New Research Shows Correlation Between Women With Gum Disease and Premature Death
Apr13

New Research Shows Correlation Between Women With Gum Disease and Premature Death

Approximately 47.2% of adults aged 30 years and older have some form of periodontal disease, or gum disease. However, a new study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association found that gum disease and tooth loss are connected to higher risks of early death in women past the age of menopause. Researchers say older women who have a history of periodontal disease have a 12% higher risk of premature death, while loss of natural teeth presents a 17% higher risk. The new study, led by Michael J. LaMonte, research associate professor at the University at Buffalo in New York, only shows an association between oral health and premature death; it does not inherently show that gum disease or tooth loss cause early death. One in 10 people admit they regularly forget to brush their teeth, but the study shows that gum disease and edentulism — tooth loss — are suspected to be related to chronic diseases of aging, including arthritis, diabetes, hypertension, and lung disease, according to LaMonte. LaMonte and his colleagues analyzed data from the Women’s Health Initiative Program. The program comprised 57,001 total women between the ages of 50 and 79 between 1993 and 1998. The average woman was about 68 years old, and half were either overweight or obese. Six and a half years after enlistment, the data showed 3,589 cardiovascular events, such as a heart attack. In total, 3,816 deaths were recorded. This data demonstrates that having a history of periodontal disease is associated with a 12% higher risk of early death. The average time people wait for another dental appointment is three years, but no differences were seen between the women who made frequent visits to the dentist and those who did not. Unlike former studies, however, the new research did not show a direct correlation between gum disease and cardiovascular disease, which LaMonte says “is a very consistent finding with other studies both in middle-aged men and women.” “The studies that have shown gum disease is related to heart attacks essentially have all been based on a clinical measure of gum disease…a dentist probing around in the mouth,” said LaMonte. Lenox Hill Hospital cardiologist Dr. Satjit Bhusri said that despite the lack of a direct association, the new research still “suggests gum disease and tooth loss is a marker for overall lack of health and, as a result, death.” “It is true that older individuals do present with tooth inflammation and tooth loss; but these same individuals also carry an unrelated overall risk of heart disease due to typical cardiovascular disease risk factors,” said Dr. Bhusri. According to an AACD survey,...

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Uber Driver and Civilian Cause Explosions and Fires After Hitting Gas Tanks
Apr11

Uber Driver and Civilian Cause Explosions and Fires After Hitting Gas Tanks

There are over 11 million road vehicles in the world that run on natural gas including cars, buses, taxis, and trucks; but when these vehicles crash into larger gas lines and gas structures, the damage can be massive. According to KOMO News, a Seattle Uber driver lost control of a large SUV and hit a gas pump in North Seattle. In the surveillance video, the after the SUV connected with the gas pump the entire vehicle was engulfed in flames. Uber confirmed that the driver was currently employed by the company and was carrying a passenger at the time of the gas tank crash. Witnesses riding a bus said that a car was speeding past them and accidentally hit the Uber driver, causing the SUV to lose control, possibly blow a tire, and crash directly into the gas station after avoiding two other gas pumps. “Our hearts and thoughts go out to all those involved in this terrible accident, and the driver has been removed from the app,” said Tracey Breeden, Uber spokesperson. These gas tank and gas line collisions can result in serious damage and should be avoided, by everyone on the road, at all costs. There are various contributing factors that lead to these potentially fatal explosions, but distracted drivers are often the case. Wholly one-fourth of all vehicle accidents are due to drivers being distracted by their cell phones. Impaired driving is also a major concern in many of these gas disasters, and can lead to severe problems as well. The Herald Bulletin reports that alcohol played a major role in the Indiana crash that ended up rupturing a gas line, causing dozens of residents to evacuate. Madison County Sheriff Commander David Callahan states that Cody Vaughn was driving a 1993 Buick Regal at 9p.m. on April 6. Vaughn, with his wife and two children ages 2 and 4 in the car, struck a utility pole, steel barrier pole, and a Vectran Gasline station, causing a gas line fire. As a result of the explosion and subsequent fire, emergency crews evacuated homes in the area surrounding the gas-line fire, which burned until early the next morning. Over 1,000 Indiana Michigan Power customers lost service after the explosion and crews are in the process of rebuilding the pipeline. Drivers should obviously drive as safe as possible while on the roads, but should contact emergency responders as soon as possible in the event of a gas line...

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Divorced Couple Still Takes Annual Family Photos With Their Son

