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That Simple Remedy You Use? It Comes From a Complicated Clinical Trial

ON NOVEMBER 11, 2013 by Samuel Lederma

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For all their objectives of introducing simple ways to good health, clinical trials are very difficult to do. It's not like you can simply have someone take a syrup you just concocted; its effectiveness must be tested on animals first. It takes a while for a breakthrough in modern medicine to reach your nearest pharmacy, for safety reasons.

Still, mankind owes it all to clinical trials for making cures anyway. In some cases, the cure can be found in the simplest of practices such as brushing your teeth to prevent contraction of HPV.

People may be able to avoid contracting oral HPV if they practice good mouth hygiene, according to a new study from Cancer Prevention Research.

Poor oral health has long been associated with an increased risk for oropharyngeal (head and neck) cancers, though it has never before been linked to increased rates of human papillomavirus infection, according to study authors Christine Markham and Thanh Cong Bui.

"Since we know that a large number of oropharyngeal cancers are caused by HPV we wanted to look at this missing link between poor oral health and HPV infections," Markham, deputy director of the University of Texas Prevention Research Center, told FoxNews.com.

Although past studies confirmed the link between poor oral health and HPV, they didn't come up with this conclusion from out of the blue. A typical clinical trial basically works like this: "You already know the what. It's time to know the how and why." You can't answer these questions with pure speculation. For research facilities like Altus Research, science demands data.

In the study, scientists conducted a survey on more than 3,000 participants in the annual National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. They asked these participants about the state of their oral health. How often do they use mouthwash? Do they have a history of gum disease?

While lying can still be a factor, it's much better than making unsupported claims. People who said they had gum disease before, as per data, were at a greater risk of contracting HPV. Of course, any study will be open to further study, which is what the researchers said.

Overall, the scientific method, as far as concrete HPV studies and other clinical trials are concerned, is a long and winding road. However, the complication is there for a reason. It takes into account many variables as possible for what people know to be the supported truth.

(Article and image excerpt from Proper Mouth Hygiene May Prevent Oral HPV Infections, Study Finds, Fox News, August 21, 2013)

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