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May 29th, 2017 Chicago, USA-  A recent study showed that a dipstick test for salivary urea nitrogen was accurate for diagnosing kidney disease in Malawi in Africa. Many do not have access to affordable treatment and diagnostic tools, which can lead to death by chronic kidney disease.In the study, the performance of a salivary urea nitrogen (SUN) dipstick was diagnosed by a team of researchers at the Pro-Kidney Foundation in Brazil. Among the 742 individuals studied, researchers diagnosed 146 patients with kidney disease using standard tests. SUN showed good diagnostic performance for the detection of kidney disease and high SUN levels were associated with a higher risk of early death.“Our data suggest that SUN can improve the detection of... Read More
May 26th, 2017 Seoul, South Korea- An all-natural toothpaste has been developed to reduce the health risks posed by Streptococcus gordonii, which is an oral bacterium that initiates the formation of dental plaque. Once it enters the bloodstream though bleeding gingivae, the bacterium can cause blood clots, which can lead to life-threatening conditions such as infective endocarditis, heart attack or stroke.Conventional toothpastes mainly focus on Streptococcus mutans and Porphyromonas gingivalis, two major oral bacteria associated with tooth decay and periodontal disease. However, after a studyfound that S. gordonii can trigger an infection of the inner lining of the heart when entering the bloodstream at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland... Read More
May 23rd, 2017 Seoul, South Korea- A South Korean study has suggested that ethanol extracts of Indian walnut, the fruit of the Terminalia chebula tree, may be an effective means to prevent oral inflammation and bone resorption.T. chebula is one of the most commonly used plants in traditional medicines on the Indian subcontinent because of its fruit's antioxidant, antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiviral effects.The study focused on the effect of an ethanol extract of T. chebula in the treatment and prevention of periodontal disease. The antibacterial effect was analysed using the disc diffusion method, and the anti-inflammatory effect was determined by molecular biological analysis of cultured cells mediated by bacteria associated with dental... Read More
May 17th, 2017 Leiden, Netherlands- Girls with autism have relatively good social skills, which means that their autism is often not recognised. Autism manifests itself in girls differently from in boys. Below is a finding by psychologist Carolien Rieffe and colleagues from the Autism Centre and INTER-PSY (Groningen), published in scientific journal Autism.Most of the research on autism is based on boys and men; there is not enough data on autism in girls. Leiden Professor of Development Psychology Rieffe and her colleagues examined how autism manifests itself in girls.The researchers analysed the behaviour of 68 teenagers, girls and boys, both with and without autism. In the test, the researchers wanted to assess how empathic the participants were... Read More
May 15th, 2017 Boston, Massachusetts- Diet sodas increase the risk of stroke and dementia by three times, compared to people who rarely drink them according to research.Evidently, diet drinks are not a healthy alternative to sugary drinks, and suggests that people need to limit both and substitute with water, doctors said.While the findings do not prove that diet drinks damage brains, they support other studies that show people who drink them frequently tend to have poorer health.The researchers, led by Matthew Pase of the Boston University School of Medicine and colleagues, studied more than 4,000 people for their report, published in the journal Stroke.To their surprise, the team did not find the same risk for sugar-sweetened beverages. But they found... Read More
May 12th, 2017 Vancouver, BC – Mother’s Day is Sunday May 14th! This Sunday is that special day in the year when we stop to honor all the mothers in the world. Mother’s Day is a modern celebration having first been introduced in the early 20th century. It is a day to not only recognize your own mother but motherhood and maternal bonds as well as the influence of all mothers in society.Anna Jarvis was the creator of Mother’s Day. In 1908 she held a memorial for her beloved mother after her death in 1905. Jarvis wished to have a recognized day when all mothers were honored for all that they do for their families. She saw it as a way of keeping her own mother’s memory alive and honoring the woman whom she so deeply admired. Jarvis’ tireless campaign... Read More
May 10th, 2017 England, U.K.- Research shows that happiness increases the productivity of people at work.Economists from the University of Warwick carried out four different experiments with more than 700 participants to test the idea that happy employees work harder. Professor Andrew Oswald, Dr Eugenio Proto and Dr Daniel Sgroi from the Department of Economics at the University of Warwick led the research.In the laboratory, they found happiness made people around 12% more productive.During the experiments, some of the participants were either shown a comedy movie clip or treated to free chocolate, drinks and fruit. Others were questioned about recent family tragedies, such as bereavements, in order to determine whether lower levels of happiness... Read More
May 3rd, 2017 Vancouver, BC - Since its formation in 1866, the Ontario Dental Association (ODA) has been committed to promoting the highest standard of dental care and supporting members in their pursuit of professional and personal excellence. The ODA's Annual Spring Meeting (ASM) offers an unparalleled education program featuring the best and brightest minds in the dental industry. Year-after-year dentists and their dental teams come together in Toronto to listen to renowned speakers who not only inform but provide insight and inspiration across a variety of Clinical, Practice Management and Personal Development disciplines. Protec is one of the many exhibitors who will be at the ODA ASM this year, connecting with dentists and their dental teams... Read More
April 25th, 2017 San Diego, California- Thousands of orthodontists descended upon San Diego this past week where innovation and progress were on the top of everyone's mind. The American Association of Orthodontists  Annual Session, which was held at the San Diego Convention Center, was a great success. In addition to the vast array of educational sessions that were held, the exhibit hall was a veritable throng of the latest advances in the orthodontic industry.From new products and technology to new materials and equipment and, finally, to new techniques and sessions, varied educational sessions and exhibits offered orthodontists a new level of understanding and experience, which attendees are now bringing back to their practices across North America.... Read More
April 24th, 2017 Victoria, Spain- There has been increasing awareness of the reciprocal relationship between obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) and dental problems, for instance sleep bruxism and a higher clench index. A few studies have investigated the role of OSA in the occurrence of technical failure in fixed prostheses, especially implant-borne ones. According to a Spanish study, implant problems occured in over 80 per cent of the patients with OSA, which suggests a potentially strong correlation between the sleep disorder and implant complications.In order to analyse the frequency of prosthetic complications in implant-borne prostheses, a group of researchers from Vitoria investigated implant failure in 67 patients. They identified 30 complications... Read More

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