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Student finds unique opportunity studying salivary glands

March 10, 2017

Loss of salivary gland function is a devastating condition for those with the autoimmune disease Sjogrens syndrome, individuals who undergo radiation to the head and neck, or people who experience trauma. Lisa Sandell, Ph.D., assistant professor, Department of Oral Immunology and Infectious Diseases at University of Louisville, says there is a pressing medical need to regenerate or bioengineer replacement salivary glands for people who suffer from salivary gland dysfunction.

Study shows stomach- and side-sleeping positions cause facial wrinkles over time

November 23, 2016

NEW YORK, N.Y., USA: A recent study published in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal, the peer-reviewed publication of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), indicates that compression, tension, and shear forces applied to the face during sleep cause facial distortion when people sleep on their sides and stomach, leading to the development of sleep wrinkles over time.

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Study shows patients operated on at night twice as likely to die

September 1, 2016

New research presented at this year’s World Congress of Anaesthesiologists (WCA) shows that patients who have surgery during the night are twice as likely to die as patients operated on during regular working hours. Patients operated on later in the working day or in the early evening also have a higher mortality risk, concludes the study by Dr. Michael Tessler, associate professor of anesthesiology, and Dr. Ning Nan Wang, chief resident, department of anesthesia at McGill University Health Centre, Montreal, Canada, and colleagues.

UofL Human Subjects Protection Program earns reaccreditation

August 18, 2016

LOUISVILLE, Ky., USA: Research involving human subjects at the University of Louisville continues to follow the most stringent ethical and professional guidelines in existence, as evidenced by the UofL Human Subjects Protection Program earning reaccreditation by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs. The UofL Human Subjects Protection Program Office (HSPPO) was awarded full accreditation for the maximum period allowed, five years.

Heart failure patients now have expanded therapy options

August 8, 2016

BIOTRONIK, a manufacturer of cardiovascular medical technology, recently announced that the first patients have been successfully implanted with Itrevia HF-T QP cardiac resynchronization defibrillator (CRT-D) devices. Itrevia HF-T QP includes the unique Closed Loop Stimulation (CLS) algorithm. Only CLS is capable of appropriately adapting heart rate in response to physiological demands independent of body movements or respiratory rate.

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Henry Schein donates more than $25,000 in products to Henry Viscardi school

July 12, 2016

MELVILLE, N.Y., USA: Henry Schein Inc. has donated more than $25,000 in health care products to the Henry Viscardi School at The Viscardi Center, a Long Island-based school for children with severe physical disabilities who often require life-sustaining medical treatment throughout the day. The donation will support the specialized care and treatments the school provides to each student.

Universities, business partner to advance oral health care in East Africa

May 5, 2016

Researchers from Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) are collaborating with the University of Nairobi, Unilever East Africa and the Columbia Global Centers | Africa to improve oral health care and disease prevention in East Africa and other resource-poor countries in the region. The project was officially launched at the East Africa Oral Health Summit, hosted in March at Columbia Global Centers | Africa in Nairobi, Kenya.

Researchers find association between oral bacteria and esophageal cancer

April 13, 2016

LOUISVILLE, Ky., USA: University of Louisville School of Dentistry researchers have found a bacterial species responsible for gum disease, Porphyromonas gingivalis, is present in 61 percent of patients with esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC). The findings, published recently in “Infectious Agents and Cancer,” only detected P. gingivalis in 12 percent of tissues adjacent to the cancerous cells, while this organism was undetected in normal esophageal tissue.

