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For patients with disabilities, dental treatment presents extra challenges

What if the simple choice of going to see a dentist wasn’t available to you? That’s the plight of many people with disabilities, despite slowly changing public perceptions and laws that protect them from discrimination. Approximately 102,000 Tennesseans, according to data from the state’s Council on Developmental Disabilities, have intellectual and developmental disabilities, a broad […]

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Cells spun from baby teeth implicate astrocytes in autism

Star-shaped brain cells from children with autism release inflammatory molecules that harm neurons, a new study suggests1. Researchers derived the cells, called astrocytes, from the children’s teeth, and cultured them alongside neurons. The new work hints that blocking inflammatory molecules from astrocytes could protect neurons in people with autism. “There’s a chance that we could […]

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