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Electronic Dental Anesthesia Helps Allay Needle Injection Pain

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Researchers used electronic dental anesthesia (EDA) to numb the gums of 15 children aged 2 to 4 during the injection of a local anesthetic. EDA was administered after each child had received sedatives to calm him or her. During the injection, EDA significantly reduced moving and crying and also minimized usual heart rate and blood pressure changes associated with injections, compared to a control group of 15 children whom did not receive EDA.

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Volunteers Needed to Give Back A Smile

MADISON, Wisconsin – Since its launch in May, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry®'s (AACD) humanitarian program Give Back A Smile™ (GBAS) has a lot of people smiling - and not just its recipients. A steady stream of AACD members and dental laboratories have been signing up for the program that restores the smiles of domestic violence survivors.

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NIDCR and AHCPR Fund an Evidence-based Practice Center

BETHESDA, Maryland – The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) and the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR) today announced that they have launched a collaborative effort to improve the oral health of the Nation by identifying state-of-the-science practices for diagnosing, managing and preventing oral, dental and craniofacial diseases and disorders, and disseminating the information to health care professionals.

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Henry Schein, Inc. Announces Second Quarter Results

MELVILLE, New York - Henry Schein, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSIC) today announced that continued strong operating margin expansion contributed to solid financial results for the second quarter ended June 26, 1999, compared to restated results for the same period of 1998.

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NIDCR Funds Centers of Discovery

BETHESDA, Maryland – The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) has announced the award of six grants to fund new Comprehensive Oral Health Research Centers of Discovery (COHRCD). Each center is organized around a scientific theme related to dental, oral, and craniofacial diseases and disorders, and each will tackle its area of research using a dynamic approach that integrates basic, clinical and behavioral sciences with health services and epidemiologic research and demonstration, technology transfer, professional education, and outreach public education activities.

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Scientists Discover Second Gene for Disorder Described by Darwin

BETHESDA, Maryland – Today, it is difficult to imagine surviving the sweltering heat of summer without a decent cooling system. Inadequate production of sweat, nature's built-in coolant, is just one of the maladies endured by individuals who inherit a rare disorder called hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia. Affected children often have very little hair and usually require dentures during early childhood to help them eat normally.

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Financial Stress Doubles Periodontal Disease Risk

CHICAGO, Illinois – High levels of financial stress and poor coping abilities increase twofold the likelihood of developing periodontal (gum) disease, according to a study released today in the current issue of the Journal of Periodontology. After accounting for other risk factors – such as age, gender, smoking, poor dental care and diabetes – those who reported high levels of financial strain and poor coping behaviors had higher levels of attachment loss and alveolar bone loss (signs of periodontal disease) than those with low levels of financial strain.

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Daisy Marquis Jones Foundation Brings Smiles to Rochester's Children

ROCHESTER, New York – The Daisy Marquis Jones Foundation (DMJF) has awarded $250,000 to the University of Rochester Eastman Dental Center (UR EDC) to purchase a third Smilemobile to expand the community outreach dental program. This project provides preventive and primary dental care to thousands of under served school-age children in Rochester and its neighboring rural counties.

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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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