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Injured Firefighter Gets Most Extensive Face Transplant Ever

NEW YORK, New York – A volunteer firefighter badly burned in a 2001 blaze has received the most extensive face transplant ever, covering his skull and much of his neck, a New York hospital announced Monday.

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Appeals Court Stays Judgment in HemCon Patent Infringement Case

PORTLAND, Oregon – HemCon Medical Technologies Inc. announced in a press release that the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit granted HemCon's motion to stay the injunction and final judgment (including the damages award) obtained against it in a patent infringement case brought by Marine Polymer Technologies Inc.

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Conventional Wisdom About Wisdom Teeth Confirmed

Evidence Shows Keeping Wisdom Teeth May Be More Harmful than Previously Thought

WASHINGTON, District of Columbia – Having wisdom teeth removed during young adulthood not only improves dental and oral health, but may also reduce the chance of illness later in life, according to research from American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS), surgeons, and academics.

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Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons Repair Steelers' Roethlisberger after Crash

PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania--Oral and maxillofacial surgeon Daniel Pituch, DDS, MD, chief of oral and maxillofacial surgery at Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh, led the surgical team that operated on Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger Monday, to repair jaw and facial injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash that morning. Joining Dr. Pituch in the operating room were fellow oral and maxillofacial surgeon Mark W. Ochs, DDS, MD, chair of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Department and associate dean for hospital affairs; Elias Hilal, MD, Chief of the Division of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery; and trauma surgeon Jorge Varcelotti, MD."

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Face Guards on Military Helmets Would Help Deflect Blast Impact, Reduce Facial Injuries

ROSEMONT, Illinois – Protected by stronger and better body armor, soldiers fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan are sustaining fewer torso-related injuries and more devastating trauma to the head and facial area, as the insurgency increasingly uses rocket-propelled grenades (RPG-7s) in their attacks. Dr. Sabri T. Shuker, former head of oral and maxillofacial surgery at Baghdad Medical City - Iraq's largest medical facility - believes adding a face guard to military helmets would help deflect blasts, thereby reducing the number and severity of these injuries.

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Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons Revise Treatment Guidelines for Hypertensive Patients Going Under Sedation, Anesthesia

ROSEMONT, Illinois – Hypertension affects 20% to 30% of the adult population, and its prevalence increases with age. The risk doubles for African Americans, who are also more vulnerable to its complications. But regardless of age or race, hypertensive patients can rest assured their special needs will be met during oral and maxillofacial surgery, as explained in an article published in the January 2006 issue of the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (JOMS). The article examines a new classification system and reviews treatment recommendations for hypertensive patients undergoing sedation or anesthesia.

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Researchers Link Wisdom Teeth to Health Problems in Young Adults

ROSEMONT, Illinois – It's a scenario that's played out in every part of the country. Your family dentist has recommended you take your teenaged son to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon to have his third molars, or wisdom teeth, removed. Your son is not experiencing any problems with his teeth right now; what should you do? Until recently consensus among dental professionals was hard to find.

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Minimally Invasive Techniques Move OMS Procedures from O.R. to Office and Speed Recovery

ROSEMONT, Illinois – A bone-cutting technique that drastically reduces the length of adult orthodontic treatment and biocompatible mini-devices that replace the need for open surgery are among the innovations that will be presented at a symposium on minimally invasive orthognathic surgery at the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) 87th annual meeting in Boston

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Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons Facilitate Domestic Violence Treatment and Intervention

ROSEMONT, Illinois – Oral and maxillofacial surgeon Deborah L. Zeitler, DDS, MS, recently treated a 16-year-old girl for facial pain. Dr. Zeitler asked the young patient a straightforward question and received a straightforward, albeit disconcerting, answer. Yes, someone had hurt her. Her father had punched her in the face with a closed fist two weeks ago.

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Sentinel Node Biopsy Holds Promise for Staging of Head and Neck Cancers

ROSEMONT, Illinois – Sentinel node biopsy, a technique used to determine whether breast cancer or melanoma (a type of skin cancer) has spread to the lymph nodes, now shows potential in the staging of head and neck cancers, according to a study published in the August issue of the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

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