Electronic Currents Could be the Future of Cavity Repair
Jun20

Electronic Currents Could be the Future of Cavity Repair

Today, when you have a cavity, the dentist will drill the decay out of your tooth, then fill it in with amalgam or composite resin. Could there ever be a point in time, though, when your tooth can essentially fix itself? According to researchers working at King’s College London, such a future is not only possible, but potentially available as a treatment option within three years. Their technology is known as Electrically Accelerated and Enhanced Remineralization, or EAER. The process speeds up the movement of phosphate and calcium into the damaged tooth. As Professor Nigel Pitts, who works with the school’s dental institute, points out, “The way we treat teeth today is not ideal. When we repair a tooth by putting in a filling, that tooth enters a cycle of drilling and refilling as, ultimately, each ‘repair’ fails.” This innovative solution would not only be better for teeth, but it will be as cost-effective as current treatments, according to Pitts. Considering that about 2.3 billion people are estimated to be suffering from tooth decay every year, the technology could have important implications for improving patient health. It’s worth noting that people with teeth or implants live seven to 10 years longer, on average, than those who are missing teeth. Cavities begin with small defects in tooth enamel which allow minerals to seep out. The EAER treatment helps to treat cavities by preparing damaged enamel, and then using tiny, directed electronic currents to draw in the missing minerals. Though this treatment can be used on various stages of tooth decay, it is unlikely to work for teeth that are experiencing advanced decay. “What it won’t do is physically regrow a tooth,” Pitts explains. Interestingly, researchers at Harvard came up with a similar technology earlier this year — they have been using laser lights to trigger teeth into creating new...

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Studies Show Botox is For More Than Just a Hollywood Face
Jun20

Studies Show Botox is For More Than Just a Hollywood Face

Over the years, Botox cosmetics has received a great deal of press in Hollywood and around the country for its ability to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. But recently, Botox’s medical benefits have been highlighted in several studies.One of Botox’s main manufacturers, Allergan, reports that more than half of the Botox it produces is used for non-cosmetic treatments, such as migraines and overactive bladder. Botox, or botulinum toxin A, is a toxin that works to paralyze muscles, stopping them from contracting. The injections essentially freeze the muscles that cause migraines, and can have similar results on bladder muscles.Allergan reports a sales increase of 17% for therapeutic Botox treatments in the last year, compared to only 8% for Botox cosmetics. The study of Botox on overactive bladder was first conducted by director of neuro-urology at Oakland University-William Beaumont School of Medicine in Michigan, Dr. Michael Chancellor. Several overactive bladder patients were given a single Botox injection into a catheter, and Dr. Chancellor found that after a month, these patients experienced a decrease in their urgency to urinate. In addition, another study revealed that patients who underwent surgery to correct their neurogenic bladder, a nerve condition that causes a lack of bladder control, could have been treated with Botox to experience similar relief. Critics of Botox often claim that these injections are costly, and need to be administered several times to be effective. They also assert that healthcare dollars could be better spent on other treatments. But even with the opposition, Allergan’s chief executive offer says that Botox’s uses will continue to expand. Last year, the company spent nearly a quarter of its $1.04 billion development and research budget on discovering various clinical uses of Botox. One dermatologist, Dr. Eric Finzi, found that Botox could also be useful in treating clinical depression. Recently published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research, the study found that 50% of the 74 patients injected with Botox reported that at least half of their symptoms were reduced just six weeks after the treatment. While Botox for depression has not yet received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, it has been approved for use on migraines, neurogenic bladder, and hyperhidrosis, a condition that causes excessive underarm sweating. For now, Botox will likely remain popular for its cosmetic uses, but could gain repute in medical treatments as more research is conducted. “Compared to many other procedures, Botox oftentimes is the treatment of choice for easy, non-surgical prolonged treatment (up to one year) for excessive sweating of the underarms and palms,” says Dr. Janis P. Campbell, Dermatologist at Laser Rejuvenation Clinic & Spa of Calgary. “We also use Botox to help an...

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McDonald’s Creepy New Mascot Photoshopped Into Classic Horror Movies, Fits Perfectly
Jun20

McDonald’s Creepy New Mascot Photoshopped Into Classic Horror Movies, Fits Perfectly

