New research has demonstrated that curcumin, one of the primary components of turmeric and curry powders, has a quelling effect on the activity of the human papillomavirus (HPV), which has been increasingly associated with the development of oral cancer over the past several decades. The scientists found that the natural antioxidant curcumin slows the expression of HPV, suggesting that it could help control the extent of HPV-related oral cancers.
Over 10 per cent of the adult population suffers from chronic kidney disease (CKD) and those affected often have poor health outcomes owing to an increased incidence of cardiovascular disease compared with the general population. A team of researchers at Aston University recently found that treating a common gingival condition in CKD patients could significantly reduce their risk of potentially fatal heart disease.
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Four out of five people who have periodontal disease don’t even know they have it. Most people are not aware of it because the disease is usually painless in the early stages. Unlike tooth decay, which often causes discomfort, it is possible to have periodontal disease without noticeable symptoms. For this reason, regular dental check-ups and periodontal examinations are very important for detecting and treating periodontal problems if they exist.