The Dental Blog of Bradely J. Olson, DDS

Snoring and Apnea

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Obstructive Sleep Apnea Tied To Higher Risk For Type 2 Diabetes, Study Indicates Healio (6/17, Southall) reports researchers found that “patients with untreated moderate or severe obstructive sleep apnea were at higher risk for incident type 2 diabetes that was nonlinear along the continuum of apnea-hypopnea index.” The findings were published in the journal CHEST. […]

Benefits of Fresh Air

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Study Shows Two Hours Per Week In Nature Recommended To Improve Health The New York Times (6/13, Sheikh) reported that “a wealth of research indicates that escaping to a neighborhood park, hiking through the woods, or spending a weekend by the lake can lower a person’s stress levels, decrease blood pressure and reduce the risk […]

Sleep Disorders

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Irregular Sleep Schedule May Be Linked To Increased Risk Of Metabolic Disorders, Study Suggests The Houston Chronicle (6/6, Weber) reported a new study funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, “a division of the National Institutes of Health,” indicates “that each hour that bedtime and sleep duration varies can create as much as […]

More evidence on the oral systemic connection.

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Studies Find Association Between Oral Health, Systemic Health The New York Post (6/4, Sparks) reports on recent studies that have found an association between poor oral health and Alzheimer’s disease, ischemic stroke, and high blood pressure, among other health issues. For instance, the article reports a study by researchers in Norway found Porphyromonas gingivalis may […]

When to Brush Teeth

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ADA Spokesperson Encourages Waiting To Brush Teeth After Eating In an updated article, PopSugar (5/31, Shiffer) stated that it’s best not to brush teeth immediately after eating, especially after consuming something acidic, according to American Dental Association spokesperson Julius N. Manz, DDS. The Oral Health Topics on ADA.org and MouthHealthy.org provide additional information on toothbrushing […]

Diabetes

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Despite Decline In New Diabetes Cases, Overall Numbers Remain High, Research Suggests Medscape (5/30, Tucker, Subscription Publication) reported in continuing coverage that new research suggests “rates of diagnosed diabetes in the United States may finally be declining but overall numbers remain high.” The research found that “after nearly a two-decade increase in both prevalence and […]

Sleep Apnea

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Obstructive Sleep Apnea Is Becoming More Common And Is Often Undiagnosed Jane E. Brody writes in her “Personal Health” column for the New York Times (5/27) that obstructive sleep apnea “is on the rise because the most frequent cause is obesity, which continues its unrelenting climb among American adults.” Brody adds that “obstructive sleep apnea […]

Energy Drinks

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Survey Shows Increase In Energy Drink Consumption Reuters (5/27, Mishra) reports that “Americans are consuming more energy drinks, with a notable increase among young adults, survey data show.” Researchers “point to high caffeine levels in energy drinks and a ‘rapidly expanding body of literature’ that suggests negative health effects and risky behaviors may be linked […]

Sugary Beverages

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Excessive Consumption Of Sugary Beverages May Shorten Life, Research Suggests CNN (5/17, Scutti) reported that “a study links drinking too many sugary beverages – and even 100% natural fruit juices – to an increased risk of early death.” CNN said the study, which was published in JAMA Network Open, found that “people who consumed 10% […]

Evolving Microbes

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Scientists Hope Microbes Found In Extreme Environments Can Yield Lifesaving Drugs. Chemical & Engineering News (5/5, Arnold) reports that scientists are conducting research on microbes found in extreme environments like Superfund sites with the hope that they can help in the fight “against antibiotic-resistant bacteria and diseases like cancer.” The idea is that the potent […]