Primary Teeth – Teeth Whitening Ireland http://teethwhiteningireland.com/ Mon, 20 Jun 2022 21:56:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://teethwhiteningireland.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-1.png Primary Teeth – Teeth Whitening Ireland http://teethwhiteningireland.com/ 32 32 FitFighter is on the move with $2.5 million in new funding https://teethwhiteningireland.com/fitfighter-is-on-the-move-with-2-5-million-in-new-funding/ Mon, 20 Jun 2022 19:03:36 +0000 https://teethwhiteningireland.com/fitfighter-is-on-the-move-with-2-5-million-in-new-funding/ NEW YORK, June 20, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — FitFighter Inc. announced it raised $2.5 million in seed investment on June 6 to strengthen its sales force, expand gym programs and military training, advance product design and accelerate the production. FitFighter Inc. has raised $2.5 million to bolster its sales force, expand gym programs and ramp up […]]]>

NEW YORK, June 20, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — FitFighter Inc. announced it raised $2.5 million in seed investment on June 6 to strengthen its sales force, expand gym programs and military training, advance product design and accelerate the production.

FitFighter Inc. has raised $2.5 million to bolster its sales force, expand gym programs and ramp up production.

The funding round was led by Jennus Innovation and anchored by Abraham Trust, adding a deep bench of partners to its initial investment from Daniel Lubetzky, representing Equilibra Ventures.

Following the company’s successful debut on ABC’s Shark Tank in November 2020, it quickly established its world-class force system with customers in the military and public safety markets, including the fire and police departments of Jacksonville FL to Houston TX to Fresno CA. It has attracted boutique and franchise gyms from CrossFits to yoga studios to F45 and big box chains including Anytime Fitness. FitFighter signed with retailers and distributors including Dicks Sporting Goods and Perform Better and featured a debut on QVC in May 2020.

“We were thrilled to lead the recent successful fundraising round for FitFighter,” remarked Chris Jenny, CEO of Jennus Innovation. “We spent several months working with Sarah and her team before the increase and the more we saw, the more we liked. We liked the space, the evolving business model and the natural flexibility of the product depending on the types of customers , age ranges and functions. More importantly, we found that trainers and gyms who were already using the FitFighter product were absolutely thrilled with it.”

Beyond its strong sales, FitFighter made immediate waves with its intention to redefine strength training as we know it, a sentiment echoed by Bodybuilding and fitness, men’s health, Oxygen, bike magazine, world of runnersand rolling stoneamong other critical acclaim.

Sarah Apgar, CEO of FitFighter, Iraq War veteran and certified trainer, outlined her vision: “Despite overwhelming evidence that strength training is the single most important activity for our long-term physical and mental health, 4 out of 5 people don’t strength train.. If you believe in the effectiveness of brushing your teeth, you should also lift weights.It’s that simple and it’s been thoroughly researched. Imagine if only 20% of our audience brushed their teeth daily.On a dark note, the effects of the pandemic and our healthcare cost crisis are compounded exponentially by our sheer lack of strength.We work with our partners and fitness industry leaders to lower the barriers to entry, move that needle, and change that statistic.

Jarod Cogswell, new Vice President of Sales and Marketing for FitFighter, shared that “FitFighter’s mission is to be a genuine partner for all industries by not only providing a single, accessible product that serves ALL levels and disciplines of fitness, but also a fact for your scalable system to positively impact the world of strength training Our team is focused on supporting fitness professionals and their clients, military, first responders and athletes to develop their abilities to move hard and be a valuable tool in bridging fitness communities.”

Alarming trends in poor strength and health also affect the public sector, where FitFighter’s roots lie, and where two-thirds of first responders are overweight or obese and where more than half of injuries sustained in the performance of their duties are avoidable. The US Army recently implemented a new Army Combat Fitness Test and is now looking to effectively train soldiers to maintain its standards. FitFighter has developed a 30-Move Steelhose Load Training Program to meet this need with effective and economical solutions.

