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Dentists Voice Concerns About Vaping

October 21, 2019

Dentists are adding their voices to the growing chorus of health care professionals with concerns about e-cigarettes and vaping.

“There has been this uptick in use and attention toward vaping. A lot of the information targeting consumers promotes it as healthier than smoking cigarettes, but that’s misleading because it’s not without risks,” said Dr. Alec S. Eidelman, a research fellow with HSDM’s Department of Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology, and dentist with the Cambridge Health Alliance.

According to Eidelman, a common symptom he sees associated with vaping is...

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Dr. Alfred Griffin sitting in front of a computer

Brace Yourself, Brackets Are Changing at the Speed of Light

October 2, 2019

In a brick building in Cambridge, a stone’s throw from MIT and Harvard, sits the headquarters for a company poised to shake up the orthodontic bracket market. Inside, engineers work intently at their computers while 3D printers hum on the manufacturing floor below producing the world’s first fully-customized, 3D-printed brackets. The startup, LightForce Orthodontics, is the creation of Harvard School of Dental Medicine alumnus Alfred Griffin III, MMSc17.

“A one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t work for every patient,” Griffin said. In an era of personalized medicine, he saw the...

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Dr. Gori in her lab

New Funding Supports Research in Bone Fragility, Healing and Regeneration

September 30, 2019

Dr. Francesca Gori, assistant professor of Oral Medicine, Infection and Immunity, has a longstanding interest in studying the cellular and molecular pathways underlying cell fate and differentiation. Her research focuses on the identification and characterization of genes that regulate bone development and homeostasis as potential therapeutic targets. Recently, she was awarded an R56 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Award, as well as the William F. Milton Fund Award from Harvard University’s Office of the Provost to fund two studies that may lead to insights in human diseases...

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