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Measles can infect every organ system and lead to a wide range of complications not commonly associated with the disease, such as hepatitis, appendicitis, and viral meningitis, according to Contagion Live. A study examined 3 cases of measles: a 29-year-old Maltese man with measles complicated with hepatitis, an 18-year-old British woman diagnosed with measles appendicitis, and a 42-year-old man with viral meningitis secondary to measles infection. The study authors noted that measles is vaccine-preventable and it is important to promote vaccination globally.
A recent analysis examining periodontal disease and oral hygiene indicators with new-onset diabetes has found more information on the association between factors, according to HCP Live. Results revealed brushing 3 times daily lowered the risk of diabetes by 8% whereas missing teeth increased the risk of new-onset diabetes by 21% and presence of periodontal disease was associated with a 9% increased risk. Based on the results of their study, the investigators suggest improvements in oral hygiene could be associated with a reduced risk for the occurrence of new-onset diabetes.
Researchers determined patients with Wolfram syndrome have impaired smell identification abilities and blunted perceptions of certain taste stimuli, according to The American Journal of Managed Care. Researchers hope that by identifying the impact of the disease on taste and smell, these biomarkers could be used to evaluate the progression of the disease and measure the efficacy of potential treatments. Wolfram syndrome is a genetic disease in which patients exhibit insulin-dependent diabetes, optic nerve atrophy, sensorineural hearing loss, and neurodegeneration.