Of Mice and Microbiomes

A study has shown that diabetes has an effect on bacteria in the mouth (the oral microbiome), greatly increasing the risk of gum disease. In the study, laboratory mice with diabetes were found to have: – Serious gum disease, called periodontitis – Bone loss around the teeth – Higher levels of IL-17 which is important…

Detecting inflammation after dental implants: could chewing gum be the answer?

About 6-15% of patients who receive dental implants to replace their teeth subsequently develop bacterial inflammation. In future, these patients may be able to use a diagnostic chewing gum to detect early signs of inflammation. Key takeaways: – The diagnostic chewing gum detects bacterial inflammation, releasing a bitter taste and prompting patients to visit their…

Help for Dry Eyes

Wearing contact lenses the entire day leads to pain and scratching of the cornea. A natural mucus component found in the stomach can be used to provide relief for damaged ocular tissue. Key takeaways: – Researchers in Germany have indicated that coating contact lenses with purified porcine gastric mucin reduced damage to the eyes. –…