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Wednesday Sector Laggards: Precious Metals, Non-Precious Metals & Non-Metallic Mining Stocks – Nasdaq.com

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stock marketIn trading on Wednesday, precious metals shares were relative laggards, down on the day by about 5.1%. Helping drag down the group were shares of Tanzanian Royalty Exploration ( TRX ), off about 10.3% and shares of Hudbay Minerals ( HBM ) down about 8.6% on the day.

Also lagging the market Wednesday are non-precious metals & non-metallic mining shares, down on the day by about 4.3% as a group, led down by Reto Eco-Solutions ( RETO ), trading lower by about 10.8% and Century Aluminum Company ( CENX ), trading lower by about 10.3%.

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7 Options for Affordable Dental Care | Family Finance | US News

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landis refining, dental industry, brushing teeth, cleaning teeth, dental careIf you don’t have dental care coverage provided through work, you may be hesitant to buy individual coverage, with premiums reaching nearly $100 a month or more for some family plans. That may be why 74 million Americans didn’t have dental coverage at the end of 2016, according to the National Association of Dental Plans.

What’s more, even those with Medicaid may need to pay for care since many states don’t include adult dental benefits as part of their plans. Most policies also have caps that can be as low as $1,000 on benefits and pay only a portion of the cost for crowns, root canals and similar procedures. That means those who have a dental emergency or require extensive work could find themselves facing bills for thousands of dollars, even if they have insurance.

 

“It’s quite expensive, and it doesn’t cover much,” says Sharona Hoffman, professor of law and bioethics at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland.

Without coverage, people may skip annual cleanings, which can be crucial for detecting dental problems early on and addressing them before they turn into expensive emergencies. Plus, poor oral health can lead to serious health problems like heart disease. If you’re lacking dental care and looking for an affordable alternative, here are seven cost-effective options.

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Medicare: Seniors want dental care

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Elderly dental care needs better coverage

Some seniors and advocates aren’t willing to cover their mouths about the need for dental care.

But they want Medicare to.

A coalition of oral health organizations is urging senior citizens to mail toothbrushes to their legislators, sending a dual message about their numbers and their health: “We vote, and we have teeth.”

The goal: to get Medicare to cover preventive and regular dental services.

Right now, the government-sponsored health insurance program for seniors covers less than 1 percent of dental services. Although some supplemental policies do cover dental care, Medicare Parts A and B don’t.

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More Oral Health Care Is Needed for Elderly Adults

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Topic Center: Patient Relationships

JULY 19, 2018

Kristen Crossley
A rapidly growing elderly population needs more access to oral health care services, according to a recent report.

But progress is being made in some areas to better care for aging teeth.1

The report A State of Decay, Vol. IV is the latest in a series published by Oral Health America (OHA) that surveys the state of oral health in older adults in the United States.

It found that 33% of older adults have lost 6 teeth or more, and sociodemographic factors play a critical role in oral health outcomes.1

“Tooth loss and poor oral health are not inevitable during the aging process,” Karen Tracy, vice president of strategic alliances and integrated communications for the Gerontological Society of America, said in a statement.

Education, gender, income, and race all factor into oral health care, according to the report.

Twenty-five states received poor overall scores in the report, with Wyoming, Delaware, West Virginia, New Jersey, Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Tennessee receiving the least favorable scores. Earning “excellent” scores for oral health in older adults were Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Connecticut, and Colorado.1

“Oral health for older adults is in fragile condition,” Caswell Evans, associate dean for prevention and public health sciences at University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry, said in a statement.“Oral health for seniors is important for their diet, nutrition, self-esteem, socialization, and freedom from pain, among many other benefits.”

Many older adults regularly use several OTC or prescription medications, or both, making them more vulnerable to adverse reactions, drug interactions, and medication errors, according to the American Dental Association (ADA).2

The most frequently taken OTC medications by older adults include analgesics, laxatives, vitamins, and minerals.2

The typical aging patient’s baseline health state can be compromised by comorbid conditions, such as diabetes mellitus and hypertension, as well as the physiological changes associated with aging.Dental conditions associated with aging include coronal and root caries, dry mouth, and periodontitis.2

The ADA places a “seal of approval” on many OTC oral health products, including mouth rinses and toothpastes containing fluoride, and ingredients for combating bad breath, gingivitis, and plaque, as well as for teeth whitening. The organization has also placed its seal of approval on Sensodyne toothpaste for sensitivity control and on a variety of sugar-free chewing gums that help reduce cavities.

