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A Link Between Temporomandibular Disorder and Sleep Apnea?

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Following a review of data from the Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database, researchers report that patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) were 2.5 times more likely to have temporomandibular disorders (TMD) than individuals without a history of OSA. The findings suggest that OSA may be a risk factor for TMD, and
patients presenting for TMD should be screened for OSA.

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, August 2020

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Low Zinc Intake?

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Among a group of 142 female university students, researchers identified an association between low dietary zinc intake and an increased risk for depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, short sleep duration, and daytime dysfunction.

Biological Trace Element Research, August 2020

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Methanol-Based Hand Sanitizers Pose Dangers.

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns not to use alcohol-based hand sanitizers that contain methanol or wood alcohol, as they can be toxic if absorbed through the skin leading to nausea, vomiting, headache, blurred vision, blindness, seizures, coma, nervous system damage, and even death. The FDA is working to prevent these products from entering the United States and is coordinating with manufacturers to recall such products.

Food and Drug Administration, July 2020

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Signs of Adult Diabetes Risk Are Visible at Age 8.

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A study that monitored the health of more than 4,000 participants found that unhealthy high-density lipoprotein (the “good” cholesterol) levels at age 8 may signal that an individual is at an elevated risk for a type 2 diabetes diagnosis by age 25.

Diabetes Care, June 2020

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Asthma Tied to Kids with Disabilities & Delays.

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An analysis of data collected from nearly 72,000 families revealed that children with hearing loss, cerebral palsy, and learning disabilities have a significantly elevated risk for asthma. Study co-author Dr. George Delclos writes, “These results support advising pediatricians to screen for asthma in children with disabilities, so that interventions can be started sooner.”

JAMA Network Open, June 2020

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