Charles F. Streckfus

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OBJECTIVES The objective of this study was to investigate the association of body composition (obesity) and periodontal disease using simple, inexpensive nutritional assessment techniques available in the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES III). MATERIAL AND METHODS Caucasian subjects, aged 18 years and above, participating in(More)
The protein c-erbB-2, also known as Her2/neu, is a prognostic breast cancer marker assayed in tissue biopsies from women diagnosed with malignant tumors. Present studies suggest that soluble fragments of the c-erbB-2 oncogene may be released from the cell surface and become detectable in patients with carcinoma of the breast. Consequently, the purpose of(More)
INTRODUCTION How aging influences the secretion of saliva is not entirely clear. Postmortem studies have demonstrated that, with age, the parenchyma of the salivary glands is gradually replaced by fat, connective tissue, and oncocytes. However, functional studies among healthy individuals indicate that aging per se does not lead to a diminution in the(More)
Sjögren’s syndrome is an autoimmune disorder which causes diminished salivary flow due to autoimmune sialoadenitis. This decrease in saliva flow is the result of inflammation and atrophy of the salivary glands. Most treatment regimens are palliative in nature, but treatment with interferon (IFN) holds promise for Sjögren’s syndrome sufferers. Several(More)
Purpose. The objective was to compare the salivary protein profiles of saliva specimens from individuals diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma of the breast (IDC) with and without lymph node involvement. Methods. Three pooled saliva specimens from women were analyzed. One pooled specimen was from healthy women; another was from women diagnosed with Stage(More)
BACKGROUND Our purpose was to test the hypotheses that cigar and pipe smoking have significant associations with periodontal disease and cigar, pipe, and cigarette smoking is associated with tooth loss. We also investigated whether a history of smoking habits cessation may affect the risk of periodontal disease and tooth loss. METHODS A group of 705(More)
Excessive and inappropriate immune responses are the hallmark of several autoimmune disorders, including the inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD): Crohn’s disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC). A complex etiology involving both environmental and genetic factors influences IBD pathogenesis. The role of microRNAs (miRNAs), noncoding RNAs involved in(More)
In the last 10 years, the use of saliva as a diagnostic fluid has become somewhat of a translational research success story. Technologies are now available enabling saliva to be used to diagnose disease and predict disease progression. This review describes some important recent advances in salivary diagnostics and barriers to application and advancement.(More)
Oral mucositis is a debilitating and morbid condition among cancer patients that affects their quality of life and their overall ability to respond to treatment. The dentist plays an important role in the multidisciplinary health care team for the overall management of this condition. This article summarizes preventive and therapeutic treatment modalities(More)
BACKGROUND Osteoporosis is an age-related metabolic bone disease characterized by decreased mass and increased susceptibility to fracture. The literature suggests a relationship between oral bone loss and skeletal osteoporosis; however, most studies have produced conflicting results. The purpose of this study was to determine if a relationship exists among(More)