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Man in Australia is set to have tooth implanted into his eye to fight blindness

Mon

A man from Goulburn is set to be the first Australian person to have their blindness treated using a tooth that has been implanted into the eye. John Ings, 71, is undergoing the radical new procedure called osteo-odonto keratoprosthesis, which is a form of artificial cornea surgery.

Mr Ings said that his blindness was caused by the herpes virus and it has been getting worse for the past sixteen years, with his right eye becoming almost completely sightless and his left eye deteriorating dramatically as well. If there are no teeth that can be used in his mouth, he has been told that the procedure could be done with some bone from his skull or his hip instead.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, John will have a tooth removed and some of the tissue taken away from it before the tooth is implanted into his right eye. The tooth first has to be placed into the cheek to make sure that it has a good supply of blood, then it can be implanted into the old cornea before being sealed in place with the removed tissue. The surgery takes four operations overall and John will start the long process sometime next year; it has been used overseas before but this is the first time someone in Australia has had it done.

 

Gwyneth Paltrow ‘will never seek Botox treatment’

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Gwyneth Paltrow 'will never seek Botox treatment'Individuals considering Botox injections to smooth out their wrinkles could be interested in the latest comments from Gwyneth Paltrow.

In a recent interview with German OK! magazine, the stunning actress revealed she would never undergo the procedure in a bid to improve her complexion.

Reported by the Sydney Morning Herald, the 38-year-old Academy Award-winner also insisted that she would never indulge in “gimmicks of pure vanity”.

However, the Iron Man actress revealed she would not rule out corrective surgery after breastfeeding, revealing “nothing else” could restore their natural condition.

Well-known for her intensive work-out regimes, the demure blonde revealed that excessive yoga training almost made her lose her feminine figure.

“I somehow lost my waist because of intense yoga training and became almost boxy, but with stretching and Pilates exercises I hit form again,” she remarked.
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Australian doctors use Botox to treat cerebral palsy

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Australian doctors use Botox to treat cerebral palsyPeople contemplating receiving Botox to maintain a youthful glow could be interested to hear the substance has been used to treat cerebral palsy.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, six-year-old Dakota Dileo has received the treatment to allow increased mobility in her right arm and leg.

The Australian youngster has benefitted considerably from the procedure, which blocks the brain's chemical messaging and makes muscles more floppy.

Treated by therapist Brian Hoare, Dileo has become increasingly independent due to combining the injections with occupational therapy.

Dr Hoare addressed the treatment as an effective way to stop "the muscle properties become less elastic and then eventually the bones grow and the muscles stay short and then can't straighten them out".

In addition to providing relief for children with cerebral palsy, a number of medical practitioners have also used the treatment to help members of the public who suffer from chronic migraines.ADNFCR-2621-ID-800568323-ADNFCR

Botox purchased online ‘can pose serious health threats’

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Botox purchased online 'can pose serious health threats'People contemplating getting Botox treatment should see a qualified practitioner rather than purchasing the substance online, an expert has claimed.

Consumers have been urged to avoid buying the anti-wrinkle treatment from websites due to uncertainty about the authenticity of the product, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

The Cosmetic Physicians Society of Australasia has issued a warning about the possible side effects of counterfeit Botox.

Patients who administer the treatment on themselves could increase the risk of permanent scarring from the needle, as well as anaphylactic shock.

A spokesperson for Australia's Department of Health and Ageing said: "Unapproved products purchased over the internet are not evaluated for safety and may pose a public health risk.

"Some of these products have been found to contain undeclared prescription-only ingredients or prohibited substances."
This news comes after an eight-year-old girl, who was given Botox injections by her mother, was taken into care by social services.

Kerry Campbell from California admitted performing the procedure on her daughter to increase her chances of winning a beauty pageant. ADNFCR-2621-ID-800547628-ADNFCR

People who avoid dentist ‘more likely to need emergency dentistry’

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People who avoid dentist 'more likely to need emergency dentistry'People who avoid attending regular dental appointments are more likely to have decaying teeth which could lead to emergency dentistry, a report has suggested.

