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This review of publications based on data from the Veterans Affairs Normative Aging Study identified four articles that were considered assessments of health care technologies. Three evaluated methods for research on body composition, the fourth studied ventricular size in patients with presenile dementia. Several additional articles are discussed that provided data on baseline values or risk factors for disease that might be useful in generating hypotheses to be tested in later assessments of technologies.
Of the 52 studies emanating from the Veterans Affairs Dental Longitudinal Study, 6 were identified as technology assessments. Three of these studies evaluated dental radiographs used for the diagnosis of oral lesions. Two studies compared alternative technologies for the replacement of missing teeth, and one reported the effects of NSAIDs on alveolar bone loss. Four additional articles are discussed that provide data that will be useful in future assessments of dental technologies.
Decision analysis is used to compare the cost and disability of alternative treatment strategies for asymptomatic mandibular third molars. The analysis shows that extracting only those third molars that remain impacted and become pathologically involved is always associated with less expected cost and disability than prophylactic removal of asymptomatic wisdom teeth.
Infants born with micrognathia and glossoptosis may present as a grave emergency, with recurrent bouts of respiratory distress and cyanosis. The management of this condition is discussed, with particular reference to conservative measures. A new cradle has been designed to facilitate the management of these children during the neo-natal period.
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