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MRI or CT Scan? What’s The Diff?

MRI or CT Scan? What’s The Diff?

Should you be concerned when your doctor recommends a CT or MRI scan? Don’t be! They’ve been administered to millions without any side effects. Here’s the lowdown on these valuable tools for detection and analyzing medical issues.

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MRI or CT Scan? What’s The Diff?

MRI or CT Scan? What’s The Diff?

Should you be concerned when your doctor recommends a CT or MRI scan? Don’t be! They’ve been administered to millions without any side effects. Here’s the lowdown on these valuable tools for detection and analyzing medical issues.

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Toothy Traces (Part II): What Do Ancient Teeth Reveal About Us?

Toothy Traces (Part II): What Do Ancient Teeth Reveal About Us?

In the field of archaeology, state-of-the-art technology, and a focus on ancient teeth, is shedding new light on how our ancestors lived and survived. 

According to Smithsonian, recent advancements now permit scientists to discern diets, lifestyles and evolutionary patterns using teeth. The tech has produced a mouthful of new insights.

“You know my methods, Watson”  

Specifically, modern machinery has dramatically increased the ability to detect and analyze prehistoric foodstuffs, till now one of the most challenging archaeological procedures. The revolutionary ART (Artificial Resynthesis Technology) System, developed by the Minnesota Dental Research Center for Biomaterials and Biomechanicals, has, for example, made it significantly easier for researchers to uncover the diets of those living in the Mesolithic Croatian Peninsula

ART’s role is to simulate human chewing, showing how friction caused by different foods affect our teeth. For example, previous notions about carnivorous humanoids, such as the Neanderthals, was challenged by the realization that chewing on meat left relatively no micro-wear marks or abrasions on enamel – so smoother, less abraded teeth likely belonged to meat eaters. 

By analyzing their teeth, scientists are also realizing just how good an indicator diets are at determining whether a fossil that’s been discovered is even human in the first place. In China’s Tibetan Plateau, fossils dating back to around 160,000 years ago contained teeth with significant levels of collagen, according to Nature.com. Its chemical structure was a “single amino-acid variant”, which is not present in modern humans or Neanderthals. Researchers were able to determine that the bones actually belonged to a rare hominin group known as the Denisovans, who were scarcely populated across modern day Asia. Most importantly, this marked the first time that a hominid had been categorized using only proteins. Teeth offered clues that led to a major discovery.

The “Lucy” skeleton belongs to the species, Australopithecus afarensis. Chemical analysis of her teeth revealed that hominins ate a more diverse diet than their primate cousins.

“Which Way Did They Go, Boss?”

Health and diet are not the only factors to assess when analyzing fossils. Migration and behavior are two more areas now possible to track through dental studies. In 2015, ancient teeth found in southern China revealed an interesting fact: humans had been in Asia for anywhere between 80 and 120 thousand years, a much later date than what had been commonly thought.

With such information packed into a single chomper, it stands to reason that many theories about our ancestors can be challenged through the study of teeth.

Even plaque can be a tool in unearthing prehistoric mysteries. Chemical studies on the plaque of Polynesians was able to reveal migration from one island to another. How? By looking at strontium isotopes. If the groundwater that absorbed into the molars changed, it was a good sign that the individual had traveled a long distance.

Behavior-wise, how humans were using their teeth was often a result of their nearby environment. Using teeth for grasping and clamping down was often a result of living in a cold, barren area, where meat was one of the few available food sources. However, warmer areas gave way to using teeth to soften fibers, help sharpen tools, and perform other tasks. 

The teeth make all the difference.

Attempting to understand prehistoric humans is a difficult and often unrewarding job – ever-expanding modern technology has enabled scientists to dive progressively deeper into what their lives were like. So teeth, a part of the body used so frequently by humans to interact with their environments, are the perfect ones to study in order to trace their diet, health, common behavior, migratory practices and many more. Hopefully, their findings will help us better understand how we got here, and where we are going. 

One last thing: Take care of your own teeth and see your dentist regularly – you never know who might discover them a thousand years from now – and making a good impression is so important!

