Gold holds steady above two-week low after Fed minutes

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Gold prices are lower than expected.

Gold was little changed on Wednesday in the wake of minutes from the latest U.S. Federal Reserve meeting, but the precious metal was trading above the two-week low hit in the last session as stock markets slid on fresh trade tensions.

Spot gold was steady at $1,273.68 per ounce, having fallen to its lowest level since May 3 on Tuesday at $1,268.97.

U.S. gold futures settled 0.1% higher at $1,274.20.

The minutes from U.S. Fed’s last meeting showed policymakers agreed that their current patient approach to setting monetary policy could remain in place “for some time.”

“Not many surprises here and not many were expected. I would note though that this Fed meeting happened before China backtracked on the trade talks. At the next meeting, almost certainly there will be more caution,” said Tai Wong, head of base and precious metals derivatives trading at BMO.

Optimal Health Begins With Sleep and a Focus on Mental and Oral Health According to this NJ Top Dentist

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NJ Top Dentist, Dr. Sunita Merriman of Westfield, New Jersey believes that sleep, mental health and oral health are the cornerstones of systemic health and overall wellness.

SCOTCH PLAINS, N.J., May 21, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — With over 25 years of clinical experience, Dr. Sunita Merriman believes that sleep, mental health and oral health are the cornerstones of systemic health, overall wellness and an optimal quality of life. This is why Dr. Merriman bridges treatment for snoring, sleep apnea and CPAP intolerance, and comprehensive general and cosmetic dentistry at her Westfield, New Jersey practice.

Her practice, the New Jersey Dental Sleep Medicine Center (NJDSMC) is dedicated to helping the community improve their health and quality of life by treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), snoring and CPAP intolerance.

Dr. Merriman is committed to educating the medical and dental community about Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT) and its role in treating Sleep Disordered Breathing (SDB). She is also committed to exploring how OAT could help patients who have a history of trauma and/or mental illness and suffer from SDB and Insomnia.

Dr. Merriman graduated with honors and received multiple awards from the College of Dentistry at New York University and successfully completed a two year residency in general dentistry from Long Island Jewish Medical Center. She is a Diplomate of both the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine (ABDSM) and the American Board of Craniofacial Dental Sleep Medicine (ABCDSM). This achievement is notable as a minority of dentists achieve Diplomate status with one Dental Sleep Board and even fewer do so with multiple Boards.

There are only approximately 300 dentists in the United States who have met these Board requirements. Dr. Merriman was able to attain this prestigious recognition by successfully completing a multi-stage process of both Boards which included meeting stringent pre-certification requirements, a comprehensive written examination, in addition to a thorough review of patient care skills and outcomes.

To stay updated on emerging tools and technologies, Dr. Merriman attends conferences, reads published materials, and regularly converses with colleagues. She also believes that being an educator helps her to be a life- long learner.

In addition to her professional career, Dr. Merriman is a poet and recently published her first book of poems, Stripping: My Fight to Find Me. You can learn more about her mission on her personal website: http://www.SunitaMerriman.com

To learn more about this NJ Top Dentist and how dental sleep medicine can benefit you, please click here: https://njtopdocs.com/nj-dentists/drsunitamerriman/

Could drinking red wine be good for oral health?

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Red wine can be good for your teeth?

Red wine has previously been linked to a range of supposed health benefits, from helping the heart to lowering the risk of diabetes. Now a new study suggests it contains chemicals that can help in the fight against tooth decay and gum disease. 

Researchers from Spain have found compounds in red wine, known as polyphenols, help fend off harmful bacteria in the mouth.

But experts warn that the findings do not offer a ‘green light’ to drink more red wine.

Previous studies have suggested that the health benefits of polyphenols are linked to the fact they’re antioxidants that protect the body from harmful free radicals.

However, recent studies have indicated that polyphenols might also boost health by working with ‘good bacteria’ in our gut.

In this study—published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry—scientists looked at whether wine polyphenols might also be good for oral health.

