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It appears that we are between seasons in the Bosque. Many of the summer birds are gone, and it’s not quite time for the seasonal migrations to change the population of birds. The weather certainly is pleasant. We can stay out after 10:00 am and not get roasted.

I got a good shot of a Great Blue from about 70 yards, and several fair shots of a couple of Snowy Egrets from 100+ yards. Also one shot of a harmless Garter Snake (aka, Garden Snake, Ribbon Snake) at about one yard. Our dogs didn’t even notice this one. They could be in trouble around Rattlesnakes.

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PROMISING NEW CANCER THERAPY MAY BE SUPERIOR TO CHEMOTHERAPY AND RADIATION THERAPY

PROMISING NEW CANCER THERAPY MAY BE SUPERIOR TO CHEMOTHERAPY AND RADIATION THERAPY    Albuquerque dentist

A research team at the University of Glasgow in the UK has developed a promising therapy that may be superior to chemotherapy and radiation therapy in killing cancer cells.  Besides the fact that chemo and radiation is often ineffective, those treatments have many side effects that are often debilitating.  The Glasgow therapy may be more effective that those treatments, as well as avoiding most of the side effects they produce.

The new treatment, called caspase-independent cell death (CICD) was about 100% effective in killing colorectal cells in lab studies. CICD kills the cells through a process called mitochondrial outer membrane permeabilization (MOMP),  The CICD kills the cells by destroying the cell membranes in the cancer, and cells that escape are often destroyed by a sensitized immune system brought about by the treatment.

Further studies are warranted, since the results were produced in lab studies, but the potential for cancer eradication is very exciting.

An article in MedicalNewsToday.com on this study can be read by clicking here.

At Clark Family Dental we welcome any research that has the potential to cure cancer, and look forward to future studies in this vein.  We care about your health.

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Corrales Bosque Critters Last Week

It’s been a couple of days over three weeks since I Had my left knee meniscus whittled on. Over the last ten days I have worked up from one mile to about 2.5 miles on Saturday. Not a lot of miles, and I didn’t get to some of my favorite bird-rich locations, but I got a few interesting shots.

Of course, one of my favorites,  a Great Blue Heron.

Next, a picture of a House Finch getting drunk on Pyracantha berries (true).

The next picture is of a fairly common bird for this area, although I have never gotten a picture of one before–a Western Kingbird.

And last, a bird fairly rare to this area, also one I’ve never gotten pictures of–an Eastern Kingbird. Looks a lot like a Black Phoebe, but notice the white stripe on the end of its tail.GBH s-Drunk Finchs-Western Kingbird2s-Eastern Kingbird

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SMALL MOLECULE PREVENTS DECAY CAUSING BIOFILM FROM STICKING TO TEETH

SMALL MOLECULE PREVENTS DECAY CAUSING BIOFILM FROM STICKING TO TEETH   dentist Albuquerque

Researchers at the University of Alabama synthesized a small molecule (#G43) that inhibits Streptococcus mutans from forming decay-causing biofilm on a subject’s teeth.  The molecule is not bacteriocidal, but simply prevents S. mutans biofilm from forming on the teeth.

Biofilm is a loose organization of bacteria that form on moist surfaces or under water.  The slick film at the bottom of your cat’s water dish is biofilm.  Most biodilm is harmless, but when Strep mutans is the major bacterium involved in the formation of biofilm it can lead to dental decay.  The offending glucan biofilm is made by three enzymes produced by S. mutans.

The molecule developed in this research is specific for Strep mutans, so it has no effect on other strains of bacteria, which were able to form their own harmless versions of biofilm in the presence of the treatment molecule.

Test results were performed on mice.  More testing will be necessary to see if the result is replicated on human teeth.  An article on this research in sciencedaily.com can be read by clicking here.

We strive to stay current with treatment modalities that can reduce the incidence of decay on our patients.  We will let you know when newer forms of decay prevention are discovered.  We care about your health

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COOL WAYS NEW MEXICANS VIEWED THE ECLIPSE

COOL WAYS NEW MEXICANS VIEWED THE ECLIPSE  Albuquerque dentist

A big crowd of about 250 people showed up at the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park to view the Great American Eclipse.  The park passed out filtered glasses that were shared around when they ran out of supplies.  Others used pin-hole cameras to view the eclipse indirectly.

The most high-tech views of the eclipse were captured by balloons capable of climbing to 100,000 feet, way above the cloud cover that blocked Albuquerque’s view from time to time.  Eight of West Mesa High’s Navy JROTC students sent up a helium balloon with cameras to record photos and videos of the event. Balloons were also sent up by students from John Adams and Magdalena middle schools, as well as from Santa Fe, Belen, Valencia and Los Lunas high schools as part of the NASA-sponsored Eclipse Ballooning Project.

