Thursday, September 01, 2011

The Morning Drill: September 1, 2011

A collection of dentistry and health related links/comments for your day.

Cavities ache many in the Latino community

Do you know what is the most chronic infectious disease among children in the U.S.?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is tooth decay — what most of us call cavities. More than one out of every four children aged 2-5 years and half of those aged 12-15 years have tooth decay.

The problem is even more prevalent in the Latino community.

According to government statistics, 40 percent of Mexican-American children aged 6-8 years have untreated tooth decay. Amongst Mexican-American adolescents – those aged 12-19 years – one in five suffers from the same condition.

If left untreated, tooth decay can snowball into much larger problems that permeate various aspects of a child's growth and development, says the CDC.
Teen Boys Drink a Whole Lot of Sugar
Average daily sugar consumption among male teenagers in the form of sodas, energy drinks, and sweetened fruit juices was more than double the government's recommended limit for all added sugar in the diet, a large national survey found.

Among boys and young men 12 to 19 years old participating in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) from 2005 to 2008, so-called sugar drinks accounted for a mean of 273 calories in their daily diet, according to data compiled Cynthia L. Ogden, PhD, and colleagues at the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's recommended daily limit for added sugars in all forms -- including candies, baked goods, ice cream, and other foods in addition to drinks -- is 128 calories. The "DASH" diet for reducing blood pressure has an even lower limit of about 50 calories in sugar daily.

Findings from the NHANES analysis appeared in NCHS Data Brief No. 71, released this week.

Men in their 20s and 30s were not far behind their teen counterparts, with an average daily intake of 252 calories from sugar drinks in the NHANES data.
More Runners Are Going Bare
Barefoot or minimalist running is on the rise. To assist runners with their transition, the Minnesota Chiropractic Association (MCA) is hosting a public education program designed to help "safely" transition runners who want to move toward minimalist or barefoot running.

Seminar participants will learn the benefits of barefoot running, gain valuable injury prevention information and techniques to assist with their transition while gaining insight from experienced barefoot and minimalist runners.

According to the Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 70 percent of traditional runners experience some level of injury. Presenter, Dr. Candace Salmi, says, "Barefoot running, when done correctly, can be energizing while having a positive impact on the body."
Silicone Breast Implants Will Stay on Market
An FDA official said silicone breast implants made by Johnson & Johnson’s Mentor and Allergan will stay on the market, and that the agency will work with the companies to increase participation in post-approval studies, Dow Jones Newswires reports. Companies have struggled to maintain follow-up on the 80,000-plus women originally included in those studies, originally planned to last a decade, with Allergan tracking about 60.5% of them for two years and Mentor following 21% for three years. If more women aren’t tracked, the studies won’t be able to detect possible long-term health issues.
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