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Plant-Animal Research Competition

Four Awards ($1,500 each) + publication expenses

We are announcing a competition for external investigator reports dealing with plant-animal communications, which influence animal/human tissues. Eligible studies can vary in their methodology, but state-of-the-art research submissions are encouraged.

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Published: 2014-10-24

The Prevalence of Malocclusion and Oral Habits among 5–7-Year-Old Children

Kristina Kasparaviciene, Antanas Sidlauskas, Egle Zasciurinskiene, Arunas Vasiliauskas, Gintaras Juodzbalys, Mantas Sidlauskas, Ugne Marmaite

(Clinic of Orthodontics, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, Kaunas, Lithuania)

Med Sci Monit 2014; 20:2036-2042

DOI: 10.12659/MSM.890885


Background: Digit sucking, tongue thrust swallowing, and mouth breathing are potential risk factors for development of malocclusion. The purpose of this study was to verify the prevalence of different occlusal traits among 5–7-year-old children and assess their relationship with oral habits.
Material and Methods: The study included 503 pre-school children (260 boys and 243 girls) with a mean age of 5.95 years. Different occlusal traits were verified by intraoral examination. Oral habits were diagnosed using data gathered from clinical examination of occlusion and extra-oral assessment of the face, combined with a questionnaire for parents.
Results: The study demonstrated that 71.4% of the children presented with 1 or more attributes of malocclusion and 16.9% had oral habits. The vertical and sagittal malrelation of incisors, as well as spacing, were the predominant features.
This study showed that digit suckers have higher incidence of anterior open bite (P=0.013) and posterior crossbite (P=0.005). The infantile type of swallowing demonstrated strong association (P=0.001) with anterior open bite.
Conclusions: Non-nutritive sucking habits and tongue thrust swallowing are significant risk factors for the development of anterior open bite and posterior crossbite in pre-school children.

Keywords: Child, Preschool, Dental Occlusion, Tongue Habits




Published: 2014-10-24

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Dane Wildner, Deike Strobel, Peter C. Konturek, Rüdiger S. Görtz, Roland S. Croner, Markus F. Neurath, Steffen Zopf

Med Sci Monit 2014; 20:2027-2035

DOI: 10.12659/MSM.891126

Published: 2014-10-23

Assessment of the Relation between Mean Platelet Volume, Non-Dipping Blood Pressure Pattern, and Left Ven...


Hamdi Pusuroglu, Huseyin A. Cakmak, Mehmet Erturk, Ozgur Akgul, Emre Akkaya, Aydin Rodi Tosu, Omer Celik, Mehmet Gul, Aydin Yildirim

Med Sci Monit 2014; 20:2020-2026

DOI: 10.12659/MSM.891040