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Dental practice in BBC documentary voted best in the UK

19 January 2017

Dental practice in BBC documentary voted best in the UK

The award-winning Kissdental team pick up one of many awards at The Dentistry Awards.

A DENTAL practice which featured in a BBC documentary fought off stiff competition to scoops four titles at this year’s The Dentistry Awards, including “Best Dental Team UK”.

Kissdental, which has a clinics in Flixton, Altrincham and Manchester and a workforce of 24, have won the “Best Team Northwest” and overall “Best Dental Team UK” awards.

Individually, Kissdental principal nurse Mia Larsen-Marshall won the “Most Outstanding Individual Northwest” and “Most Outstanding Individual in Dentistry” awards for her work with dental implants.

Implantologist and principal dentist Kailesh Solanki appeared in the documentary “The TruthAbout Your Teeth”, which followed the journey of Kissdental patient, Altrincham woman Angie Barlow, who required extensive dental surgical treatment after using Superglue for years to try and keep her loose teeth in place.

The two were also subsequently interviewed on ITV’s “This Morning” programme.

“These awards are such a wonderful accolade for the work we carry out as a team”, said Kailesh.

“We are a close group of individuals and I think that it shows in the excellent service we’re committed to providing for our patients.

“I’m delighted that Mia in particular has been highlighted for her expertise in fitting dental implants and dedication, having worked her way up to the role of principal nurse, but I’m proud of each and every one of our staff members who have contributed towards putting Kissdental ahead of the field.”

Vaccines for three deadly viruses fast-tracked

Scientists have named three relatively little-known diseases they think could cause the next global health emergency.

A coalition of governments and charities has committed $460m to speed up vaccine development for Mers, Lassa fever and Nipah virus.

They are asking funders at the World Economic Forum Davos for another $500m.

The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (Cepi) aims to have two new experimental vaccines ready for each disease within five years.

New vaccines usually take about a decade to develop and cost hundreds of millions of dollars.

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa, closely followed by the Zika epidemic in Latin America, exposed just how "tragically unprepared" the world is for new outbreaks.

Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Trust, one of the founding members of Cepi, said: "Before the 2014 outbreak we only had very small Ebola epidemics that were in isolated communities that we were able to control.

"But in the modern world with urbanisation and travel, 21st Century epidemics could start in a big city and then take off the way Ebola did in West Africa.

"We have to be much better prepared."

Ebola killed more than 11,000 people in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

The arrival of the Zika virus in Brazil in 2015 has left thousands of children brain-damaged.

During both outbreaks, there were no treatments or vaccines to prevent people getting sick.

Scientists scrambled to resurrect research on these obscure diseases.

Effective vaccines were eventually developed during the Ebola outbreak, but only as it started to wane.

Nevertheless, governments, scientists and regulators all came together with unprecedented speed, and managed to expedite the notoriously complex development and regulatory processes.

Cepi wants to continue that momentum and develop vaccines for other viruses so that by the time an outbreak hits, experimental vaccines are ready to be sent to affected areas for large human trials that can establish how effective the vaccine is.

Lassa, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers) and Nipah virus are "top of the list" of 10 priority diseases that the World Health Organization (WHO) has identified as potentially causing the next major outbreak.

Dr Marie-Paule Kieny, assistant director-general of the WHO, said: "Besides the known threats - such as Ebola and others - there are also all those viruses that are known but are thought to be very benign.

"They could mutate and become more dangerous for humans.

"Then there are the things that are completely unknown to us at the moment," said Dr Kieny.

The lottery of viruses that could hit us next makes it very difficult to plan for the future.

Pharmaceutical companies aren't lining up to invest in these little-known viruses because there is no commercial market for them.

However, some have come on board with this new alliance, including GSK and Johnson and Johnson.

"We've got lucky so far," said Jeremy Farrar, because recent outbreaks haven't become airborne.

But he said a far more contagious version of an Ebola like virus could emerge.

"I could cough it over you today and you could cough it over someone tomorrow and it could spread very quickly.

"That puts the world in a very vulnerable place."

Eating disorders can strike in mid-life

Eating disorders, including anorexia and bulimia, affect a small but substantial number of women in their 40s and 50s, UK research suggests.

The study, involving more than 5,000 women, found just over 3% reported having an eating disorder.

Some said they had experienced it since their teens, others developed it for the first time in their middle age.

Julie Spinks, from Beaconsfield, is 48. She was not involved in the study, but can relate first-hand to its findings.

She developed anorexia for the first time when she was 44.

"It was a complete shock at the time," she recalls. "I knew that I was restricting my food but I didn't ever think I had anorexia.

"I'd been really unhappy at work and had very low self-esteem. To begin with I just thought I had lost my appetite.

"I felt depressed, like I was not worth feeding or existing. I wanted to disappear and fade away."

Julie started to lose weight quite quickly and began to exercise as well.

She realised something was very wrong one day after she had been to the gym.

"I'd run for about an hour and burnt off about 500 calories. I remember thinking that's about the same as a chocolate bar. That's when I started to link food and exercise."

Julie still did not recognise she had anorexia though. "I thought anorexia was something that happened to other people. It didn't occur to me that I might have it."

After a breakdown at work she went for a mental health assessment. Her doctors then diagnosed her with anorexia and depression.

Julie was given antidepressants and began therapy sessions to help with her eating disorder.

She says it has been an incredibly difficult time - at one point she had to be hospitalised because her weight became dangerously low - but she is now back to a healthy weight and is doing well.

"I'm much better but I would say it is always in the back of my mind. I have good days and bad days. The whole eating process is a struggle," she explains.

"Before I knew about eating disorders I thought anorexia was a teenage thing. I thought it was a thing that affected people who wanted to look good or be a model. But it's not about looks, it's about how you feel."

Dr Nadia Micali, lead author of the study that is published in the journal BMC Medicine, said: "Many of the women who took part in this study told us this was the first time they had ever spoken about their eating difficulties, so we need to understand why many women did not seek help."

Tom Quinn from the charity Beat says social stigma is part of the issue.

"Stereotypically, the world sees people with eating disorders as young," he explains.

"When we reinforce stereotypes we also add to the stigma of these serious mental health illnesses and this stigma can prevent individuals coming forward to seek help - a dangerous path to take when the chance of full and fast recovery is vastly improved when treatment is found quickly."

Eating disorders also affect men and Tom adds: "Last year, 15% of calls to our helpline were about someone over the age of 40 and this research from Dr Micali only goes to further support the importance of providing an appropriate treatment pathway for individuals with eating disorders at all ages."


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