Likewise, the military struggles to maintain the standardized mission readiness of its recruits, from enlistment to basic training, which can last 6 to 9 months. Together with veteran-owned partner Strong Brands, FitFighter is designing a 90-day, multi-state, mission-ready recruiting program that will ultimately impact more than 50,000 incoming soldiers per year into Active Duty and the National Guard . The company’s core competence in product design and development powers customized and adaptable mobile solutions and concepts that address fitness, performance mindset and personal leadership, the three pillars which she defines as a holistic force.

Jacob Garlick, Managing Partner of Abraham Trust, the round’s largest investor, said of her engagement, “Sarah’s vision to put strength back in the spotlight as a primary focus during training, and delivering that strength by reinventing free weight is truly remarkable. We think FitFighter is going to change the way the world thinks about exercise, from something that requires you to go somewhere to do it, to something you take with you wherever you go Truly the next evolution in fitness.

FitFighter will be in full swing at the IHRSA 2022 Industry Trade Show in Miami, Florida, June 22-24, for its next major industry appearance, which will include both a live presence and a virtual booth. Don’t miss the opportunity to see the company in action in South Florida!

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Fate beckons to Okowa Jackson Ekwugum https://teethwhiteningireland.com/fate-beckons-to-okowa-jackson-ekwugum/ Sun, 19 Jun 2022 03:17:18 +0000 https://teethwhiteningireland.com/fate-beckons-to-okowa-jackson-ekwugum/ Perspective Election season in Nigeria never lacks intrigue and drama. The events leading up to the announcement of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar’s running mate were no exception. The anxiety was palpable as many Nigerians waited anxiously to find out who his choice would be as the vice-presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). With the […]]]>

Perspective

Election season in Nigeria never lacks intrigue and drama. The events leading up to the announcement of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar’s running mate were no exception. The anxiety was palpable as many Nigerians waited anxiously to find out who his choice would be as the vice-presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). With the south-south and southeast areas jostling for position, it was uncertain where the pendulum would swing. However, with Peter Obi already flying the Labor flag, it seemed less likely that the South East would be favoured. The premature announcement of Governor Nyesom Wike as Atiku’s running mate, presumably due to a fictitious vote by an internal party committee and subsequent rebuttal from the PDP hierarchy, only heightened the suspense and heighten the tension.

The official announcement of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa 24 hours later as the PDP Vice Presidential candidate by Presidential Standard Bearer, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar finally ended two weeks of speculation, uncertainty, horse-trading politics and media propaganda. Political pundits, analysts and commentators will have a field day dissecting the factors that favored Governor Okowa, but as one of his top aides over the past seven years, his emergence was a no-brainer.

Governor Okowa has the temperament, depth of knowledge, administrative acumen and political acumen required for the position; he possesses the age-old attributes of loyalty, skill and character. Okowa’s political acumen would certainly be an asset to the ticket as the PDP battles the APC for the presidency. A man with a wealth of legislative and executive experience, the PDP and Atiku can rely on his consummate political skills and his unearthly ability to cultivate friendships and build bridges across ethnic and religious divides. As governor of a multi-ethnic state like Delta, considered a microcosm of Nigeria, he was able to ensure peaceful co-existence and harmony among diverse ethnic nationalities through his skillful handling of sensitive issues and his exemplary leadership.

Born 63 years ago, Okowa cut his political teeth in the Social Democratic Party of the 1990s and, in the current political regime, has established himself nationally as Chairman of the Senate Health Committee (2011- 2015), where he spearheaded the enactment of the National Health Act. The National Health Act provides the legal framework for the regulation, development and management of the national health system, setting standards for the delivery of health services in the Nigerian federation. Prior to the law, there was no health legislation outlining the national health system and defining the roles and responsibilities of the three levels of government and other health sector stakeholders.

When elected as governor of Delta State in 2015, Okowa was faced with the task of keeping intact a political family that was not used to being in opposition. To make matters worse, the economy was in free fall. It was a situation that challenged his political ingenuity and ingenuity. Governor Okowa handled the difficult situation with great wisdom, tact, humility and maturity. He ensured that party leaders, especially those aggrieved by party developments before he took office, were treated with dignity and respect. Even the few who jumped ship soon returned when they saw the governor’s disposition to peace, reconciliation and unity. As a result, the PDP in Delta State remained a strong and cohesive unit.

