Saturday, June 13, 2009

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Over Half Of People With Rheumatoid Arthritis Have Periodontitis

Posted: 13 Jun 2009 01:53 PM PDT

Over half (56%) of people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) also have periodontitis (a chronic inflammatory disease of the gum and surrounding ligaments and bones that hold the teeth in place), displaying fewer teeth than healthy matched controls, high prevalence of oral sites presenting dental plaque and advanced attachment loss (the extent of periodontal support that has been destroyed around a tooth) (chi square p<0.05), according to the results of a new study presented June 12 at EULAR 2009, the Annual Congress of the European League Against Rheumatism in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Judge in South Hills Pennsylvania dentist's trial gets threats

Posted: 13 Jun 2009 01:45 PM PDT

A letter sent to an Allegheny County judge threatened a "problem" if he does not convict a South Hills oral surgeon of charges he molested patients while they were under anesthesia. Common Pleas Judge Anthony Mariani, who is presiding over the nonjury trial of Dr. Robert John Boyda Jr., said Monday the FBI was analyzing the one-page, typed letter sent to his chambers at the courthouse. A copy was sent to his former Downtown law firm, he said. "I'm not intimidated," Mariani said, after showing the letter on a projection screen in court. "This is a very serious affront to all citizens of Allegheny County."

Paying for Obamacare: Hospitals wary of Obama's Medicare cuts

Posted: 13 Jun 2009 01:43 PM PDT

President Barack Obama said Saturday he wants to help pay for his health care overhaul by slowing Medicare and Medicaid spending, but hospitals, medical technicians and others are resisting. The high-stakes struggle over medical care is heating up as Obama declares the status quo unacceptable. The president suggests trimming federal payments to hospitals by about $200 billion over the next 10 years, saying greater efficiencies and broader insurance coverage will justify the change. Hospitals, especially those with many poor patients, say the proposed cuts are unfair and will harm the sick and elderly.

Dental health deserves a place in health care debate?

Posted: 13 Jun 2009 11:32 AM PDT

When you're sitting in the dentist's chair, where I've spent more time lately than I would like, there's not much to do but think. What's he going to do to me next, I wonder. How long before the tooth he's trying to repair with a filling requires a root canal and crown? Would it be cheaper to just pull it out and be done? What about that tooth on the other side, the one that aches when I eat ice cream? How much is this all going to cost me? What if he sends me back to the periodontist for this gum problem he's worried about? If this is so important to my health, why won't my dental insurance cover more of the bill? Come to think of it, why do I have a separate insurance policy for dentistry? And why is the doctor who works in my mouth in a different profession from the doctors who work on other parts of my body? Are teeth considered optional equipment?

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