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That Soft Drink May Shorten Your Life, With Or Without Sugar

Bottom line up front: It’s 2019, and we just got word that no mater what kind of soft drink you’re sipping (with or without a straw), you may be affirmatively choosing to shorten your life. Normally I’d caution against taking action based on headlines like that, but the study that announced this result was based on 400,000 live human beings …

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Congratulations, You’re Expecting! Take Vitamin D for Baby’s Teeth

One thing keeps me continually energized as I travel the world educating dental professionals is this: We still, all of us, have so much to learn about the human body, physiology, anatomy, biochemistry, development, nutrition, and how the entire system works together to enhance or hamper lifelong systemic health. Take our humble friend, vitamin D. This January, when the New …

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A Roundup of What We Know About the Oral-Systemic Connection Right Now

Health care and the science of the human body, in general—I dare say science itself, as an endeavor of human discovery—is a field that is increasingly highly specialized. The more we learn, the more we specialize, following promising new leads, creating small teams to pursue tantalizing clues, inventing novel sub-branches of other branches of clinical and investigatory medicine as they …

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American Dentists Prescribe 37x More Opioids

Houston, we have a problem. (You too, Cleveland and Chicago and Minneapolis and Denver.) Stop looking so pleased with yourself, New York and California. America, we need to have a talk. About our dentists. And their opioid prescribing habits. This doesn’t have to be a long talk, but we do need to have it. And perhaps the best way to …

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Reconsidering the Evidence for Routine Dental Implant Antibiotic Prophy

In 2017, the World Health Organization officially sounded the alarm: The world is running out of antibiotics. While it’s hard to wrap our heads around that headline, it’s a hard truth, and we need to face it, just as surely as we need to face other threats to our long-term survival as a species. There are very few new antibiotic …

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Surprise! Legalizing Cannabis is NOT Encouraging More Teen Pot Use

Sometimes “common sense” is wrong. And when it comes to arguments against the legalization of cannabis that rest on risks to young people, incoming evidence published July 8, 2020 in the journal JAMA Pediatrics is turning common sense on its head. Despite decades of stern warnings that legalizing marijuana would lead to an epidemic of stoned, THC-addled teenagers, the data …

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Novel Chemical Complex May Deliver Breakthrough in Antibiotic-Resistant Infections

“Survival of the fittest”… It drives who—and what—lives and thrives to reproduce, shaping and strengthening adaptive traits through successive generations. From the tiniest life form to the most complex, selective pressure operates across every species on Earth. But not all generations are created equal. When we look at the number of opportunities bacteria have to mutate and survive attacks by …

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Nonnarcotic Cough Suppressant Benzonatate Overdose Proves Fatal

Most people have a healthy respect for the dangers of opioid and narcotic prescription medications and as a result, are careful to take them exactly as prescribed. But the public may not be as aware that even nonnarcotic, nonopioid pharmaceutical drugs can cause serious—even fatal—complications if they are taken in large doses that exceed prescribing guidelines. This reality was recently …