Proposed Solutions to Bridge the Gap in Oral Healthcare Accessibility

Since my last post, I have spent considerable time investigating the proposed solutions to bridge this oral healthcare gap. While the facts and figures warrant a change in health policy, what would a feasible, effective change look like? Some experts in the field suggest community-based sealant and fluoride programs. Dental sealants are clear plastic coating applied to molars (the teeth most likely to get cavities), can be applied by hygienists or dentists, and require little equipment. Fluoride can be added to a community water supply or administered as a mouth rinse to strengthen the enamel (outer, protective coating) of teeth. Both options save far more money in dental treatment costs, which can include Medicaid dollars and therefore save the States considerable funding.

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Repeat Photography and Glacial Shrinkage in Glacier National Park (Update 2)

I have now been in Montana for a few days, and I have finished taking photos for my repeat photography (see my last post for the photos I am recreating). For the duration of my trip, visibility has been hampered by wildfires. Saturday night, three wildfires started in Glacier National Park, and they have further reduced visibility and caused a major closure in the park.

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Defining Modern Terrorism and Resisting Stereotypes: Update 2

As of a week ago, I completed (almost) all of my research and travelled to W&M to meet with my advisor and discuss my process thus far.  I have narrowed my case studies to the past 5 years, looking at the seven mass shootings with the highest mortality rates within that time period (San Bernardino, Umpqua Community College, Pulse nightclub, Sutherland Springs, Las Vegas, Parkland, and Santa Fe).  One of the more interesting things I’ve noticed through researching via news sources is how differently the cases are treated based on whether or not there was a connection to Islamic terrorism.  When the shooter had declared an allegiance to the Islamic State, there is very little mention of their background or their mental health; however, when the motives of the shooter are unclear, there is a more thorough investigation into their childhood, home life, and mental health problems.  I am planning on doing some further research and analysis regarding the implications of this.

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Universal Influenza Vaccine: Update 2

At this point, I have just about completed my research and I am beginning to convert my detailed outline into essay form. Hopefully I will have a finished product ready to submit in the next few days!

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