McDonald’s new mascot has been frightening peoples everywhere for nearly a month now, but food culture site Foodiggity has found a new way for the erroneously named “Happy” to terrify audiences. They’ve photoshopped the unsettling, anthropomorphic happy meal box into scenes from classic horror films, all of which it fits a little too perfectly in. The pictures show Happy replacing a serial killer ominously silhouetted behind a shower curtain from Psycho, a demon in a mirror from The Ring, and a massive shark looming towards a swimmer from Jaws amongst several other great scenes. The joke was seemingly inevitable after the backlash Happy received on social media. According to Bloomberg, the tweet that debuted Happy has gotten such responses as “What the f— is that creature?” “THAT! is scary!” and “I think I’m going to have nightmares.” McDonald’s also posted a video of Happy on its Facebook page, which, in turn, received equal backlash. Some of its comments included “I regret watching this,” “Epic fail,” and “This makes me crave Burger King.” “This is a simple piece of artwork on a clean background – something that could easily be edited, the term ‘meme’ comes to mind,” says Tom Ajello, Founder of Makeable. “Mcdonald’s themselves have even been jumping in on some of the fun – I believe they intended on creating something ‘playable’ that could be passed around and people could have fun with. If McDonald’s had involved more interaction – perhaps a meme generator – they could have taken advantage of this situation more. I hope they still have something up their sleeve.” McDonalds intended for Happy to promote healthier eating habits to children. According to the company, he was supposed to bring more fun and excitement to kids’ meals that included more nutritious foods like fruits, vegetables, and milk instead of burgers and soda. So what went wrong with the design though? Why are people so frightened of a box with heavy-lidded, bulging eyes and a cheshire grin full of too human teeth? Perhaps if McDonalds had heard of the Uncanny Valley, they would’ve known to head back to the drawing board. It’s an idea that people won’t necessarily respond positively to things that are more humanlike. Logically, the more humanlike a character is, the more comfortable people should feel about them. Essentially, parts of the brain respond to the humanlike appearance, and think it’s safe, while others recognize it as dangerous. This impasse that the brain comes to is known as the Uncanny Valley (because of how it looks on a graph), and helps explain why things creep us out. It’s as if a clown wasn’t a creepy enough mascot as...

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Key Things to Know When Hiring a Real Estate Agent
Jun14

Key Things to Know When Hiring a Real Estate Agent

They say that “home is where the heart is,” but let’s be honest; buying and selling homes is usually much more about the money. According to the Washington Times, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has sold his home for a whopping 1.7 million dollars. This is just about the same as the price of the cheapest single family home in the most expensive town in America which lists at about 1.6 million (in Atherton, CA), CBS News reports. Money isn’t the only thing to think about when buying or selling a home though. You don’t even have to buy a house because a condo is a smart alternative — the price range of condos can vary and often be less expensive than a single family home. You also don’t have to go it alone. You need someone to help you with one of the most important purchases of your life (almost 90% of buyers use a real estate agent or broker). Hiring a real estate agent seems like a daunting task, but Mary Beth Storjohann has written a handy article to make choosing an agent the least of your real estate worries. You should know your agent.  Besides asking to see their references (at least three), you should ask about their experience. This will help you find out if your real estate agent knows the area that you are buying or selling in which can be beneficial because they may know things about that neighborhood that other agents don’t. You should know your agent’s methods.  You should find out how their strategy for buying or selling your home and how much they charge. Know how they will work with you and keep you up to date on matters concerning the sale or purchase of your home. You might ask to see an outline of what they plan to do and how they plan to work on your behalf. You also need to know whether they work alone, and the number of clients they represent because this is indicative of the attention they will be able to dedicate to you. Make sure you like your agent. More than anything else, you should be sure that your agent is enthusiastic about helping you. Additionally, be sure that your agent is a person that you will be able to communicate with and solve problems with pretty often. Once you hire a real estate agent you can focus on what you want in a home. A condo is likely a less expensive alternative to buying a house while still keeping a good amount of space, with less (or none) of the associated responsibilities of maintenance...

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Blogging “Platisher” Medium Improves Quality of Internet Experiences
Jun04

Blogging “Platisher” Medium Improves Quality of Internet Experiences

Evan Williams, former chief executive of Twitter and the creator of Google’s Blogger, has created a blogging platisher–a new technological hybrid where sites are both platforms and publishers–entitled Medium, which has not only enamored writers all across the Internet, but may also be poised to become one of the web’s next big mainstays. “We want to create a system where the best ideas and stories reach their widest audience,” said Williams. “Some of those are going to come from professionals, but it is better as a whole if it has very wide breadth of content. Right now, the Internet rewards speed and quantity, and we wanted to make a place where quality matters.” Which is why in 2012, he built Medium, a pleasant blog site that lets users write and read. An online magazine, of sorts. Anyone can contribute on just about any topic. Even some notable thought-leaders have begun publishing with medium, including CEO of both SpaceX and Tesla Motors Elon Musk, the biographer Walter Isaacson, and former Gawker.com editor Emily Gould. Although blogging is still a highly successful way of drawing new traffic, with approximately 80% of daily visits coming from new visitors, the tools to craft quality content were getting a bit stale. Williams himself helped build them about a decade ago, and is now ready to innovate the field again. “It feels like these blogging tools haven’t really evolved in a decade,” said Williams. “When I looked at that, I thought, ‘Do I really want to get into this again? Am I just stuck in a rut?’ I did some investing and incubating, but came back around to this as what I wanted to do.” Essentially, Medium is meant to make the Internet a more enjoyable place, helping people to sift the best content from the torrent of media that’s published online everyday. “I read some news, and I think everyone should read some news, but I think we consume news out of habit, and we consume news because our brains are wired to want to know what has changed in the world,” Williams said. “There’s more media than we’ll ever be able to consume, so how do you decide what that is? There’s all these great ideas and philosophies that have been written, reported and shared, and news about some distant and foreign event — in the vast majority of cases — can’t be more important.”...

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