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In an NIH-supported clinical trial comparing three drugs for diabetic macular edema (DME), Eylea (aflibercept) provided greater visual improvement, on average, than did Avastin (bevacizumab) or Lucentis (ranibizumab) when vision was 20/50 or worse at the start of the trial. However, the three drugs resulted in similar average improvement when starting vision was 20/40 to 20/32. Investigators found no major differences in the safety of the three drugs. The trial was funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI), part of the National Institutes of Health.

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, is expanding its Tuberculosis Research Units (TBRU) program in an effort to drive innovation in tuberculosis (TB) research. NIAID is awarding up to $15.2 million in fiscal year 2015 and as much as $105.3 million over seven years to fund four institutions that will act as a collaborative TBRU network.

According to the American Dental Association, over half of Americans go to the dentist once every six months. Many view the “go to the dentist twice a year” mantra as written in stone.  Yet is that really the case?   The truth is how many times you need to see a dentist in a year depends on your own oral health care.

There are some people that have very good oral health care habits along with good genes that they may only have to only see a dentist once a year. Where as other people may not be so lucky.  With gum disease being the number one dental care issue in American, people with gum disease may have to see a dentist three to four time a year.

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From the Department of Interior:

Check out this gorgeous sunset pic from Assateague Island National Seashore. A 37 mile long island along the coasts of Maryland and Virginia, Assateague Island gives visitors an chance to explore sandy beaches, salt marshes, maritime forests and coastal bays. Rest, relax, recreate and enjoy some time on the edge of the continent at Assateague. Photo courtesy of Bob Ferralli.

The cost of dental care (like many other things) is only getting higher. What is worse is many employers do not offer dental insurance benefits. Sadly many people answer to dental care cost is by putting off going to the dentist until something is really wrong.   However that is the worst thing you can do. Problems with your teeth and gums are not only expensive, they can cause other more serious health problems, as well. that because, bacteria in the mouth can travel and cause inflammation in other parts of the body, resulting in other illnesses.   In addition, the longer you leave dental problems alone, the costlier they can become to fix. What begins as a tiny cavity ends in an expensive root canal or the total loss of the tooth.

Yet it does not have to be that way, by seeing your dentist at least twice a year for your twice a year check ups and cleaning’s you help to avoid ever having larger dental care needs, since your dentist will be able to spot and fix small dental issues before they become larger ones.   You can also save money on your dental care needs by being proactive with your at home oral health care habits.  Make sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss daily as needed. Use a mouthwash that help to kill the bacteria that causes tartar build up and gum disease.  The better you take care of your teeth and gums the less likely you will need to have larger and more costly dental care services in the future.

A National Institutes of Health-led public-private partnership to transform and accelerate drug development achieved a significant milestone today with the launch of a new Alzheimer’s Big Data portal — including delivery of the first wave of data — for use by the research community. The new data sharing and analysis resource is part of the Accelerating Medicines Partnership (AMP), an unprecedented venture bringing together NIH, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, industry and academic scientists from a variety of disciplines to translate knowledge faster and more successfully into new therapies.

If you have dental insurance make sure your dental insurance plan provides coverages for second opinions. Not all dental insurance plans provide benefits for a second opinion, where as some dental insurance plan may require a second opinion from a specialist before providing benefits for the dental service needed.  Call your insurance provider so you know ahead of time the steps required for receiving a second dental opinion.

Five bold projects will develop new technology to noninvasively image cells of the eye in unprecedented detail. The National Eye Institute (NEI) announced the awards as part of its Audacious Goals Initiative. NEI has committed $3.8 million to the projects in 2015 and up to $17.9 million over the next five years, pending the availability of funds. NEI is part of the National Institutes of Health.

We been talking about the benefits of getting a second opinion on your dental care. In many cases, a person wants a second opinion when he or she lacks confidence in the dentist and has doubts about how best to treat their dental condition.    However in some situations, it is the dentist who suggest getting a second opinion from a dental specialist in order to obtain additional information about a dental problem.

