NEW MEXICO TECH STUDENTS SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCH INNOVATIVE ROCKET AT SPACEPORT AMERICA

NEW MEXICO TECH STUDENTS SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCH INNOVATIVE ROCKET AT SPACEPORT AMERICA     dentist Albuquerque

The New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology Rocket Team along with the White Sands Research and Developers LLD successfully fired their first Mustang 6A rocket at the Spaceport America facility in early November.

Although the rocket did not reach the goal of 24,000 feet altitude, it accomplished most of its mission objectives using newly designed and innovative subsystems.  The launch was very smooth and received high marks from officials at White Sands Research and Developers LLD.

WSRD also commented on the professionalism of the students and suggested that the future of space travel and rocket science was in good hands.

An article on the launch in the Albuquerque Journal can be read by clicking here.

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CRITTERS SEEN IN CORRALES BOSQUE THE LAST TEN DAYS

CRITTERS SEEN IN CORRALES BOSQUE THE LAST TEN DAYS

The last ten days or so there have been large numbers of Sandhill Cranes coming into the Bosque.  I have seen a few scattered around a little earlier, but the big flights have been coming in recently.  The first shot shows a pretty good flight of Cranes.  The second shows a closeup of three Cranes and a Canada Goose.  The next shows a couple of Cranes doing their somewhat humorous courting dance of jumping up in the  air and flapping their wings.

I got a pretty good shoT of a Coyote on the other side of the clear ditch stalking some ducks that are in an irrigation ditch. He looks pretty surprised and a little annoyed to have been spotted.  A pretty nice picture of a Belted Kingfisher with some good fall colors around him.

The last two feature a landscape with mist rising off the Rio Grande with lots of fall colors, and a shot of  Northern Harrier, a first for me.

 

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TEN TREATMENTS FOR CANKER SORES (APHTHOUS ULCERS)

TEN TREATMENTS FOR CANKER SORES (APHTHOUS ULCERS)   dentist Albuquerque

Canker sores (aphthous ulcers) are often confused with cold sores (herpes simplex ulcers).  The herpes simplex virus 1 (not to be confused with genital herpes) causes the small crater-like sores on the lips, the top of the tongue, roof of the mouth, and attached gingiva (gum right next to the teeth). They can also occur in non-oral parts of the body, such as the nose and the chin.

Aphthous ulcers, also called recurrent aphthous stomatitis (RAS), generally occur in the softer areas of the mouth, such as the inside of the cheeks, under the tongue, and inside the lips.  They also cause a crater-like sore that has an inflamed border and a grey-ish depressed interior.  The cause of RAS is a bit nebulous, but is possibly connected with immune system fluctuations.  Both afflictions are often quite painful, but generally resolve within a week to 10 days.

An article in MedicalNewstoday online gives ten remedies for canker sores:

  1. Over-the-counter gel or patch
  2. Mouth rinse
  3. Salt rinse
  4. Dental hygiene with a soft brush
  5. Vitamin B-12 supplements
  6. Chamomile tea with honey
  7. Avoiding very spicy, salty or acidic food
  8. Using aloe vera
  9. Numbing the mouth with ice chips
  10. Making a clove oil rinse

None of these cure aphthous ulcers, but some reduce the length of the affliction and make them less painful. There is actually at least one medication, Sitavig, that can prevent the very early symptoms of herpes simplex from developing into a full-blown lesion.  At Clark Family Dental we are glad to determine the difference between the two lesions and recommend treatment.

The article on RAS in MedicalNewsToday with more information can be read by clicking here.

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MAN MADE VOLCANO BY I-40 TO HELP IN FLOOD CONTROL

MAN MADE VOLCANO BY I-40 TO HELP IN FLOOD CONTROL    Albuquerque dentist

A 43-year, 33 million dollar water diversion project to prevent flooding in the south valley was completed with the construction of a water volcano at 98th Street and I-40.  This was all the work of the Albuquerque Metropolitan Arroyo Flood Control Authority (AMAFCA).

The last phase included 4,000 feet of concrete channel that replaced a sandy arroyo which was deteriorating and threatened I-40 and some residences north of the highway.

Runoff water will pass through the channel, into a pipe, and exit at the mouth of the volcano.  The water would be sprayed 12 to 16 feet into the air in a heavy runoff.  The water would run down the sides of the volcano, and follow a channel to the Rio Grande.

An article on the man-made volcano in the Albuquerque Journal can be read by clicking here.

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CORRALES CRITTERS LAST WEEK

CORRALES CRITTERS LAST WEEK   Albuquerque dentist

Not a lot of birding to report last week, but a few of interest.

The first looks a lot like a Cooper’s Hawk, but it was much smaller than I’m used to seeing them, so I’m calling it a Sharp-shinned Hawk. The distinguishing feature is the tail: rounded off in Cooper’s, and square with Sharp-shinned. Since you can’t see the tail-end, it is not definite, although the eye is more deeply orange than most Cooper’s. It could be my first Sharp-shinned Hawk.

This Great Blue Heron is very large, with at least a six-foot wingspan. Obviously a fall photo with the orange leaves on the Cottonwood trees.

I am so surprised to see Steller’s Jays so often this year. I have never gotten pictures of them in the Bosque before, but this fall I hear them a lot, and see them fairly often.

A fellow photographer spotted an eagle opposite the Grassy Beach last week, so I will be hopeful this coming week.

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CDC RELEASED DIABETES REPORT

CDC RELEASED DIABETES REPORT    dentist, Albuquerque

The CDC released a report from 2015 stating that more than 100 million adults in the US have diabetes or prediabetes.  About 30.3 million Americans have diabetes, with 84.1 million having prediabetes, which can lead to type 2 diabetes.

