Sunday, May 17, 2009

Flap's Dentistry Blog Links May 17, 2009


Contrary to earlier reports, gum disease, also referred to as periodontal disease, does not appear to be associated with preterm births and other pregnancy problems, according to a report in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. "Given the theorized link between infection or inflammation and many adverse pregnancy outcomes, it is biologically plausible that periodontal disease may be linked to adverse pregnancy outcomes," write Dr. Sindhu K. Srinivas, of the University of Pennsylvania Health System, Philadelphia, and colleagues. The authors found that women with gum disease were not at increased risk for the pregnancy-related complications studied. "Although the biologic plausibility and the potential for a treatment that could reduce preterm birth and other adverse outcomes were promising, this study demonstrates that no association between periodontal disease and adverse pregnancy outcomes exists," Srinivas and colleagues conclude.

Obese workers with diabetes are less productive than their normal-weight co-workers, says a U.S. study. Researchers surveyed 7,338 working adults about missed work time, reduced work effectiveness and impairment of daily activities. The results showed that people who were obese and had type 2 diabetes lost 11 percent to 15 percent of work time (about 5.9 hours a week) because of health problems, compared with 9 percent of work time (about 3.6 hours a week) lost by normal-weight people. The survey also found that obese people with type 2 diabetes reported impairment during 20 percent to 34 percent of their daily activities, such as taking care of children, shopping and exercising.

A new bill signed by Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty this week is designed to create a new level of dental care. As Tiffany Tarrolly explains, this new mid-level care provider will make it easier for the poor and other underserved populations to get dental care. "Access to care is a real issue all over the US," said Kathy Leonard, Director of Dental Hygience Program at Lake Superior College. "in rural areas and especially the lower income underprivileged people and they're ending up in our emergency rooms with much more costly care," said Senator Yvonne Prettner-Solon of district 7. This new bill aims to fix that problem.

So you want to blog on your dental website. You understand that a blog is the new newsletter. You have time to blog yourself, and you always made great grades in English, so you don’t need GhostPosts. Only problem is, you aren’t an ideas person. How can you know what to write about on your dental blog? Here are a few tips to help you out…

Lawmakers voted to decrease the penalty for the unlicensed practice of veterinary medicine on Thursday, going back on a law last session that made it a felony to do a number of procedures, including filing down a horse’s teeth. The Senate passed Senate Bill 452 in a vote of 36-8. It now goes back to the House. Opponents of the bill said the unauthorized practice of medicine needs to be a felony to help prevent drugs used in veterinary medicine from being sold or put in the wrong hands. Supporters of the bill say the penalty was extreme and has limited livestock owners. The author of the bill, Sen. Mike Schulz, R-Altus, said additional study will be done on the unauthorized practice of veterinary medicine in the interim. Schulz said he proposed changing the penalty after a compromise could not be reached between the veterinary community and the horse community. Last session, lawmakers passed a bill making it a felony to practice veterinary medicine without a license.

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