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Prestigious Community Award Given to Local Dentist and Child Advocate

ROCHESTER, New York – The 1999 Kenneth W. Woodward Award was presented to Buddhi M. Shrestha, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D., director of the University of Rochester Eastman Dental Center's Community Dentistry Program for his dedication and zeal, ensuring that poor children have access to essential oral health care.

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Lead Exposure Increases Risk of Cavities in Children, Adults

ROCHESTER, New York – Environmental lead exposure appears to increase the risk of cavities in children, adolescents and adults in the United States, according to findings published in the June 23 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Researchers at the University of Rochester, together with colleagues at Children's Hospital Medical Center of Cincinnati, estimate that about 11 percent of the tooth decay seen in children today may be due to moderate or high levels of lead exposure.

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Less Risk for Oral Injury Among Younger Soccer Players Dentists Still Stress Importance of Mouthguard Use

CHICAGO, Illinois – Children participating in popular contact sports like soccer are not actively using athletic mouthguards on the playing field. While youth participation in US soccer organizations has more than doubled to almost three million players in the last 15 years, few studies exist on the risk of oral injury during soccer play for adolescents and no significant study has focused on young children. The good news is that a recent pilot study surveying Dallas YMCA youth soccer leagues indicates younger players, ages 4 to 12 years, are far less likely to sustain oral injuries.

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Former Tift County Dentist Pleads Guilty to Medicaid Fraud

ATLANTA, Georgia – Attorney General Thurbert E. Baker announced today that on Saturday, May 15, 1999, Marilois Laster of Tifton, Georgia, entered a plea of guilty to a felony charge of Medicaid fraud.

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Henry Schein, Inc. Announces Record First Quarter Results

MELVILLE, New York - Henry Schein, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSIC) today announced that strong operating margin expansion contributed to record financial results for the first quarter ended March 27, 1999, compared to restated results for 1998.

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Gene Therapy for Pain

BETHESDA, Maryland – NIH scientists are attacking chronic pain with a novel form of gene therapy that targets the spinal cord. Though still in the animal testing stage, this approach has overcome one of the major obstacles to gene therapy as a way to manipulate spinal cord function. Rather than injecting genes directly into a localized area of the spinal cord, the pain-relieving gene is introduced into the sheath of tissue that surrounds the cord. From that strategic location, the gene can pump out its product and bathe many nerves, thus extending the range of its pain-numbing effect. The investigators hope that this simplified approach can be used to generate a variety of products in the tissue surrounding nerves, including factors that could stimulate new nerve growth.

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Molecular Mechanism for Cleft Palate Identified

BETHESDA, Maryland – An international collaborative study, supported in part by the by the National Institutes of Health, has identified a molecular pathway responsible for cleft palate in an animal model. Facial clefting disorders are among the most common human birth defects. Cleft palate can range in severity from a relatively minor split uvula at the rear of the mouth to a cleft that runs the length of the hard and soft tissues that form the roof of the mouth. The more severe forms require surgery and are often associated with both psychological and physical problems, including difficulties with feeding, breathing, and speech development.

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Endoscope Brightens Future for Damaged Teeth

ATLANTA, Georgia – An imaging device commonly used on knees, hearts and gall bladders is now being used to save teeth by allowing dentists to view areas of the tooth that previously were impossible to see, according to a presentation at the 56th Annual Session of the American Association of Endodontists (root canal specialists).

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Milk Bath, Fast Action Can Save Knocked Out Tooth

ATLANTA, Georgia – Got Milk? That should be the first question asked when a tooth is knocked out of the mouth, according to an endodontist and expert on oral trauma speaking at the American Association of Endodontists' (root canal specialists) 56th Annual Session in Atlanta. Milk is the perfect medium for keeping a tooth alive and well until patient and tooth can get to a dentist.

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Use Custom-fitted Mouth Guards, Endodontist Urges

ATLANTA, Georgia – People concerned about protecting children from sports injuries to the face and head should encourage the use of custom-fitted mouth guards for student athletes, according to an endodontist and expert on oral trauma and sports injuries.

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