Governor Okowa has been an influential figure in the PDP. He is the current Chairman of the South-South Governors Forum. As Chairman of the PDP Special National Convention in 2018, Governor Okowa organized what was then the freest and most transparent presidential primary election that made Atiku Abubakar the PDP’s presidential standard bearer for the 2019 elections. Previously, he also served as the chairman of the non-elective national convention special committee of the PDP in 2017.

Always respectful of elders, he is very civil and courteous in the way he speaks and interacts with people, including his peers and the younger generation. As a person and a leader, I can testify that Governor Okowa is loyal to a fault. He does not forget the people he met or worked with during his professional and political career. Even when at times certain people he has helped along the way have turned against him, he remains loyal to them, sometimes much to the chagrin of those around him who want him to wield the big stick.

If you are looking for honesty, transparency and accountability in governance, Governor Okowa fits the bill. Despite his long career in public service dating back to 1991, Dr. Okowa has distinguished himself as a man of uncommon simplicity and unassailable integrity. During this period, in which he served as Local Government Secretary, Local Government Chairman, three times Commissioner, State Government Secretary, Senator and now Governor, it should be noted that he has not not been tainted by corruption. He is a man of deep spiritual convictions, guided by the biblical injunction that a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of things he possesses.

An unpretentious man, he is not carried away by the privileges of position and power. For a very long time as the state’s CEO, he was driven around in the SUV he used as a senator instead of putting more strain on the state’s already strained finances by buying a new car. Likewise, it was the Mercedes Benz car that was used by his predecessor at the Abuja Liaison Office which he drove whenever he was in Abuja. A new car was recently purchased as the Mercedes was refurbished and still in service. Except that has changed in recent months, he also does not have an official car at the Lagos Liaison Office, preferring to travel in a friend’s car whenever he is in Lagos, whether for official or private commitments.

Governor Okowa insists on transparency in public communication. He frowns at any attempt to exaggerate things or embellish his accomplishments. In the advantageous position of working closely with him, I saw him question the figures provided by ministries/agencies and insist that they presented the real picture to the public. “I promised not to lie to the people,” he said. Indeed, I remember a former Information Commissioner who once expressed his joy and gratitude for “never having to lie” on behalf of the government.

Calm, level-headed, and unflappable even in times of crisis, Okowa is a quiet achiever. He has a voracious appetite for work, and if there’s one man who knows how to turn a bad situation around, it’s Okowa.

The alarming state of the economy he encountered as governor was enough to make him go back on his election promises. But with unparalleled courage, he embarked on cost-cutting measures and plugged the leaks in the system. Of course, there were those who were unimpressed – and certainly unhappy – with the new regime of fiscal discipline and the need for the political class to curb its appetite for instant gratification. But with the passage of time, the governor was vindicated.

Delta State under him continued to grow strong in all indices of socio-economic development. As evidence of the economic impacts of Okowa’s youth entrepreneurship development programs. Delta was ranked the best state in human capital development in the 2017 State Peer Review by the National Competitiveness Council of Nigeria. In 2020, Delta was ranked the second least poor state, after Lagos, the economic capital of Nigeria, according to the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics (NBS).

This achievement is best appreciated when juxtaposed with the fact that Delta State was the 12th poorest state in Nigeria in 2010 in the NBS rankings. The state also won the State Government’s Outstanding Healthcare Program in 2017 and the 2018 National Achievement Award as the state with the most people covered by its national social-focused health insurance scheme. on poor and vulnerable populations in Nigeria.