For relief of oral discomfort, the ADA recommends Benzodent Dental Pain Relieving Cream (Focus Consumer Healthcare) and Professional Strength Kank-A Mouth Pain Liquid (Blistex).For a tooth that has been knocked out, the ADA has approved Save-A-Tooth (Phoenix-Lazarus), a device that keeps a tooth alive for 24 hours, until a dentist can replant it.3

In addition to OTC products for teeth, the ADA has recommendations for dentures, including adhesives and cleansers. Efferdent Anti-Bacterial Denture Cleanser (Complete Clean and Fresh & Clean), Efferdent Overnight Denture Cleanser, and Medtech Products’ Effergrip Denture Adhesive have all received the ADA seal of approval. They are joined on the ADA’s list by Adhesadent Denture Adhesive Cream (Dr. B Dental Solutions) and Fresh’n Brite Denture Cleaning Paste (Revive Personal Products).2

Adults 65 and older are expected to account for a greater patient population in dental practices in the coming years as the demographic increases in size.Since the OHA’s previous report, in 2016, state advocates have implemented actions based on A State of Decay findings, and more states have commissioned surveys to better measure older adults’ oral health. State oral health plans (SOHPs), such as those recently implemented in Alabama, California, Iowa, and Mississippi, have increased the percentage of people in areas served by community water fluoridation and are covering a larger number of adult dental services under Medicaid.1

In addition to SOHPs, some states, including California and Iowa, are offering support for all 13 common dental benefits for Medicaid beneficiaries 65 years and older.Other entities, such as the University of Alabama (UA) at Birmingham School of Dentistry, are creating local programs to enact further oral health improvements. The UA program is reaching into some of its more rural and vulnerable communities.1

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Americans Admit to Flossing in the Car, on an Airplane, on a Date, and Even in a Work Meeting – but Experts Say It’s Still Not Enough | Business | thedailytimes.com

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CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jul 17, 2018–A new national survey released today reveals Americans are, in fact, flossing; albeit in somewhat odd places: nearly four in 10 (39 percent) of U.S. adults admit to flossing their teeth while in the car; seven percent admitted to flossing while on a date; six percent have flossed on an airplane, and five percent admit they’ve flossed in a work meeting. While some flossing—no matter where—is better than none at all, only seven percent of Americans name flossing as most important to their personal care routines when it comes to perfecting their smiles, revealing that adults can be better educated about healthy smiles, and gums. Periodontists, dentistry’s experts in the treatment and prevention of periodontal disease, have long touted the importance of regular brushing and flossing. Along with brushing teeth twice a day and an annual comprehensive periodontal evaluation, daily flossing is critical to maintaining health gums. The survey, from the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP), was conducted online May 30 and 31, 2018, by Atomik Research among 1,001 U.S. adults.

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PRECIOUS-Gold prices subdued as dollar extends gains | Reuters

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By Apeksha Nair
    BENGALURU, July 13 (Reuters) - Gold prices were muted on
Friday, stuck in a tight trading range, as the dollar extended
rally from the previous session when strong U.S. inflation data
and trade war concerns boosted demand for the greenback. 
    Spot gold        was down 0.1 percent at $1,245.54 an ounce,
as of 0652 GMT. For the week, the metal was down 0.7 percent.
    U.S. gold futures         for August delivery slipped 0.1
percent to $1,245.50 an ounce.
    "The dollar has been a prime mover of gold prices...Market
sentiments have been largely positive on the greenback as
investors pivoted from the safe haven asset despite rising
geopolitical risks," said Benjamin Lu, a commodities analyst at
Singapore-based broker Phillip Futures, in a note.
    The dollar was buoyant near a 10-day peak versus a basket of
currencies on Friday, supported by Treasury yields that edged
higher on expectations the U.S. inflation rate will rise.       
    U.S. consumer price data on Thursday showed a steady buildup
of inflation that could keep the Federal Reserve on a path of
gradual interest rate increases.                  
    A stronger dollar and higher U.S. rates reduce demand for
non-interest bearing gold as the metal becomes more expensive
for holders of other currencies.
    Elsewhere, the European Central Bank will keep rates at a
record low for as long as needed to raise inflation, minutes of
the bank's latest meeting showed.             
    Meanwhile, Most Asian share markets rose on Friday, but
China's markets wobbled as investors braced for the impact of
broadening, tit-for-tat Chinese-U.S tariffs.            
    The United States and China could reopen talks on trade but
only if Beijing is willing to make significant changes, U.S.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Thursday.             
    "The trade war issue is still creating a lot of uncertainty.
If the situation continues and we're not seeing any real
movements in gold prices because of it, we might see prices
actually move lower," said Cameron Alexander, an analyst with
Thomson Reuters-owned metals consultancy GFMS.

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PRECIOUS-Gold prices hit two-week high on short covering, weaker dollar | Reuters

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* Dollar falls to lowest since June 14
* Spot gold hits highest since June 26
* Gold may rise into $1,268-$1,277/oz – technicals
* Silver, platinum, palladium at over one-week highs

By Karen Rodrigues

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BENGALURU, July 9 (Reuters) – Gold prices hit a near
two-week high on Monday as investors covered their short
positions and the dollar slipped to its weakest since mid-June,
while lingering U.S.-Sino trade tensions also supported the
bullion.

