Antibiotics & the Dairy Biz, & Other News of Note

FDA & Dairy Industry Spar over Testing of Milk (NY Times) Each year, federal inspectors find illegal levels of antibiotics in hundreds of older dairy cows bound for the slaughterhouse. Concerned that those antibiotics might also be contaminating the milk Americans drink, the Food and Drug Administration intended to begin tests this month on the […]

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,” […]

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 […]

The Benefits of Digital X-Rays

Recently, we ran across an article about dentists switching from conventional x-rays to digital as if it were some brand new thing. But quality, digital, dental x-ray systems have been around for a while. We’ve been digital-only in our office for about six years now, and are very happy we made the switch – and […]