Patients with diabetes have an increased risk of premature death, heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, vision loss, and amputation of legs, toes or feet. Nearly one fourth of US adults having diabetes, over 7.2 million people, didn’t know they had the disease.

Diagnosed rates of diabetes increased with age.  The rate among those under 44 years was 4%; those 45 to 64 had a rate of 17%;  among those 65 years old and older the rate was 25%.

The rates differed significantly based on ethnicity with native American Indians having a rate of 15.1%. blacks 12.7%, Asians 8.0%, whites 7.4%. Rates varied significantly with level of education, with those with lowest levels of education having nearly a 50% higher rate than those with the highest levels of education.  Men also had a higher rate than women.

An article on the report in Dentistry Today Online can be read by clicking here.

Diabetes also has dental impacts, increasing the rate and severity of periodontal disease and dental decay.  At Clark Family Dental we encourage people who have diabetes to seek treatment and follow medical recommendations.  We care about your health.

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DISCOVERY FESTIVAL OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATH EXPECTED TO DRAW THOUSANDS OF STUDENTS

DISCOVERY FESTIVAL OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATH EXPECTED TO DRAW THOUSANDS OF STUDENTS   dentist Albuquerque

Honeywell, who took over the contract to manage Sandia Laboratories, along with several other organizations, is hosting a free, two-day Discovery Festival, promoting an interest in the Science Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields.

The Air Force Research Lab’s Spacecraft Robotics challenge will present competition between teams from throughout the southwest.  The teams will be able to obtain cash prizes and resume enhancements with their projects.  They will also provide an opportunity to watch and learn about aircraft drone capability in an enclosed drone cage. Participants will also have the opportunity to operate some of the drones.

The event will be held at the Albuquerque Convention Center on November 3-4,  and will offer hands-on experience in STEM projects to provide students with the opportunity to see how “cool” and fun work in these fields can be.

An article on the festival in the Albuquerque Journal can be read by clicking here.

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CORRALES CRITTERS LAST WEEK

Last week was pretty good for birding, and I spotted a few for the first time in the Bosque.

The first bird is a Black-billed Magpie. This bird is pretty common in many areas throughout the state, but it is the first one I’ve seen in the Bosque. The next bird is a Steller’s Jay, and again, the first time I have seen in the Bosque in many years. They mostly hang out in the mountains around here.  I’ve had a few people say they have never seen so many Jays in and around Albuquerque.

An almost default big hawk around here: the Red-tailed Hawk.  A good picture of a Belted Kingfisher. You will notice the tiny claws and the very large bill.  The other fisher I’ve recently posted pictures is the Osprey, which has HUGE talons and a tiny bill.  It gives you a pretty good idea in the difference of their fishing style.

The next bird is very beautiful and this is the best picture I have ever gotten of a Kestrel, or Sparrow Hawk. They aren’t called a Sparrow Hawk because they look like sparrows, but because they sometimes eat them.

The next bird if a first for me, and a beautiful bird–a Northern Harrier. Like Eagles, they apparently winter in New Mexico, so maybe I’ll see another one.  s-Bkack-billed Magpie s-Stellar's Jay+++s-Red-tailed Hawk2s-Belted Kingfisher4s-Kestrals-Northern Harrier

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DENTAL ANTIBIOTIC OVER-USE CAN LEAD TO SUPERBUG INFECTION

DENTAL ANTIBIOTIC OVER-USE CAN LEAD TO SUPERBUG INFECTION   dentist Albuquerque

It is reported that dentists prescribe antibiotics 24.5 million times a year in the U.S., and many of those prescriptions are unwarranted and dangerous.

A report by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) tracked serious gastro-intestinal infections caused by Clostridium difficile (C. diff) in patients who had not stayed overnight in a hospital or nursing home and found that 15% of the patients had taken antibiotics prescribed by a dentist.  These infections cause severe diarrhea that can prove fatal in many cases.

One of the problems is that physicians tend to overlook the possibility of antibiotic prescription in an dental office, and fail to take that into account.  About 33 percent of the patient records surveyed made no mention of dental antibiotic use.

The study also determined that about 35 percent of the dentist prescribed antibiotics were not recommended for the specific procedures that were performed in the dental office.  Although antibiotics are commonly recommended in cases of abscesses, antibiotics are often used inappropriately in many patients with joint replacement, and many cardiac problems.  Most routine extractions on healthy patients also do not require antibiotics.  Injuries and surgery in the mouth heal much more readily than the rest of the body (See September post in Clark Family Website by clicking here).  Guidelines for antibiotic prescription in these cases have been overlooked by a large number of dentists who continue to use antibiotics when their use is not recommended by specialists or the ADA.

An article on this story in Science Daily Online can be read by clicking here.

At Clark Family Dental, we pay attention to the latest recommendations by specialist organizations (eg., American Heart Association) and the ADA to make sure we promote the health of our patients.

We care about your health.

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POLICE, RESPONDING TO A BREAK-IN, FIND STOLEN VEHICLES, METH AND A TEEN-AGED GIRL

POLICE, RESPONDING TO A BREAK-IN, FIND STOLEN VEHICLES, METH  AND A TEEN-AGED GIRL     dentist Albuquerque

Metro police responded to a break-in at some rental property, and found that Jason Barber, a previous tenant who had been evicted, had accumulated several stolen vehicles, some methamphetamine and a teen-aged girl.

Barber, previously arrested multiple times for theft of motor vehicles, acted amazed about the vehicles and the drugs.  The teen said that she had not used drugs or participated in sex with Barber.

Barber was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, five counts of receiving and transferring stolen motor vehicles, residential burglary, and trafficking a controlled substance.

Barber is being held in the Metropolitan Detention Center.

An article on the story in the Albuquerque Journal by clicking here.

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