Differences between American and English Thought

It’s clear that there are large differences between what American and European doctors think with regards to the removal of wisdom teeth.   Since 1997, dental surgeons inEngland have been following guidelines stating to not remove wisdom teeth unless there is evidence of disease. Further inflammation of the gingivia surrounding the crown of a tooth also warrants removal. It is also common practice in England for doctor’s to cancel any unnecessary planned operations. These guidelines also save millions of dollars each year. To view the entire article on guidelines in England click here http://www.bmj.com/cgi/reprint/320/7239/890/a.pdf

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Teen Dies in Dental Chair

This story is a month old, but I wanted to make a comment about it. Having general anesthesia is not without complications. Leejay Levene, 18, died during a visit to a Waterloo dental surgeon to have three wisdom teeth removed. Surgery was required because the teeth were embedded in the jawbone. Due to the nature of a potentially painful procedure, many patients often prefer the use of a general anesthetic. Leejay’s mother, Shirley, said that Leejay was nervous about the surgery since he always breathed through his mouth and was concerned that he might not be able to breathe properly. Leejay had just gone under general anesthesia when something went horribly wrong. He started to struggle for breath. The ambulance arrived within seven minutes, with a more advanced unit arriving five minutes later. The anesthesiologist had been attempting to resuscitate the patient but Leejay’s heart had stopped beating. Paramedics continued attempts to revive the teen, to no avail. Daniel Haas, a professor of dental anesthesia and pharmacology at the University of Toronto, said that while general anesthetic is safe, it’s not perfect. One in 700,000 patients dies each year under similar circumstances. To read the full article visit http://www.buzzle.com/articles/teen-dies-in-dental-chair-during-routine-procedure.html

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Verapamil Can Cause Heart Problems

Verapamil is a commonly used headache medication. I was on verapamil for a 3-4 week period, before I had a reaction to it after I went in a hot tub, where veins in my body seemed really inflammed and were like popping out in the back. However, my second cousin has been using it for years successfully to treat and eliminate his chronic headaches. A new UK study suggests that at high doses the drug verapamil can cause heart problems and all patients being treated with the drug should have frequent electrocardiograms (EKGs) to check for irregular hearbeats.  The results showed that of the 108 patients whose EKGs could be monitored: 21 patients (19 per cent) had arrhythmias (irregular heart beat). 13 patients (12 per cent) had first degree heart block at 240 to 960 mg a day, with one patient needing to have a permanent pacemaker fitted. 4 patients had junctional rhythm. 1 patients had second degree heart block. 4 patients had right bundle heart block. Bradycardia (heart rate below 60 beats per minute) occurred in 39 (36 per cent) patients, but verapamil was stopped in only 4 patients. Therefore if you are using this drug or are going […]

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High Tumor Necrosis Factor-Alpha Levels in People with New Daily Persitent Headache?

I have long thought that I have a lot of inflammation in my body, which is why I still have a headache, and was brought on by the sinus infection caused by removing my wisdom teeth. New research by Dr. Todd Rozen, at the Michigan Head Pain and Neurological Institute, suggests that almost all NDPH patients have an elevated level of tumor necrosis factor α (TNF α) in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). As about 30% of NDPH patients have their headaches start after an infection or illness, the possibility of a persistent state of systemic or central nervous system (CNS) inflammation comes into question. Tumor necrosis factor (TNF) α is a proinflammatory cytokine involved in brain immune and inflammatory activities, as well as in pain initiation. Elevation of CSF TNF α levels has been found in a select number of neurologic conditions, suggesting CNS inflammation in those disorders. Proinflammatory cytokines in the CSF produce and enhance pain in animal models. Up until recently, spinal cord glia were considered the sole source of CSF cytokines including TNF α. A new investigation, however, has suggested that cells in the meninges adjacent to the CSF space also produce proinflammatory cytokines that enter into […]

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Another Visit to the Acupuncturist

Well today I went to the acupuncturist again. He asked me how I was doing and I told him I noticed no improvement. Again I took of my socks and shoes and lay down. This time he put a few more needles in my head, but none in my feet. He then put the heat lamp over me, turned off the lights, put on some soothing music, and left. I remained in the room by myself for almost an hour. It does hurt to have needles in you for that long. Not only that, whenever I lay down I can feel my head pounding constantly. While, I could feel some different movements and sensations going on, the headache remained strong and would not go away. After, I made another appointment to see him. In Other News: Chocolate Better than Fluoride? New research suggests an extract of cocoa powder that occurs naturally in chocolates, teas, and other products might be an effective natural alternative to fluoride in toothpaste, according to Tulane University doctoral candidate Arman Sadeghpour. Sadeghpour said his research revealed that the cocoa extract was even more effective than fluoride in fighting cavities, according to a news release from the […]

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