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Wear Face Masks with No Metal During MRI Exams: FDA Safety Communication

The FDA recently received a report that a patient’s face was burned from the metal in a face mask worn during an MRI. The FDA reminds patients and providers that patients should not wear any metal during an MRI. TOPIC: Wear Face Masks with No Metal During MRI Exams: FDA Safety Communication  

A Tribute to William “Bill” Maixner, Ph.D., D.D.S

All of us at The TMJ Association are deeply saddened by the loss of a treasured friend, an accomplished and highly respected scientist, empathic clinician and one of temporomandibular disorder's (TMJ) greatest champions – Dr. William “Bill” Maixner. Bill passed away on Monday, November 2, 2020, at the age of 68.

New Report on Temporomandibular Disorders: Priorities for Research and Care

Over a year and half ago, the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) began the most comprehensive study ever undertaken on Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD). The study assessed the current state of TMD research, education and training, the safety and efficacy of clinical treatments, and associated burden and costs.

Statement by NIDCR Acting Director on the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Report on Temporomandibular Joint Disorders

I am pleased to announce the release of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) report, Temporomandibular Disorders: Priorities for Research and Care. As underscored by the comprehensive report, temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJDs) are a diverse and still poorly understood set of complex, painful conditions affecting the jaw muscles and tissues, temporomandibular joints, and associated nerves. Clearly, there is much more to be understood, and these conditions continue to confound medical and dental health care providers and researchers.

Have you seen the film Dark Waters?

The Film. Dark Waters is about attorney Robert Billott's real-life 20 year legal battle against DuPont chemical for releasing toxic waste - perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA - into Parkersburg, West Virginia's water supply, with devastating health effects on the townspeople and livestock. PFOA, also known as C8, is a man-made chemical. It is used in the process of making Teflon and similar chemicals known as fluorotelomers.

Hot & Cold Packs: Most Effective Therapy

  • Feb 7, 2018

In a survey the TMJA conducted of TMD patients, the most frequently used intervention (65% of respondents) was thermal therapy (hot or cold compresses) to the jaw; these were also found by 74% of the respondents to result in a reduction of symptoms. The TMJA was contacted by John Lucas of Caddy Wraps who asked us to share his Face Caddy product with a number of patients for their feedback.

Here is what they had to say...

  • “Positive: Comfortable adjustable Caddy Wrap. Easy to transport when traveling. Negative: Over the years, I have used frozen vegetables directly on my head for pain, so cold packs "not as cold" as what I am use to, when using with fabric wrap. Recently, used cold packs without caddy for head pain, to numb my head. I laid cold pack on my pillow, with my head against cold pack. “ Marsha
  • “My Face Caddy came in handy today as I just got back from appointment with new surgeon." Ellen
  • “I have tried many jaw wraps and can say this one is the best made and most comfortable one so far. The different colors offered also are a plus. I am looking forward to using this during the healing phase of my upcoming surgery in August.” Karen

If you'd like to give the Face Caddy a try, Mr. Lucas has offered to provide our readers 10% off your order. Be sure to enter "TMJA" when ordering online in the coupon code area. The TMJA does not benefit financially from the company or your sales. We thought you might like to know about this tailor made product for TMD discomfort.

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