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Saliva Can Clean Dirty Pacifiers and Reduce Allergy Risk

American Academy of Pediatrics For Release:  May 6, 2013 Parents use a variety of methods to clean a baby’s pacifier: rising it in tap water, boiling it, or putting it in their own mouth and sucking on it before giving it back to the baby. According to a new study, parents who “clean” their child’s [...]

Saliva Can Clean Dirty Pacifiers and Reduce Allergy Risk2017-05-18T18:53:58-04:00

Younger Patients More Likely to Skip Medications to Save Money

Kelly Kennedy, USA TODAY, April 9, 2013: Study: Younger patients more likely to skip medications People younger than 65 are twice as likely to skip medications than older Americans, according to a study released today by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (click here for the study - PDF: "Strategies Used by Adults [...]

Younger Patients More Likely to Skip Medications to Save Money2017-05-18T18:53:59-04:00

Science of Chewing

Dr. Van der Bilt at the Department of Head and Neck in the Wageningen University Medical Center Utrecht (The Netherlands) studies the neuromuscular elements of chewing. You often hear about the impressive power of the jaw muscles. In terms of pressure per single burst of activity, these are the strongest muscles we have. But it [...]

Science of Chewing2017-05-18T18:53:59-04:00

Azithromycin and Fatal Heart Rhythms

On March 12, 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning that the antibiotic azithromycin (Zithromax® or Zmax™) can lead to a potentially fatal irregular heart beat. According to the FDA, patients with existing QT interval prolongation, low levels of potassium or magnesium, or a slower than normal heart rate are at [...]

Azithromycin and Fatal Heart Rhythms2017-05-18T18:53:59-04:00

Avoid Echinacea With Ragweed Allergy

Commonly known as purple cornflower, Echinacea is a genus in the daisy family, Asteraceae. Echinacea is an herbal remedy widely employed in fighting colds; however, because of the close relationship between Echinacea and ragweed, and the allergenic cross-reactivity between the two, those who have allergies to ragweed are advised to avoid Echinacea. More about this [...]

Avoid Echinacea With Ragweed Allergy2017-05-18T18:53:59-04:00

Flu Vaccination 2013

The Seasonal Flu Vaccine It's still time to think about getting a flu shot, which is generally offered between September and mid-November - typically before the late-fall to early-winter start of flu season. It takes up to two weeks to build immunity after a flu shot. A seasonal vaccine is distributed routinely every year. While there are [...]

Flu Vaccination 20132017-05-18T18:53:59-04:00

Helping Hands for 2012

It doesn't take much to help others during the holiday season. Share your good will and good fortune with other local families: food, personal care items, cleaning supplies, new and gently-used clothing - cleaned (especially coats), and financial contributions. Local organizations: Koinonia, and Food for Others, via Network for Good click here    Â

Helping Hands for 20122017-05-18T18:53:59-04:00

Insurance Open Season 2012

It's almost that time again. Insurance open season, when you have an opportunity to change your insurance to better fit your life. But ... it can be a puzzle. Which insurance plan is right for you? How is that company to work with? How is their coverage? Is dental separate from medical. Federal open season [...]

Insurance Open Season 20122017-05-18T18:53:59-04:00

Proposed Expanded Access to Dental Care Unlikely to be Enacted

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) announced what they said is "the most sweeping legislation ever to address the national crisis in dental care" at a Capitol Hill news conference June 7, "The Comprehensive Dental Reform Act of 2012". The bill would authorize dental care for Medicare, Medicaid and Veterans Administration beneficiaries, [...]

Proposed Expanded Access to Dental Care Unlikely to be Enacted2017-05-18T18:53:59-04:00

New Molecule May Prevent Most Tooth Decay

From research begun in 2005, Jose Cordova, a researcher at Yale University, along with Erich Astudillo from the University of Chile now have a patent pending on a new molecule designated ‘Keep 32’ that could be incorporated into toothpaste, mouth rinse, gum and other oral/dental products [the original article, translated from Spanish – click here]. [...]

New Molecule May Prevent Most Tooth Decay2017-05-18T18:53:59-04:00