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A Guide to Dental-, Health-, and Long-Term Care 

Putting Toothbrushes to the Test

By Seth Stevenson

Posted Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2001, at 4:00 p.m. PT

Which toothbrush to buy? I asked a scientist from the American Dental Association and a practicing dentist, and both advised me to buy any brush—as long as it’s soft-bristled. A soft brush works great on plaque (which has the consistency of mayonnaise), while the firmer bristles gain you nothing. In fact, they say, you risk “toothbrush abrasion” if you combine hard scrubbing with firmer bristles: You slowly scrub a groove into your gumline and corrode your tooth’s insides. Bad news, that. is a resource for professionals in the dental industry. Find information on dentists, dental professionals, oral health, hygiene, legal affairs, fluoride issues, restorative dentistry, and more.A VerticalNet community.

Looking For Mr. Good Death

By Mickey Kaus

Posted Thursday, June 8, 2000, at 3:23 p.m. PT

The New York Times recently featured a two-part series, “Planning for Death,” by Denise Grady. Grady told “achingly familiar” stories of patients “denied peaceful passing” because the American health-care system ignored relatives’ wishes and living wills and tried to prolong their lives even though they had “little or no hope of recovering.” Grady’s report cited specialists in the growing field of “end-of-life care,” who recommended “advance care planning”–discussion between doctors and their patients, when the patients are healthy, of what to do should a medical crisis occur.

Long Term Care is a resource for professionals in the chronic care industry. Find information on assisted living, hospice, dementia care, nursing, ambulatory aids, infusion, and more. A VerticalNet community.

Will the Web Make Us Better Patients?

By David Biro and Atul Gawande

Posted: Tuesday, June 13, 2000, at 9:26 a.m. PT

During the week of June 13, 2000, two doctors evaluated medical information sites on the Web. Atul Gawande is a surgical resident and a staff writer for The New Yorker. David Biro is a dermatologist and the author of One Hundred Days: My Unexpected Journey From Doctor to Patient.

Visit Hospital, a resource for professionals in the health-care industry seeking information on hospitals, health care, surgery centers, infection control, and more. A VerticalNet community.

Bring Out Your Dead: The case for vivisection … and practicing on the recently deceased.

By Ivan Oransky

Posted: Friday, Dec. 3, 1999, at 10:30 a.m. PT

At the end of yet another 36-hour shift, just one task lay between me and blessed sleep: threading a central venous catheter from my fortysomething patient’s neck into the blood vessels near his heart. Bob (not his real name) was suffering from liver failure, caused by the hepatitis C virus he’d contracted from shooting heroin with contaminated needles. In most cases, an ordinary IV does the job ferrying fluids and medications. But Bob was a tough IV stick. A “central line” was essential.

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