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Stem cells from monkey teeth stimulate growth of brain cells

November 16, 2008

LEIPZIG, Germany: Researchers at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, Emory University, USA, have discovered dental pulp stem cells can stimulate growth and generation of several types of neural cells. Findings from this study suggest dental pulp stem cells show promise for use in cell therapy and regenerative medicine, particularly therapies associated with the central nervous system.

US election results not favoured by dentists

November 9, 2008

LEIPZIG, Germany: According to a recent survey, US dentists might be disappointed by the Democratic win in the US elections last month. Two out of three dentists surveyed in a poll by dental practice marketing resource The Wealthy Dentist said that former Republican nominee John McCain would be a better president for dentists. One in six favoured Obama, while the remainder said there would be no difference between the two.

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Women at higher risk for cavities

October 14, 2008

Reproduction pressures and rising fertility explain why women suffered a more rapid decline in dental health than did men as humans transitioned from hunter-and-gatherers to farmers and more sedentary pursuits, says a University of Oregon anthropologist. The conclusion follows a comprehensive review of records of the frequencies of dental cavities in both prehistoric and living human populations from research done around the world. A driving factor was dramatic changes in female-specific hormones, reports John R. Lukacs, a professor of anthropology who specializes in dental, skeletal and nutritional issues.

Economic fears in the US affect dental care

October 3, 2008

LEIPZIG, Germany/WASHINGTON D.C., USA: With the economy in the United States declining, preventive dental care can be one of the first things to go. The correlation between rising unemployment and a drop in preventive dental care, however, is not necessarily due to people being short of cash, according to a new study appearing in the online edition of Health Services Research.

Economic fears in the US affect dental care

September 14, 2008

LEIPZIG, Germany: With the economy in the United States declining, preventive dental care can be one of the first things to go. The correlation between rising unemployment and a drop in preventive dental care, however, is not necessarily due to people being short of cash, according to a new study appearing in the online edition of Health Services Research.

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Expert group questions benefits of fluoridation

August 27, 2008

LEIPZIG, Germany: Experts at the 28th Conference of the International Society for Fluoride Research in Toronto, Canada, have raised new concerns about the effects of fluoride on the human body. According to their research, high exposure of fluoride in drinking water and other sources can not only result in neurological changes inside the brain but also have an effect on bone quality or tooth development. New findings from the US even suggested a lack of evidence for caries reduction and highlighted the extensive damage and costs associated with dental fluorosis, a health condition caused by an overdose of fluoride.

UN says 33.2 million people living with HIV

July 7, 2008

LEIPZIG, Germany: An estimated 33.2 million people worldwide were living with HIV as of December 2007, according to a UN report released in June. The report, prepared by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, said that the annual rate of new HIV infections appears to have decreased over the last decade.

First medical imaging application introduced for iPhone and iPod touch

July 6, 2008 | Business

LEIPZIG, Germany: Apple’s new iPhone 3G has found its way to stores around the globe. An US company has now developed a software that is supposed to help physicians and dentists to view medical images on the device without being tied to an imaging workstation.

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Blue lights stop oral tumours growing

June 11, 2008

AUGUSTA, USA/LEIPZIG, Germany: The blue light used by dentists to harden dental fillings could also help to treat cancer, according to new research. A student at the School of Dentistry at the Medical College of Georgia, USA, found the light halted the growth of tumours while doing tests on mice.

Google launches new online medical records service

May 4, 2008 | Business

LEIPZIG, Germany: Google has launched a new health service in the United States, joining other companies that also offer ways to manage personal medical records online.  

Breath analysis technology may put dentists on the forefront of diagnosing illnesses

February 24, 2008

NEW YORK, NY, USA: Dentists may soon be on the forefront of diagnosing a range of illnesses, thanks to a new laser technology that may enable them to analyse people’s breath. The technique, optical frequency comb spectroscopy, can detect minute traces of gases and compounds linked to numerous diseases including cancer.

Better dentistry through Selenium

January 30, 2008 | Business

NEW YORK, NY, USA: Selenium Ltd., a biopharmaceutical company based in Lubbock, Texas, founded in 2004 out of research from Texas Tech University, is using selenium-based chemistry to advance dentistry and dental hygiene. The company specializes in antimicrobial and non-fouling formulations for dental, medical, and ophthalmic applications and is developing antimicrobial coatings for dental water line tubing.

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