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.

By Tauren Dyson

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.

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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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Gold Prices At Session Lows As Weekly Jobless Claims Fall To 50-Year Low

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(Kitco News) – The U.S. labor market continues to build momentum, pushing gold prices to session lows, as the Labor Department reported stronger-than-expected jobless claims.

Initial weekly U.S. jobless claims fell by 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted 202,000 in the week to Saturday, the Labor Department reported Thursday.

“This is the lowest level for initial claims since December 6, 1969 when it was 202,000,” the report said.

Consensus expectations compiled by various news organizations had called for initial claims to be around 216,000. The government revised the previous week’s report up by 1,000 to 212,000 claims.

Meanwhile, the four-week moving average for new claims – often viewed as a more reliable measure of the labor market since it smoothens out week-to-week volatility – fell by 4,000 claims to 231,500.

Continuing jobless claims, the number of people already receiving benefits and reported with a one-week delay, dropped by 38,000 to a seasonally adjusted 1.717 million during the week ending March 23, the government said.

Read more via: https://www.kitco.com/news/2019-04-04/Gold-Prices-At-Session-Lows-As-Weekly-Jobless-Claims-Fall-To-50-Year-Low.html

Global Oral Care Market 2019-2023| High Demand for Teeth Whitening Products and Mouthwash to Boost Growth| Technavio

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LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Apr 4, 2019–The global oral care market is expected to post a CAGR of over 3% during the period 2019-2023, according to the latest market research report by Technavio.

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The global oral care market will post a CAGR of over 3% during the period 2019-2023 (Graphic: Business Wire)

Poor oral health and hygiene give rise to several issues such as plaque formation, periodontal disease, tooth decay, and even throat cancer. Consumption of tobacco, poor oral hygiene, unhealthy diet and high consumption of alcohol are some of the factors that can result in oral disorders. To avoid the occurrence of such disorders market players and the governments of different countries are raising awareness on the importance of maintaining dental and oral health. For instance, Colgate-Palmolive has its oral care center that offers information on teeth whitening, cavities, gum disease, and others. The growing awareness of dental and oral health will propel the volume sales of oral hygiene products leading to market growth during the forecast period.

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Poor oral health may increase the risk of pancreatic cancer among African American women

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(Boston)– African American women with poor oral health may be more likely to get pancreatic cancer (PC).

In the U.S., studies show that African Americans are more likely to get pancreatic cancer than Caucasians. Poor oral health, specifically adult tooth loss and periodontal disease prevalence, has a similar pattern. Using data from the Black Women’s Health Study, researchers from the Slone Epidemiology Center at Boston University found that compared to African American women who showed no signs of poor oral health, those who reported adult tooth loss had a substantially increased risk of PC. This association become even stronger for those who had lost at least five teeth.

According to the researchers, these observations may be related to oral bacteria and the inflammation caused by certain bacteria. In previous studies among different populations the presence of circulating antibodies to selected oral periodontal pathogens was associated with increased risk of PC.

“Oral health is a modifiable factor. Apart from avoiding cigarette smoking, there is little an individual can do to reduce risk of PC. Improving access to low cost, high quality dental care for all Americans may decrease racial disparities in this cancer,” said Julie Palmer, ScD, associate director of BU’s Slone Epidemiology Center and a professor of epidemiology at BUSPH.

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These findings appear online in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.

This work was supported in part by the National Institutes of Health grants NCI U01CA187508 (J.R. Palmer, H. Gerlovin, D.S. Michaud), NCI R01CA098663 (J.R. Palmer, Y.C. Cozier) and NCI U01CA164974 (J.R. Palmer, H. Gerlovin, Y.C. Cozier).

Read more via: https://eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-03/buso-poh032619.php

Gold, Silver Prices Rebound; Tame U.S. Inflation Data Supportive

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(Kitco News) – Gold and silver prices are posting moderate corrective gains in early-morning dealings Friday, following the sharp losses suffered Thursday. Overnight, gold did drop to a three-week low, while silver hit a three-month low. Some mild U.S. inflation data just released is also helping out the precious metals market bulls. April gold futures were last up $6.10 an ounce at $1,295.90. May Comex silver was last up $0.122 at $15.09 an ounce.

The just-released U.S. personal income and spending report for February came in at up 0.2%, which was in line with market expectations. The January personal consumption expenditures price index came in at down 0.1% from December and up 1.8%, year-on-year. Personal spending in January came in below expectations, at up 0.1% from December. These numbers fall into the camp of the U.S. monetary policy doves, who do not want to see U.S. interest rates rise anytime soon. Metals prices did up-tick after hit report hit the news wires.