It is because he is not brought to self-adulation in the form of paid advertisements and self-congratulatory messages that many tend to overlook his phenomenal achievements in Delta State. But nevertheless, he still received applause from leaders at all levels. At the inauguration of Prof. Chike Edozien’s state-of-the-art central secretariat complex, Vice President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo said, “There is more for which Okowa deserves praise. Despite declining revenues and severe resource constraints at all levels of government, he was able to fund this project. At a separate event, Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal praised Governor Okowa for “showing good leadership in all aspects of governance.” And when commissioning the Teacher Professional Development Centre, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State described Okowa as “a man who approaches problems with principle”.

As Nigerians eagerly wait to save the country from the incompetence of the APC leadership, they can count on the fact that Okowa will be a major asset for an Atiku presidency which will obviously be driven by skill, ideas free market and values-based leadership.

Ekwugum is the communications officer to Governor Okowa.

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Sleep apnea surgery: types, risks and outlook https://teethwhiteningireland.com/sleep-apnea-surgery-types-risks-and-outlook/ Thu, 16 Jun 2022 23:27:34 +0000 https://teethwhiteningireland.com/sleep-apnea-surgery-types-risks-and-outlook/ Surgery can help improve some cases of obstructive sleep apnea by removing or reducing the obstruction. Sleep apnea is a common condition. Several potential treatment options can help, including surgical procedures. Surgery can reduce the obstruction that prevents the person from breathing while sleeping. This article reviews what sleep apnea is and several of the […]]]>

Surgery can help improve some cases of obstructive sleep apnea by removing or reducing the obstruction.

Sleep apnea is a common condition. Several potential treatment options can help, including surgical procedures. Surgery can reduce the obstruction that prevents the person from breathing while sleeping.

This article reviews what sleep apnea is and several of the surgical procedures that can help improve the condition.

Sleep apnea occurs when a person’s breathing stops and starts several times during sleep. It is a common condition that can prevent the body from getting enough oxygen.

The two types of sleep apnea are:

  • Central sleep apnea (CSA): It happens when the brain fails to send signals to the lungs to breathe. It often results from underlying health conditions that affect the brain.
  • Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA): This is the most common type where the airways become blocked periodically due to factors such as hormones, enlarged tonsils, or obesity.

Learn more about the types of sleep apnea here.

A doctor can diagnose sleep apnea with a sleep diary or a sleep study called polysomnography. During polysomnography, a healthcare professional connects a person to equipment that measures their breathing and other functions.

Doctors use the results to rule out other sleep disorders before diagnosing sleep apnea.

Learn more about polysomnography here.

Surgery is usually not an option for people with central sleep apnea, and doctors only recommend it for people with mild to moderate OSA.

However, researchers reported promising results using a “fully implantable unilateral transvenous phrenic nerve stimulation device” to improve symptoms of central sleep apnea. Research on this treatment is ongoing.

Doctors can sometimes treat obstructive sleep apnea with surgery. A surgeon must know the exact cause of the condition in order to perform any of the following types of surgery:

Nasal surgery

Nasal surgery can help reduce airway obstructions in the nose. Sleep apnea can occur if there is a blockage in any of the following parts of the nose:

  • nasal valve
  • septum
  • cones

The The most common Nasal surgeries to treat sleep apnea are septoplasty and turbinate reduction. These outpatient procedures are generally safe. They can improve sleep apnea symptoms by widening the septum or turbinates to allow air to flow freely through them.

Palate surgery

For mild cases of sleep apnea, a doctor may recommend soft palate surgery, also known as a pillar procedure. This outpatient procedure involves placing three plastic rods into the soft palate tissue.

The stems stimulate an inflammatory response in the tissue, which helps to stiffen it. When this happens, the firm palate tissue is less likely to rub against the pharynx, which can help improve sleep apnea and snoring.

Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP)

Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP) is the The most common surgery performed for sleep apnea. During the procedure, a surgeon removes excess tissue from the pharynx and soft palate as well as the tonsils if present. They then close the incisions.

The treated area is known as the oropharynx and is responsible for the majority of cases of sleep apnea.

The procedure requires an overnight hospital stay and can involve a painful recovery.

Removal of adenoids or tonsils

For children with sleep apnea, doctors often recommend adenotonsillectomy. In this procedure, the surgeon removes the adenoids and tonsils. Removing these structures can open the airways and improve sleep apnea.

