Infection Control Scare

More than 2,000 people have been tested for HIV and hepatitis amid concerns a dentist flouting infection control rules put them at risk of contracting blood-borne viruses.

Desmond D’Mello’s alleged refusal to follow NHS safety guidelines sparked the biggest patient recall after he was secretly filmed treating 166 patients across three days.

NHS England said today 2,403 people have contacted a helpline established to offer advice to former patients.

A spokeswoman confirmed 2,258 former patients have had blood tests to establish if they are at risk. Read more

Diabetics and Mouth Cancer

An oral health charity has reminded diabetics to be aware of the signs and symptoms for mouth cancer.

The reminder comes as research has identified people suffering with diabetes are at ‘significantly’ greater risk of developing head and neck cancer.

The study discovered that people with diabetes are almost 50 per cent more likely to develop the disease compared to those without diabetes.

From those cancers identified, it was cancer of the mouth and throat that were the most common areas diagnosed, with diabetics aged 40-65 discovered to be the most at risk. Read more

One kiss transfers 80 million bacteria

What’s in His Kiss?

In the 1960s, a singer named Betty Everett belted, “If you wanna know if he loves you so, it’s in his kiss!”

Covered by Cher in the 1990s, the song neglects to mention what is also “in his kiss” – 80 million bacteria, according to a new study published in the journal Microbiome.
Before germaphobes swear off kissing forever, it should be noted that over 100 trillion microorganisms naturally live in our bodies. Called the microbiome, they are vital for digesting food, synthesizing nutrients and preventing disease. Read more