Spot gold was up 0.5 percent at $1,260.41 an ounce,
as of 0708 GMT, after touching its highest since June 26 at
$1,262.06.

U.S. gold futures for August delivery were 0.5
percent higher at $1,261.70 an ounce.
Gold is pushing higher on the dollar’s weakness in Asian
trading, said Tim Brown, trader at MKS PAMP Group, wrote in a
note.

The dollar index , which measures the greenback
against a basket of six major currencies, slipped to an over
three week low after U.S. jobs data showed slower-than-expected
wage growth.

The U.S. economy created more jobs than expected in June,
but steady wage gains pointed to moderate inflation pressures
that should keep the Federal Reserve on a path of gradual
interest rate increases this year.

A weak U.S. dollar makes greenback-denominated gold cheaper
for holders of other currencies.

“Some short covering has likely ensued given certainties
over the U.S.-Sino trade tensions on Friday. Still, the uptick
in risk appetite into the week may be short-lived if more trade
tariff threats are seen into the week ahead,” said OCBC analyst
Barnabas Gan.

The United States and China exchanged the first salvos in
what could become a protracted trade war on Friday, slapping
tariffs on $34 billion worth of each others’ goods and giving no
sign of willingness to start talks aimed at a reaching a truce.

President Donald Trump said on Thursday the United States
may ultimately impose tariffs on more than a half-trillion
dollars’ worth of Chinese goods.

“With the ongoing U.S.-Sino trade tensions, the resignation
of David Davis will likely be a side-show, though it may raise
some concerns amongst market-watchers depending on how the
overall Brexit issue progresses,” OCBC’s Gan added.

Brexit Secretary Davis resigned because he was not willing
to be “a reluctant conscript” to Prime Minister Theresa May’s
plans to leave the European Union, delivering a blow to the
British leader struggling to end divisions among her ministers.

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Now Is The Time To Buy Gold As Negative Sentiment Is Exhausted – Incrementum AG | Kitco News

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Gold looks like an attractive buy at the moment, with investor sentiment reaching the bottom in the marketplace, according to one European fund manager.

In a recent interview with Kitco News, Ronald-Peter Stoeferle, fund manager at asset-management firm Incrementum AG and author of last month’s latest In Gold We Trust annual report, said that from a risk-reward perspective, gold looks extremely attractive. He added that he sees several factors that will lead to higher prices by the end of the year.

“I think we have seen the lows in gold for the year,” he said.

Stoeferle’s comments come as the gold market has managed to bounce off its 12-month lows and is currently trading below the initial resistance of $1,260 an ounce. August gold futureswere last at $1,256.40 an ounce, up 0.24%.

The most significant factor driving gold prices higher is falling momentum in the U.S. dollar, said Stoeferle,noting that interest in the greenback is starting to wane as the Federal Reserve moves closer to the end of its interest rate hike cycle.

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Another Voice: Good dental health helps prevent disease in kids – The Buffalo News

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children at dentist, landis refiningBy Rebecca Roloff

Poor dental care leads to cavities, gingivitis and periodontal disease, much of which could be prevented with adequate oral care, such as brushing, flossing and regular dental checkups.

The effects of poor dentition include loss of teeth, gum disease, abscesses and halitosis. Periodontal disease has also been linked to heart disease – evidence has shown that both conditions have components of chronic inflammation. Heart disease is a leading cause of death and disability in Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Children are particularly vulnerable to this preventable condition. They cannot access dental care on their own and are subject to whatever health prevention measures their parents adhere to. Children living in poverty are particularly vulnerable as they are not likely to be able to afford or have access to any of the components of good oral health – healthy balanced foods, regular dental and physical checkups, or the proper tools for maintaining oral health.

If the person has not engaged in regular dental care, they likely have not established a relationship with a dentist, and this forces them to seek care at an emergency department or urgent care facility, which can only put a “band-aid” on the immediate problem – treating pain or infection – but does not provide any long-term solution to their poor dental health.

Outcomes from poor dentition can be far reaching. Children have had to go to the operating room and undergo anesthesia due to extensive dental caries; serious infections requiring hospitalization and intravenous medications with resultant disability and loss of school time have occurred.

What are strategies or programs that could help improve the oral health of our children? One suggestion is for schools to provide oral health days; hygienists or student hygienists could go to schools and provide cleanings and talk about proper oral hygiene. Another suggestion would be to pass out new toothbrushes and toothpaste to children twice a year at school as well as providing time for children to brush their teeth after lunch.

Another idea is to mimic local grocery store programs that give backpacks with school supplies to children; why not expand that to oral health packs with toothbrushes, toothpaste and floss? Small but significant changes to the oral health of children could have major impacts on all facets of their lives, including success in school, better self-esteem and improved health as an adult.

Rebecca Roloff is a nurse practitioner at Oishei Children’s Hospital’s emergency department as well as a clinical adjunct professor at D’Youville College.

 

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