Positively Living: Leisure and Changing Habits

Two notable articles touching on matters of wellness recently ran in the New York Times – in the Business section, of all places. Both are brief, pointed and worth checking out. The first is Why Leisure Matters in a Busy World,  a short interview with Alison Link on the need for leisure and its role …

The State of American Teeth

Best Teeth Image from Wisconsin Historical Society, via Flickr (CC) Worst Teeth Ranks of Northern California cities in survey: San Francisco – 21 (B) Fremont – 26 (B) San Jose – 32 (B-) Modesto – 49 (C+) Oakland – 55 (C) Sacramento – 73 (D+) Numbers crunched by Men’s Health using CDC data “on the …

Video: 10 Investigates – Lead in Dental Work

WBNS 10TV in Columbus, OH, reports on lead being found in outsourced dental restorations: Know that all restorations used in our practice (Gary M. Verigin, DDS, inc.) are made by Creative Arts Dental Lab in Sacramento, which never outsources work. All crowns, bridges and other restorations are made on site. Creative Arts recommends visiting What’s …

Quick Links: Plasma Needles, Drugs, Nitrates, Junk Foods

Cold Plasma Needles for Dentists Edge Closer (New Scientist) Drugmakers Need to Rein in Ads, Hearing Told (Reuters) Psychiatry Handbook Linked to Drug Industry (NY Times) Nitrates in Vegetables Protect Against Gastric Ulcers, Study Shows (Science Daily) Top 10 Junk Foods in Disguise (Mark’s Daily Apple) How Much Sugar Do You Consume? (Diet Blog)

Water, Wealth, Contentment…Fast Food?

Driving through California’s Central Valley, despite all the commercial development that’s paved over land once given to agriculture, you can’t help but be at least a little awed by the amount of food grown here. And yet our local counties – San Joaquin and Stanislaus – are junk food paradises. The Modesto Bee recently reported …

The Irony: Bone Death in the Jaw after Osteoporosis Drugs

Science Daily reports on the latest research on the link between taking biophosphonates – drugs like Fosamax and Boniva used to treat osteoporosis – and jaw infections leading to osteonecrosis: Microbial biofilms, a mix of bacteria and sticky extracellular material, are causing jaw tissue infections in patients taking bisphosphonate drugs, said Parish Sedghizadeh, lead researcher …