Roundup Linked to Birth Defects, & Other News of Note

It’s Official: Monsanto’s Roundup Herbicide Causes Birth Defects (Red, Green & Blue) A new report by some top scientists has nailed it down, and Monsanto isn’t going to be happy. The Agri-giant has built its entire business model, including genetically modified (GMO) crops that dominate the US market, around its Roundup brand herbicide. The last …

On the State of the State’s Kids’ Teeth (& the News Ain’t So Great)

Recently, the Pew Charitable Trusts released their latest report card on children’s dental health Maryland came out on top, meeting seven of Pew’s eight benchmarks, followed by Alaska, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota and South Carolina, which each met six. Florida, Hawaii, Indiana, Montana and New Jersey all rated F, meeting two or fewer marks. And …

Possible Antibiotics-Asthma Link & Other News of Note

Antibiotic Use May Be Linked to Kids’ Asthma Risk (WebMD) Infants who take antibiotics during the first year of life may be at a slightly increased risk of developing asthma by age 18, a study shows. The study also suggests a similar risk of asthma for children whose mothers took antibiotics during pregnancy. The study …

The Stuff of Toxic Dentistry

Via WWLTV in New Orleans: An office building was evacuated after a spill of a chemical used in root canals caused some skin irritation among a handful of employees who came in contact with it Thursday just before noon. The incident occurred in the 2200 block of Simon Bolivar at a dental office in the …

How Oral Bacteria Get to the Rest of the Body, & Other News of Note

Mouth as the Gateway to Your Body (MedicalXpress) After cleaning your mouth, plaque begins forming before your brush even hits the cup. A key to plaque formation, said Yiping W. Han, a professor of periodontics at Case Western Reserve University is one of the most abundant and persistent bacterium that inhabits the mouth, Fusobacterium nucleatum. …

FDA Tells Parents to Avoid Benzocaine Teething Gels

Update available here This week, the FDA issued a warning against some teething gels due to an increase in cases of methemoglobinemia among children given such products. This blood disorder keeps oxygen from efficiently getting to the body’s cells. Because the main symptom is a bluish hue to the skin, the condition is also known …

Healthy Gums May Lead to Healthy Lungs, & Other News of Note

Healthy Gums May Lead to Healthy Lungs (Dental Tribune) Maintaining periodontal health may contribute to a healthy respiratory system, according to research published in the Journal of Periodontology. A new study suggests that periodontal disease may increase the risk for respiratory infections, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and pneumonia. These infections can be …

What’s Good Food to a 7 Year Old?

Chatting with one of our clients after her recent appointment, we got to talking about some of the great documentaries about food and the food industry that have been made over the past decade – from Super Size Me to Food, Inc. – and TV shows such as Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution. This, of course, …

Dental Health Affects How Kids Do in School

As this year’s National Children’s Dental Health Month draws to a close (incidentally, February is also National Pet Dental Month; we leave you to draw your own conclusions), here are a few facts from a study on the relationship of oral health, school attendance and performance recently published in the American Journal of Public Health: …

Swallowing Fluoride? Study Shows Risks Without Benefits

Low-income children who consumed recommended fluoride doses have more fluoride-damaged teeth and high cavity rates, according to research published in the January 2011 International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. For the study, Mexican preschoolers and school-aged children in a low-income area were measured for cavities, fluorosis (fluoride-discolored teeth) and urine fluoride levels. Fluoride …