Homebound elderly have poor oral health, want home-based care
March 24, 2015 -- Homebound elderly adults have poor oral health and are interested in home-based dental care, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. The authors recommended that medical professionals should partner with the dental community to develop programs for these adults.
Developer of oral cancer testing system motivated by parents' disease
March 24, 2015 -- They say necessity is the mother of invention. But for Matthew H.J. Kim, founder and CEO of Vigilant Biosciences, the motivation for developing the OncAlert oral cancer testing system was seeing what his parents went through with the disease.
LED Dental gives $8K to support oral cancer research
March 18, 2015 -- LED Dental announced that it is giving $8,000 to the University of British Columbia to support a research project titled "Prevention Strategies in Early Detection and Diagnosis of Oral Cancer in Vietnam."
Vigilant debuts OncAlert system at IDS, signs distribution deals
March 11, 2015 -- Vigilant Biosciences is debuting its OncAlert oral cancer risk assessment system at this week's International Dental Show (IDS) in Cologne, Germany.
Study finds how T cells cause inflammation with oral candidiasis
March 10, 2015 -- Ohio dental researchers have found a method to study how T cells cause inflammation during oral candidiasis infections, according to a new study in the Journal of Visualized Experiments. The discovery can lead to new therapies or drugs that jump-start weakened or poorly functioning immune systems.
Vigilant raises $5.5M in funding
February 25, 2015 -- Vigilant Biosciences has raised $5.5 million in Series B funding. The company intends to use the newly raised funds to get U.S. and European approval for its oral cancer device, the OncAlert oral cancer risk assessment system.
Researchers propose new staging model for HPV+ oropharyngeal cancer
February 24, 2015 -- Canadian researchers are proposing a new tumor-staging model for predicting outcomes and guiding treatments for patients with human papillomavirus (HPV)-related oropharyngeal cancer, according to a new study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Since HPV-related cancer differs significantly from smoking-related cancer, less-intensive treatment strategies may be more appropriate, the study found.
Tufts dental school to add oral medicine residency program
February 23, 2015 -- Tufts University School of Dental Medicine will begin enrolling students in its new Advanced Education Program in Oral Medicine in July 2016.
NCI awards $1M grant for 1st heavy ion radiation center in U.S.
February 18, 2015 -- The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has awarded the University of Texas Southwestern a $1 million planning grant to develop research proposals for the first heavy ion radiation therapy research center in the U.S.
New tracer could help HNSCC patients avoid surgery
February 16, 2015 -- With the help of a novel radiotracer, researchers were able to accurately identify sentinel lymph nodes in patients with head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC), potentially reducing the number of patients who need to undergo selective neck dissection.
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Aspirin can help battle head/neck cancer

Aspirin appears to offer significant protection against head and neck (HNC) cancer, according to a study in the British Journal of Cancer. Regular aspirin use was associated with a 22% reduction in HNC and seems to be particularly effective in preventing laryngeal cancer. Read more.

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