Tooth Damage from OJ, Motor Function Loss from Lack of Social Interaction and Other News of Note

OJ Worse for Teeth than Whitening, Researchers Say (PhysOrg) Eastman Institute’s YanFang Ren, DDS, PhD, and his team determined that the effects of 6 percent hydrogen peroxide, the common ingredient in professional and over-the-counter whitening products, are insignificant compared to acidic fruit juices. Orange juice markedly decreased hardness and increased roughness of tooth enamel. Unlike …

Fast DNA Damage from Particulates and Other News of Note

  Environmental Exposure to Particulates May Damage DNA in as Few as Three Days (ScienceDaily) Exposure to particulate matter has been recognized as a contributing factor to lung cancer development for some time, but a new study indicates inhalation of certain particulates can actually cause some genes to become reprogrammed, affecting both the development and …

US Radiation Exposure on the Rise and Other News of Note

US Radiation Dose Has Doubled (ScienceNews) Collectively, Americans now receive more than twice as much radiation each year as in the 1980s. That’s according to a new tally by the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements. * * * A burgeoning population accounts for 30 percent of the increase, notes Ken Kase, who chaired …

Possible Mouthwash/Oral Cancer Link, Autism Reporting, and Other News of Note

New Australian Study Links Alcohol Containing Mouthwashes and Oral Cancer (Flap’s Dentistry Blog) A new study appearing in the December edition of the Journal of the Australian Dental Association finds “sufficient evidence” that “alcohol-containing mouthwashes contribute to the increased risk of development of oral cancer.”   California’s Autism Increase Not Due to Better Counting (ScienceDaily) …

BPA Ups the Risk of Metabolic Syndrome, Blocks Formation of Some Synapses in Primates

massdistraction/flickr No sooner had the California Legislature voted down the proposed ban on bisphenol A (BPA) in children’s products, new reports of potential harm began to show up in the media. First, research from the University of Cincinnati suggested that BPA is a risk factor for metabolic syndrome – a cluster of risk factors for …