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New Report on Temporomandibular Disorders: Priorities for Research and Care

Over a year and half ago, the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) began the most comprehensive study ever undertaken on Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD). The study assessed the current state of TMD research, education and training, the safety and efficacy of clinical treatments, and associated burden and costs.

Statement by NIDCR Acting Director on the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Report on Temporomandibular Joint Disorders

I am pleased to announce the release of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) report, Temporomandibular Disorders: Priorities for Research and Care. As underscored by the comprehensive report, temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJDs) are a diverse and still poorly understood set of complex, painful conditions affecting the jaw muscles and tissues, temporomandibular joints, and associated nerves. Clearly, there is much more to be understood, and these conditions continue to confound medical and dental health care providers and researchers.

Have you seen the film Dark Waters?

The Film. Dark Waters is about attorney Robert Billott's real-life 20 year legal battle against DuPont chemical for releasing toxic waste - perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA - into Parkersburg, West Virginia's water supply, with devastating health effects on the townspeople and livestock. PFOA, also known as C8, is a man-made chemical. It is used in the process of making Teflon and similar chemicals known as fluorotelomers.

Online TMD Diet Diary Research Project

Online TMD Diet Diary Research Project The TMJ Association received the following request from Professor Justin Durham and his research team at Newcastle University. We encourage TMJ patients to participate in this project as it is an under researched

Drug Induced Bruxism

The authors of this article state that orofacial movement disorders (bruxism) are treated typically by dental professionals and not by those specialists (neurologists) researching and treating the other movement disorders (Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, tremors, etc.). Again, this is more evidence of the complexity of TMD and the need for multidisciplinary research and treatment in TMD.

No Effect of Glucosamine Sulfate on Osteoarthritis in the Temporomandibular Joints—A Randomized, Controlled, Short-term Study

  • Dec 4, 2014

The use of glucosamine has been widely promoted to the lay public as a treatment for degenerative arthritis. However, most of the clinical studies that have been done have failed to show any significant effect. Now, a recently published study that compared the use of oral glucosamine sulfate with a placebo for the treatment of osteoarthritis in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) has shown similar negative findings. Fifty-nine patients with clinically and radiographically confirmed osteoarthritis of the TMJ received either 1200 mg of glucosamine sulfate or an identical placebo daily for 6 weeks. The amount of pain and mouth opening were measured at the beginning and end of the study. No differences were found between the 2 groups, indicating that the oral glucosamine sulfate was no better than the placebo.
Although ineffective, glucosamine sulfate has at least been shown to be safe when taken in the recommended dosage. However, when persons do not get any positive effect, they may go beyond the recommended dose and a recent study has shown that this may possibly increase the risk of developing diabetes. This is one more reason to avoid its use.

Our thanks to Dr. Daniel Laskin who provided us with a summary of this study which was published in Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol Endod. 2011 Dec;112(6):760-6.  Dr. Daniel Laskin is the TMJA's Clinical Consultant and Professor and Chairman Emeritus at the Virginia Commonwealth University, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Richmond, VA.

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mahasinhandal87 - Thursday, December 04, 2014
nice information shared..Thanks!