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London Olympic Athletes Had Terrible Teeth: Lots Of Cavities, Gum Disease

London Mayor Sees ‘Colossal’ Congestion From New Heathrow Runway

“It’s quite striking,” said lead researcher Ian Needleman (via BBC Sept. 28), whose team published the report. “Our data and other studies suggest that, for a similar age profile, the oral health of athletes is poor.” The findings, which were published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine , revealed that 76 percent of the athletes examined had gum disease (including gingivitis and periodontitis); 55 percent had cavities, and 45 percent had tooth erosion. The results came from examining the teeth and gums of 302 athletes who had visited a dental clinic in the 2012 London Olympic Village. The athletes came from Africa, Europe and the Americas and participated in 25 different sports, including track and field, boxing, hockey and swimming. Needleman, a professor at London-based UCL Eastman Dental Institute, surmised that the high incidences of tooth decay, cavities and periodontitis were due to the sugary sports drinks and energy gels and other high-carbohydrate snacks athletes often consumed during training and competition. The sugar from the snacks coat the teeth and gums and often stay there for hours, since most athletes don’t pbrush their teeth in between events. Research indicates that people who don’t brush their teeth regularly are more susceptible to heart attacks and inflammation. Needleman was especially stunned by the findings because Olympic athletes take superior care of their bodies but seemed to completely neglect their teeth. He underscored that there’s a connection between oral hygiene, athletic performance, and good overall health. Oral health is important for well-being and successful elite sporting performance, he said.

capitals Heathrow airport, the busiest in Europe , would lead to colossal road congestion and overcrowding on trains. The mayors comments, in a submission to the government-appointed panel thats examining how to expand airport capacity in southeast England, are intended to support his case for a new hub to the east or north of the capital. The people who run Heathrow are greatly underestimating the effect of a third runway on the local transport network, Johnson said. They appear to be completely unconcerned about having cooked up a recipe for colossal levels of congestion that sentencetheir passengers and Londoners to years of misery. An extra runway at the existing airport would lead to more than 25 million additional road journeys a year, the mayor said in an e-mailed statement. That would require extra lanes on the M4 highway leading west out of London , while the M25 orbital motorway would need to be rerouted and put in a tunnel under the new landing strip. Including other road works, the cost might rise to 12 billion pounds ($19 billion), according to Johnson. New rail infrastructure might cost 10 billion pounds, he said. Johnson has said Heathrow should be replaced by one of two undeveloped sites in the Thames estuary or by an expanded Stansted airport, 35 miles (55 kilometers) northeast of London. The state-appointed Davies Commission on how to expand airport capacity is due to issue its final recommendation after the 2015 general election. To contact the reporters on this story: Eddie Buckle in Manchester, England , at ebuckle@bloomberg.net To contact the editor responsible for this story: James Hertling at jhertling@bloomberg.net More News: