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3 Tips for National Dental Hygiene Month PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Friday, 26 September 2014 09:27
Halloween is the Perfect Time to Take Measures for Lasting Fresh Breath and Oral Health

Halloween kicks off a series of holidays celebrated with delicious treats, from yummy chocolate candies to gut-busting dinners to seasonal alcoholic beverages.

While most parents will make sure their kids brush after eating their treats, National Dental Hygiene Month in October encourages a fuller approach to oral health.

“Teeth and gums are obviously key components of oral health care, but they’re just part of the whole environment inside one’s mouth,” says Dr. Bob Kross, a biochemist who’s been researching and developing oral health-care products since the 1980s. His patented Breath Appeal oral rinse, (, destroys both the putrefying anaerobic bacteria that degrade food particles and body cells to form sulfurous bad breath malodorants as well as many of the bacteria associated with gum disease.

“The nooks and crannies in our mouths and gums are not the only places crammed with organic debris, which feed the bacteria that create biofilm, such as plaque, to protect themselves from oxygen,” Kross says. “There are also cracks on the tongue’s surface and in the other soft tissues in the mouth and pharynx where bacteria collect, further compromising dental health and creating bad breath.”

Normal oral bacteria are fine, actually even necessary, when present in proper balance with each other, but it’s a problem when putrefying and pathogenic bacteria start to take over, he says.

“The sticky candies and treats children and adults consume during this time of year can disrupt the normal balance of bacteria if good dental hygiene isn’t practiced,” says Kross, who describes how bad breath is created and how we can prevent it.

•  If you develop bad breath don’t simply try to mask it with mints. Anaerobic bacteria can also lead to painful and potentially serious conditions such as gingivitis and periodontitis, so it’s best to attack the problem at the root. Maintaining the proper balance or oral bacteria will not only keep your breath fresh, it will help you maintain good oral health.

•  Add tongue scraping and an oxidizing daily rinse to your oral hygiene. Brushing and flossing reach about 25 percent of your mouth, and that’s why you should add tongue scraping and rinsing to your daily routine. That white stuff you might see on your tongue is a collection of food particles and other organic matter, which can putrefy and create oral malodorants. Oxygen inhibits the growth of the responsible anaerobic bacteria, so scraping off the film and using an oxidizing mouthwash will counter that problem.

•  Control bad breath by controlling the mouth’s bacteria. Brush at least twice a day, floss, scrape the tongue and use a non-alcoholic rinse that has oxidizing properties.  Individuals suffering from bad breath will experience optimum relief only by using alcohol-free, oxidizing oral hygiene products.

“At least 90 percent of bad breath problems are associated with the sulfurous compounds generated by the putrefying, malodor-forming, anaerobic bacteria, which hide in oral crevices, and which degrade food particles and salivary cell fragments,” Kross says. “For a cleaner mouth and fresher breath, you’ll need oxidants to destroy a major portion of the bacteria in these low-oxygen environments, thereby removing the root cause of persistent halitosis.

About Dr. Bob Kross

Dr. Bob Kross is a biochemist associated with All USA Direct, (, producer of Breath Appeal products. Many of Kross’ 40 U.S. patents reflect his interest in biomedical areas, including oral antimicrobials and associated conditions and diseases.

Giving Kids a Shot at a Healthy School Year PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lainey Tick   
Thursday, 25 September 2014 08:53
A new Illinois law is giving kids a shot at a healthy school year. It’s an epinephrine shot, providing treatment for those at risk of anaphylactic emergencies. Illinois schools are required to have epinephrine available for emergency use and state legislators have taken this requirement a step further in providing timely care for those at risk.

Governor Quinn recently signed into law additional legislation to strengthen the existing epinephrine-in-schools law, now allowing not only school nurses but any trained school employee or volunteer to administer an epinephrine auto-injector to someone believed to be experiencing anaphylaxis from a severe allergic reaction.

Food allergies are on the rise. Currently an estimated one in 13 children in the U.S. is living with a food allergy. Kids with known food allergies avoid their allergens and typically carry epinephrine auto-injectors with them wherever they go in case of accidental exposure. According to national food allergy guidelines, epinephrine is the treatment that should be given first when a person is experiencing anaphylaxis.

Fast facts:
·        According to the CDC, the incidence of food allergy increased 18% from 1997-2007

·        Anaphylaxis is an unpredictable, life-threatening allergic reaction that is rapid in onset and may cause death
·        Everyone at risk for anaphylaxis should have an anaphylaxis action plan that include: (1)
Avoiding known allergens; (2) Recognizing signs and symptoms; (3) Having immediate access to
two epinephrine auto-injectors; and (4) Seeking immediate emergency medical care should
anaphylaxis occur

Having access to epinephrine on school grounds is critical, because reports show that among children with peanut allergies who have experienced anaphylaxis at school, 25% had not previously been diagnosed with a food allergy.

The fear of anaphylaxis is something Lurie Children’s Hospital Advanced Practice Nurse, Christine Szychlinski, knows very well. Szychlinski is the manager of the Food Allergy program within Lurie’s Department of Allergy and Immunology, where she has practiced for 35 years. She also does a lot of outreach in the schools. This legislation is critical to her patients and their families which is why she is pleased that Illinois lawmakers have taken steps to provide additional access to epinephrine auto injectors in the school setting.

Chicago Retirement Community The Clare Introduces Workout-to-Go for Traveling Residents Who Want to Maintain Their Routines PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Bridget Machalinski   
Thursday, 25 September 2014 07:40

The Clare has introduced its Workout-to-Go program for residents who are traveling, developed by Melissa Cusick, director of The Clare Athletic Club. The program delivers a custom developed fitness routine for travelers, based on their fitness level, interests, method of transportation and destination.

Late summer is the most popular vacation time of the year, and residents of The Clare are ardent travelers. Melissa Cusick, director of The Clare Athletic Club, is all in favor of residents relaxing on vacation, but not to excess. “There are residents who are really dedicated to fitness, and work out regularly. I wanted to make sure that they had the opportunity to maintain their routine or some variation of it, while they’re traveling the four corners of the world,” she said.

Cusick developed Workout-to-Go for any interested resident of The Clare. “I always encourage residents to use fitness centers in their hotels when they’re traveling, but this is a back-up game plan when that’s not a possibility or desirable,” she said.

The program delivers a custom developed fitness routine for travelers, based on their fitness level, interests and even method of travel and destination. Resident Karol Moller took her Workout-to-Go with her on an Alaskan cruise. “She told me she’d seen my flyer and thought it would be a good idea for her trip. She hoped that the routine would keep her active so that she didn’t gain weight while she was away,” said Cusick. “She attends group fitness three times each week and doesn’t want to lose the progress that she’s made while traveling. She also wanted to maintain the strength and endurance that she’d already achieved.”

Cusick put together a routine using stretchy exercise bands. “They’re easy to pack in a suitcase and travel with. I included a sheet with pictures of the different exercises,” she said. The result surpassed Cusick’s expectations. “Karol’s granddaughter who was traveling with her, exercised with her. They worked out together and had a buddy system. They had a blast with it,” said Cusick.

Cusick will continue to offer the Workout-to-Go program throughout the year for any residents traveling, and willing to take their fitness routine along.

About The Clare:

The Clare at Rush and Pearson is a Life Care retirement community in the heart of Chicago’s Gold Coast with incomparable lifestyle, amenities and the financial stability only a debt-free community can offer. The Terraces at The Clare, which partners with Northwestern Memorial Hospital, provides assisted living, memory support, rehabilitation and skilled nursing. The Terraces has earned the 5-star quality rating by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The Clare is owned by Chicago Senior Care and managed by Life Care Services. For more information visit: or call 312-784-8100.

Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet for Medication Take Back Day PDF Print E-mail
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Written by TRICARE Communications   
Tuesday, 23 September 2014 14:18
On Saturday, Sept. 27, TRICARE beneficiaries can safely and responsibly dispose of unused, expired or unwanted prescription medications. The Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA's) National Prescription Drug Take-back Day will have sites around the country open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The DEA event allows people to turn in excess prescription drugs that otherwise could be abused or contaminate the environment.

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NADeFA Assists Research on Chronic Wasting Disease in Iowa PDF Print E-mail
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Written by John Meng   
Tuesday, 23 September 2014 08:34
CANTON, Ohio — Leading the cervid industry for more than 30 years, the North American Deer Farmers Association (NADeFA) assisted recent efforts by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to expand scientific research on Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) that could lead to a new disease prevention strategy.

During a recent depopulation of a CWD-infected herd of whitetail deer in Iowa, researchers from Kansas State University (KSU), who were sponsored by NADeFA, and the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Wildlife Research Center collected a variety of samples, including blood, feces, nasal swabs, and tissue biopsies from the live deer prior to euthanasia. The ‘live’ samples will provide critical data needed to develop an all-new ‘live’ testing protocol for CWD.

“The herd depopulation in Iowa gave researchers a rare opportunity to collect significant live data, and we’re very proud to have worked with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the private herd owner in Iowa to conduct the research necessary to successfully combat CWD and save the lives of thousands of deer,” says Shawn Schafer, executive director for the North American Deer Farmers Association.

Current management practices require the destruction of entire deer herds when a single animal tests positive for CWD, however, most of the animals destroyed are often found to be perfectly healthy afterwards. The KSU research, sponsored by NADeFA and Cervid Livestock Foundation, is developing three testing methods — nasal swab, rectal biopsy and blood samples — for the early detection of CWD and to prevent the excessive euthanasia of thousands of animals.

“Without the help and cooperation of the land owner and NADeFA, these opportunities would not have been available,” said Dr. Nicholas Haley, who is part of the KSU research team. “The samples will be evaluated using cutting-edge approaches to detect very low levels of the prion agent that causes CWD in an effort to identify which sample and testing strategy is the most useful for diagnosis. The development of a live-animal test may eventually allow identification of CWD-infected animals under quarantine without the need for large-scale culling of animals.”

Chronic wasting disease, a fatal brain disease that affects deer, elk and moose, is similar to other prion diseases including bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE or mad cow disease) and human Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD). Dr. Haley explains that the diagnosis of CWD, as well as BSE and CJD, currently requires samples collected after death or ‘post-mortem,’ including brain and lymph node tissues. Researchers hope that through the combined efforts of state and federal regulatory agencies, and deer and elk farmers, progress can be made on the development of an ‘antemortem’ or live animal test. Such a live test could be useful for diagnosis of human prion diseases and potentially other diseases including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.     

“The samples we’ve collected will also be made available to researchers at various other institutions, such as Colorado State University and the National Institutes of Health at Rocky Mountain Laboratories, which are actively pursuing an antemortem test for a variety of prion and other neurological diseases,” added Dr. Haley.

The North American Deer Farmers Association was founded in 1983 and is dedicated to the promotion of deer farming and ranching as an agricultural pursuit and serves its members through its educational programs and publications and by providing leadership in setting and maintaining quality standards. NADeFA represents the deer farming industry at all levels of government, and works closely with livestock producers and other organizations to promote ethical standards of conduct and husbandry in deer farming and to actively market standards for deer and deer products. NADeFA representatives are also available to media for expert testimony and information about deer farming and animal health issues, such as Chronic Wasting Disease, EHD and other topics.

For more information about NADeFA and membership, call 330.454.3944 or visit

Since 1983, the North American Deer Farmers Association (NADeFA) has worked to establish and promote deer farming as an agricultural pursuit and to facilitate education on breeding, handling and deer farm management. For more information on the North American Deer Farmers Association, call 330.454.3944 or visit

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