GPS tracking is used to follow the course of the balloons, most of which headed north toward the Santa Ana Pueblo.  They have lost some in previous years, but make a concerted effort to locate them, since they cost about $2,000 apiece.

An article about the eclipse activities around Albuquerque in the Albuquerque Journal can be read by clicking here.

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PERIODONTAL DISEASE INCREASES RISK OF VARIOUS TYPES OF CANCERS IN POSTMENOPAUSAL WOMEN

PERIODONTAL DISEASE INCREASES RISK OF VARIOUS TYPES OF  CANCERS IN POSTMENOPAUSAL WOMEN    Albuquerque dentist

A study of 65,000 postmenopausal women by the University of Buffalo discovered that periodontal disease increases the risk of risk of several types of cancer, including breast cancer, esophageal cancer and gall bladder cancer.  This was the first study to link gall bladder cancer and periodontal disease.

The women with periodontal disease had an overall risk increase of 14 percent compared to non-periodontal women.  Breast cancer was the most common of all types studied.  Esophageal cancer was the most serious, with a very high risk of death.

Periodontal bacteria have been isolated from many organ systems, as well as some types of cancer.  Chronic inflammation has been shown to be associated with various types of cancer, and periodontal disease bacteria in small amounts have been shown to cause significant chronic inflammation.

An article with links to the study can be found in sciencedaily.com by clicking here.

We have always taken periodontal disease seriously at Clark Family Dental, and have taken many post-graduate courses on the prevention and treatment of periodontal disease.  We care about your health.

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RECENT CORRALES BOSQUE CRITTER SIGHTINGS

RECENT CORRALES BOSQUE CRITTER SIGHTINGS    Albuquerque dentist

A couple of weeks ago, I spotted a couple of regular sightings and a very new one.  The regular ones were a Cooper’s Hawk on a branch, a Snowy Egret, and a group picture of a Snowy Egret with a Canada Goose.

The new sighting was a Western Screech Owl, one I have never seen before.  He flew quite close to me and landed in a tree about 20 yards from me, allowing me to get some pretty detailed pictures of him.  He is only about eight inches tall, with very yellow eyes that look like they belong to a much bigger bird.  This one will end up on the wall at the office.

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DIABLO, WANDERING 115-YEAR OLD TORTOISE, RETURNS HOME

DIABLO, WANDERING 115-YEAR OLD TORTOISE, RETURNS HOME  Albuquerque dentist

Residents of the retirement community Manzano Del Sol can breathe easier now that their favorite tortoise, Diablo, has been found and returned to his home.

Diablo, a 115-year old, 10 pound tortoise, apparently went walkabout from his retirement home and was discovered by some local children.  They ended up selling him at a local park for $5.00 to a local resident who heard about the missing reptile and returned Diablo to his home of 35 years.

An article about Diablo’s return in the Albuquerque Journal can be read by clicking here.

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CORRALES BOSQUE CRITTERS LAST WEEK

CORRALES BOSQUE CRITTERS LAST WEEK   dentist Albuquerque

I got a pretty good shot of a Great Blue Heron on the riverbank at about 100 yards, fresh out of the water.  He didn’t want to hang around long, but I got a couple of shots of it in the air. My Nikon P900 allows you to get multiple shots with the “bird” setting, rapid fire, so you can follow the bird in the air.  However you lose resolution detail over the single shot choice.  I go back and forth on the settings.

I spotted a Snowy Egret wading in the water, looking for breakfast.  He was about 50 yards off, and took off when I got any closer.  I got a shot of him in the air, as well.

I got a fair shot of a Downy Woodpecker in a tree.  He is about the second most common woodpecker in the Corrales Bosque, behind the Red-shafted Flicker.

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SECOND NM DEATH FROM HANTAVIRUS REPORTED

SECOND NM DEATH FROM HANTAVIRUS REPORTED  Albuquerque dentist

Although there have been five cases of Hantavirus reported in New Mexico this year, we have just received reports of a second fatality from the dreaded disease, with cases reported  in McKinley, San Juan, and Lincoln Counties.

New Mexico had the highest number of Hantavirus cases (101) in  the last quarter century, followed by Colorado (93), Arizona (75), and California (60).  Most states east of the Mississippi have had a handful of cases, or many have had none at all.

The deer mouse is the main carrier of disease in New Mexico, the disease being spread from its saliva, droppings or urine. The virus can be aerosolized from any of these sources and inhaled by nearby humans.

An article in the Albuquerque Journal on the Hantavirus exposure in New Mexico can be read by clicking here.

Please use caution (and masks) when cleaning areas that have been mouse infested.  We care about your health.

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