According to a study 2016, children who are not obese and who have smaller tonsils may find that recovery and risk are lower if only the adenoids are removed. However, if the tonsils are larger, surgery may not be as effective as removing both.

Skeletal surgery

If a maxillofacial skeletal malformation has occurred, a doctor may recommend skeletal surgery to correct the problem. The procedure involves expanding the jawbone approximately 10–12 millimeters (mm) then stabilizing it with titanium plates.

The procedure is relatively complicated compared to other surgeries due to the need to precisely cut the bone and properly align the teeth. As part of their recovery, the person will have to close their teeth and spend several nights in the hospital.

However, the procedure has almost 90% success rate, although few surgeons or institutions perform this surgery due to the complication of the procedure and recovery.

Tongue surgery

There are two different procedures involving the tongue. They to understand:

  • Language advancement: In this procedure, a surgeon moves the main muscle of the tongue (genioglossus muscle) forward. They make an incision in the jawbone, push it forward, then use a titanium plate to hold it in place. However generally effectiveit requires an overnight stay and is more invasive than other procedures.
  • Reduction of the base of the tongue: Tongue base reduction is a procedure that decreases the amount of tissue in the base of the tongue. A surgeon can do this either with an incision or using radiofrequency waves. Incision surgery (midline glossectomy) is more invasive and requires overnight hospitalization. The radiofrequency method is non-invasive but requires several sessions. Both can improve, but not necessarily cure, mild sleep apnea in about 60% of people.

Tracheotomy

In obese people, a tracheostomy can provide effective relief from sleep apnea. The procedure involves creating an opening in the trachea through the neck to allow oxygen to directly access the lungs. Doctors sometimes recommend for people who have tried other treatments without success.

All surgical procedures have some risks associated with them. A person should speak with a doctor about the risks associated with the treatment option they are recommending.

Any procedure requiring general anesthesia puts a person at greatest risk. This is due to its effects on breathing, which can make regaining consciousness more difficult. It can also make it harder for a person to breathe after the procedure.

Doctors will watch a person closely during surgery to prevent risks from general anesthesia.

Other general risks of surgery include:

Learn more about general anesthesia here.

Below are answers to some frequently asked questions about sleep apnea surgery.

Does surgery cure sleep apnea?

For some, surgery can cure or stop sleep apnea. Although many surgeries have high success rates, no single procedure can guarantee a cure for sleep apnea.

Are there other treatments for sleep apnea?

The first-line treatment for sleep apnea is continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). CPAP involves a person wearing a mask over their mouth and nose which is connected to a machine. The machine delivers a constant flow of air to a person’s airways to help keep them open.

Doctors rarely recommend surgery to treat sleep apnea. A person can improve their sleep apnea if: manners:

  • make lifestyle changes, such as maintaining a healthy weight, limiting alcohol intake, quitting smoking, staying active, and eating a healthy diet
  • using oral devices to open the mouth more widely
  • do exercises for the mouth and jaw

A person should speak with a doctor about their expectations after the procedure. Most procedures have a high level of achievementalthough not everyone will see improvement after surgery.

If surgery doesn’t work, a person’s doctor will likely recommend additional treatments.

Several surgeries can help improve sleep apnea. Some are minimally invasive outpatient procedures, while others require a hospital stay.

The surgery recommended by a doctor will vary depending on the underlying cause of the sleep apnea. A person should discuss their options with a doctor and ask about the chances of success.

The most common surgeries for sleep apnea are generally safe. Surgery that requires general anesthesia is associated with higher risks.

]]> Live primary election updates: South Carolina, Maine News and more https://teethwhiteningireland.com/live-primary-election-updates-south-carolina-maine-news-and-more/ Tue, 14 Jun 2022 13:45:15 +0000 https://teethwhiteningireland.com/live-primary-election-updates-south-carolina-maine-news-and-more/ CHARLESTON, SC — At a campaign event the weekend before the South Carolina primary election, Tom Rice, a conservative congressman now on the wrong side of former President Donald J. Trump, made a confession . “I have made my next election a little more difficult than the previous ones,” he said on Friday, imploring his […]]]>

CHARLESTON, SC — At a campaign event the weekend before the South Carolina primary election, Tom Rice, a conservative congressman now on the wrong side of former President Donald J. Trump, made a confession .

