The Call for Preventive Medicine

Originally posted 16 January 2009 In the ongoing debates about US health care reform, you hear an increasing number of calls for a shift from crisis-based medicine to preventive medicine. (We noted the dental version of it earlier this week in our comment on the recent Lancet editorial on the topic.) The basic idea is […]

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 […]

Effects of Too Many Dental X-Rays & Other News of Note

Dental X-Ray Link to Thyroid Cancer (Telegraph) In a study of 313 cancer patients, scientists from Brighton, Cambridge and Kuwait found the chances of developing cancer rose with increasing numbers of dental X-rays. The researchers said the idea that dental radiography is absolutely safe merits further examination due to their findings. They argued that their […]

Routine Breast Scans Don’t Affect Mortality & Other News of Note

Routine Breast Scans Don’t Affect Mortality (Globe & Mail) Screening programs in which post-menopausal women undergo routine mammography to help detect tumours have virtually no impact on reducing breast-cancer deaths, a new study concludes. The research, published in today’s [Mar. 24] edition of the British Medical Journal, says that while breast-cancer mortality has fallen sharply […]

20 More Health-Related Articles Worth Checking Out

As mentioned, we check the web daily for health and wellness news and articles that we think may be of interest to you. Inevitably, we wind up with much more material than we can possibly write about yet find worth sharing. So, without further ado, here are 20 more articles that have stacked up over […]

Possible Bacterial Trigger for MS & Other News of Note

Multiple Sclerosis May Be Triggered by Factors from Common Human Bacteria (Medical News Today) Current research suggests that a common oral bacterium may exacerbate autoimmune disease. The related report by Nichols et al, “Unique Lipids from a Common Human Bacterium Represent a New Class of TLR2 Ligands Capable of Enhancing Autoimmunity,” appears in the December […]

Cell Phone Risk Facts and Other Recommended Reading

If Your Phone Is Giving You Cancer, Press 1 Maybe it’s part of the human condition – how we create and embrace new technologies without considering their potential ramifications. Then the law of unintended consequences comes into play. Some consequences, of course, are beneficial, while others may be harmful. Many modern drugs could serve as […]

The Call for Preventive Medicine

In the ongoing debates about US health care reform, you hear an increasing number of calls for a shift from crisis-based medicine to preventive medicine. (We noted the dental version of it earlier this week in our comment on the recent Lancet editorial on the topic.) The basic idea is that if we can help […]