Oral Health-Oral Cancer Conundrum

Late last month, you might have noticed a lot of whoop-de-doo about a study which found a link between poor oral health and oral HPV infection. More than one headline suggested that brushing and flossing might lower your risk of cancer. “The finding,” however, is a “modest association,” said Aimée R. Kreimer, an epidemiologist at […]

A Tale of Two Cancers

Did you hear about the latest celebrity oral cancer news? Not Michael Douglas’. The other. Yes. There was. The day after the actor’s now infamous Guardian interview, ESPN reported that Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly will be undergoing surgery for cancer in his jaw. No sex. No he-said-no-he-didn’t-yes-he-did drama. Little attention. Kelly’s […]

Post-Menopause Risk of Tooth Loss, & Other News of Note

Tooth Loss Risk Quantified in Post-Menopausal Women (Medical News Today) New research forecasts that over one in four post-menopausal women are likely to suffer from tooth loss over a five year period. A study of over 1,000 post-menopausal women indicates that around one in four are likely to suffer tooth loss over a five year […]

Lowering Oral Cancer Risk through Diet, & Other News of Note

Eat Your Greens to Reduce the Risk of Oral Cancer (Medical News Today) Eating green leafy vegetables “significantly lowers the risk” of oral cancer among women who smoke, a recent study has revealed. The research showed for every one serving of green leafy vegetables, the risk of oral cancer for current women smokers is reduced […]

No Cholesterol / Stroke Risk Link, & Other News of Note

Study Says Cholesterol Doesn’t Cause Stroke (Diet Blog) A new study published in the journal Annals of Neurology suggests that cholesterol has little or no causative role to play in the development of ischaemic stroke. * * * 14,000 men and women were followed for more than 30 years. Researchers looked at the relationship between […]

Vegetables High in Folic Acid Can Lower Mouth Cancer Risk

Women who consume high volumes of folic acid found in Vitamin B from vegetables and some fruits are less likely to suffer from mouth cancer. For 30 years, researchers from the Columbia University Medical Center and Harvard School of Public Health tracked the health habits of 87,000 nurses. They found that women who drank a […]

Flossing Teeth May Help Your Memory & Other News of Note

Flossing Your Teeth May Also Improve Your Memory (WABC-TV) “Researchers looked at a group of men and women over age 60 and what they found was that those who scored lowest on tests of math and memory had been exposed to greater amounts of bacteria that are known to cause gum disease. And in fact […]

The Role of Communication in Healing & Other News of Note

Communication Is the Best Medicine (Futurity) Efforts to improve communication between patients, family doctors, and specialists can have a crucial impact on patients – in some instances working as effectively as drugs. * * * [According to lead researcher Bobbie Foy, professor of primary care at the University of Leeds,] “The results were impressive. In […]