VIGILANCE FOR BRAIN CANCER

Brain cancer is a very serious form of cancer. Recently, Sen. John McCain revealed he has been diagnosed with a primary glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) – the most aggressive type of brain tumor. GBMs originate in the brain; it does not spread there from another part of the body. The cause is not known. This tumor has no relation to melanoma, the skin cancer for which McCain was treated in the past.

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QUESTIONS TO ASK ABOUT CHEMOTHERAPY

Chemotherapy is a standard treatment for cancer. It kills healthy cells along with cancer cells, inflicting damage on the body and seriously compromising the immune system. Chemotherapy also kills most rapidly dividing healthy and cancer cells, but not all the cells are fast growing. Cancer stem cells (CSCs), a small population of cancer cells that are slow growing and thus resistant to treatment, do not die. Chemotherapy makes these cells even more numerous as the ratio of highly malignant cells….

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RESTORING DIGNITY AND ’DOS

For many women facing cancer, the most devastating aspect is learning they may lose their hair due to chemotherapy.  “Most women tell me that as soon as they hear the oncologist say, ‘You’re going to lose your hair,’ that’s the last thing they remember hearing,” said Eric Johnson, co-owner, with his wife, Jeletta, of Hair Institute in Lexington. “They can deal with the sickness; they can deal with the treatments; but it’s the hair loss that gets them the most.

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Gingivitis or gum inflammation leads to periodontitis or bone loss, which progresses at a slow pace. Logically, if you prevent or reduce the gum inflammation, you reduce bone loss or prevent periodontal disease.


According to the American Dental Association (ADA), even a small benefit is good, considering the fact that half of the American population suffers from periodontal disease. Moreover, the guidelines do not in any way rule out the recommendations of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which accepts the importance of flossing.


If performed properly, flossing only does you good. A tooth has five surfaces; your toothbrush can only reach three of them. Only by flossing can you get access in between your teeth. The only time you should not floss is when you start feeling pain while flossing, but this generally happens only when you do it aggressively. There is a correct technique for flossing. Many people move the floss in a sawing motion. The right way is to move it up and down around the sides of the teeth, forming a “C” shape around the tooth, and going below the gum line.

To floss or not to floss – that is the question. This is the dilemma people are facing, especially after reading about the latest change in dental guidelines for Americans that was released in August 2016.


The change is based on certain reports that say the evidence of any benefits of flossing is very low quality or weak and unreliable because of fewer research studies and small sample sizes. Recent reviews concluded flossing is not very effective in plaque removal and reduction of gum inflammation.


But many dental experts still emphasize cleaning between the teeth at least once a day. To them, weak evidence of the benefits of flossing does not mean that flossing is useless.


So just what is flossing and why do dentists recommend it?


When food particles get stuck in the gap between the teeth and along the gum line, they rot and form plaque full of bacteria. This region is difficult to reach with your toothbrush, and that dental plaque causes gum disease. If the plaque is not removed with the help of a toothbrush or an interdental cleaner such as floss, it will harden into calculus or tartar. Flossing removes bacteria or plaque and food particles. This helps you avoid plaque build-up, tooth decay and gum disease.

SHOULD YOU FLOSS?

HARLEENA SINGH

Harleena Singh is a professional freelance writer with a background in teaching and education. She has a keen interest in food and health related issues and can be approached through her website freelancewriter.co. Checkout her blog and network with her on Google+, Twitter, and Facebook.

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Some experts say small inter-dental brushes are best for people who have spaces between their teeth. However, if the spaces between your teeth are too tight, flossing is a better option for cleaning the area. Talk to your dentist for more information.