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News - April 2018

Non-smokers are more likely than smokers to develop mouth cancer if they show early warning signs

dfdfdNew research has discovered that non-smokers face a substantially higher risk of developing mouth cancer than smokers if they have precancerous lesions in their mouth.
The research from the University of British Columbia, published in Oral Oncology, looked at almost 450 patients with precancerous oral lesions and discovered that non-smokers were more than twice as likely to see them develop into mouth cancer than smokers.
In some cases, non-smokers with lesions on the floor of the mouth were a staggering 38 times more likely to develop into cancer than in smokers.
The researchers speculated that the difference between smokers and non-smokers was due to a difference in the root causes of the lesions. In smokers, they were likely the result of environmental factors, whereas in non-smokers, genetic susceptibility or mutations were the probable cause.
Dr Nigel Carter, Chief Executive of the Oral Health Foundation said: "Smoking may be the leading cause of mouth cancer, linked to around three in every four cases, but non-smokers need to be just as vigilant in spotting and acting on any changes to the mouth.
"Catching mouth cancer early can dramatically increase your chances of beating the disease so it is vitally important to check regularly for the early warning.
"Everybody should be alert to mouth ulcers which do not heal within three weeks, red or white patches in the mouth and any unusual lumps in the head and neck area. If anybody has any of these signs, you should visit your dentist or doctor straight away.”

From: www.dentalhealth.org

 

Midlife tooth loss may compromise heart health

dfdfdTooth loss in middle age is tied to a higher risk of cardiovascular disease, independent of traditional risk factors such as high blood pressure, poor diet, and diabetes.
This was the conclusion of preliminary research led by Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in New Orleans, USA, and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, MA.
Professor of epidemiology at Tulane University and study co-author Lu Qi explained: "In addition to other established associations between dental health and risk of disease, our findings suggest that middle-aged adults who have lost two or more teeth in [the] recent past could be at increased risk for cardiovascular disease".
This study is not the first to investigate the link between dental health and cardiovascular disease (CVD), but it is the first to focus on tooth loss during midlife and exclude that which occurs earlier.
The new findings were presented at the American Heart Association's (AHA) 2018 scientific sessions held in New Orleans. The study is not yet published as a peer-reviewed paper, but you can read the abstract in the journal Circulation.
CVD is an umbrella term for diseases of the heart and blood vessels. This includes diseases of the blood vessels that supply: the brain (such as stroke and other cerebrovascular diseases); the heart muscle (coronary heart disease); and the arms and legs (peripheral arterial disease).
CVD is the primary cause of death worldwide. In 2015, it claimed 17.7 million lives, including 7.4 million due to coronary heart disease and 6.7 million due to stroke.

From: www.medicalnewstoday.com

 

This tooth-mounted sensor helps you watch what you eat

dfdfdScientists have designed a way to precisely monitor the food we eat using a sensor placed on a tooth. No longer will we be able to get away with that bag of chips when no one's looking.
The links between diet and health are deep and complex. In the simplest terms, we know that we should eat more fresh food and much less processed, salty, fatty, sugary, and delicious food.
However, in the real world, there are plenty of shades of grey in between. Because scientists now know that diet is a very important factor in health, getting to grips with what we eat, how much we eat, and when we eat it is of growing importance.
Currently, methods to track people's diets are fairly unreliable. The most commonly used practice is a good old-fashioned food diary. However, even if someone is trying to fill it out honestly, it is easy to make errors. For instance, you might forget that you had four beers rather than three.
A new invention from scientists at the Tufts University School of Engineering in Medford, USA, might provide the seed of a solution to this problem. They have designed a tiny, wireless sensor that can be attached to a tooth.
It's just 2mm square and can flexibly conform and bond to the naturally lumpy and bumpy surface of a tooth. The sensor can collect information about a person's consumption of salt, glucose, and alcohol as it enters the mouth. Data can be reported in real time.

From: www.medicalnewstoday.com