New research shows that periodontal disease places older women at a heightened risk of several types of cancer, such as oesophageal cancer, breast cancer, and gallbladder cancer, especially in mature women. Jean Wactawski-Wende, from the New York University at Buffalo, who led the research team has, for the first time, investigated the association between gum disease and several types of cancer in women.
TheUK Supreme Court has ruled that the government was acting unlawfully and unconstitutionally when it introduced Employment Tribunal fees in 2013 for claims such as unfair dismissal, equal pay and redundancy. The charges of up to £1,200 led to a 70% drop in the number of tribunals in England and Wales and were condemned as impeding access to justice.
The case concerned a complaint about a Facebook post made by a dental professional. In this post, he had made derogatory comments about a particular group in the community, and celebrated violence against members of that group. The FtP committee issued a reprimand. For the full case study go to:
The recent GDC Fitness to Practise hearing concerning a dentist’s purchase and use of counterfeit dental devices has highlighted the dangers to both patient and professional registration from using counterfeit and non-compliant devices. The GDC’s Professional Conduct Committee determined that the dentist’s registration should be suspended for a period of 3 months.
The body of dentist Jamie Newlands, 39 was discovered by police in countryside surrounding his home town of Glasgow. His family had raised the alarm on Friday evening after he failed to return home. He lived in the city's Newlands area with his wife Amy and baby daughter. The cause of his death is not yet known.
According to an article in the BMJ doctors have been advised to stop telling patients to finish the full course of antibiotics as that is driving up antimicrobial resistance. “The antibiotic course has had its day,” argues Martin Llewelyn and colleagues. But Prof Dame Sally Davies, the Chief Medical Officer, said the public message should remain unchanged until there was further research.