Antipain agent shrinks oral cancers without damaging healthy tissue
July 25, 2014 -- Mouse models of human oral cancer treated with capsazepine showed dramatic tumor shrinkage without damage to surrounding tissues, according to a study in Oral Oncology. Capsazepine's anticancer effects may stem from its ability to increase oxidative damage in tumors, Texas researchers said.
What dentists can learn from CEOs about delegation
July 24, 2014 -- In the latest excerpt from his book, Dr. Roger P. Levin looks at the importance of delegation. He writes that though the top executive of a company bears responsibility for the organization's total performance, that person cannot -- and certainly should not -- do everything.
Product spotlight: Restful Jaw helps patients with TMD
July 24, 2014 -- Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) and general jaw pain, fatigue, and soreness can stall dental procedures, and the Restful Jaw Company has created a device in response. It can be employed for long procedures that require patients to hold their mouth open for an extended duration and for patients sensitive to jaw pain and fatigue, such as those with TMD.
ACA: Dental coverage rising for young adults via expanded coverage
July 23, 2014 -- More young adults are getting dental coverage under the healthcare policies of their parents, according to a new report by ADA researchers. This "spillover" effect of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) dependent coverage policy stems from employers' voluntary expansion of dental coverage, which dovetails with the expansion of medical coverage.
5 ways to ensure safe dental restorations for patients
July 23, 2014 -- In this Second Opinion, Gary Iocco, president of the National Association of Dental Laboratories, reminds dental professionals that poorly made dental restorations -- whether made in the U.S. or abroad -- can lead to a range of health consequences for patients and, in turn, legal consequences for dentists.
CDC study: HPV vaccines could prevent most oropharyngeal cancers
July 23, 2014 -- Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines could prevent most oropharyngeal cancers in the U.S., according to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study in Emerging Infectious Diseases. The analysis of patients with oropharyngeal cancer found that most were HPV-positive, especially for HPV types 16 and 18, and the majority of patients were white men.
Propofol + nitrous oxide may avoid sedation hypotension
July 22, 2014 -- Hypotension is a risk associated with the administration of propofol. Now Japanese researchers have found that combining it with nitrous oxide leads to better sedation and smaller reduction of blood pressure.
Researchers use nanoparticles to deliver drugs into teeth
July 22, 2014 -- Maryland researchers are developing a less invasive technique to deliver medication directly into teeth. The treatment for pulpitis would use magnetic fields to move medication attached to nanoparticles through a tooth's dentin and into the pulp to treat infections.
Sedation dosage crucial in at-risk patients
July 21, 2014 -- A new editorial in Anesthesia Progress by Editor-in-Chief Dr. Joel M. Weaver reminds dentists, oral surgeons, and all dental professionals that patients with obstructive sleep apnea are at risk of death not only during procedural sedation but also at home afterward while asleep.