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When buying a HMO insurance plan or a Dental discount plan make sure to evaluate the network of dentists before buying. Not all dental insurance/discount plans have extensive networks of dental care providers. Before you sign up for a plan, make sure there are qualified dentists in your area. You should have several to choose from in case you decide that you do not like a particular dentist. Most plans will allow you to browse their provider directory prior to purchasing the insurance. If an insurer will not allow you to do that, take that is a red flag and find another insurer.

A clinical trial funded by the National Institutes of Health has found that the drug ranibizumab (Lucentis) is highly effective in treating proliferative diabetic retinopathy. The trial, conducted by the Diabetic Retinopathy Clinical Research Network ( compared Lucentis with a type of laser therapy called panretinal or scatter photocoagulation, which has remained the gold standard for proliferative diabetic retinopathy since the mid-1970s. The findings demonstrate the first major therapy advance in nearly 40 years.

The Internet has numerous websites dedicated to providing you with multiple online quotes for dental insurance.  You are lucky because you are currently on a website that provides just that. In order to review the dental insurance and plan options we have available just enter your zip code in the quote box provide at the top of the page.

With that said, do not just look at price when comparing quotes, you also have to compare the benefits, terms, and limitations of the plans. Check the insurer’s reputation. There are a lot of fraudulent insurance companies dealing in dental insurance. Any company you choose should be licensed with your state. You can check for licenses and complaints with your state insurance department.

Groundbreaking initiative will track dementia onset, progress in Down syndrome volunteers.   The National Institutes of Health has launched a new initiative to identify biomarkers and track the progression of Alzheimer’s in people with Down syndrome. Many people with Down syndrome have Alzheimer’s-related brain changes in their 30s that can lead to dementia in their 50s and 60s. Little is known about how the disease progresses in this vulnerable group. The NIH Biomarkers of Alzheimer’s Disease in Adults with Down Syndrome Initiative will support teams of researchers using brain imaging, as well as fluid and tissue biomarkers in research that may one day lead to effective interventions for all people with dementia.

If you are wanting to save money on your dental care needs, the first step in doing that is at home. Brushing and flossing every day can save a considerable amount of money. Taking good care of your teeth can prevent costly dental procedures.  In addition an affordable dental insurance policy will give you peace of mind. If something happens and you need major dental work, you have an affordable plan to fit your needs.

More than 40 scientists collaborated to produce nine review articles that detail research priorities for different aspects of brain disorders in low- and middle-income countries.

Infants are starved of oxygen during difficult births. Children’s cognitive function is permanently damaged due to malnutrition or exposure to infections or toxins. Adults suffer from crippling depression or dementia. The breadth and complexity of these and other brain and nervous system disorders make them some of the most difficult conditions to diagnose and treat, especially in the developing world, where there are few resources. An NIH-led collaboration has studied these complex issues that occur across the lifespan and today published a supplement to the journal Nature that lays out a research strategy to address them.

Dental plans are discount dental plans and are not insurance policies.  A typical dental plan will offer a discount for dental services. You pay a fee and get a card that entitles you to discounted services from the dentist that are providers of the plan.  A discount covers part of the cost, for example, if your discount is 60% and the dental work you need costs $600.00, you would only pay $240.00.

Dental insurance HMO, PPO and Indemnity will very in how they work but they are filed insurance products.  Depending on the plan type you choose you may have waiting periods, deductibles, maximum limitations or you may have to choose a provider with in the plan network. Please note our prior post about these types of plan and what they have to offer.

NIH-funded research suggests deficient DNA repair may lead to dementia.  Mutant forms of breast cancer factor 1 (BRCA1) are associated with breast and ovarian cancers but according to new findings, in the brain the normal BRCA1 gene product may also be linked to Alzheimer’s disease. The results, published in Nature Communications, suggest that low levels of BRCA1 protein in the brain may contribute to dementia. The study was funded by the National Institutes of Health. offers individual, couple and family dental insurance plans though several different companies and different plan types. We make finding an quality dental insurance plan that offers affordable coverage’s easier.  To review our dental insurance and plan options just enter your zip code in the quote box provided.

There are dental clinics throughout the country that offers low to free dental care to low income households. In addition, Dentistry From The Heart has hundreds of events each year, during which free dental care is made available to communities across the country.

As part of the National Robotics Initiative (NRI), the National Institutes of Health announced that it will fund the development of three innovative co-robots — robots that work cooperatively with people. Two of the robots will improve health and quality of life for individuals with disabilities, and the third will serve as a social companion for children that inspires curiosity and teaches the importance of hard work and determination. Funding for the NIH projects will total approximately $2.2 million over the next five years, subject to the availability of funds.

One way to save off the cost of dental care treatment is by going to a dental school. A dental schools provides good dental treatment normally at a much lower cost, where students are trained under the supervision of a licensed professional. For a list of schools, check out the American Dental Association’s website.

Multiple biological pathways lead to similar symptoms – NIH-funded study.  Three biomarker-based categories, called biotypes, outperformed traditional diagnoses, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder with psychosis, in sorting psychosis cases into distinct subgroups on the basis of brain biology, report researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health. A hallmark of severe mental illness, psychosis is marked by hallucinations and delusions, or false, irrational beliefs.

If you can not afford dental insurance a dental discount plan may be a good alternative. Dental discount plans are not insurance, however they offer saving  by as much as 10% to 60% on a range of dental procedures provided by participating dentists. This website provides both dental insurance as well as dental discount plans for your review.

An international study of about 43,000 people has significantly expanded the number of genetic factors known to play a role in age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a leading cause of vision loss among people age 50 and older. Supported by the National Eye Institute (NEI), part of the National Institutes of Health, the findings may help improve our understanding of the biological processes that lead to AMD and identify new therapeutic targets for potential drug development.

Negotiate: A little shopping/homework can help save you some money on your dental care needs. You should never assume the asking price for a particular service is the final amount your dental provider will accept.

First: Do some shopping, check to find the average cost of the procedure you need in your area. Call a few local providers to find out your average cost in your area. You can also visit and by entering your zip code and the dental procedure it will provide you with the UCR in your area for that service.

Second: Once you know what the going rate is, ask your dentist to accept the rate you find (if his/hers is higher) or negotiate for an even lower price. In addition many dental offices will provide a cash discount if you are paying in full for your dental care at the time the service is render.

A study of mice shows how proteasomes, a cell’s waste disposal system, may break down during Alzheimer’s disease, creating a cycle in which increased levels of damaged proteins become toxic, clog proteasomes, and kill neurons. The study, published in Nature Medicine and supported by the National Institutes of Health, suggests that enhancing proteasome activity with drugs during the early stages of Alzheimer’s may prevent dementia and reduce damage to the brain.

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