“I have made my next election a little more difficult than the previous ones,” he said on Friday, imploring his supporters – a group he called “reasonable and rational people” and “good and solid Republicans. traditional” – to support him at the polls on Tuesday.

Two days before and about 100 miles south, Rep. Nancy Mace, another Republican from Palmetto State who drew the former president’s ire, acknowledged her position by knocking on doors on a sweltering morning.

“I accept everything. I take responsibility. I’m not backing down,’ she said, confident that voters in her Lowcountry district would be sympathetic. “They know that ‘hey, even if I disagree with her, at least she’s going to tell me where she is,'” she added.

Ms. Mace and Mr. Rice are the former president’s two targets for revenge on Tuesday. After a pro-Trump crowd stormed the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, they were among those who blamed the president for the attack. Ms Mace, just days into her first term, said Mr Trump’s fake rhetoric about ‘stealing’ the presidential election had stirred up the riot and threatened his life. Mr. Rice, whose district borders Ms. Mace’s to the north, immediately condemned Mr. Trump and joined nine other Republicans (but not Ms. Mace) in later voting for his impeachment.

Today, in the face of major challenges championed by the former president, the two have taken starkly different approaches to political survival. Ms Mace withdrew her criticism of Mr Trump, seeking instead to discuss his conservative electoral record and libertarian streak in policy discussions. Instead, Mr. Rice dug in, defending his impeachment vote and further excoriating Mr. Trump in the process.

If they fend off their main challengers on Tuesday, Ms. Mace and Mr. Rice will join a growing list of incumbents who endured the wrath of the Trump wing of the GOP without ending their political careers. Yet their contradictory strategies — a reflection of both their political instincts and the differing politics of their districts — will offer insight into how far a candidate can go in challenging Mr. Trump.

Credit…Madeline Gray for The New York Times

In the eyes of her supporters, Ms Mace’s past comments are less concrete than an impeachment vote. She has sought to improve her relationship with pro-Trump parties in the GOP, spending nearly every day of the past few weeks on the campaign trail reminding voters of her Republican good faith, not her unfiltered criticism of Mr. Trump.

“Everyone knows I was unhappy that day,” she said of Jan. 6. “The whole world knows it. All my constituents know it.

His district, which stretches from the left corners of Charleston to the conservative country clubs of Hilton Head, has an electorate that includes far-right Republicans and liberal Democrats. Ms. Mace ran not just as a conservative candidate, but also as one who could defend the politically diverse district against a Democratic rival in November.

“It is and always will be a swing neighborhood,” she said. “I’m a conservative, but I also understand that I don’t just represent conservatives.”

This is not, however, a positive message for all in the Lowcountry.

Ted Huffman, owner of Bluffton BBQ, a restaurant nestled in the heart of touristy downtown Bluffton, said he was backing Katie Arrington, the former Trump-backed state representative who took on Ms Mace. What mattered against Ms. Mace was not her feud with Mr. Trump, but her relative absence from the restaurant portion of the district, Mr. Huffman said.

“Katie Arrington, she’s been here,” Mr Huffman said, recalling the few times Mrs Arrington visited Bluffton BBQ. “I’ve never seen Nancy Mace.”

At an event in Summerville with former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley, Ms. Mace gave a stump speech that ran through a list of right-wing talking points: high inflation driven by the president’s economic agenda Biden, an influx of immigrants to the southern border, support for military veterans. She did not mention Mr. Trump.

Ms Mace is predicting a decisive primary victory against Ms Arrington, who has placed her endorsement of Trump at the center of her campaign message. A win over that, Ms Mace said, would prove “the weakness of any endorsement”.

