Learn about the Risks of Gum Disease and Antipsychotic Medicines in this medical report.
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Dr. Susan Sharma: This is Insidermedicine in 60. From London - According to research in the Lancet Oncology, gum disease raises the risk of cancer. In a study of nearly 50,000 men, those with gum disease had a 14% higher risk of developing cancer. In those who did not smoke, the risk was 21%. Gum disease raises the risk of lung cancer by 36%, the risk of kidney cancer by 49% and the risk of pancreatic cancer by 54%. From Toronto - Using antipsychotic medication in those who are demented may lead to adverse reactions, according to research in the Archives of Internal Medicine. In a study of over 40,000 patients with dementia, those taking antipsychotic medications were 2-3 times more likely to develop an adverse event that required admission to hospital. Nearly one in six people admitted to nursing homes are prescribed antipsychotic medications within 100 days of admission. Finally from Texas - The American Heart Association recommends that everyone with high blood pressure own a home monitor in order to perform regular blood pressure checks. Home monitors, available for as little as $50 to $100 can help doctors prescribe blood pressure medications more accurately. Hypertension is a leading cause of heart attack, stroke and death, and affects about 72 million Americans. For Insidermedicine in 60, I am Dr. Susan Sharma.