What Dentists Really Think of Halloween, & Other News of Note
Posted on Monday, October 31st, 2011
Dentists Don’t Really Despise Halloween (USA Today)
You might think dentists would have strong feelings about Halloween. However, most don’t jump out of their skins over it. “We just want kids to be kids, and part of a kid’s life is treats,” says Rhea Haugseth, president of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.
Dentists agree that the greatest danger candy poses for teeth is when patients “graze” on it all day. That’s why Meg Lochary, a pediatric dentist in Matthews, N.C., says the best option is to allow children to eat their candy in one sitting, then get rid of the leftovers.
“The length of exposure is what increases decay risk,” says Haugseth… MORE…
Mammogram’s Role as Savior Is Tested (NY Times)
A new analysis published Monday in Archives of Internal Medicine offers a stark reality check about the value of mammography screening. Despite numerous testimonials from women who believe “a mammogram saved my life,” the truth is that most women who find breast cancer as a result of regular screening have not had their lives saved by the test, conclude two Dartmouth researchers, Dr. H. Gilbert Welch and Brittney A. Frankel…MORE…
Quick question: Are vegetables less nutritious than they used to be?
You’re free to argue about this, because scientists haven’t managed to come up with a clear answer.
There’s some new data out this week in the journal Crop Science, and at least for broccoli, the answer seems to be no. But keep reading, because the story gets a little more complicated.
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They found no clear trend of rising or falling nutrients among the commercial broccoli lines. Older hybrids did not, on average, have higher or lower concentrations than more recent ones. But the researchers did find bigger is worse; the genetic lines that produced larger heads of broccoli also had lower concentrations of nutrients — that is, there was less nutrition per ounce of vegetable…MORE…
Adding another incentive to exercise, scientists at Duke University Medical Center have found that physical activity improves arthritis symptoms even among obese mice that continue to chow down on a high-fat diet.
The insight suggests that excess weight alone isn’t what causes the aches and pains of osteoarthritis, despite the long-held notion that carrying extra pounds strains the joints and leads to the inflammatory condition.
Published Sept. 27 online in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatism, the findings are now being tested in people…MORE…