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Research calls on dentists to increase role in treating sleep-related disorders

March 23, 2016

BUFFALO, N.Y., USA: The best time to identify signs of obstructive sleep apnea may not be at night while snoozing in bed but, instead, while sitting in the dentist’s chair. According to a new study led by University at Buffalo orthodontic researcher Thikriat Al-Jewair, dentists are in the unique position as health care professionals to pinpoint signs of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

Kess receives Lifetime Leadership Award from a state foundation

March 3, 2016

MELVILLE, N.Y., USA: Henry Schein Inc. announced today that Steven W. Kess, vice president, global professional relations, and president of the Henry Schein Cares Foundation, received the Lifetime Leadership Award from the New York State Dental Foundation (NYSDF). Kess was recognized at NYSDF’s Foundation of Excellence Awards Luncheon, held June 4 at the New York Marriott in Brooklyn.

Neutrophil and cancer cell ‘crosstalk’ underlies oral cancer metastasis

February 17, 2016

An abnormal immune response or “feedback loop” could very well be the underlying cause of metastases in oral cancers, according to Dr. Marco Magalhaes, assistant professor at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Dentistry and lead researcher in a study published in the journal Cancer Immunology Research. Magalhaes has unearthed a significant connection between the inflammatory response of a very specific form of immune cells, neutrophils, and the spread of this deadly disease.

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta becomes first pediatric hospital to use exoskeleton

January 12, 2016

ATLANTA, Ga., USA: In an effort to remain a leading specialist in pediatric rehabilitation, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is the first pediatric hospital in the U.S. to offer patients enhanced neuro-rehabilitation services through the use of Ekso Bionics’ patented technology. Children’s Healthcare is incorporating Ekso — a wearable robot, or exoskeleton — into its Center for Advanced Technology and Robotic Rehabilitation to continue offering the latest technology to help children and teens recover from injuries or disorders that have hindered their motor skills.

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Henry Schein Cares helps raise awareness about the need for bone marrow donors

October 9, 2015

NEW YORK, N.Y., USA: Delete Blood Cancer DKMS, part of the world’s largest network of bone marrow donor centers, has announced a new collaboration with Henry Schein Cares, the global corporate social responsibility program of Henry Schein Inc. This collaboration follows a successful project in which multiple state dental associations partnered with Delete Blood Cancer to help grow the national bone marrow donor registry.

Hu-Friedy announces free servicing for ortho, surgical instruments


July 13, 2015

CHICAGO, Ill., USA: Hu-Friedy, a manufacturer of dental instruments and products, has announced the launch of its new U.S. Service Program for Surgical and Ortho Instruments. This program offers all private practitioners in the United States who purchase Hu-Friedy branded surgical or ortho instruments free servicing for the life of the instrument.

Treating gum disease helps heart, may lower overall health care costs

June 19, 2015

BOSTON, Mass., USA: Gum disease has long been linked to heart disease. New research suggests that for people with both conditions, treating the gum disease may lower their health care costs and the number of times they end up in the hospital. A study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine reviewed the medical and dental records of people who had gum disease in addition to cardiovascular disease, cerebrovascular disease (usually a stroke), or another chronic health problem.

Johnson joins School of Public Health & Information Sciences at University of Louisville

May 21, 2015

LOUISVILLE, Ky., USA: Christopher E. Johnson, PhD, is the new chair of the Department of Health Management and Systems Sciences in the University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences. Johnson came to UofL from University of Washington. “Chris brings incredible energy to the table,” said Craig Blakely, PhD, MPH, dean of the UofL School of Public Health and Information Sciences.

Students receive certificates in LGBT health and wellness competency

April 21, 2015

LOUISVILLE, Ky., USA: Last year, the first year it was offered, the University of Louisville LGBT Center awarded 26 certificates in LGBT health and wellness competency. This year, that number nearly quadrupled to 102 certificates awarded in April 13 to students, faculty and staff members at the UofL Health Sciences Center campus.

Deaths equivalent to 22 jumbo jets crashing every year due to organ donor shortage

March 11, 2015

RICHMOND, Va., USA: Transplant surgeon and researcher Christopher Barry, MD, PhD, recently presented new data analysis at the Donate Life America Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Md., that indicates the average number of people who die each year before they can receive a lifesaving organ transplant is nearly 11,000 — or 30 people every day.

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