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NIH researchers crack mystery behind rare bone disorder

Researchers at the National Institutes of Health worked with 15 patients from around the world to uncover a genetic basis of “dripping candle wax” bone disease. The rare disorder, known as melorheostosis, causes excess bone formation that resembles dripping candle wax on x-rays. The results, appearing in Nature Communications, offer potential treatment targets for this rare disease, provide important clues about bone development, and may lead to insights about fracture healing and osteoporosis.

Over the past five years, more Americans of all ages are rolling out their yoga mats and meditating. A large nationally representative survey shows that the number of American adults and children using yoga and meditation has significantly increased over previous years and that use of chiropractic care has increased modestly for adults and held steady for children.

National Institutes of Health scientists and their collaborators found that hepatitis B virus (HBV)-associated acute liver failure (ALF) — a rare condition that can turn fatal within days without liver transplantation — results from an uncommon encounter between a highly mutated HBV variant and an unusual immune response in the patient’s liver that is mainly sustained by antibody-producing B cells.

Scientists from NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) led the project with colleagues from two Italian universities. Their study is published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

NIH-funded study suggests that bacteria may regulate neuronal circuits behind movement in flies. A new study puts a fresh spin on what it means to “go with your gut.” The findings, published in Nature, suggest that gut bacteria may control movement in fruit flies and identify the neurons involved in this response

Study links frequent red meat consumption to high levels of chemical associated with heart disease. Researchers have identified another reason to limit red meat consumption: high levels of a gut-generated chemical called trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO), that also is linked to heart disease.

The study showed for every five years a woman’s biologic age was older than her chronologic or actual age, known as age acceleration, she had a 15 percent increase in her chance of developing breast cancer. The study was published online Feb. 22 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

Analysis of genetic data from more than 94,000 individuals has revealed five new risk genes for Alzheimer’s disease, and confirmed 20 known others. An international team of researchers also reports for the first time that mutations in genes specific to tau, a hallmark protein of Alzheimer’s disease, may play an earlier role in the development of the disease than originally thought. These new findings support developing evidence that groups of genes associated with specific biological processes, such as cell trafficking, lipid transport, inflammation and the immune response, are “genetic hubs” that are an important part of the disease process. The study, which was funded in part by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and other components of the National Institutes of Health, follows results from 2013. It will be published online February 28, 2019 in the journal Nature Genetics .

Technology may provide health care specialists with an enhanced look inside the body. The Clinical Center at the National Institutes of Health is investigating the potential use of a new generation of a computerized tomography (CT) scanner, called a photon-counting detector CT scanner, in a clinical setting. The prototype technology is expected to replicate the image quality of conventional CT scanning, but may also provide health care specialists with an enhanced look inside the body through multi-energy imaging. Patients could receive a minimum amount of radiation, while the maximal amount of information needed would be delivered to health care providers.

Five exceptional early career scientists will receive new grants from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), part of the National Institutes of Health. The awards, totaling $2.5 million, are part of the Outstanding New Environmental Scientist (ONES) program.

NIEHS created the ONES program to support researchers, in the formative stages of their careers, who conduct cutting-edge research to study how the environment influences human health. The highly competitive grant started in 2006 and has become a model for funding emerging scientists.

Americans spent $30.2 billion — $28.3 billion for adults and $1.9 billion for children — out-of-pocket on complementary health approaches, according to a nationwide survey. These approaches include a group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products such as herbal supplements, meditation, chiropractic, and yoga. This amount represents 9.2 percent of all out-of-pocket spending by Americans on health care and 1.1 percent of total health care spending.

These findings come from an analysis by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, based on data from a special supplement — on use of complementary health approaches — to the 2012 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS). The NHIS is a large survey conducted annually by CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics. NCCIH is part of the National Institutes of Health.

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Individual dental insurance provides you with the coverage you need to promote good dental health in which you can generally find customized options. That means you may have some work cut out for you as you shop our web site. For example, in California we offer over 65 dental plans to choose from which beats looking through that many places. Keep in mind individual plans is just a term used to distinguish itself from group plans which you generally get from your employer. Since obtaining an individual dental insurance plan is very affordable, many people choose to take responsibility for that coverage either as a stand-alone policy or as a supplement to their group dental coverage.

Dentists treating patients with chronic periodontitis, a severe form of gum disease that can lead to tooth loss, are advised to use scaling and root planing (SRP), deep cleaning of the teeth, as initial treatment, according to new guidelines from the American Dental Association (ADA). The guidelines, based on a systematic review and meta-analysis of treatment of periodontitis, were published in the July issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA).

Question: My son is one and I do not have dental insurance on him yet.   I am planing on taking him to see the dentist in the next few weeks.  I would like to know about how many times does a baby need to go to the dentist a year?  I see the dentist once a year for my dental check up and cleaning.  Would that be the same for my son?

Answer: Well it is advise that you should see your dentist at least twice a year. That would be the same for a child unless advise by the dentist to come in more or less then twice a year. I would advise buying a low cost dental insurance plan like an HMO to cover for the basic dental needs.

Question: My son is thirteen and I was told by his dentist that I should be looking into getting him braces.  He has a big over bite that the dentist said I should have fixed. I do have dental insurance though my job but it really does not cover much for braces only $200.00 a year so that is not much at all.   I am wanting a dental insurance plan that covers more for the cost of braces that I could buy just for my son. Is there anything like that I could get for him?

Answer: You may want to review our dental HMO insurance plans that have set cost for braces which you may want to review and see if that way is more affordable for you. Either that or review our dental discount plans that will save you 20 percent off the cost of any type of braces. This should work out to more then just $200.00 and both plan types have no waiting periods for braces.

Question: My 13 year old needs to have braces. I been told this by our family dentist.  Right now I been paying cash for our family dental care needs since all we normally have going on is our twice a year check ups and cleaning’s.  If I get dental insurance will it help to cover braces?

Answer: We do provide many plan options for orthodontic services.  I would suggest reviewing either our HMO dental insurance plans and or our dental discount plan for saving on braces.  We do have some PPO plans that provide limited benefits for orthodontic services but they would have a year waiting period before benefits would be effective for braces.

When buying a dental insurance plan, many insurance plans do provide some limited benefits/coverage for orthodontics services.  However it is important to read the plans terms and conditions with regards to orthodontics  coverages. Some may only cover orthodontics services for children under the age of 19 where as others have restrictive maximum limitations per year and life time pay out.

With the increasing cost of dental services, having dental insurance is key in keeping your dental care cost more affordable.  Depending on the type of dental services you need or dental provider you may wish to go to can effect the type of dental insurance and or plan that will work the best for your needs.  Each type of dental insurance and plans have their pro and cons therefore it is important to read though them carefully so that you chose not only the most affordable plan, but the plan that will best work for your dental care needs.

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