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August 16th, 2017 USA-  It is not yet known what causes autism, but, researchers believe that a complex interaction between environmental factors and genetics is responsible for the condition. However, separating these factors can be a challenge. A new study may have found a way to isolate genetics from environmental factors to the disease, allowing researchers to focus on the link between heavy metal levels and autism risk. As many as 1 in 68 Children in the United States have autism spectrum disorder (ASD) , according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A new study looks into the concentration of heavy metals in a child's body, which could be a factor that may contribute to the risk of developing... Read More
August 14th, 2017 Vancouver, BC- The International Congress of Oral Implantoligists is coming to Vancouver! This conference is held yearly at various locations around the world and this is the first time for Vancouver.The congress will have over 30 speakers from all over the world showcasing their talents. The mission of the ICOI is to provide the most up to date scientific information regarding implant technology. Once the congress is complete attendees will have a better understanding of the prosthetic principles and how they lead to long term implant success. From August 17th-19th Protec will be showcasing Implant and Prosthetic solutions. Come visit our team, Mike Malone, Gerrit VanSchalkwyk and Neil Appelbaum at booth 516 to learn more about us... Read More
August 11th, 2017 USA- Karen Daggett nearly died eight years ago on a Valentine's date with her husband due to her prescription medication.They had built up to a toxic level in her body and she felt dizzy and almost blacked out. Karen, who is now 71 years old was taking several prescription drugs for an irregular heartbeat, but neither she or her doctors realized that the pills were not helping her but actually causing her harm. She is now on a safer heart medication after undergoing genetic testing at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.Her family members went through the same testing and foound out that they had the same genetic variant that caused the heart medications not to work.This type of gene test that they took is part of an... Read More
August 9th, 2017 Washington, USA- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has decided on a final rule on the management of dental amalgam discharges into sewer systems. It will come into effect as of July 14, with compliance for most dentists set for July 14, 2020. The regulation closely follows the American Dental Association’s (ADA) best management practices.Dental practices will be required to use separators and be prohibted from flushing waste amalgam, from traps or filters, down drains. It also prohibits the use of bleack or chlorine-containing cleaners that may lead to the dissolution of solid mercury when cleaning chairside traps and vacuum lines. In trying to reduce paperwork for dentists, they all have are required to fill out a one-time... Read More
August 4th, 2017 Vancouver, BC - In British Columbia, the first Monday of August is traditionally known as British Columbia Day or BC Day and it is almost upon us! This Monday August 7th will be a day for all British Columbians to enjoy the summer weather with friends and family. Whether you plan on staying at home for local events and activities or heading out-of-town for a vacation getaway this holiday weekend, Protec Dental Laboratories will be celebrating along with you.The British Columbia Day Act was first introduced in 1974 by the Honorable Ernie Hall, the Provincial Secretary under Premier Dave Barrett. At this time several of Canada's other provinces were enjoying a long weekend in August. Hall along with many others thought the people of... Read More
August 2nd, 2017 Philadelphia, USA-  A team at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine have found that Candida albicans, a type of yeast, may work in tandem with harmful bacertia such as Streptococcus mutans which is the primary actor in dental caries. This can help encourage the formation of early childhood caries. A study that was conducted previously discovered that interaction between Candida albicans and an enzyme produced by S. mutans leads to the development of a form of biofilm. In the new research the team discovered which of Candida albicans surface molecules engage with the enyzme to produce this biofilm. Prof. Hyun (Michel) Koo, of the university’s Department of Orthodontics and divisions of Pediatric Dentistry and... Read More
July 27th, 2017 Portland, USA- A new process has been developed by researchers at the Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU). They have developed a way to engineer new blood vessels in teeth using pre-vascularized dental tissue constructs. By using this technique they anticipate more effective treatment and longer-lasting results for root canal therapy.More than 15 million root canal therapies are conducted annually in the U.S., according to the American Association of Endodontists. The treatment is effective in saving a tooth with inflamed, infected, or necrotic pulp but the current procedure may cause the tooth to become brittle and susceptible to fracture over time.Dr. Luiz E. Bertassoni, from the OHSU School of Denistry says that this... Read More
July 25th, 2017 United States- A new cell and gene therapy for multiple myeloma has had unprecedented success, doctors say. Multiple myleoma is a blood cancer that affects plasma cells which make antibodies to fight infection. The study only had 35 people participating but every patient responded and all but two were in some level of remission within two months.  The second study had nearly two dozen patients and everyone above a certain dose responded. Experts at an American Society of Clinical Oncology conference in Chicago, where the results were announced, say it is a first for multiple myeloma and rare for any cancer treatment to have such success.Looking at other types of treatment for cancers the results are not as high. Chemotherapy helps 10... Read More
July 19th, 2017 USA- Researchers say that a new kind of brain scan may be able to predict when a baby as young as 6 months old will develop autism. This approach is not likely to be useful for all children, but mainky for ones that are considered at high risk because an older sibling has autism. The scans correctly chose 9 out of 11 children who were later diagnosed with autism out of a group of 59 high-risk kids. Dr. Diana Bianchi, director of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (which helped fund the study) says that if future studies confirm these results, detecting brain differences may enable physicians to diagnose and treat autism earlier than they do today. The researchers have been trying several different types... Read More
July 17th, 2017 Brussels, Belgium- The European Union, together with seven of its member states, has approved the Minamata Convention on Mercury and resultantly provided the clinching votes needed to bring it into force. The international agreement aims to protect both humans and the environment from the negative effects of mercury and mercury compounds, and its approval is seen as an importantl step in achieving this.In October 2013 the Minamata Convention was signed under the United Nations Environment Programme. It was named in honour of the Japense city of Minamata, where thousands of people were poisoned as a result of dumped wastewater containing methylmercury. 128 countries had already signed it, the treaty needed to be approved by 50 countries to... Read More

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