They compared the effects of two polyphenols from red wine against grape seed and red wine extract supplements on bacteria that stick to teeth and gums and cause dental plaque, cavities and gum disease. 

They found the wine polyphenols and extracts all reduced the bacteria’s ability to stick to the cells, but the polyphenols—caffeic and p-coumaric acids—were more effective. 

When combined with the Streptococcus dentisani—believed to be an oral probiotic, which stimulates the growth of good bacteria—the polyphenols were even better at inhibiting the pathogenic bacteria. 

The findings, they said, could ultimately lead to new dental treatments.

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Silicon Metal Market – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast 2019 – 2027

NEW YORK, May 13, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Silicon Metal Market – Overview

Silicon metal is a grey, lustrous semi-conductive metals that is used in the manufacturing of aluminum alloys, steel, solar cells, and microchips.The silicon metal acts as a raw material for a large number of industrial and consumer products such as sealants, adhesives, lubricants, coatings, and polishes.

Read the full report: https://www.reportlinker.com/p04086937/?utm_source=PRN

Increasing demand for automobiles, portable electronics, and solar panels is expected to be a major driver of the silicon metal market during the forecast period.

This report analyzes and forecasts the silicon metal market at global and regional levels.The market has been forecast based on volume (Kilo Tons) and value (US$ Mn) from 2019 to 2027, considering 2018 as the base year.

The study includes drivers and restraints of the global silicon metal market.It also covers anticipated impact of these drivers and restraints on the demand for silicon metal during the forecast period.

The report also highlights opportunities for the silicon metal market at the global and regional levels.

The report includes detailed value chain analysis, which provides a comprehensive view of the global silicon metal market.Porter’s Five Forces model for the silicon metal market has also been included to help understand the competition landscape of the market.

The study encompasses market attractiveness analysis, wherein application segments have been benchmarked based on their market size, growth rate, and general attractiveness.

The study provides a decisive view of the global silicon metal market by segmenting it in terms of application.In terms of application, the market has been classified into aluminum alloys, semiconductors, silicones & silanes, solar panels and others.

Read more via: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/silicon-metal-market-global-industry-231000503.html

Gold on track for weekly gain due to US-China trade tension; palladium soars

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Gold prices rose on Friday and were set to post a weekly rise as the United States raised tariffs on Chinese goods, exacerbating fears of a global economic slowdown, while palladium surged more than 5% on technical buying and short covering.

The United States intensified a tariff war with China on Friday by hiking levies on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods. U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday he was in no hurry to sign a trade deal with China.

The escalation in the U.S.-China trade dispute has weighed on stock markets worldwide and boosted demand for assets viewed as safer.

“Gold is up today and will be up in the short term until there is a concrete resolution to the continuing trade tensions between the United States and China,” said Rob Lutts, chief investment officer at Cabot Wealth Management.

Spot gold gained 0.2% to $1,286.56 per ounce and is up about 0.6% so far this week.

U.S. gold futures settled up 0.2% at $1,287.40.

“Gold is kind of inching high because of instability in the equities market,” said INTL FCStone analyst Edward Meir.

Palladium climbed 4.7% to $1,354.51 per ounce as of 1:32 pm EDT (1732 GMT), having fallen to its lowest since Jan. 4 at $1,263.85 in the previous session. The metal was on track for a second straight weekly decline of about 1.2%.

“The price slide (on Thursday) temporarily made palladium cheaper than gold again for the first time since the start of the year,” Commerzbank analysts said in a note.

“The nice $70 bounce in the palladium prices is on the back of some modest consumer buying after the move below $1,300 yesterday and short-covering,” said Tai Wong, head of base and precious metals derivatives trading at BMO.

For gold, the U.S.-China trade conflict could also force the U.S. Federal Reserve to cut interest rates, which could further support bullion prices.

Global anxiety has also seen an uptick as U.S. bombers arrived at a U.S. base in Qatar to counter what Washington describes as threats from Iran.

“The Iran situation is not improving. Trump’s policies have led to a change in the dynamics. We’re not sure whether the changes will make the situation safer or not but the uncertainty will affect how investors see gold,” Lutts added.

