Research review: Vitamin D may prevent tooth decay
SEATTLE — A new review of existing studies points toward a potential role for vitamin D in helping to prevent dental caries, or tooth decay. The review, published in the December issue of Nutrition Reviews, encompassed 24 controlled clinical trials, spanning the 1920s to the 1980s, on approximately 3,000 children in several countries. These trials showed that vitamin D was associated with an approximately 50% reduction in the incidence of tooth decay, the University of Washington announced Tuesday.
"My main goal was to summarize the clinical trial database so that we could take a fresh look at this vitamin D question," stated Philippe Hujoel of the University of Washington, who conducted the review.
While vitamin D’s role in supporting bone health has not been disputed, significant disagreement has historically existed over its role in preventing caries, Hujoel noted. The American Medical Association and the U.S. National Research Council concluded around 1950 that vitamin D was beneficial in managing dental caries. The American Dental Association said otherwise – based on the same evidence. In 1989, the National Research Council, despite new evidence supporting vitamin D’s caries-fighting benefits, called the issue "unresolved."
Current reviews by the Institute of Medicine, the U.S. Department of Human Health and Service and the American Dental Association draw no conclusions on the vitamin D evidence as it relates to dental caries.
"Such inconsistent conclusions by different organizations do not make much sense from an evidence-based perspective," Hujoel said. The trials he reviewed increased vitamin D levels in children through the use of supplemental UV radiation or by supplementing the children’s diet with cod-liver oil or other products containing the vitamin.
Hujoel added a note of caution to his findings: "One has to be careful with the interpretation of this systematic review. The trials had weaknesses which could have biased the result, and most of the trial participants lived in an era that differs profoundly from today’s environment. "
Reckitt Benckiser names new regulatory affairs director
PARSIPPANY, N.J. — Reckitt Benckiser on Tuesday announced the appointment of Suzanne LoGalbo to the position of regulatory affairs director, Reckitt Benckiser North America.
LoGalbo joins RB from Pfizer Consumer Health. While at Pfizer, LoGalbo most recently held the position of global regulatory portfolio lead worldwide regulatory strategy. Prior to Pfizer, Suzanne was the head of global regulatory affairs North America for Novartis Consumer Health. She has also held regulatory leadership roles at Polaris, Solvay, Arganon and Sandoz.
LoGalbo brings with her significant global and North American leadership experience in the regulatory environment, including Rx-to-OTC switches, compliance, government relations and global new product development rollouts within the consumer health space.
At RB, the U.S. and Canadian regulator teams will now report to LoGalbo, the company stated.
LoGalbo holds a Juris Doctor from Rutgers University School of Law and holds a BS in pharmaceutical studies.
BlipCare launches Wi-Fi weight scale in time for New Year resolutions
CHICAGO — BlipCare on Tuesday launched the BlipCare Wi-Fi Weight Scale, one of the first weight scales to provide reminders of the time users prefer to step on the scale.
Whenever the user steps on the scale, the scale stores the reading with a time stamp and transmits it to the user’s account over their home Wi-Fi network. The user or their caretaker can now track, chart and trend the data from anywhere.
"We felt the need for a simple and accurate weight scale that a user could use anywhere and take control of their weight without worrying about connectivity issues," stated Sukhwant Khanuja, CEO BlipCare. "We look forward to developing other easy-to-use wellness products to meet the growing demand for personal monitoring."
The scale helps track weight and body mass for up to 10 users and provides goal setting features along with easy-to-read data charts. The Blip Wi-Fi Scale also provides accurate weight readings on carpets. "We realized that in order to provide the most precise weight reading, simply stepping on the scale was not enough," Khanuja said. "So we designed our scales to work in different environments yet consistently providing accurate readings."
The Blip Scale also features kick-buttons, which allow multiple users to use the scale.