Bill O'Reilly Fox Payout $25 Million

Former Fox News anchor, Bill O'Reilly, will leave the network with as much as $25 million, equivalent of one year's salary, according to multiple media reports, including The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times.

NBC News reports O'Reilly had a four-year contract that guaranteed a $25 million annual salary and Fox would be able to fire him for causing controversy harming the network.

The announcement caused critics to respond with outrage, upset with the fact O'Reilly could leave with so much money after multiple harassment allegations were made against him.

ISIS Claims Responsibility for Paris Shooting

A gunman opened fire Thursday on a Paris shopping district, killing a police officer and injuring another. Multiple media outlets report the shooter was killed by police. The Independent and the Associated Press report ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack. The incident happened just a few days before the first rounds of voting in France's presidential election.

Human Umbilical Cord Blood Rejuvinates Old Mice Brains, Study Finds

Stanford University neurological researchers found proteins in umbilical cord blood can improve memory and learning in old mice. The study published in the journal Nature says a human cord plasma treatment revitalized the hippocampus part of aged mice brains.

NPR reports for the study, researchers injected human umbilical cord blood into mice several times over the course of two weeks. When scientists looked at the mice hippocampi later on, they discovered some genes related to forming new memories were turned on in some of the mice.

The study may lead to human treatments in the future.

What Is a Dental Bone Graft? Dentist Dr. Blake Perkins of Vancouver, WA Explains

If you are a candidate for a dental implant, your dentist may tell you that you will need a bone graft. In this report Dr. Blake Perkins, who practices dentistry with New Image Cosmetic & Family Dentistry of Vancouver, Washington, explains bone grafts and their role in the dental implant procedure.

Dr. Blake Perkins

Dr. Blake Perkins

Dr. Perkins says that a bone graft simply involves replacing bone that is missing in a patient’s mouth with new bone, permitting the area of the jaw to be restored. A graft may be necessary for several reasons, but a common situation calling for a bone graft is as a preliminary to a dental implant. If a tooth is extracted and bone is not added to the place where the tooth was removed, the underlying bone will recede over time. The bone needs to be restored in order to accommodate the implant.

Dr. Perkins explains that his practice in dealing with the problem begins with a careful extraction of a tooth, preserving enough bone around the site of the extraction to hold the graft in place. The next step is to clean out the empty socket to make sure there is no soft tissue remaining that could inhibit the graft’s ability to adhere to the bone. Once the socket has been prepared, the graft material is placed in the socket, probably all the way up to the level of existing bone. When the graft is in place, a membrane is placed over it to keep skin cells from growing into the graft material while it is healing. Then, the area is sutured shut to hold everything in place.

Dr. Perkins points out that there are four types of bone that can be used for grafts. The first one is synthetic bone made in a factory. The synthetic bone contains all the materials that would be found in real bone. Another option is a XenoGraft, a substance made from bovine bones. There are also two types of bones that are human-related. An allograft bone comes from a cadaver bank and has been thoroughly cleaned with all protein removed. An autograft bone comes from the person who is receiving the graft.

Several factors influence the choice of the type used in the graft. Dr. Perkins says that the factors include the type of bone that the patient has and what the dentist is looking to do at the end of the procedure (e.g., dental implant or simple bone restoration). Often, a dentist will use a mixture of two types to achieve the desired result.

As to risks involved, Dr. Perkins explains that the risks are fairly modest, the biggest one being that the graft doesn’t take the way it should. That can happen, for example, because a patient’s body rejects the graft. The procedure includes all the other risks associated with any dental surgical procedure, including pain, swelling, and infection. These risks are managed with pain medications and antibiotics.

Dr. Blake Perkins is with New Image Cosmetic & Family Dentistry of Vancouver, Washington. He is a graduate of the Case Western Reserve School of Dentistry. Dr. Perkins spent several years as an Air Force dentist and trained with specialists from all aspects of dentistry. He still serves his country through the Air National Guard. The Health & Wellness Network is a featured network of Sequence Media Group.

What Is Ridge Augmentation? Dentist Dr. Blake Perkins of Vancouver, WA Explains

Getting a tooth extracted is something most of us know about. But you may not be aware that having a tooth pulled can lead to bone loss in your jaw. You may need to have a bone graft to preserve the integrity of your jawbone. The procedure is referred to as ridge augmentation, and that is a term you may not have heard. Dr. Blake Perkins, who practices dentistry with New Image Cosmetic & Family Dentistry of Vancouver, Washington, explains ridge augmentation procedures in this report.

Dr. Blake Perkins

Dr. Blake Perkins

Dr. Perkins explains that a ridge augmentation procedure has several steps. First, the dentist makes a small incision inprqa the gum where the tooth was extracted so that the underlying bone is visible. At that point, the dentist cleans off any soft tissue on the bone so there is a clean area to work with. Then, the dentist creates some small holes in the bone so that new blood vessels can develop and enter the bone graft.

Once the area to receive the graft has been properly prepared, the graft material will be put into place and shaped in accordance with the treatment plan for the jaw. Then, Dr. Perkins says, a resorbable collagen membrane is placed over the graft material to keep the gum from infiltrating into the graft material until it is fully integrated into the bone. When everything has been completed, the gum is put back into place and sutured closed to complete the procedure.

As to pain involved in the procedure, Dr. Perkins points out that ridge augmentation is no more painful than any other dental surgical procedure. The top of the affected area will heal in seven to ten days. The underlying bone takes more time to heal. The pain can be managed by taking either a prescription pain medication or an over the counter product. There are some risks involved, says Dr. Perkins, the biggest of which is that the actual graft does not take and fails to integrate into the bone. This is a problem that usually only occurs if the area has been really disturbed.

A patient may require a ridge augmentation for a variety of reasons. The procedure might be needed for someone who has had multiple teeth extracted in an area of the mouth—perhaps the person has had all the teeth removed for the placement of a denture. The bone in the jaw may shrink over time, Dr. Perkins explains, and it may be time for a ridge augmentation. Ridge augmentation is just one of many procedures offered by Dr. Perkins and the New Image Cosmetic and Family Dentistry practice.

Dr. Blake Perkins is with New Image Cosmetic & Family Dentistry of Vancouver, Washington. He is a graduate of the Case Western Reserve School of Dentistry. Dr. Perkins spent several years as an Air Force dentist and trained with specialists from all aspects of dentistry. He still serves his country through the Air National Guard. The Health & Wellness Network is a featured network of Sequence Media Group.