REPORT THE WELLNESS A New Year for Innovation 770-932-4240 • www.DaculaDentist.com • JANUARY 2020
What Will 2020 Bring?
Well, a new year is officially upon us. I have to admit that I love to make a New Year’s resolution list: working out at 5 a.m., no more eating fast food (ever!), reading one book a week. But if you are like me, you know how the story ends. That extra hour or two of sleep feels so good, not much is better than a classic Chick-fil-A sandwich, and I’ll get back to finishing that book as soon as we catch up on what’s on the DVR! While my resolutions don’t always go as planned, I still love the prospect of an entire new year upon us. With four young children, each year is another milestone to be reached. We’re a little past the days of a first Christmas and first steps, but each new year brings so many moments remembered — from time without training wheels, a first “home run,” or even a first lost tooth. Professionally, I am equally excited about all the new advances and technologies another year will bring. Even right now, we are using digital technology and processes that weren’t available even in 2018. Below, you can read excerpts directly from a news release titled, “Cleveland Clinic Unveils Top 10 Medical Innovations for 2020.” I hope it comes as a welcomed break from all the articles about eating less fried food, getting more sleep and exercise, and realizing just how much a year’s worth of Starbucks really costs! I wish each and everyone of you all a very happy new year full of health, wellness, and prosperity! –Dr. Eric Jones
Expanded Use of Minimally Invasive Mitral Valve Surgery
The mitral valve allows blood flow from the heart’s left atrium to the left ventricle. But in about 1 in 10 individuals over the age of 75, the mitral valve is defective, causing the action of regurgitation. Expanding the approval of a minimally invasive valve repair device to a population of patients who have failed to get symptom relief from other therapies provides an important new treatment option.
Therapy for Peanut Allergies
It’s a terrifying reality for 2.5% of parents — the possibility that at any moment, their child might be unable to breathe due to an allergic reaction. Though emergency epinephrine has reduced the severity and risk of accidental exposure, these innovations are not enough to quell the ever-present anxiety. But development of a new oral immunotherapy medication to gradually build tolerance to peanut exposure holds the opportunity to lend protection against attack.
Dual-Acting Osteoporosis Drug
Osteoporosis is a condition in which bones become weak and brittle, effectively increasing their risk of breaking. With osteoporosis, the loss of bone occurs silently and progressively — often without symptoms until the first fracture. However, there was a recent FDA approval for romosozumab, a dual-acting drug that gives patients with osteoporosis more control in preventing additional fractures.
Closed-Loop Spinal Cord Stimulation
Chronic pain is a terribly frustrating condition and a large reason for prescription of opioid medication. Spinal cord stimulation is a popular treatment for chronic pain, through which an implantable
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