In a recent study, the researchers found that prolonged consumption of sports drinks may be linked to a condition known as erosive tooth wear, in which acids eat away the tooth’s smooth hard enamel coating and trickle into the bonelike material underneath, causing the tooth to soften and weaken. The condition affects one in 15 Americans and can result in severe tooth damage and even tooth loss if left untreated….More
A new study by NYU dental researchers has uncovered evidence that pregnant women with periodontal (gum) disease face an increased risk of developing gestational diabetes even if they don’t smoke or drink, a finding that underscores how important it is for all expectant mothers – even those without other risk factors – to maintain good oral health….More
Firms Tied to Some MDs Who Set Policy (Boston Globe)
Virtually all the psychiatrists who wrote the latest clinical guidelines for how to treat depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia had financial ties to drug companies, according to preliminary findings by Boston-based researchers.
Their study is the first to examine potential conflicts of interest in the American Psychiatric Association panels that write the treatment guidelines widely used by practitioners, the paper’s authors said.
The guidelines focus heavily on medications and give relatively little attention to nondrug treatments and how and when to phase out drugs prescribed for mentally ill patients, the authors wrote. They said three common diagnoses generate some $25 billion in drug sales per year….More
Scientists Reject FDA Assertion of BPA’s Safety (Contra Costa Times)
An international consortium of industry, academic and government scientists has rejected as incomplete and unreliable the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s case that a chemical found in food containers and other household products is safe….
The group raises questions about the two studies the FDA has used as its foundation to declare that bisphenol A is safe in food and beverage containers. It calls for a much broader look at the chemical than the FDA has given….More
The new science of epigenetics explains how genes can be modified by the environment, and a prime result of epigenetic inquiry has just been published online in The FASEB Journal: You are what your mother did not eat during pregnancy. In the research report, scientists from the University of Utah show that rat fetuses receiving poor nutrition in the womb become genetically primed to be born into an environment lacking proper nutrition….More
Risk for Babies If Pregnant Mums Eat Chocolate (Independent.ie)
Mothers who snack on foods like chocolate and white bread during later pregnancy may give birth to heavier babies.
The babies also have a greater risk of childhood obesity, according to a new study by Irish researchers.
The research published in the ‘British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology’ was carried out by scientists from the Conway Institute at UCD and the National Maternity Hospital (NMH) in Dublin, and focuses on high GI (glycaemic index) foods like chocolate….More
Common Traits of the Long Lived (Wellness Resources)
Researchers at the American Geriatrics Society have recently completed a study evaluating the behavioral traits of the children of centenarians….The researchers found that these individuals had very low scores on neuroticism – meaning they didn’t fret and worry about the little things in life – or even the big things too much. They also had higher scores on extraversion – meaning they had desire and interest in others and in participating in activities. Women, but not men, were also found to be more agreeable with others (meaning less chance for conflict)….More