Healthy Gums May Lead to Healthy Lungs, & Other News of Note

Healthy Gums May Lead to Healthy Lungs (Dental Tribune) Maintaining periodontal health may contribute to a healthy respiratory system, according to research published in the Journal of Periodontology. A new study suggests that periodontal disease may increase the risk for respiratory infections, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and pneumonia. These infections can be […]

Should X-Rays Ever Be “Routine”?

X-ray imaging is an important diagnostic tool in dentistry. Letting the dentist see “hidden” areas such as the roots, between teeth and under fillings and other restorations, x-rays help your dentist spot any decay or other problems early on, when treatment is usually much less involved and less expensive. They also let dentists better track […]

Questioning the Safety of Airport Full-Body Scanners & Other News of Note

“Naked” Scanners at US Airports May Be Dangerous (PhysOrg) Some US scientists warned Friday that the full-body, graphic-image X-ray scanners now being used to screen passengers and airline crews at airports around the country may be unsafe. “They say the risk is minimal, but statistically someone is going to get skin cancer from these X-rays,” […]

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 […]

Chinese Herbs for Heart Health, the Healing Power of Art & Other News of Note

Ancient Chinese Herbs May Help Heart (UPI) Ancient Chinese herbal formulas for heart disease may produce large amounts of artery-widening nitric oxide, U.S. researchers said. Researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston said nitric oxide is crucial to the cardiovascular system because it signals the inner walls of blood vessels to […]

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 […]

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 […]