In America, there is approximately one divorce every 36 seconds. That’s nearly 2,400 divorces per day, 16,800 divorces per week, and 876,000 divorces a year. However, this case isn’t like most divorce cases. Not only does this ex-couple remain on good terms with one another, but they still get together to take family portraits every year with their young son, Bruce Dyson. Victoria Baldwin and Adam Dyson got divorced shortly after Bruce turned two. She wrote a message on the Love What Matters Facebook page that has since gone viral, expressing her feelings about the unique situation. “We are not in love, we don’t always agree, we’re not best friends, sometimes we don’t even like one another. But you know what we are? We are forever connected because of our beautiful, smart, kind, compassionate, funny son,” she wrote. Baldwin admits that she and her ex-husband weren’t always this amicable with each other after their separation. But she quickly discovered that the tension between the two of them was hurting their son more than she initially realized, and that’s when she decided to make a change. “We had a heated discussion in front of our son, who sat crying at my feet,” she recalls. “And I realized the next day I was more focused on hurting his dad than I was on comforting Bruce crying. I knew that wasn’t the example I wanted to set.” After that unfortunate incident, Baldwin booked a photo session for herself and Bruce and asked Adam if he would like to join. He agreed, and the couple had their individual portraits with their son as well. Now, yearly photo sessions have become a much-anticipated tradition in the family. Perhaps Baldwin’s passion for maintaining a positive outlook on her family life stemmed from her own upbringing. Although divorce and marriage rates are changing, roughly 42% of U.S. marriages end in divorce, and her own parents got divorced before she turned two. She says she doesn’t have a single photograph of the three of them together as a family, and she doesn’t want her son to suffer the same fate. While some people expressed concern about the ex-couple “giving false hopes” to their son, Baldwin doesn’t see it that way. Up to 67% of America’s teens say they actually want to spend more time with their parents, and it can be understandably difficult for children of divorce to spend substantial time with both of their parents, especially if there is a lot of lingering contempt. As for the concerns raised about continuing the tradition when the ex-couple meet new people, Baldwin says that’s not a possibility. “We...

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Humans Positive and Negative Impacts on Climate Change
Mar29

Humans Positive and Negative Impacts on Climate Change

Protecting the environment is one of the most important battles the U.S. faces in the coming years. If the high rate of pollution continues, there will be grave consequences not just in the U.S., but across the entire planet. Carbon-emitting machines like cars are a significant contributor to the global pollution rate. Vehicle neglect, for instance, is a major problem for the environment, and one that’s easily preventable. Not only does vehicle neglect cost the U.S. economy $2 billion a year, it can lead to more carbon emissions being discharged into the air from faulty exhaust systems. Luckily, there are programs trying to phase-out the use of gasoline in the near future, like New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030. Environment News Service reports that Gov. Cuomo’s campaign will focus on electronic vehicles by adding charging stations, employer incentives for employees making the switch to electric, and general outreach. “This multi-pronged campaign will help in this administration’s efforts to fight climate change, strengthen infrastructure to support the use of electric cars, and help reduce New York’s carbon footprint on our roadways,” said Governor Cuomo. “With these actions, we are taking another step toward a cleaner, greener, and more sustainable New York for all.” Unfortunately, despite these attempts, there is still a long way to go to improve the damage that’s already been done to the environment. According to Inside Science, humans have been causing serious environmental issues for decades. Simple things like improperly discarding plastic bags are even causing major issues, as 10% of the debris that ends up polluting the U.S. coastline is from plastic bags. In addition to carbon emissions, plastic waste, and overflowing landfills, one of the most damaging pollutants is aerosol spray. A potential silver lining, however, is that the aerosol spray, although dangerous, might actually help increase Arctic sea ice. Researchers have found that between 1950 and 1975, certain types of air pollution actually counteracted the effects of greenhouse gases that have been melting the polar ice caps. “I think what it’s telling us is that humans had an impact on the Arctic much earlier than had been though,” said John Fyfe, senior scientist at Environment and Climate Change Canada and one of the lead authors of the study. Andre Mahoney, a sea ice geophysicist at the University of Alaska wants to emphasize the importance of continued research on this topic. “When we try to do an environmental accounting of the impacts of our activities,” said Mahoney. “[We] need to be very broad in our thinking about what to...

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“A Day Without Immigrants” Protest Has Unexpected Outcome
Mar03

“A Day Without Immigrants” Protest Has Unexpected Outcome

“If you’re going to stand up for what you believe in, you have to be willing to pay the price.” These wise words were spoken by Jim Serowski, founder of JVS Masonry in Commerce City, Colorado. His words were a response to, “A Day Without Immigrants,” a nationwide day of protests held this February. The protest allowed progressives to voice their outrage at President Donald Trump’s policies regarding immigration by highlighting the effect immigrants have on the productivity of the country as a whole. At JVS Masonry, more than 30 workers failed to show up at the job site on the day of the protest, and as a result, they were terminated immediately. Serowski says, “I stand by what I believe in. I didn’t do anything wrong…They were warned: ‘If you do this, you’re hurting the company, and if you go against the team, you’re not a member of the team.'” Even though employees made their absences from work apparent to Serowski prior to the protest, it still left a bad taste in his mouth. He claims to support immigrant labor, but business is business. Serowski claims he’s known most of the terminated employees for almost two decades, so this couldn’t have been an easy decision to make. Serowski isn’t the only one who terminated employees following “A Day Without Immigrants” — terminations were made all over the country be regretful employers who just want the work to get done. Some employers showed mercy to employees and were supportive of the cause. What made a difference is how the employees handled the protest. Employers tended to be more sympathetic to employees who notified their supervisors in advanced as opposed to a ‘no call no show,’ which could certainly be grounds for termination. The employees aren’t the only ones getting the raw end of the deal. High employee turnover rates can heavily interfere with day-to-day work functions, not to mention the cost — human resources consultants say that employee turnover costs range from 30% to 150% of the employee’s salary. Most employees ended up going back to work on Friday, but those who didn’t are now back on the job...

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