Contributed by: Bryan Armetta
Edited by: Clifford S. Yurman

The Serious/Funny Side of Snoring

The Serious/Funny Side of Snoring

Our editors debated which would be better – a post about the funny side of snoring, or a post about the serious side of snoring. Then they said, “why not both?”

First, it must be mentioned that snoring is not a laughing matter, because it could be a sign of sleep apnea, which is a potentially harmful condition linked to a host of health issues. If you snore, you owe it to yourself to get it checked out by either a dental professional trained in sleep issues, a sleep specialist, or your doctor.

That said, here’s a collection of funny/serious videos on the funny/serious side of snoring. Enjoy!


Shaq Attacks Sleep Apnea | Harvard Medical School

Bet you didn’t know Shaq went to Harvard, did you? Well actually, it was because his wife discovered he was suffering from sleep apnea, and decided to seek help. Watch the video and hear his story…


Whose Line Is It Anyway? | ABC

Remember this classic series hosted by Drew Carey? Here’s a great routine by show co-creators, Ryan Stiles and Colin Mochrie, who are tasked with presenting an infomercial for a snoring self-help kit. Take a look…


Snoring Uncovered | CHI Health

A Nebraska-based hospital group produces a fun video series on health issues, including this one on snoring. For a great overview, watch this…


Jessica Keenan | People Who Snore | NYA Comedy

For a quick and funny take on newlyweds stymied by snoring, check out this clip of Jessica Keenan’s bit…


A Simple Fix For Snoring And Sleep Apnea | Tech Insider

Check in with Tech Insider producer, Kevin Reilly, as he seeks treatment for his own snoring problem…


Costaki Economopoulos – Snoring | The Laugh Button

Problem with many snorers is, they won’t own it. Watch veteran comedian, Costaki Economopoulos, negotiate with his wife to reach the “correct” solution to his snoring problem.


Kellie Pickler’s Secret to Stopping Her Husband’s Snoring | ellen

Last but not least, singer Kellie Pickler’s got a rather strange solution to her husband’s snoring problem. Watch as Ellen struggles to get it out of her.


Funny stuff here – but seriously, folks – get to your dentist, sleep specialist or doctor if you discover you snore. Your health may depend on it!

Toothy Traces (Part II): What Do Ancient Teeth Reveal About Us?

Toothy Traces (Part II): What Do Ancient Teeth Reveal About Us?

In the field of archaeology, state-of-the-art technology, and a focus on ancient teeth, is shedding new light on how our ancestors lived and survived. 

According to Smithsonian, recent advancements now permit scientists to discern diets, lifestyles and evolutionary patterns using teeth. The tech has produced a mouthful of new insights.

“You know my methods, Watson”  

Specifically, modern machinery has dramatically increased the ability to detect and analyze prehistoric foodstuffs, till now one of the most challenging archaeological procedures. The revolutionary ART (Artificial Resynthesis Technology) System, developed by the Minnesota Dental Research Center for Biomaterials and Biomechanicals, has, for example, made it significantly easier for researchers to uncover the diets of those living in the Mesolithic Croatian Peninsula

ART’s role is to simulate human chewing, showing how friction caused by different foods affect our teeth. For example, previous notions about carnivorous humanoids, such as the Neanderthals, was challenged by the realization that chewing on meat left relatively no micro-wear marks or abrasions on enamel – so smoother, less abraded teeth likely belonged to meat eaters. 

By analyzing their teeth, scientists are also realizing just how good an indicator diets are at determining whether a fossil that’s been discovered is even human in the first place. In China’s Tibetan Plateau, fossils dating back to around 160,000 years ago contained teeth with significant levels of collagen, according to Nature.com. Its chemical structure was a “single amino-acid variant”, which is not present in modern humans or Neanderthals. Researchers were able to determine that the bones actually belonged to a rare hominin group known as the Denisovans, who were scarcely populated across modern day Asia. Most importantly, this marked the first time that a hominid had been categorized using only proteins. Teeth offered clues that led to a major discovery.

The “Lucy” skeleton belongs to the species, Australopithecus afarensis. Chemical analysis of her teeth revealed that hominins ate a more diverse diet than their primate cousins.

