Biosis #47: Putting Positive Thoughts to Work, the Ravages of Modern Medicine, & More!

The latest issue of Biosis, our quarterly newsletter, is now online. In this issue: JoAnne’s Motivational Minute: Putting Positive Thoughts to Work The other day, a patient asked me if I’m always so positive and happy. “Well, yes. And no,” I replied. “I mean, sometimes, I have to really work at it.” Yet having to […]

The Cause to Turn a Cause into a “Medical Condition”

Classifying common traits as mental illness or medical condition: It’s not just for the psychiatric profession anymore! A physiologist has now suggested the possibility of doing just that for leading a sedentary lifestyle. Yes, really. In a Journal of Physiology commentary, Dr. Mark Joyner of the Mayo Clinic lays out the basic idea: Physical inactivity […]

How Smoking Primes the Mouth for Disease, & Other News of Note

In the Mouth, Smoking Zaps Healthy Bacteria, Welcomes Pathogens (MedicalXpress) Despite the daily disturbance of brushing and flossing, the mouth of a healthy person contains a stable ecosystem of healthy bacteria. New research shows that the mouth of a smoker is a much more chaotic, diverse ecosystem — and is much more susceptible to invasion […]

Protein (Not Sugar) for Energy, & Other News of Note

Mid-Afternoon Slump? Why a Sugar Rush May Not Be the Answer (ScienceDaily) A new study has found that protein and not sugar activates the cells responsible for keeping us awake and burning calories. The research, published in the Nov. 17 issue of the scientific journal Neuron, has implications for understanding obesity and sleep disorders. Wakefulness […]

What Dentists Really Think of Halloween, & Other News of Note

Dentists Don’t Really Despise Halloween (USA Today) You might think dentists would have strong feelings about Halloween. However, most don’t jump out of their skins over it. “We just want kids to be kids, and part of a kid’s life is treats,” says Rhea Haugseth, president of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Dentists agree […]

Raw Veggies’ Impact on Genes, & Other News of Note

Eating Your Greens Can Change the Effect of Your Genes on Heart Disease, Say Researchers (MedicalXpress) A long-held mantra suggests that you can’t change your family, the genes they pass on, or the effect of these genes. Now, an international team of scientists, led by researchers at McMaster and McGill universities, is attacking that belief. […]

Another Perio/Systemic Health Link, & Other News of Note

Periodontal Disease May Aggravate Respiratory Disease (Dr. Bicuspid) The list of systemic conditions influenced by periodontal disease appears to be growing longer every day. Now a new study has found an association between respiratory disease and periodontal disease (Journal of Periodontology, August 2011, Vol. 82:8, pp. 1155-1160). Respiratory infections, such as pneumonia and the exacerbation […]

Weight Alone No Measure of Health, & Other News of Note

Excess Weight Not Always Unhealthy (Consumer Reports) A new study has added to the evidence that when it comes to longevity, being healthy is more important than being thin. * * The finding challenges the traditional thinking that excess weight alone is a health problem that needs to be treated, and suggests instead that it’s […]

FDA Conflict-of-Interest Rules Apt to Loosen, & Other News of Note

Lawmakers May Relax FDA Drug Conflict Rules (Reuters) U.S. lawmakers likely will change the criteria for advisers reviewing new medicines next year because of complaints that the rules meant to prevent conflicts of interest make it harder to find real experts. * * * Others say that the agency is not looking hard enough. A […]