“I generally don’t give too much weight to endorsements because they don’t matter,” she said. “He really is the candidate. He’s the person people vote for, that’s what matters.

Speaking from her porch in Moncks Corner, SC, Deidre Stechmeyer, a 42-year-old stay-at-home mom, said she wasn’t following Ms. Mace’s run closely. But when asked about the MP’s comments condemning the January 6 riot, she changed.

“That’s something I agree with her on,” she said, adding that she supports Ms. Mace’s decision to certify the Electoral College vote — a move some GOP members have opposed. characterized as the definitive betrayal of Mr. Trump. “There were so many conflicts and uncertainties. I feel like he should have been certified.

Mr. Rice’s impeachment vote, on the other hand, presents a more identifiable reversal.

That’s part of the reason Ms Mace has a comfortable lead in her race, according to the latest pollswhile Mr. Rice faces many more primary challengers and is most likely heading for a runoff with a Trump-endorsed state representative, Russell Fry, after Tuesday.

Mr. Fry’s campaign centered Mr. Rice’s impeachment vote in his message, turning the vote into a referendum on Mr. Rice’s five terms in Congress.

“It’s more than Donald Trump. This is about an incumbent congressman losing the trust of a very conservative district,” said Matt Moore, former chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party and adviser to Mr. Fry’s campaign.

Yet Mr. Rice is betting on his hyper-conservative economic record and his once unabashed support for the former president to win him a sixth term in one of South Carolina’s most pro-Trump congressional districts.

Credit…Logan R. Cyrus for The New York Times

In an interview, Rice noted the Republican Party’s tendency to put social issues above politics – which he says was partly driven by the former president’s party wing, who helped redefine it.

He also explained what the Republican Party should stand for: “less taxes, less government, more freedom, individual responsibility, the American dream,” he said. “If we’re not for this, then, my God, I don’t know what the Republican Party is doing.”

The impeachment vote also won him favor with some voters. Rick Giles, a Rice supporter in Conway, SC, said he admired Mr. Rice for his vote.

“He stood up to Trump when a lot of people didn’t,” Mr Giles said. “He was true to his values. He did not toe the party line. I like this.”

Credit…Madeline Gray for The New York Times

Mr. Rice’s district in the northeast corner of South Carolina along the North Carolina border is one of the most conservative in the state, favoring Republicans by nearly 30 points . And before the impeachment vote, Mr. Rice was one of Mr. Trump’s staunchest supporters, with a voting record that matched Mr. Trump’s position more than 90% of the time.

“This is not my voting record. It’s not about my support for Trump. This is not my ideology. It’s not because that other guy is good,” Rice said. “There’s only one reason he’s doing this. And it’s just for revenge.

Mr Trump has had less success in the states behind his main challenger push. In Georgia, two of his most important perceived enemies, Gov. Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, handily won their primaries against challengers backed by the former president. The two House races where he did not endorse incumbents went to a runoff.

Mark Sanford, a former congressman who was beaten by Ms Arrington in 2018 after Mr Trump backed her main challenge, predicted Ms Mace would win.

“I think she’ll be fine,” he said, pointing to the growing number of state transplants in northern states that tend to favor settlement applicants. “It bodes well for Nancy, it doesn’t bode well for Katie.”

Still, he said, Tuesday’s result is unlikely to change the former president’s approach to politics.

“It’s binary with Trump,” Mr. Sanford said. “You’re not halfway, halfway – you’re either in or out.”

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Intraoral Scanners Market Analysis, Size, Share, Industry https://teethwhiteningireland.com/intraoral-scanners-market-analysis-size-share-industry/ Sun, 12 Jun 2022 19:55:00 +0000 https://teethwhiteningireland.com/intraoral-scanners-market-analysis-size-share-industry/ According to the latest report by IMARC Group, titled “Global Intraoral Scanners Market Size, Share, Industry Trends, Growth, Opportunity and Forecast 2022-2027”, the global intraoral scanners market has reached a value of US$354.6 million in 2021. Looking ahead, IMARC Group expects the market to reach a value of US$581.8 million by 2027, with a CAGR […]]]>

According to the latest report by IMARC Group, titled “Global Intraoral Scanners Market Size, Share, Industry Trends, Growth, Opportunity and Forecast 2022-2027”, the global intraoral scanners market has reached a value of US$354.6 million in 2021. Looking ahead, IMARC Group expects the market to reach a value of US$581.8 million by 2027, with a CAGR of 8.10 % over the period 2022-2027.

