarette use among early adolescent smokers may lead to a heightened risk of heavier tobacco cigarette use later in adolescence. Researchers also noted that among teens who began smoking before age 15, the odds of later adolescent smoking were significantly higher for …

Healthful plant-based diet reduces chronic disease and mortality risks

Eating a healthful plant-based diet, which consists of minimal animal products and processed plant-based foods like refined grains and sugary drinks, has been linked to reduced risk for cardiovascular disease, cancer, Type 2 diabetes and mortality, according to research involving 126,394 adults published in JAMA Network Open. An unhealthful plant-based …

Social Media Video Falsely Claims Topical Fluoride Causes Dementia, Alzheimer’s

The AP reports a social media video “is cautioning users against going to dentists while baselessly asserting that dental products containing fluoride are unsafe.” In the video shared on Instagram, a man says, “They don’t know that fluoride is a neurotoxin that’s been directly linked to dementia and Alzheimer’s.” The article …