Asian and European stock indexes were mostly firmer overnight. U.S. stock indexes are pointed toward slightly higher openings when the New York day session begins. Today is the last trading day of the week, of the month, and of the quarter, which makes it an extra important trading day from a charts and technical perspective. Traders and investors are exhibiting a bit more risk appetite late this week, which has buoyed world stock markets but has helped to sink the safe-haven gold and silver markets.

The U.S. and China held high-level trade talks in Beijing late Thursday and Friday. U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said those talks were productive. However, Larry Kudlow, President Trump’s economic advisor, said on Thursday any final U.S.-China trade accord is likely to come months down the road. There is no clear consensus in the marketplace on the eventual outcome of the U.S.-China trade talks, which means that when any final result is announced it is likely to cause at least some volatility in some markets.

The U.K. Parliament is likely to vote Friday on another option offered by Prime Minister Theresa May to break the Brexit deadlock. There are not high expectations for her latest plan to be approved by the MPs. Today is the day the U.K. was set to leave the European Union. May’s options moving forward on the matter are increasingly limited, with speculation of a general election being held in the near future.

The key outside markets today see the U.S. dollar index higher and hitting another 2.5-week high today. The USDX is back near its recent multi-month high. Meantime, Nymex crude oil prices are higher and trading around $60.00 a barrel. Oil prices are still trending higher on the daily bar chart even though price action has been sideways this week.

read more via: https://www.kitco.com/news/2019-03-29/Gold-Silver-Prices-Rebound-Tame-U-S-Inflation-Data-Supportive.html

Palladium’s Spectacular Rally Isn’t Over Yet

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The big rally in palladium prices still has room to run.

Double-digit returns are likely in store over the next few months. 

Increased interest in the metal from investors, as well as a relatively tight supply-demand balance, should propel prices even higher over the next half-year. Like gold, palladium is considered a precious metal, but it is overwhelmingly used for industrial purposes. Two-thirds of the production gets used in catalytic converters for automobiles, and another 13% is consumed by the electronics industry.

“We expect palladium prices to rise further over the next quarter or two, possibly reaching $1,800 or so before plateauing,” says Jeff Christian, managing director of New York-based commodities consulting firm CPM Group.

Read more via: https://www.thestreet.com/investing/palladium-prices-still-have-upside-14904136

Mine shaft found under house could be old tunnel to gold

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A Charlotte couple’s investigation of a possible abandoned gold mine under their home began with a shocking discovery in their basement last year as they prepared to decorate their home for Christmas.

Ashley Weidner remembers it was the week after Thanksgiving when she walked down the muddy hill beside her home and unlocked the back door that leads to their basement. She was hoping to get a jump on seasonal decorations but instead, she found a mysterious hole — almost perfectly round and nearly five feet wide — in the ground, directly under her home.

“I couldn’t figure out what it was at first … I was just kind of speechless,” Weidner said. “I’m looking at this debris inside of this very large, very deep hole in the ground and it dawned on me: That was a structural pier at one point that has now crumbled at the bottom of this hole.”

She spent the next week talking with her home insurance company, various structural engineers, soil experts, land surveyors and local construction companies. The hole had swallowed a cement and brick support pillar holding up the floor of their kitchen, dining room and a hallway leading to their bedroom.

Worried the floor under their feet would at any moment collapse, Weidner, 32, and her fiance Darrius Marable, 37, even contemplated immediately evacuating their home for safety.

Ultimately, they stayed but faced an uncertain future. Their home was built in 1933 and no one seemed to know what caused such a sudden, deep opening in the ground.

“Could be a well? Could be a sink hole from a broken sewer line that wasn’t closed off the right way? . It was all these different things that it ‘could be,'” Weidner remembers.

Read more: https://www.mooresvilletribune.com/news/local/mine-shaft-found-under-house-could-be-old-tunnel-to/article_7eb8da62-3787-11e9-a005-43033b1d0935.html

You say Palladium, I say Pay- yay-diem

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Macro image of a one ounce Palladium bar

Palladium prices have seen an 80 percent increase in the last seven months. As a main component in catalytic converters to help decrease the amount of harmful emissions released from gas engines, supply has not kept up with demand.

The quick rise of palladium prices has caught the attention of criminals. Around the UK and in the US gangs have set up sophisticated catalytic converter thefts, hitting multiple cars within minutes to sell on the black market.

Analysts see a bubble forming similar to the one that burst spectacularly in 2000. If their predictions are eminent, now would be the time to sell before prices adjust to a lower level….Just sell it legally.