Here’s our latest pick of the most interesting and useful health and wellness stories from across the Internet.
Coffee is Incredible
New research finds drinking coffee may lower inflammation and reduce the risk of developing diabetes. The study, published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found that people who drank coffee were about 50 percent less likely to develop type 2 diabetes compared to people who did not drink coffee. Scientists believe that the reason for a reduction in the risk for type 2 diabetes could be the effect coffee has on the reducing the amount of inflammation in the body. Coffee may also help prevent Parkinson’s disease, lower the risk of liver cancer, and protect against heart failure.
Lyme Disease: What You Need to Know Now
Lyme disease is an infection which develops from a tick bite containing the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi. The disease, once primarily constrained to the coastal northeastern United States from Virginia and Maryland up through southern Maine, is spreading throughout the Northeastern, mid-Atlantic and north-central United States, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The exact cause of the virus expansion isn’t yet known but could be due to changing weather patterns and the migration of birds or deer, which can carry infected ticks.
Four simple steps to prevent tick bites: Use repellent with DEET outdoors, wear long pants and long sleeved shirts, shower after spending time outside and check your body for bumps/lumps that could be a tick who is attached to your skin, see a medical professional if you develop a fever.
What You Read Is What You Are
After analyzing 50 years of all the food-related words mentioned in major newspapers like the New York Times and London Times, a new Cornell study shows that the food words trending right now predict a country’s obesity level in 2018.
“The more sweet snacks are mentioned and the fewer fruits and vegetables that are mentioned in your newspaper, the fatter your country’s population is going to be in 3 years, according to trends we found from the past fifty years,” said lead author, Brennan Davis, Associate Professor of Marketing from California State University at San Luis Obispo.
“But the less often snacks are mentioned and the more vegetables are mentioned, the skinnier the public will be.” So if you’re chubby and unhappy about it, you can blame the media?
Smart Mouth Guards
A team of researchers from the University of Florida created a new way to treat tooth grinding. Using a smart mouth guard equipped with sensors, data can be collected regarding the severity of the grinding (pressure/force) and which teeth a patient grinds. This data is then transmitted to a dentist, who can use it to devise a tailored treatment plan.
Grinding one’s teeth is often related to stress, which impacts more than half of working adults, according to the American Psychological Association. Grinding teeth, known as “bruxism” in dental circles, can result in weakened, chipped and cracked teeth, headaches, insomnia and jaw pain.
The University of Florida research team thinks that smart mouth guards could also be used to treat sports related injuries to the head, by determining the strength of forces that caused the injury. Other types of sensors could also be installed in the mouthpiece to monitor hydration, heart rate, core temperature and other vital statistics.
The smart mouth guard was awarded second place honors at a recent competition for microtechnologies applications.
Old Teeth Tell Tales
Dental plaque dating back 400,000 years is present in a tooth found among the remains of Paleolithic people who lived in the Qesem Cave near Tel Aviv. The plaque contains many materials – such as smoke inhaled from indoor fires used for roasting meat –along with traces of food and possibly the remains of rudimentary dental hygiene tools – strands of inedible fibers that may have been used as a sort of proto-toothbrush. Call us at 1-800-238-5163 to find out about how dental savings plans can help make quality dental care affordable.