The Benefits of Minimally Invasive Dentistry

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  • Early intervention with minimally invasive dentistry can eliminate 80 percent of future dental interventions on the vast majority of patients
  • By identifying hypocalcific areas and using a miniature air abrasion tip to clean out those pits, fissures and grooves, Continue reading

Bionic Eye Implants now Allow Blind People to Read

Researchers have made a breakthrough in restoring the ability to read for blind people with the speed they were formerly accustomed to, by using a “bionic eye” implant to transmit Braille patterns directly on to patients’ retinas.

The successful trial was carried out using a device called Argus II, which allows patients suffering from Continue reading

America’s Most Implanted Devices

The U.S. medical implant market was valued at $32.3 billion in 2010, according to global consultancy Frost & Sullivan. To find out which devices were leading the pack in terms of actual use, the team at 24/7 Wall St. dug through National Health Survey data, professional physician services, peer-reviewed journals, and SEC filings to compile a list of the eleven most implanted medical devices in America. And the results and rankings on the list may just surprise you.

The below list and information comes from 24/7 Wall St. For more details on the medical implants and the factors that established their ranking, check out the full story on the company’s Web site.

11. Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICDs)

10. Artificial Hips

9. Heart Pacemakers Continue reading

Implants Don’t Increase Women’s Breast Cancer Risk

AUSTIN – Getting breast implants does not increase a woman’s breast cancer risk or interfere in detection procedure, say researchers from The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Centre

“The question of how implants affect breast cancer risk and screening tests, like the mammogram, is a question that many women ask,” said Dr Therese Bevers, medical director of the Cancer Prevention Centre at M. D. Anderson.

“The good news is that implants do not increase breast cancer risks. But, they also don’t decrease them because women with implants still have their natural breast tissue,” Bevers added.

The researchers advise to pay special attention to breasts and promptly reporting any changes to the doctor.

“The person most likely to find a lump in the breast is the woman herself,” said Bevers.

“With implants, becoming familiar with your breasts is more difficult at first because the breast will have a different texture. It also will have new folds or dimples.

“But after a woman knows her new breasts, having implants should not get in the way of her noticing a change that might be cancer,” she added.

During a mammogram, images are collected by flattening the breast between two mammogram plates. Implants can get in the way of this flattening, which makes it difficult to see the breast as clearly.

However, according to the researchers, this doesn’t mean that women with implants can’t be screened for breast cancer. It just means that women with implants need additional pictures taken during the mammogram.

However, women also should be aware that the size of their implants can affect breast cancer testing.

“Very large implants can be more difficult to image with mammography,” said Dr Elisabeth Beahm, F.A.C.S., a professor in the Department of Plastic Surgery at M. D. Anderson.

“So we suggest that women concerned about breast cancer not get extremely large implants. Stick with implants that fit your body type,” she added.