Private colleges- Quality of education is questionable
It seems passing out from a self-financing medical or dental college in the state is a tougher task than getting a seat. Final year results of MBBS, BDS and BAMS courses published by the Kerala University of Health Sciences have raised a question mark on the quality of medical education provided by self-financing colleges in the state as most of them fared poorly compared to their counterparts in the government sector. MORE HERE
Dentist who is Now IAS officer
A dental surgeon by profession, she cleared the Civil Services examination in the third attempt in 2009 and was serving in Group ‘A’ in the Indian Postal Service.
But 28-year old V.S. Alagu Varsini from Pollachi was not a content person.
Because, her dream was not just to become an officer of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), but to realise the dreams of many from the position of a policy-maker. FULL STORY
Dentist made false claims about curing cancer
A DENTIST who claimed he could cure cancer with therapy and herbs deceived potential patients, the Court of Appeal ruled yesterday.
The court said that Noel Campbell and his Hope Institute falsely claimed that their treatments, costing thousands of dollars, had been peer-reviewed by the medical and scientific communities.
Mr Campbell, who said he was given the title “professor” by a Chinese university, claimed he could beat a range of cancers with a combination of counselling, photo-dynamic, radio wave and ozone therapies, Chinese herbs and Japanese mushrooms. MORE HERE
Shear bond strength of rebonded orthodontic brackets
The sample used in the present study comprised 60 extracted human premolars bonded with brackets. The sample was divided into three groups (each n = 20; sandblasting, direct flaming, and grinding with a green stone bur). SEM was used to compare the surface characteristics of the new and rebonded bracket bases for all three groups. Results: The Z test for the direct flaming and grinding groups revealed statistically significant bond strength (P < .05). The ANOVA test for all three groups showed P < .05, which is statistically significant. SEM for the sandblasting method showed well-defined retentive areas. Conclusion: When rebonding brackets, sandblasting the bracket base yields the highest bond strength. ORTHODONTICS (CHIC) 2012;13:e1–e9.
Oral bacteria responsible for artificial joint failure
Study results have suggested that periodontal bacteria can migrate from the mouth to the synovial cavity, which might be the reason for the failure of artificial joints. In recent DNA tests, researchers detected the same bacterial DNA in synovial fluid and dental plaque in 14 percent of patients with arthritis and periodontitis.
The study was conducted by researchers at the Case Western Reserve University’s School of Dental Medicine and the University Hospitals Case Medical Center.
“For a long time, we have suspected that these bacteria were causing problems in arthritis patients, but never had the scientific evidence to support it,” said Prof. Nabil Bissada, chair of the Department of Periodontics at the dental school. MORE HERE
Azad tries to Fix medical education
Health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad’s recent move to make Indian medical students sign a bond before going to the US – that they will return to India after finishing their higher studies – belongs to this category. MORE HERE
Azad said “In the last three years alone, the number of post-graduate seats has increased by more than 9,100. The number of post-graduate seats available in this academic year is 22,194 as against 13,043 in the year 2008-09.” MORE HERE
Oral cancer big killer in Central India
The five biggest killers in Central India are cancers of mouth, breast, cervix, lungs and stomach, in that order, according to the observations of city-based RST Regional Cancer Hospital. One would imagine better facilities would bring down the incidence as well as the mortality associated with cancer. Numbers, however, tell a sad story. 2011 has seen a steep rise in deaths caused by the disease.
According to the registries of the patients in the region, 25% of the patients suffered from oral cancer..MORE HERE
Oral cancer causing chemical found in gutka!
t is bad news for those Malayalis who use smokeless tobacco — in the form of ‘gutka’ and similar products — as a research in the US has, for the first time, identified a specific oral cancer-causing chemical in smokeless tobacco products.
Dr. Silvia Balbo of the Masonic Cancer Center at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, US, found after a study on rats that smokeless tobacco products contain a strong oral carcinogen — a chemical called (S)-N’-nitrosonornicotine, or (S)-NNN. Dr. K.R. Thankappan, professor and head, Achutha Menon Centre for Health Science Studies in Thiruvananthapuram, said though this study is yet to be translated on humans, it is a definite pointer to the grave risk that use of smokeless tobacco products poses to health. MORE HERE
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