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December 7th, 2017 USA- More evidence suggests that losing sleep can raise the risk of Alzheimer's disease.  It is the latest in a series of studies that shows even losing a little bit of sleep can add up to a greater risk of Alzheimer's, the leading cause of dementia.The study was publised in an issue of the journal Neurology and it showed that the dreaming phase of sleep, called REM or rapid eye movement sleep, affects the risk. The amount of sleep loss may not be enough for the person affected to even notice.Matthew Pase of the Boston University School of Medicine said that sleep disturbances are common in dementia but little is known about the various stages of sleep and whether they play a role in dementia risk.There is evidence that sleep... Read More
December 5th, 2017 USA-  Lowering inflammation may be as important in cutting cholesterol levels when it comes to heart disease, researchers say.The researchers showed that using a targerted drug to reduce inflammation cut the risk of heart attacks, strokes and other "events" in patients who had already suffered one heart attack. The treatment also had a bonus side-effect which was that it appeared to have reduced rates of lung cancer diagnosis and death.The research was presented at a meeting in Barcelona and it was just the first step and doesn't open a door to a new way of treating heart patients. It doesn't necessarily apply to everybody.Dr. Paul Ridker of Brigham and Women's hospital and Harvard Medical School, who led the research team, think that... Read More
November 10th, 2017 Vancouver, BC - Each year on November 11th we remember those who have fought and served for Canada’s many freedoms. It is a day to take a moment to not only remember those who have served and continue to serve to ensure our country's many freedoms, but to show our deep gratitude to those men and women and let them know we will never forget. Remembrance Day is observed on the 11th of November in most countries to recall the end of hostilities of World War I on that date in 1918. Hostilities formally ended "at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month". Throughout the country ceremonies take place to commemorate the members of Canada’s Armed Forces. Each community has their own traditions for these ceremonies but... Read More
November 9th, 2017 Gothenburg,Sweden- Sahlgrenska Academy conducted a research and found that children with sever overjet have a higher chance of success with adjustment procedures when their teeth are corrected at an early age. The aim of the research was to explore and describe the pre-adolescent's experiences of the treatment, compare social discomforts and prove the clinical effectiveness and functionality of the treatment while asessing the costs of reducing large overjet with an Andresen Activator (AA) and a Prefabricated Functional Applicance (PFA). The study focused on children between the ages of 7 and 14, whose lips did not cover their teeth.Emina Čirgić , a postdoctoral researcher in odontology and senior orthodontic consultant within the National... Read More
October 31st, 2017 Vancouver, BC - Halloween or All Hallows' Evening, is a yearly celebration observed all over the world on October 31st! With each community sharing in their own traditions and festivities. For many Canadians Halloween is about dressing up as a family and going door to door Trick or Treating for candy, carving pumpkins and attending costume parties.There is much dispute over the exact history of when and where Halloween began but many note a Gaelic and Welsh influence. The Celtic people celebrated the Gaelic festival known as Samhain on the night of October 31st, the night before the start of the Celtic new year. November 1st marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that... Read More
October 12th, 2017 Sydney, Australia- A research done at the University of Sydney has found that chewing and biting is the cause of adult teeth breaking through the gums rather than an innate unknown force. The researchers used CT scan images of an 8 year old child's mandible to design a 3D model that could be used to observe the forces by the jaw when biting and chewing. The aim of the study was to show the stress dispersion within the jaw when a person bites and chews. Dr. Babak Sarrafpour an oral and maxillofacial pathologist and dentist at the University of Sydney said they designed the hard and soft tissues in the jaw and input the data they had about jaw movements into the software. They simulated both the back teeth and front teeth chewing and... Read More
October 6th, 2017 Vancouver, BC - Thanksgiving is celebrated every year in Canada on the second Monday in October, to celebrate the blessings of the past year and to look back on what we are thankful for. It is a time when many gather with friends and family to say goodbye to summer and enjoy the beginning of the fall season. Thanksgiving in Canada is held in October as it's origins are often associated with the celebration of a successful harvest and saying thanks to a bountiful season. Proclaimed by Parliament in 1879 as "a day of General Thanksgiving to Almighty God for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been blessed." The first marked observance of Thanksgiving in Canada goes back to Martin Frobisher's 1578 voyage from England in... Read More
September 21st, 2017 Santiago, Chile- The Universidad de los Andes, in Santiago, Chile had received an increase in requests for dental treatments for children with disabilities so they decided to introduce animal-assisted therapy into their practice. Dr. Andrea Ormeño, director of the Care Patients with Disability Diploma at the Faculty of Dentistry spoke with Dental Tribune online to discuss how this new treatment method is helping improve the dental hygiene of some of their younger patients.  They decided to introduce the method about 5 years ago because of the demanding increase for dental treatment for kids with disabilities. Because this style of work is orientated to the children and their families in a regular dental practice it helps promote... Read More
September 19th, 2017 Vienna, Austria-  An Austrian start-up launched an automatic toothbrush called amabrush on Kickstarter that brushes teeth in just 10 seconds. It is led by a number of biotechnology engineers and health care visionaries. It seeks to revolutionise the toothbrushing routine by saving people time and money through providing them with an effective and easy-to-use device.The Amabrush has three components.The mouthpiece, the handpiece and the toothpaste capsules. The mouthpiece is made of antibacterial silicone and features 3-D arranged bristles on both sides to clean the teeth. It has built-in microchanelles that trsonport the toothpaste into the mouth. According to the start-up, these bristles are soft enough to prevent gum damage but... Read More
September 14th, 2017 USA- A pill called Gleevec helped turn a killer type of leukemia into a manageable disease is showing that it might also help slow down diabetes. In 2008 a study was done on diabetic mice and they were cured by the drug. A follow up to this study was done and a team reported modest effects in adults with type-1 diabetes. This type of diabetes is often referred to as juvenile diabetes and it is caused when the immune system mistakenly destroys insulin-producing cells called beta cells. Dr. Stephen Gitelman of the University of California San Franscisco School of Medicine said, tests that were done in 67 adults with type-1 diabetes showed that the drug appeared to boost their body's own production of insulin. He said that on... Read More

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