Bullion was also supported by a weaker dollar which fell after data showed a smaller-than-expected rise in the U.S. consumer price index last month.

Silver was up 0.2% at $14.78 per ounce, while platinum rose 2.3% to $863.75.

Silver is on course to register a second straight week of declines, while platinum looks set for a third weekly drop in a row.

Vaping is not safe substitute for smoking

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More than 20 years ago, teen tobacco use in the United States was at an alarming rate with almost 35 percent of teenagers using tobacco. This statistic is particularly significant when you consider that 90 percent of adult smokers began smoking before turning 18.

To stem the tide, the Truth Campaign was launched, urging teens to reject tobacco products. The campaign began to make a difference, and over time, adjusted its messaging to resonate with each generation’s sensibilities.

Today, a new trend has emerged — e-cigarettes — and the Truth Campaign is responding to this escalating threat.

Read more via: http://www.thecoalfieldprogress.com/coalfield_progress/vaping-is-not-safe-substitute-for-smoking/article_5c8e6072-703c-11e9-bd79-ff4993c153fd.html

Nursing, dental, and medical students train together to improve kids’ oral health

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Nursing, medical, and dental students can work as a team to improve their knowledge of pediatric oral health–and how to work with their fellow health professionals, finds new research led by NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing. The study appears in the Journal of Dental Education.

Cavities are the most common chronic childhood disease. Over the past two decades, reports and policies have called for pediatric primary care providers to incorporate oral health into their well visits, including screening and referring children to dentists. Despite these efforts, many primary care providers are not integrating oral health into patient visits, and some report feeling unprepared or uncomfortable in this role.

To improve interprofessional skills and collaboration between primary care and dental providers, NYU Meyers’ Oral Health Nursing Education and Practice (OHNEP) program-which works to help nurses and other health professionals incorporate oral health into patient care–developed an innovative pediatric oral health clinical experience.

In the interprofessional experience, family nurse practitioner, medical, and dental students work as a team to assess patients. Together they review a patient’s chart, take a patient’s medical and dental history, perform an oral assessment, apply fluoride varnish, and educate children and parents. Students also learn to identify the connection between oral health and overall health–for instance, how certain diseases or medications can affect oral health. The goal is to increase the oral health knowledge and skills of non-dental primary care providers while boosting dental students’ knowledge about the link between oral and systemic health.

“Collaborative, workplace-ready students are valuable assets to any clinical team. Our goal is for team-based, whole person care to become the norm for promoting children’s oral health and preventing cavities,” said Erin Hartnett, DNP, PPCNP-BC, CPNP, director of OHNEP at NYU Meyers and the study’s lead author.

Over three semesters, a total of 162 family nurse practitioner, dental, and medical students participated in this interprofessional experience at a New York City hospital. Students completed surveys before and after their participation to evaluate whether their interprofessional competencies changed.

The researchers found that all students had significantly improved interprofessional competency scores after the team-based experience. This includes improvements in important factors for working with other professionals, such as communication, collaboration, conflict management, team functioning, and using a patient-centered approach.

“Our findings suggest that a team-based, clinical approach can be an effective strategy to help health professional students develop interprofessional competencies,” said Judith Haber, PhD, APRN-BC, FAAN, the Ursula Springer Leadership Professor in Nursing at NYU Meyers, executive director of OHNEP, and the study’s coauthor.

In addition to Hartnett and Haber, study authors include Peter Catapano of Bellevue Hospital Center, NYU School of Medicine, and NYU College of Dentistry; Nancy Dougherty, Amr Moursi, and Courtney Chinn of NYU College of Dentistry; Ramin Kashani of NYU College of Dentistry and Bellevue; Cindy Osman of NYU School of Medicine and Bellevue; and Abigail Bella of NYU Meyers.

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The interprofessional experience is part of NYU Meyers’ Teaching Oral-Systemic Health program, funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) (grant #D09HP25019).

About NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing (@NYUNursing)

NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing is a global leader in nursing and health. Founded in 1932, the College offers BS, MS, DNP, and PhD degree programs providing the educational foundation to prepare the next generation of nursing leaders and researchers. NYU Meyers has three programs ranked in the top 10 by U.S. News & World Report and is among the top five nursing schools receiving NIH funding, thanks to its research mission and commitment to innovative approaches to healthcare worldwide.

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Psychological intervention helps patients prevent gum disease

“Our study shows that by adopting a simple psychological intervention, aided by the use of an online risk assessment tool, we can significantly improve measurable clinical outcomes,” said researcher Koula Asimakopoulou.

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Researchers observed a reduction in dental plaque and bleeding, as well as an increase in dental cleanings among adults with moderate periodontal disease. Photo by Milenafoto/Wikimedia Commons

April 19 (UPI) — Dentists can now use psychological techniques to help patients get cleaner teeth, a new study says.

Researchers observed a reduction in dental plaque and bleeding, as well as an increase in dental cleanings among adults with moderate periodontal disease, according to research published in April in Journal of Periodontology.

“Our study shows that by adopting a simple psychological intervention, aided by the use of an online risk assessment tool, we can significantly improve measurable clinical outcomes and reduce initial signs of gum disease in patient seen routinely general dental practice,” Koula Asimakopoulou, a researcher at King’s College and study lead author, in a news release.

Researchers registered 97 adults with moderate peridontal disease in a program at King’s College London, offering them either usual dental treatment, treatment and a report on their disease risk, or treatment, a report and a program to improve their dental health.

Over the course of 12 weeks, the researchers report they saw significant improvement on dental plaque and gum inflammation among the two groups receiving psychological interventions, but not the usual treatment group.

Periodontal disease, which starts with gingivitis, infect teeth and inflame the gums, alveolar bone and periodontal ligament. More severe forms of periodontitis can completely erode the bone around the teeth.

“At a time when the best way to improve the periodontal health of the majority of people is being considered, this paper demonstrates how interdisciplinary teams of psychologists and dentists working together can deliver improvements in patients’ oral health and periodontal status,” Asimakopoulou said. “Shaping how health information is presented to our patients appears to influence their subsequent behavior.”

The Journal of the American Dental Association reported that about 42 percent of over age 30 has periodontitis.

“Good daily oral care is a core element of achieving and maintaining good oral health, and this may have an impact on other aspects of health as well,” Asimakopoulou said.

Alerting patients to their risk of gum disease improves inflammation and dental hygiene

Gum Disease is Preventable

News Release 17-Apr-2019

In a new study published today in the Journal of Periodontology researchers found that using psychological techniques to communicate the risk of developing periodontal disease to patients improved dental hygiene over a three month period. It was further associated with reduced scores for gum inflammation as well.

Periodontal diseases are infections that cause inflammation of the structures around the teeth, including the gums, periodontal ligament and alveolar bone. In the earliest stage of periodontal disease — gingivitis — the inflammation is limited to the surface of the gums. In more severe forms of the disease – periodontitis – bone is destroyed around the teeth.

The team of scientists from King’s College London’s Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences tested a group of 97 adults with moderate periodontal disease who were registered patients at a London General Dental Practice.

They either received treatment as usual, an individualised report on their periodontal disease risk (PreViserTM), or an individualised report plus a programme of goal-setting, planning and self-monitoring based on psychological theory.

The study found that over 12 weeks:

  • Dental plaque reduced significantly in the two groups with whom risk was communicated, but not in the “treatment as usual” group.
  • The percentage of areas that bled on examination (gum inflammation) reduced in all groups, but the effect was more pronounced in the groups that received the psychological intervention.
  • Frequency of interdental cleaning improved only in the intervention groups

Lead author Dr. Koula Asimakopoulou, Reader in Health Psychology at King’s College London said: “Our study shows that by adopting a simple psychological intervention, aided by the use of an online risk assessment tool, we can significantly improve measurable clinical outcomes and reduce initial signs of gum disease in patients seen routinely in General Dental Practice.”

