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Scientists Searching for a Treatment for Dry Mouth

Scientists Searching for a Treatment for Dry Mouth

For head and neck cancer patients, a debilitating side effect of radiation therapy is dry mouth, which causes oral infections, cavities, loss of teeth and severely impairs quality of life. Currently, there is no effective treatment, but scientists in the Center for Oral Biology are on the case.   

11/25/2015
Study Links Menstrual Cycle, Concussion Outcomes in Women

Study Links Menstrual Cycle, Concussion Outcomes in Women

Researchers found that women injured during the two weeks leading up to their period (the premenstrual phase) had a slower recovery and poorer health one month after injury compared to women injured during the two weeks directly after their period or women taking birth control pills.

11/13/2013
New Concussion Data:  Two Biomarkers Better Than One

New Concussion Data: Two Biomarkers Better Than One

Scientists are scrambling to gather data for the FDA to support the need for a blood test to diagnose brain injury in the United States. The University of Rochester Medical Center just added significant evidence by reporting in the Journal of Neurotrauma that it might be clinically useful to measure two brain biomarkers instead of one.

10/15/2013
Driving Away Dry Mouth from Cancer Treatment

Driving Away Dry Mouth from Cancer Treatment

For the 14,400 head and neck cancer patients in the U.S., dry mouth is an unwelcome side effect of radiation therapy, causing difficulty with eating and speaking, and oral infections, among other things. Fortunately, researchers are exploring new ways to protect salivary glands during radiation treatment. 

7/24/2013