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Preparing For the Next Viral Wave

The World Health Organization designated COVID-19 as a pandemic more than two years ago, and government regulations issued in response to this disease have created multiple problems. Based on recent events, many U.S. citizens seem ready to…

Make the Best of the New Normal

The last two years have been unsettled, to say the least. First, COVID-19 turned our professional and personal lives upside down. And just as we were beginning to deal with the long-term changes brought about by the pandemic, the Russians…

Will Omicron Produce Super Immunity?

A Gallup poll concerning American’s opinion of the COVID-19 pandemic was conducted from January 3rd through the 14th of this year. The results show that 20% of respondents feel that, even with the Omicron variant, the situation is…

New Approach to Help Build Immunity

Apparently, an important part of our immune system and its role in the current pandemic have been largely ignored. This system is known as the mucosal associated lymphoid tissues (MALT). In healthy human adults, the MALT system contributes…

Accelerating Early Cancer Detection

Cancer kills 10 million people annually worldwide and 600,000 in the United States alone. Fortunately, we are now able to identify some cancers much earlier than previously possible. This is due to a process called comprehensive genome…

Battle Over Messenger RNA Technology

The use of messenger RNA (mRNA)-based vaccines to prevent infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus marks a revolution in vaccine production. Compared to traditional approaches, mRNA vaccines can be made quickly and easily. But this is just part…

Memoirs From Pull and Be Damned Road

When is a saving a tooth with advanced periodontal or endodontic involvement worth the time and effort? This question was brought to mind when an old friend returned a textbook that he borrowed in 1974. It was written in 1965 by John I.…

Metagenomic Sequencing Goes Global

A recent article in The New York Times Magazine highlights technology that may allow scientists to identify pathogens not previously associated with disease. The device, called IDseq, can also be used for early detection of pathogens…

Calculus’ Role in Periodontal Inflammation

Until the 1960s, calculus was considered a primary etiologic factor in periodontal disease. The writings of Waerhaug and others emphasized the complete removal of supragingival and subgingival deposits as an important tenant of treatment.

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