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New Study Looks to Brighten Kids’ Smiles

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

1026563_62274978In recent health news, a dental study is examining babies’ teeth to learn how to better prevent tooth decay in young children.

The SMILE study (Study of Mothers’ and Infants’ Life Event affecting oral health), spearheaded by the University of Adelaide, will investigate 1800 kids from birth until two to three years of age.

“We believe that oral health should not be looked at in isolation from other factors in children’s lives, and that a combined preventive approach, targeting both oral health and general health conditions, could yield significantly greater benefits for children,” explains study leader Associate Professor Loc Do, from the Australian research Centre for Population Oral Health at the University of Adelaide’s School of Dentistry.

In the last several years, there has been a push to understand why tooth decay still remains a prevalent issue in the oral health for kids in the U.S. – especially since the trend has worsened in the 2000s. From the early 1970s until the mid-1990s, tooth caries declined in the baby teeth of children ages 2 to 11. However, based on the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from 1999 to 2004, the trend reversed. Children with baby teeth showed a significant rise in decay. In short, cavities are on the up.

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Broccoli the Superfood

Friday, September 27th, 2013

Fresh green vegetable, isolated over whiteYour mother always told you to eat your broccoli for a reason. According to a recent study released by Arthritis and Rheumatism August 28, the leafy green vegetable may help slow down arthritis. Researchers from the University of East Anglia is set to begin human trials after lab studies showed that the sulforaphane in broccoli improved joint problems in cows and mice. Additionally, a 2010 lab-based study published in the European Journal of Dentistry found broccoli to offer great benefits to the tooth’s enamel. So, filling up a plate with fresh broccoli may help stave off osteoarthritis and keep you from needing cavity treatments.

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Researchers at the University of East Anglia examined the health of human cartilage cells and cow cartilage tissue to find its effects on joint health specifically. Previous research found vegetables like Brussels sprouts, cabbage and broccoli have anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties. The study concluded that mice that were fed a diet rich in sulforaphane had much less cartilage damage than the mice that did not eat the compound. As there is no cure or treatment to effectively combat osteoarthritis, the researchers believe that a diet rich in cruciferous vegetables can be an ideal preventative measure.

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