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Radiation Fibrosis - Development & Impact in HNC Patients

Radiation, commonly used in the treatment of head and neck cancer, may negatively affect healthy cells by increasing the production of the protein, fibrin which damages soft tissues in the treatment field potentially leading to trismus, or limited mouth opening. Trismus affects patients negatively by making it difficult to speak, eat, maintain good oral hygiene, receive dental procedures and it even has the potential to complicate intubation. In patients that receive radiation treatments, approximately 30% will develop trismus. If the treatment field includes the pterygoid or masseter muscles incidence rises to above 80%. Loss of maximal interincisal opening (MIO) is continual and progressive in these patients. Therapeutic exercises will need to continue for the rest of the patient's life! The good news is that trismus is preventable and treatable with exercise therapy using jaw motion rehab systems such as the OraStretch press. 
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HPV Vaccine is Key in Fight Against Cancer

HPV Vaccine In The News!!!!

Published in The Lancet, an important new study demonstrates that vaccines against the human papillomavirus (HPV) are in fact decreasing HPV infections including precancerous cervical lesions and anogenital warts. This study indicates that the HPV vaccine has been more effective than expected, reducing rates of HPV infection in the vaccinated population and FURTHERMORE reducing rates of HPV-related diseases in the non-vaccinated population (herd immunity). 

In June 2019, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices  approved the use of the HPV vaccine in some people through the age of 45. By expanding the pool of approved people, more insurance providers may cover the vaccine. 
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CranioRehab Update and Research Refresh

CranioRehab Update & Research Refresh. Review "Correlation Between Radiation Dose to Pterygoid and Masseter Muscles with Trismus" and "Successful Rehab of Facial Burns Using Jaw Motion Rehab Systems Including the OraStretch Press". Learn about CranioRehab products.
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Xerostomia in HNC Patients

Xerostomia, "dry mouth" is due to reduced or absent saliva production. It may affect a patient's quality of life and can lead to serious health problems! Learn about the signs, symptoms and managing xerostomia. 
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Living with Xerostomia - Mouth Care and Gum Health

Living with Xerostomia? Tried and true tips from cancer survivor Speech Pathologist, Marcy Maksail, for Saliva Substitutes, Mouth and Gum Health.
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Swallowing Difficulties and the Holidays

Difficulty swallowing, dysphagia, may cause the sufferer to feel embarrassment eating and drinking around friends and family. This may lead to lack of participation during holiday celebrations. With some adjustments it is possible to make celebrations inclusive and enjoyable for all. We, at CMR, wish you and yours a very happy holiday season. 
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Webinar on Trismus and Xerostomia for the Head & Neck Cancer Patient

We have posted our first user-controlled webinar presentation about Head and Neck Cancer Rehabilitation Webinar, including information on trismus, xerostomia, the OraStretch press and TheraBite system.

Learn about diagnosing trismus, when to order a jaw motion rehab system for prevention of trismus, how to order, treatment options for xerostomia and more.
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A Dry Mouth Remedy: Mouth Kote

Dry Mouth RemedtI was recently contacted by a friend of mine, who's Mom was suffering from severe dry mouth as a result of chemo and radiation therapy. She had tried all the usual remedies and could find nothing that gave her true relief for more then a few moments.  But I had something for her to try...

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My Salagen Experience: Too Much Saliva vs. Not enough

drooling babyAs a patient with Lupus and Sjogren's syndrome, I am always looking for a relief to some of the symptoms.  I recently went for my routine 6 month check up with my rheumatologist.

Dry Mouth is a major issue for me, so when visiting my doctor I mentioned it to him, and he gave me a prescription for Salagen (pilocarpine) 5 mg. Normal dosing is one 10 mg. pill 3 times-a-day.
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How to clean and refresh the XEROS System Mouthpieces

Tips for cleaning and refreshing the XEROS sponge mouthpieces.  Useful for cleaning after wearing the mouthpieces all night, or to restart using them again after a break. 
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How to clean the XEROS System Bottle and Tubing

Tips to clean the XEROS Dry Mouth Pump bottle and tubing.
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New XEROS Dry Mouth Pump for severe chronic dry mouth from radiation of head, neck, oral and nasal cancer

Launch of the XEROS Dry Mouth Pump. This new product alleviates the debilitation from severe chronic dry mouth. Chronic dry mouth is often a side-effect from radiation therapy to the head, neck, mouth, tongue, jaw, and nose.

The XEROS Dry Mouth Pump provides continual hydration throughout the day and night by providing small amounts of liquid to the mouth via a controllable pump for improved hydration, function and health.
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