“Which Way Did They Go, Boss?”

Health and diet are not the only factors to assess when analyzing fossils. Migration and behavior are two more areas now possible to track through dental studies. In 2015, ancient teeth found in southern China revealed an interesting fact: humans had been in Asia for anywhere between 80 and 120 thousand years, a much later date than what had been commonly thought.

With such information packed into a single chomper, it stands to reason that many theories about our ancestors can be challenged through the study of teeth.

Even plaque can be a tool in unearthing prehistoric mysteries. Chemical studies on the plaque of Polynesians was able to reveal migration from one island to another. How? By looking at strontium isotopes. If the groundwater that absorbed into the molars changed, it was a good sign that the individual had traveled a long distance.

Behavior-wise, how humans were using their teeth was often a result of their nearby environment. Using teeth for grasping and clamping down was often a result of living in a cold, barren area, where meat was one of the few available food sources. However, warmer areas gave way to using teeth to soften fibers, help sharpen tools, and perform other tasks. 

The teeth make all the difference.

Attempting to understand prehistoric humans is a difficult and often unrewarding job – ever-expanding modern technology has enabled scientists to dive progressively deeper into what their lives were like. So teeth, a part of the body used so frequently by humans to interact with their environments, are the perfect ones to study in order to trace their diet, health, common behavior, migratory practices and many more. Hopefully, their findings will help us better understand how we got here, and where we are going. 

One last thing: Take care of your own teeth and see your dentist regularly – you never know who might discover them a thousand years from now – and making a good impression is so important!

Contributed by: Bryan Armetta
Edited by: Clifford S. Yurman

The Serious/Funny Side of Snoring

The Serious/Funny Side of Snoring

Our editors debated which would be better – a post about the funny side of snoring, or a post about the serious side of snoring. Then they said, “why not both?”

First, it must be mentioned that snoring is not a laughing matter, because it could be a sign of sleep apnea, which is a potentially harmful condition linked to a host of health issues. If you snore, you owe it to yourself to get it checked out by either a dental professional trained in sleep issues, a sleep specialist, or your doctor.

That said, here’s a collection of funny/serious videos on the funny/serious side of snoring. Enjoy!


Shaq Attacks Sleep Apnea | Harvard Medical School

Bet you didn’t know Shaq went to Harvard, did you? Well actually, it was because his wife discovered he was suffering from sleep apnea, and decided to seek help. Watch the video and hear his story…


Whose Line Is It Anyway? | ABC

Remember this classic series hosted by Drew Carey? Here’s a great routine by show co-creators, Ryan Stiles and Colin Mochrie, who are tasked with presenting an infomercial for a snoring self-help kit. Take a look…


Snoring Uncovered | CHI Health

A Nebraska-based hospital group produces a fun video series on health issues, including this one on snoring. For a great overview, watch this…


Jessica Keenan | People Who Snore | NYA Comedy

For a quick and funny take on newlyweds stymied by snoring, check out this clip of Jessica Keenan’s bit…


A Simple Fix For Snoring And Sleep Apnea | Tech Insider

Check in with Tech Insider producer, Kevin Reilly, as he seeks treatment for his own snoring problem…


Costaki Economopoulos – Snoring | The Laugh Button

Problem with many snorers is, they won’t own it. Watch veteran comedian, Costaki Economopoulos, negotiate with his wife to reach the “correct” solution to his snoring problem.


Kellie Pickler’s Secret to Stopping Her Husband’s Snoring | ellen

Last but not least, singer Kellie Pickler’s got a rather strange solution to her husband’s snoring problem. Watch as Ellen struggles to get it out of her.


Funny stuff here – but seriously, folks – get to your dentist, sleep specialist or doctor if you discover you snore. Your health may depend on it!

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Chicago dentist, John J. Kelly, DDS, practices Restorative and Cosmetic Dentistry at his Chicago dental office in Edgebrook.

He delivers a wide range of dental therapeutics, in addition to treatment of Sleep Disordered Breathing, including Sleep Apnea, Child Facial Development issues and TMJ/Jaw Pain. MORE ON DR. KELLY

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