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Denver Dentists Extract Teeth Stem Cells

Englewood, Colo., Sept. 7, 2010 - Denver dentists help harvest stem cells in teeth.

Denver dentists Dr. James DeLapp, Dr. H. Candace DeLapp, and Dr. Sarah Parsons are partnering with StemSave to offer their Denver-area dental patients a chance to bank valuable stem cells for use in future “Regenerative Medical Therapies.” The National Institutes of Health’s recent discovery that powerful stem cells exist in teeth give Denver-area dental patients an easy way that “may” protect their future health and participate in cutting edge regenerative medicine.

Regenerative Medicine treatment has been reported to be the future of medicine.

Stem cells found in teeth are extracted by Denver dentists and then these stem cells are cryopreserved. The recent discovery that stem cells exist in teeth has the potential to transform dentistry and the future of medical treatments. Stem cells are the basis for the emerging field of regenerative medicine. There are more than 78 clinical trials involving stem cell treatments underway and the military is developing stem cell therapies to treat soldiers wounded in action. The current research being conducted suggests that stem cell therapies may, in the future, be able to treat many of today’s most difficult diseases, such as diabetes, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, muscular dystrophy, cancer and many more.

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Reptile Could Explain More About Implants

A reptile called the tuatara could explain plenty about dental implants.

That’s because unlike mammals and crocodiles, the New Zealand animal has teeth that are fused to the jaw bone, which mean there are no ligaments—much like dental implants. The tuatara’s ancestors were widespread at the time of the dinosaurs. People and mammals, however, have their teeth held together in sockets by a flexible ligament.

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council used a moving 3-D computer model to study these teeth. The goal was to find out how damage to dental implants and jaw joints could be stopped.

Humans generally don’t have problems when biting into food because the ligaments send a signal to the brain that biting too hard will be painful.

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Dental Reality Show on the Way

If you ever worried about going to the dentist, you’re not alone.

Nearly 25 percent of Americans are afraid of going to the dentist, and about three quarters of Americans face some anxiety about dental visits. This fear can cause a person to lose sleep or it can ruin a person’s meal, a person’s day, or even life.

That’s why television producers, who have seen countless reality shows succeed, want to cultivate that fear and turn into a show. “Smile and Style” is what the show will be called and it will be about trying to improve the dental health of the average person.

The show will seek to boost the self-esteem of the individuals on the show, who will be selected based on their dental fears. This problem could have affected their everyday life and prevented them from getting the dental care they need to have the smile and confidence necessary for success. Some of the people on the show may not have the means to afford the dental work they need.

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New e-learning Platform Available for Students

The new e-learning platform ILKUM (an acronym for “Interaktiver Lernzielkatalog der Universitätsmedizin Mainz” or interactive catalogue of learning objectives of Mainz University Medical Center) is a sign of things to come: students of dentistry in 2010 now only need internet access to be able to download case studies with film and image material showing disease patterns and surgical procedures directly to their laptop, iPad, or iPhone.

As Germany’s only e-learning platform, ILKUM is oriented toward the “Profile and Competences for the European Dentist” guidelines issued by the ADEE, the Association for Dental Education in Europe, as the basis for its targeted learning program. The advantage: the tool provides students with a guide structure that ensures they are aware of what is most important in the study of dentistry. Not only that, but ILKUM facilitates extremely rapid access to course-relevant topics and information.

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Eight CU Patients Given Potentially Lethal Dosages of Drugs

University of Colorado dentists unknowingly injected as many as eight patients with a powerful sedative that was five times its usual potency after the drug was mistakenly added to the dental school’s stock in 2008—a mix-up that wasn’t discovered for 13 days, a Denver Post investigation found.

After the error came to light, dental-school administrators decided not to notify any of the patients who received the potentially dangerous levels of midazolam, a generic version of the drug Versed that is commonly used with a painkiller to sedate people undergoing everything from colonoscopies to oral surgeries. The drug depresses a patient’s central nervous system and is the subject of numerous warnings that it can slow or even halt breathing.

Dr. Denise Kassebaum, dean of the CU School of Dental Medicine, said procedures were changed after the incident but also that she did not learn about the mix-up until The Post began asking questions earlier this month.

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