Today's Dental News

Stomach Cancer Detection in the Dental Office

The UCLA School of Dentistry recently received 5 million dollars in funding from the National Institutes for Health to study biological markers in saliva to detect stomach cancer.

There are hopes that this study could advance salivary diagnostics, potentially leading to evidence that saliva can be used to detect other types of cancer, such as pancreatic cancer, breast cancer, and ovarian cancer, as well as diabetes.

The ultimate goal is this: Patients give a saliva sample at the dental office, have it analyzed within minutes, and then are able to find out if they are at risk for stomach cancer.

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Hospital Responds to Dental Issues Reported in ER

Hospital emergency rooms across the United States are seeing twice as many patients with dental pain as they were in 2000, according to a recent statement from the ADA.

One hospital in Maine, Waldo County General Hospital, was seeing a number of patients returning with the same issue time after time. As a result, the Belfast, Maine-based hospital opened a dental clinic.

The clinic helps the hospital by alleviating the extra staffing hours needed to treat dental emergencies, and helps patients get the comprehensive care they need.

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Cause of Colorectal Cancer May Stem From Mouth Bacteria

There may be a newly discovered cause of colorectal cancer.

Two new studies indicate that a type of gut bacteria located in the mouth can cause colorectal cancer as a result of influencing the immune response and turning on cancer genes. The research team thinks this information could result in more efficient ways to diagnose, treat and possibly prevent colorectal cancer.

The information from the two studies appears in the August 14 issue of the online journal Cell Host & Microbe.

The gut contains trillions of bacteria, which outnumber the number of cells in our bodies. The microbe communities maintain their health by training the immune system and aiding in the digestion of food. The down side is that they could cause disease.

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AGD Applauds Congress on Student Loan Bill

The AGD has commended Congress for passing the Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act of 2013.

The bill rolls back and restructures federal student loan interest rates. Dental student debt has been a top priority for the AGD since 2012.

AGD President Dr. Linda Edgar states that the debt of newly graduated dentists has nearly doubled in less than 10 years. She adds that new practitioners start out with more than $220,000 in debt, which makes them less inclined to provide dentistry to underserved populations.

AGD members have been partnering with American Student Dental Association (ASDA) members, conducting meetings with federal legislators regarding the personal, professional, and societal cost of educational loans.

Several AGD leaders and ASDA members met with policymakers and agency officials to discuss possible solutions to the student debt crisis.

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Dentistry Gets Another Bad Rap, Courtesy of Hollywood

Woody Allen’s new film, Blue Jasmine, may be getting Oscar buzz, but it’s also getting criticism from New York dentists.
Lead actress Cate Blanchett’s character gets a rude awakening when taking a job and a dental office with a dentist who is, for lack of a better word, unprofessional.
Dr. Mark Wolff, of New York University, told the New York Daily News that onscreen, dentists “range from killers to buffoons to sexual harassers.”
This new character, played by Michael Stuhlbarg, joins the ranks of other detestable dentists, such as Sir Laurence Olivier in Marathon Man, Steve Martin in Little Shop of Horrors, and Jennifer Aniston in Horrible Bosses.

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