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Monthly Archives: April 2015

Protein that helps suppress oral cancer diminishes with age

04.25.15 Protein that helps suppress oral cancer diminishes with age (Daily Tribune)Researchers at UCLA have found that a protein that serves as a suppressor of cancer diminishes in skin and mouth epithelial cells as the human body ages. Dr. No-Hee Park, dean of the UCLA School of Dentistry, and his research team have been studying p53, a tumor suppressor protein known as “the guardian of the genome” because of its involvement in DNA repair, cell cycle regulation and cellular deterioration. [Read more…]

Oral Cancer Awareness – Supplement of RDH Magazine

Oral Cancer AwarenessFor more than half a century, oral and oropharyngeal cancers have been out of the mainstream view of the American public, have seen their death rate remain unchanged, and until recently had no national early discovery effort directed at them. The morbidity of treatments — that the roughly 59% who survive five years after diagnosis experience — is significant, (a death rate significantly worse than other cancers whose names are more commonly recognized), and leaves patients with serious quality of life issues that only get worse each year as they move further into survivorship. There are many ways in which this paradigm can be improved, and we are on the cusp of several opportunities to change much of this. [Read more…]

Oral Cancer: Stop Assuming and Start Screening

OC02Interprofessional collaboration for optimal patient health and wellness has never been more important, especially with advancements related to electronic health records. With so many specialties, whole-body health is often fragmented by specific body systems and therefore, for better or worse, the roles and responsibilities of providers are intertwined.

Recently I saw my physician for a routine physical. The nurse checked my vitals, height and weight, and made sure my medication list on file was up to date. The nurse also asked if I had any specific concerns for the doctor. The physician listened to my heart and lungs, pressed on my abdomen, palpated my thyroid and asked me to say “ahh.” The visit concluded with a flu shot and an order for routine blood work. This sounds like a fairly typical exam from a family practitioner, right? [Read more…]

Why Physicians and Dentists Must Work Together in the Age of Comprehensive Health Care

04.01.15 Why Physicians and Dentists Must Work Together in the Age of Comprehensive Health Care (DentalProductsReport)

Somewhere along the way, something really bizarre happened: The mouth got separated from the rest of the body. After all, we have dentists, and we have physicians. We have dental insurance and we have medical insurance.

The result is the adoption of a notion that what happens in the mouth doesn’t really matter—that they’re just teeth after all … I can always get a denture. But as dental professionals, we understand that it’s not just about teeth. The mouth as part of the gastrointestinal system is home to all kinds of microbes—some helpful and others that are downright destructive. The challenge is to help our medical colleagues and the patient understand the impact that oral health has on systemic health. I do not know of any health care provider who would ask a patient with an open wound to take the contents of a petri dish growing P. gingivalis and rub that into the injury, yet the risk for bacteremia is [Read more…]