August 5, 2010

Brush, Floss, See Your Dentist

1 Gum Disease May Increase Risk for Alzheimer’s

Periodontal disease may increase the risk for Alzheimer’s disease find researchers at the NYU College of Dentistry who assert that gum inflammation may lead to brain inflammation. "The research suggests that cognitively normal subjects with periodontal inflammation are at an increased risk of lower cognitive function compared to cognitively normal subjects with little or no periodontal inflammation," said team leader Dr. Angela Kamer who examined 20 years’ worth of data from 152 subjects. Those with gum inflammation were nine times more likely to develop cognitive impairment than those without periodontal disease. Kamer, who presented the findings at the International Association for Dental Research, plans to conduct a follow-up study using a larger group of subjects.

More at Eurekalert.org | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Gum Disease Treatment Lowers Blood Sugar

Tags: Alzheimer's Disease, Cognitive Impairment, Gum Disease, Periodontal Disease, Gum Inflammation, Brain Inflammation, New York University College of Dentistry, NYU, Dr. Angela Kamer, Association for Dental Research

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Painful and Hard to Treat

2 Nipple Piercing, Smoking May Induce Breast Lesions

Women with pierced nipples or who smoke are much more likely to develop breast abscesses - painful lesions that tend to recur and are difficult to treat finds a study by researchers at the University of Iowa and published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. The study finds that smokers are six times more likely to develop breast abscesses than non-smokers and is among the first to implicate nipple piercing as a risk factor. In the case of the latter, lesions could occur at any time from one month to seven years after the piercing. Treatment for breast abscesses can include drainage procedures and, in some severe cases, surgery. Since lesions may recur at a rate of 40 to 50 percent, patients who smoke are strongly encouraged to quit as part of their treatment.

More at Eurekalert.org | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Health News About Breast Cancer Prevention

Tags: Smoking, Breast Health, Breast Abscesses, Nipple Piercing, Journal of the American College of Surgeons, University of Iowa

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Don't Wait to Get Pregnant Again

3 Conceiving After Miscarriage Good Idea

Getting pregnant again within six months of a miscarriage could mean you have the best chance of a healthy pregnancy without complications, say researchers from the University of Aberdeen. This advice goes against guidelines from the World Health Organization that suggest women wait six months after a miscarriage before getting pregnant again. Researchers reviewed data from more than 30,000 women in Scottish hospitals between 1981 and 2000. All of the women had a miscarriage in their first pregnancy and then became pregnant again. Findings reveal that the women who got pregnant again within six months were less likely to have another miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy or pregnancy termination compared with women who became pregnant between six months and one year after the initial miscarriage.

More at EureakAlert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: University of Aberdeen, Pregnancy Without Complications, Healthy Pregnancy, Termination of Pregnancy, Ectopic Pregnancy, Miscarriage Facts, Miscarriage Rates, Waiting After Miscarriage, Scottish hospitals

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