Watch bacteria evolve resistance to antibiotics in a mere ten days, upgrade your at-home dental hygiene routine, discover everything you wanted to know about dental sealants, get the details on gluten-free diets, a new drug that might deliver some of the benefits of a workout, plus the painful history of migraines – all in this installment of the :DentalPlans news roundup.
Watch Bacteria Beasts Evolving
You’ve read/heard how important it is to follow your dentist/doctor’s orders when you’re prescribed antibiotics -as in, finish the entire course of medicine, don’t quit when you start feeling better. One of the key reasons for this is that bacteria that has been exposed to antibiotics and survived the experience quickly learn how to resist treatment with bacteria-killing medications.
Ever wondered exactly how that happens? Now you can see for yourself. Researchers have filmed E. coli growing in a giant petri dish laced with antibiotics to show just how easy it is for bacteria become antibiotic resistant.
Watch the video and see how, in the course of just 10 days, the E.coli colonies grow resistant to stronger and stronger antibiotics across several generations, eventually surviving even the strongest doses they come into contact with. The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 23,000 people die each year due to antibiotic resistant infections. Seriously scary stuff!
Put Some Fun Into Your Tooth Brushing
Powder pastes! Silicone brushes! Gum gel! So many options for your teeth. If you want to upgrade from that basic toothpaste, rinse and floss – check out these recommendations for products you may want to try. Bottom line: maybe you don’t need fig toothpaste, plaque spotters, gum gels, and sleek, silicone toothbrushes to keep your teeth clean – but if a new product boosts your interest in brushing more mindfully, why not?
Dental Sealants In Depth
Introduced in the 1960s, dental sealants are plastic coatings applied to the surfaces of teeth. They fill in and seal pits and grooves of teeth, making them more resistant to bacteria that can cause cavities. If you’re wondering if there is scientific evidence to prove that sealants really work to prevent dental decay, read this article in the New York Times. (Spoiler: sealants do prevent decay, and if you’re worried about potential safety risks, ask your dentist about non-resin sealants).
What’s Up With Gluten Free Diets?
Business Insider reports that as “more and more of your friends go gluten-free, you may be wondering: Is there something to this latest diet craze? Is gluten-intolerance a thing? Is it getting more common?
The answer is simply no.”
Only about 1% of Americans actually have celiac disease, the rare genetic disorder that makes people intolerant to gluten. And apparently being “sensitive” to gluten, probably isn’t a real thing.
So why do people feel better on gluten-free diets? Probably because cutting back on the cheap carbs, and replacing them with fresh veggies and fruit plus lean protein (animal or plant based) is a wise dietary choice. But perhaps you shouldn’t be afraid of whole grains, either.
A Workout in a Pill?
Researchers in Australia might have just made a drug that gives the cardiovascular benefits of working out. So far, it works just dandy on mice.
The research team says the new drug might provide a way to combat heart disease by triggering the body to respond as if it had just spent some serious time in the gym. But – and here comes the really bad news – it doesn’t seem to promote weight loss or muscle building. In fact, the mice involved in the drug trial ate more food than they had chosen to consume before the study.
That said, the cardiovascular benefits of the drug might open possibilities for future treatments of heart disease and high blood pressure, especially for frail people who can’t exercise but are at risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes or metabolic disease or patients with obesity who struggle to exercise. Only time will tell whether it works as well for us as it does for rodents.
No, It’s Not Just A ‘Bad Headache”
Migraine is now accepted as a ‘real’ medical disorder which affects around one in seven people, two-thirds of whom are women, and is recognized by the World Health Organization WHO as the sixth highest cause worldwide of productivity lost due to disability. But despite this, it (along with other headache disorders) is nevertheless chronically under-funded, its sufferers often ignored, dismissed, or blamed, and their ailments under-diagnosed and under-treated. Read on to learn more about the history of migraine, and why we need to take this condition more seriously.