Research conducted by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) found that people who did not visit the dentist had more than three times the level of tooth decay than those who attend regular check-ups, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

Entitled Dental Attendance Patterns and Oral Health Status, the report also revealed those participants who avoided dental health visits had on average 1.6 more missing teeth due to decay.

The chances of contracting gum disease were also significantly increased by people who do not attend oral health check-ups – which could result in emergency dentistry procedures.

Professor John Spencer of AIHW's dental statistics and research unit said: "Those seeking regular dental check-ups were more likely to have dental decay treated promptly, which led to less untreated decay, fewer extractions and more teeth restored."

About Dental Care advises people to attend regular dental appointments to prevent oral cancer and avoid tooth loss.ADNFCR-2621-ID-800509827-ADNFCR

Botox leads to ‘bright and beautiful eyes’

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Botox leads to 'bright and beautiful eyes' Botox treatments can help reduce the signs of wrinkles and lines around tired eyes, a cosmetic dermatologist has claimed.

The treatment can be used to stop the development of wrinkles around the edges of the eyes, leaving a smooth and youthful looking surface.

Lines around the eyes are caused by a number of factors including stress, lack of sleep, smoking and, most commonly, the natural ageing process, but cosmetic procedures such as Botox can help keep wrinkles at bay.

Australian cosmetic dermatologist Professor Greg Goodman from the Dermatology Institute of Victoria stated that the appearance of bags and puffiness around the eyes are caused by the expansion of the pads that cushion the eyes in the socket.

Speaking to the Sydney Morning Herald, Professor Goodman said: "As you get tireder and tireder the muscle tone sags a bit and the secondary defence, that muscle tone that keeps the eye pads back if the wall is weak, then that will show more."

Reports have suggested that a number of celebrities have opted to try Botox, including Kylie and Dannii Minogue, Kim Cattrall and Simon Cowell.ADNFCR-2621-ID-800481551-ADNFCR

Root canal treatment ‘could save teeth’

Wed

Why you should see root canal treatment as a good thing.  Having root canal treatment could save people from being left with gaps in their mouths, one expert has pointed out.

In response to a recent Adult Dental Health Survey which showed that 30 per cent of adults are extremely anxious about having treatment involving drilling, endodontics specialist Julian Webber told Medical News Today that it may be best in the long run.

He explained that saving a tooth is better for the general health of a patient's mouth and a well-treated tooth can survive for many years afterwards, sometimes even for the rest of a person's life.

"Many patients will not want a gap in their mouth and will seek some form of replacement … Keeping your natural teeth is often more economical in the long term," Mr Webber added.

Naturopath Mim Beim recently said in an article for the Sydney Morning Herald that Rescue Remedy and belly breathing could help people with anxiety about visiting their dentist.

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Did emergency dentistry cure man’s health problems?

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A case seems to have provided more evidence that emergency dentistry could prevent serious health problems.A man from Australia has said he believes getting emergency dentistry helped to cure his health problems.

Patrick Forman, 64, told the Sydney Morning Herald that he never paid much attention to his teeth, even though his gums would bleed and he got toothaches.

He insisted that he did not care about heading into old age without teeth.

However, when he began to suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, chronic colds and heart palpitations, his son insisted on sending Mr Forman to a dentist.

The oral healthcare practitioner removed several decayed teeth and the patient said he was amazed at the difference to his general health.

"Ever since, I've been 'cured'; my heart's been strong, my knees are good and the psoriasis is totally gone," he commented.

This follows a range of studies which have suggested that poor oral health may contribute to more serious physical ailments.

In October 2010, DentistryIQ.com reported that people with a good emergency dentistry prevention programme could cut their risk of heart attack and stroke by up to 33 per cent.

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