Yet there are times when second opinions are not helpful, such as when they become a fourth, fifth, sixth opinion, or more. If you find yourself doing this then stop and think.  Are you getting so many different opinion because you hope to hear a different answer then what the last five dentist have told you? If you keep hearing the same thing from each dentist, but hope to hear something different, when you finally hear what you want to hear from the six or seventh dentist, it may not be in your best interest.

The National Institutes of Health, USA has released recommendations that provide a framework for a bold and transformative Alzheimer’s disease research agenda.

Path to Treatment and Prevention, the highly anticipated recommendations provide the wider Alzheimer’s research community with a strategy for speeding the development of effective interventions for Alzheimer’s and related dementias. These recommendations call for a change in how the academic, biopharmaceutical and government sectors participating in Alzheimer’s research and therapy generate, share and use knowledge to propel the development of critically needed therapies.

November is Lung Cancer Awareness month — and with good reason. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death and the second most common cause of cancer among both men and women in the United States.

While not smoking will drastically cut your risk of getting lung cancer (90% of lung cancers are linked to smoking), there are additional things you can do to protect yourself.

  • Avoid second-hand smoke. Second-hand smoke is nearly as bad for you as being a smoker.
  • Get your home tested for radon. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. Radon is an odorless and tasteless naturally occurring gas that comes from rocks and dirt that can get trapped in homes and buildings.
  • Above all else, don’t smoke. If you do, consider quitting — there are places you can go to get support, and medicines available to help you.

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After receiving a second dental opinion it is important to keep in mind the different perspectives of your dental care providers as you weigh your options. Some things you may want to think about:

* Your current dentist is familiar with your dental health history and has hopefully establish a good relationship with you.
* Where as a new dentist may have the advantage of a fresh outlook.
* If the second opinion is vastly different than the first opinion, you may even want to get a third opinion.
* Avoid making any major decisions about your dental health until you are comfortable with the care and information you have received.

Gene therapy for Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA), an inherited disorder that causes vision loss starting in childhood, improved patients’ eyesight and the sensitivity of the retina within weeks of treatment. Both of these benefits, however, peaked one to three years after treatment and then diminished, according to results from an ongoing clinical trial funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI), part of the National Institutes of Health.

From the Bureau of Land Management:

Starry night sky over the Amargosa Wild and Scenic River River, located at the south end of California’s Tecopa Valley. The area has a harsh climate, unobstructed views of desert mountains, and few human settlements.

The narrow Amargosa Canyon is known for its dense greenery and the shallow Amargosa River, complete with “”hanging gardens”“ and a small waterfall. Amargosa Canyon, with its wide open spaces, is a perfect place to seek tranquility.

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Once you decided to see a another dentist for a second opinion it is a good idea to be prepared by having thought out some questions to ask that will hep you make a more informed choice on your dental treatment options.  You may consider asking some of these questions to get you started.

* Do you agree with the diagnosis and treatment plan my dentist has made?

* What treatment options do you suggest for my dental problem?

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Using brain tumor samples collected from children in the United States and Europe, an international team of scientists found that the drug panobinostat and similar gene regulating drugs may be effective at treating diffuse intrinsic pontine gliomas (DIPG), an aggressive and lethal form of pediatric cancer. The study, published in Nature Medicine, was partially funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense, and more than 25 nonprofit foundations devoted to finding cures for childhood brain cancer.

In a prior post we talked about how if you feel like you should get a second dental opinion on dental treatment then you probably should. After all getting a second opinion may also provide peace of mind about the dental services needed. However, it may not make best sense to get a second option for every little cavity or other minor dental health care issues.  Here are a few reasons why you may want to seek out a second opinion.

* Your dentist has diagnosed a major health care problem, such as oral cancer.
* Your dentist has provided dental work, but it is not fixing your problem.
* You are unsure if the recommended treatment is necessary, or you are concerned about costs.
* You feel that your dentist is not qualified to treat your major dental health problems.
* You do not have good rapport with your current dentist.

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