Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Risk Assessment Models Prove Unreliable at Predicting Which Biofuel Crops Are Likely to Become Invasive Weeds

Invasive Plant Science and Management – Several of the plants grown as biofuel crops have proved to be invaders in some environments – spreading rapidly and overwhelming surrounding natural ecosystems. Concerns about these weedy tendencies have led many to contend that risk assessments should be conducted before any bioenergy crop becomes widely cultivated. A new study featured in the journal Invasive Plant Science and Management, though, shows that current “gold-standard” weed risk assessment techniques simply aren’t up to the task.

Thursday, September 24, 2015
Home care of children crucial after oral sedation

Anesthesia Progress – Sedation often helps children who need dental treatment by keeping them safe and calm during the procedure. Oral sedatives are commonly used, but their effects can be unpredictable. The level of consciousness while the patient is sedated can vary depending on the drug and the patient, so the dental practitioner must be aware of each patient’s sedation level at all times. The effects can also vary once the patient is discharged, so the caregiver must watch the child closely.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Digital software can make dental implants faster and cheaper

Journal of Oral Implantology – There are several ways to manage a patient who is missing teeth, but some are better than others. Dental implants are high on the list of solutions, but they can be expensive and difficult to install. If those issues could be solved, millions of patients could benefit from dental implants.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Quick work keeps dental implants in place among women with osteoporosis

Journal of Oral Implantology – A recent article in the Journal of Oral Implantology studied the stability of dental implants in women with osteoporosis who also use bisphosphonates. The researchers found that bone loss among these women could be managed when the implants were inserted immediately after removing teeth.

Monday, August 31, 2015
Adult Treatment for Cleft Lip and/or Palate Proves Highly Beneficial

The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal – Each year, fifteen thousand children are born with cleft lip and/or palate (CL/P) in the world. They undergo surgeries, psychological treatment, and speech therapy, as well as many other forms of support to help them cope with their condition. However, once they turn 18, their support program usually ends, unless they pursue additional surgeries or psychological care on their own.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Parasites Can Affect Innate Behaviors of Their Hosts

Journal of Parasitology – A recent study in the Journal of Parasitology was conducted to determine if cricket behavior was affected by exposure to the horsehair worm parasite. The researchers concluded that the introduction of the parasite changed cricket calling behavior.

Thursday, August 20, 2015
Pesticide Exposure: Is it Reducing Amphibian Populations?

Herpetologica – A recent study in the journal Herpetologica was conducted to test if the development and survival of Gray Treefrogs would be influenced by a fungal pathogen, an insecticide, or a combination of both. The results demonstrated that larval survival rates were not affected by either malathion or B. dendrobatidis.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Research Suggests Ways to Manage Downy Brome Infestations Triggered by Oil and Gas Operations

Invasive Plant Science and Management – The U.S. oil and gas industry has grown rapidly in the past decade, creating thousands of new jobs across a broad geography. The digging performed around rigs and pipelines, though, does have a downside. It disturbs the soil and surrounding native vegetation, giving invasive weeds a chance to flourish.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Turtle Hotspots Identified Around the World Contain Diverse Species and Richness

Chelonian Conservation and Biology – Global biodiversity is becoming more threatened as the human population continues to grow and use the world’s resources. Turtles have the misfortune of being on the leading edge of biodiversity decline and serve as an indicator of ecosystem degradation.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Cleft Lip and/or Palate Can Be Hereditary

The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal – A recent study conducted by The Cleft Collective found that people with a cleft lip/palate condition were unaware of it as a hereditary condition and the increased risk of passing it along to their children.