Publications by authors named "Erin Wetzel"

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Education and Outreach in Physical Sciences in Oncology.

Trends Cancer 2021 01 7;7(1):3-9. Epub 2020 Nov 7.

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, FL, USA; Department of Physiology and Biomedical Engineering, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, FL, USA; Department of Transplantation, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, FL, USA; Center for Immunotherapeutic Transport Oncophysics, Houston Methodist Research Institute, Houston, TX, USA. Electronic address:

Physical sciences are often overlooked in the field of cancer research. The Physical Sciences in Oncology Initiative was launched to integrate physics, mathematics, chemistry, and engineering with cancer research and clinical oncology through education, outreach, and collaboration. Here, we provide a framework for education and outreach in emerging transdisciplinary fields.
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January 2021

Extirpation of the primary canine tooth follicles: a form of infant oral mutilation.

J Am Dent Assoc 2008 Apr;139(4):442-50

Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine, Division of Oral Pathology, Medicine and Radiology, University of Michigan School of Dentistry, 1011 N. University Ave., Office 2029E, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1078, USA.

Background: Ebinyo is a form of infant oral mutilation (IOM), widely practiced in rural areas of eastern Africa, in which traditional healers and other village elders extirpate the primary canine tooth follicles of infants by using crude, often unsterilized, instruments or utensils. Traditional folklore suggests that the underlying tooth follicles, thought to resemble worms, are the cause of high temperature, vomiting, loss of appetite and diarrhea in infants. In addition to the serious and potentially fatal immediate postsurgical complications, many of those who undergo this practice exhibit characteristic long-term adverse dentoalveolar effects. Children in these families also may be at greater risk of undergoing other mutilation rituals because of their cultural background.

Case Description: We report on the clinical and radiographic findings in five siblings who apparently were subjected to IOM as infants before immigrating to the United States.

Clinical Implications: Although the practice of IOM is believed to be exceedingly rare in developed countries, it is important that dentists and allied dental personnel who treat refugees from areas of the world in which IOM is endemic be aware of the social factors behind this practice as well as be able to recognize its dental and psychological sequelae.
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April 2008