New Warning Labels for Cigs – Will They Help?

So this week the FDA unveiled the 9 new cigarette warning labels – graphic, plain-spoken, obvious… …and required on all cigarette packs, cartons and ads as of September 2012. According to the Health & Human Services media release, the stop-smoking support number 1-800-QUIT-NOW is also included so it may be “seen at the time it …

Antibiotics & the Dairy Biz, & Other News of Note

FDA & Dairy Industry Spar over Testing of Milk (NY Times) Each year, federal inspectors find illegal levels of antibiotics in hundreds of older dairy cows bound for the slaughterhouse. Concerned that those antibiotics might also be contaminating the milk Americans drink, the Food and Drug Administration intended to begin tests this month on the …

It’s Easy to Ignore the Damage You Can’t See

According to the CDC’s most recent data, almost half of all adult Americans have at least one chronic disease, and 70% of deaths are due to chronic disease – mostly heart disease, cancer and stroke. There are a couple major contributors to such illness: environmental factors, over which we have little individual control (e.g., air, …

Adults’ Smoking Rots Kids’ Gums, Too

Last month, we told you about a study linking childhood caries (cavities) to exposure to secondhand smoke. Now a new study to be published in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology shows that it may not be just the health of kids’ teeth that’s at risk but that of their gums, as well. Similar to the …

Smoking and Gum Disease by the Numbers

The relationship between smoking and periodontitis (gum disease) has been known for a long time. But some may wonder, just how strong of a relationship is it? Research published earlier this year in Oral Health and Preventive Dentistry offers some numbers. The study, “Smoking and Periodontal Disease: Clinical Evidence for an Association,” looked at 165 …

Your Smoking Rots Your Kids’ Teeth

We all know smoking is bad for us, upping our risk of so many diseases, from periodontitis (gum disease) to heart disease, stroke, lung cancer and emphysema. It also increases the disease risk of those around us, courtesy of the effects of secondhand smoke. And recent research indicates one rather surprising disease in children that …

Ditch the Cigs, Save Your Gums and Teeth

Smoking is like white sugar: it does no good and an awful lot of bad to your body, including your gums and teeth. In fact, estimates say that more than half the cases of periodontal disease can be attributed to smoking.   dolescum/Flickr Smokers are four times more likely to develop advanced gum disease than …

Stopping Gum Disease and Other News of Note

Study: Malnutrition Can Prompt Gum Disease (DrBicuspid.com) Haitian children who were exposed to protein-energy malnutrition during the first five years of their lives had a higher occurrence of periodontal disease by adolescence than children who had sufficient nutrition during those years, according to a study presented at the recent International Association for Dental Research (IADR) …