Dr Matthew Nolan, the dental practitioner who delivered the intervention noted: “Shaping how health information is presented to our patients appears to influence their subsequent behaviour. Patients are naturally concerned about their risk of periodontal disease; we have found that coupling their concern with a structured discussion of coping strategies and simple behaviour change techniques, may be a useful driving force in improving health outcomes within a routine dental consultation.”

Dr Mark Ide, President of the British Society for Periodontology said: “This paper is interesting as it builds on research previously carried out at King’s to show how useful a patient-focussed health care intervention can be in the real-life primary care setting.”

“At a time when the best way to improve the periodontal health of the majority of people is being considered, this paper demonstrates how interdisciplinary teams of psychologists and dentists working together can deliver improvements in patients’ oral health and periodontal status. Good daily oral care is a core element of achieving and maintaining good oral health, and this may have an impact on other aspects of health as well.”

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Powerful Greenback Pressures Precious Metals Prices

Jim Wyckoff

Thursday April 18, 2019 13:32

(Kitco News) – Gold prices are trading slightly lower in early-afternoon U.S. action Thursday, and did hit another four-month low today. A strong U.S. dollar that saw the dollar index hit new high for the year today is working against the precious metals market bulls. June gold futures were last down $1.60 an ounce at $1,275.20. May Comex silver was last up $0.006 at $14.945 an ounce.

U.S. economic data out today was a mixed bag but mostly upbeat, including jobless claims falling by 5,000 in the latest reporting week. March U.S. retail sales beat expectations and came in at up 1.6%. Gold and silver prices initially down-ticked a bit on the earlier reports’ releases but then moved back to near unchanged levels on the day, where they now remain.

U.S. and many other nations markets are closed on Friday for the Good Friday Easter holiday.

The marketplace, especially the FOREX sector, is keeping a very close eye on the Turkish lira, which has weakened significantly against the U.S. dollar recently. There are concerns about Turkey’s low foreign currency reserves that would have to be used to defend the lira in case speculative FOREX traders mounted a selling attack on it.Sponsored By: IG Markets

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The U.S.-China trade negotiations are continuing and apparently the world’s two largest economies are moving closer to a final agreement. There is talk in the marketplace that President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping could meet next month to seal the deal.

The other key outside markets today finds Nymex crude oil prices are slightly down and trading around $63.50 a barrel.

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Technically, June gold futures prices closed nearer the session low today. The bears have the overall near-term technical advantage. A two-month-old downtrend line on the daily bar chart is in place. Gold bulls’ next upside near-term price breakout objective is to produce a close above solid technical resistance at $1,300.00. Bears’ next near-term downside price breakout objective is pushing prices below solid technical support at $1,250.00. First resistance is seen at Wednesday’s high of $1,282.10 and then at Tuesday’s high of $1,291.70. First support is seen at $1,270.00 and then at $1,260.00. Wyckoff’s Market Rating: 4.0.

Live 24 hours silver chart [ Kitco Inc. ]

May silver futures prices closed near mid-range. The silver bears have the overall near-term technical advantage. A two-month-old downtrend is in place on the daily bar chart. Silver bulls’ next upside price breakout objective is closing prices above solid technical resistance at the April high of $15.31 an ounce. The next downside price breakout objective for the bears is closing prices below solid support at $14.50. First resistance is seen at this week’s high of $15.055 and then at $15.25. Next support is seen at this week’s low of $14.795 and then at $14.75. Wyckoff’s Market Rating: 4.0.

May N.Y. copper closed down 450 points at 292.25 cents today. Prices closed near mid-range today on profit taking after hitting a 9.5-month high on Wednesday. The copper bulls still have the overall near-term technical advantage. Copper bulls’ next upside price objective is pushing and closing prices above solid technical resistance at 300.00 cents. The next downside price objective for the bears is closing prices below solid technical support at the March low of 283.45 cents. First resistance is seen at today’s high of 296.40 cents and then at this week’s high of 299.55 cents. First support is seen at today’s low of 290.30 cents and then at the April low of 288.35 cents. Wyckoff’s Market Rating: 6.5.By Jim Wyckoff

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