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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.

Cobalt Poisoning and Metal-on-Metal Implants

  • Jan 27, 2017

Doctors recently reported case studies of patients with severe heart failure. In one case, medical examination ruled out coronary artery disease, but noticed some striking similarities between the patient's symptoms and those of a fictional patient in the TV series House about cobalt poisoning caused by debris from a metal hip implants. Click here to read more about these studies.

We bring this article to your attention because the FDA approved a TMJ implant device that is metal-on-metal and still on the market. We've heard from TMJ implant patients who are facing serious health issues. If you have had an all-metal TMJ implant device placed it's important to talk with your medical doctor about any concerns.

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maribethR - Thursday, January 29, 2015
Hello, I am a Biomedical Engineering master's student studying ways to improve TMP total joint replacement implants, and I wanted to know if there have been any reports of cobalt poisoning from metal-on-metal TMJ implants.