Archive | August, 2010

Dental Practices of some Dentists Websites Online is Questionable

Lately I have been frustrated with a particular individual who calls himself “georgeshoemoney”. His email is georgeshoemoney@yahoo.com. He commonly registers on website forums (such as my own before I deleted his account and posts) and replies to posts and/or starts new posts with really weak content which might contain a sentence of poor English. He then has a link in the signature of his post which contains a link to a dentist website. He commonly links to  skyedental.com using the link ‘Dentist in Milpitas.’ On other websites I have also seen him link to dentistsorange.com using the link “Dentists in Orange.’ Now digging a little deeper I see that both of these sites contain a link to stratforce.com. Now I have deliberately not HTML linked to these websites because I do not agree with these camouflage techniques to manipulate Google search ratings. The thought is is that you can add a link with some useful link text to many websites to your website than this will help you appear higher up when people search in Google. So it appears to me that some Dentists are deciding to have their website designed by stratforce.com who then goes on to use these […]

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Living with NDPH

On my website I discuss New Daily Persistent Headache (NDPH) . I have also previously posted some NDPH chronic headache articles. Recently I found a website called Living with NDPH. The site is written by Amy, a mother of 3, who has suffered with a chronic persistent headache for 4 years, and has been blogging about it since last August. If you suffer from NDPH her website is a good resource. Another great resource is MDJunction as I have posted about before. I recently read an interesting story of Amy’s Living with NDPH website about a Young Boy Cured of NDPH after suffering from 5 months. Essentially in the story which I encourage you to read on Amy’s website the young 11 year old boy had a headache start near the start of 2010. He had several tests done and went to several neurologists all while trying several medications. Roughly 5 months after the headache started and conventional treatments were not helping, he saw a Craniosacral Therapist. She claimed to reduce the twisting and tension at the base of the young boy’s head. This caused the young boy to begin to return to his old normal headache free self. Now […]

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U.S. Dental Schools Teaching little on Sleep Disorders

American adults suffer from sleep disorders and the number is quite large, around 70 million. U.S. dental schools are not teaching their graduating soon to be dentists the importance of screening their patients for sleep disorders. A survey sent out by researchers from the University of California — Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Dentistry,  indicates that dental students spend an average of 2.9 instruction hours during their four years of dental school studying sleep disorders. The main problem is for those 18 million Americans that suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). It estimated that 80 % to 90 % of patients with OSA are not diagnosed and this can consequently raise the patients risk for many diseases and problems. The researchers feel since dentists see patients on a regular basis, they can notice early warning signs of sleep disorders. This greatly makes sense and thus U.S. dental schools should increase the amount of time during the 4 years of study that students receive on sleep disorders. Source: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/06/100605112529.htm

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Western Dental injuries and pain

I found some interesting pieces from ABC 7 KGO-TV San Francisco, CA. The articles and videos are about the second largest HMO in the state of California called Western Dental. Numerous people are profiled talking about things such as nerve damage following wisdom teeth removal, people’s healthy teeth being pulled out and being replaced with dentures,  a syringe injecting bleech into a girl’s sinus during a root canal, and putting too much filler into the root of a woman’s teeth during a root canal and causing severe pain. Of course Western Dental defends by not admitting wrongdoing but then lawsuits result and a settlement is reached in some cases. In other cases Western Dental has not paid for subsequent follow up treatment. To see the videos and read more of the articles visit these 2 links. http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/iteam&id=7583317 http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/iteam&id=7585208

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Physical Causes of HPA Axis Hyperactivity and Smaller Hippocampus Volumes Linked to Depression in Multiple Sclerosis

I found this new research to be quite interesting.   Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease in which the fatty myelin sheaths around the axons of the brain and spinal cord become damaged.  Depression has been found to be present in nearly 50% of MS sufferers. It is clear though that the depression is not just a psychological reaction to having the disease.  This is because in patients the depression occurs and it has been found to not be related to how severe one’s MS is and it also can occur at different stages of MS. Recently researchers at UCLA have showed a physical cause for depression in those patients suffering from MS atrophy of a specific region of the hippocampus which is part of the brain. The researchers also found a relationship atrophy of the hippocampus and hyperactivity of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis. It is believed that the dysregulation of the HPA axis may play a role in the atrophy of the hippocampus and cause depression. “Depression is one of the most common symptoms in patients with multiple sclerosis,” Gold said. “It impacts cognitive function, quality of life, work performance and treatment compliance. Worst of all, it’s also one of […]

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