Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease is a little-known, yet relatively common, inherited neurological condition that affects an estimated 150,000 people in the U.S., according to the National Institutes of Health. It typically causes weakness, numbness, muscle cramps and movement problems in legs and arms. The CMT type 2A form of the disease also may cause wasting of the optic nerve, spinal cord damage leading to difficulty walking, hearing loss, developmental delay and changes in vital tissues of the brain known as white matter.
Written By Kevin Kerfoot / Reviewed By Ray Spotts
A new guideline indicates that in most cases antibiotics are not recommended for toothaches. The new guideline and systematic review - published in the Journal of the American Dental Association - finds that healthy adults experiencing a toothache are best served not by antibiotics but by dental treatment and, if needed, over-the-counter pain relievers such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen.
Proof that the dental profession is undergoing demographic changes - especially in gender distribution – appeared in a new study. The Oral Health Workforce Research Center (OHWRC) in collaboration with the American Dental Association, evaluated differences in dental practice characteristics and service delivery by gender to anticipate changes that might affect the availability of dental services for underserved populations in the future. In 2016, nearly 30 percent of all dentists in the U.S. were female, versus 24 percent in 2010, which suggests that more women are entering the field.