January 23, 2011

Healthy Gums, Healthy Lungs

1 Gum Disease May Raise Risk for Respiratory Disease

Periodontal disease may increase the risk for respiratory diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and pneumonia, finds a new study. These infections are caused when bacteria from the upper throat is inhaled into the lower respiratory tract. The study measured the periodontal health of 200 participants, half of whom were hospitalized with acute respiratory disease; the other half was a healthy control group. The study found that patients with respiratory disease had worse periodontal health than those in the control group indicating a link between respiratory health and gum health. Researchers say more studies need to be done to establish a link conclusively but stress the importance of maintaining oral health.

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

Previously: Gum DIsease Is Major US Public Health Concern

Tags: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, COPD, Gum Disease, Periodontal Disease, Pneumonia, Respiratory Diseases

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Turn off the Light

2 Exposure to Light May Affect Sleep Quality

Exposure to electrical light between dusk and bedtime severely suppresses the body’s melatonin levels which may impact the quality of sleep, blood pressure and glucose levels. Melatonin, a hormone produced by the brain, not only regulates the sleep/wake cycle but has also been shown to lower blood pressure. It’s available in supplement form and is used to treat insomnia. Results of the study, which evaluated 116 healthy volunteers, ages 18-30, showed that exposure to electrical light before bedtime suppressed melatonin production by more than 50 percent. “This could, in turn, have effects on sleep quality and the body's ability to regulate body temperature, blood pressure and glucose levels," says lead author Joshua Gooley, PhD, Brigham & Women's Hosp. and Harvard Med. School.

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

Previously: Seven Hours of Sleep Optimal for Heart Health

Tags: Blood Pressure, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Diabetes, Glucose Levels, Harvard Medical School, Sleep, Melatonin, Quality of Sleep, Joshua Gooley

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First Grader Was Afraid

3 Teacher Accused of Taping Student's Mouth Shut

While many kids have been subjected to threats of having their mouths taped shut, not many of them have actually experienced it. A teacher in San Antonio, Texas is accused of taping first grader Serenah Kelly's mouth shut with transparent tape. Serenah says she had trouble breathing when the tape was on her mouth. She also said that the teacher eventually removed the tape and told her to be quiet. The first grader was too scared to tell her parents about the incident, but classmates informed their parents, who called the principal. Upon hearing the accusations, officials for Schertz Elementary put the teacher on administrative leave.

More at CBS News | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Serenah Kelly, Schertz Elementary, Teacher Tapes Student's Mouth Shut, Kid Had Mouth Taped Shut

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