Multitasking’s Effect on Brain Health, & Other News of Note

All Those Tweets, Apps, Updates May Drain Brain (SF Chronicle) Human minds evolved to constantly scan for novelty, lest we miss any sign of food, danger or, on a good day, mating opportunities. But the modern world bombards us with stimuli, a nonstop stream of e-mails, chats, texts, tweets, status updates and video links to […]

Trauma Affects the Immune System & Other News of Note

Trauma Leaves Its Mark on Immune System (New Scientist) Traumatic experiences can scar for life, both mentally and physically. Now it seems they even leave chemical marks on DNA – in areas responsible for immune functions and memory. The result could help explain why people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), including some soldiers and victims […]

Potential Link Between Gum Disease & Preterm Birth

Earlier this year, we pointed you towards a study of a potential link between oral bacteria and stillbirth, where gingival bleeding (bleeding gums) introduced pathogenic microbes through blood circulation and ultimately to the fetus, via the placenta. New research published in the Journal of Periodontology suggests a similar link between periodontal disease and preterm birth, […]

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 […]

Drinks That Eat Your Teeth and Other News of Note

Sports Drink Consumption Can Cause Tooth Erosion, Study Finds (ScienceDaily) In a recent study, the researchers found that prolonged consumption of sports drinks may be linked to a condition known as erosive tooth wear, in which acids eat away the tooth’s smooth hard enamel coating and trickle into the bonelike material underneath, causing the tooth […]

Oral Health & Pregnancy, Questioning ADHD Drugs and Other News of Note

Better Oral Hygiene Could Reduce Complications in Pregnancy & Help Newborn Babies (Medical News Today) Bacteria from a mother’s mouth can be transmitted through the blood and amniotic fluid in the womb to her unborn child. This could contribute to the risk of a premature delivery, a low birth-weight baby, premature onset of contractions, or […]

Dental Health as Preventive Medicine

As the economic outlook has grown bleaker, the more you’ve heard about people cutting back on health care. While this can seem logical in the short term, it can include the risk of aggravating current health problems or developing new ones. And without a doubt, treating these will be much more expensive in the long […]