Intraoral scanners represent the digital devices used to capture direct optical impressions in dentistry. They usually consist of a computer, a portable camera wand and software. Intraoral scanners are moved over the surface of teeth to capture images. These images are captured by imaging sensors and processed by scanning software to generate a three-dimensional (3D) surface model. Intraoral scanners are versatile, accurate, easy to use, fast, cause mild discomfort, and eliminate the need to generate conventional impressions or stone tooth models. Therefore, they are widely used in hospitals and dental clinics.

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Note: We regularly track the direct effect of COVID-19 on the market, as well as the indirect influence of associated industries. These observations will be incorporated into the report.

Intraoral Scanner Market Trends and Drivers:

Rising prevalence of oral diseases and expanding geriatric population are majorly driving the intraoral scanner market. Additionally, the widespread adoption of the products in oral trauma, tooth decay, cracked and broken teeth, etc., is further catalyzing the growth of the market.

Furthermore, the rising demand for stand-alone intraoral scanners owing to their advantages, such as ease of handling, lightweight design, improved image accuracy, etc., acts as another significant growth driver. Additionally, the growing popularity of intraoral scanners among orthodontists is also positively influencing the global market.

Apart from this, many technological advancements including the increasing integration of Artificial Intelligence (AI) into product variants for a streamlined, intuitive and simplified scanning process to produce more precise and accurate results are expected to fuel the intraoral scanner market during the forecast. period.

2022-2027 Global Intraoral Scanners Market Analysis and Segmentation:

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County schools hit by £77m maintenance backlog https://teethwhiteningireland.com/county-schools-hit-by-77m-maintenance-backlog/ Fri, 10 Jun 2022 13:03:03 +0000 https://teethwhiteningireland.com/county-schools-hit-by-77m-maintenance-backlog/ The condition of schools across Powys has reached an all-time high after the council confirmed a maintenance backlog of £77million. The figure was described by senior advisers as “surprising”. The amount needed to restore secondary schools to an adequate level of repair currently stands at £47m, while a further £30m is needed for the primary […]]]>

The condition of schools across Powys has reached an all-time high after the council confirmed a maintenance backlog of £77million.

The figure was described by senior advisers as “surprising”.

The amount needed to restore secondary schools to an adequate level of repair currently stands at £47m, while a further £30m is needed for the primary sector.

The finger of blame is pointed at ‘successive Cabinets’ who, according to Cabinet Member Cllr Pete Roberts, have failed to address the deterioration of schools.

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“It is clear that successive cabinets have not taken the necessary decisions to deal with the deterioration of the county’s school stock, particularly in the secondary sector,” he said.

“Difficult decisions await us to deal with this major problem.”

And council leader James Gibson-Watt agrees.

“This startling figure will pose major challenges for the new administration,” he said.

“This is accelerating the implementation of the transformation strategy that will provide a more sustainable future for all of our schools and communities.”

Meanwhile, cabinet members are holding their breath as they wait for further revelations about other ministerial backlogs.

“The most worrying aspect is that it’s just the backlog of schools,” said cabinet member responsible for finance, Cllr David Thomas.

“Figures on the other service areas are now expected and what the figures confirm is that the Progressive Partnership’s plan to review the council’s current capital program is all the more urgent.”

One of the first actions will be to review key school decisions made by the previous council cabinet.

Earlier this year it was agreed to close Llanfihangel Rhydithon (Dolau) and Llanbedr Primary Schools.

“This decision was made at the end of the previous council, despite opposition not only from students, parents and school staff, but also from some of the affected communities and indeed many council members,” Cllr said. James. Gibson Watt.

“The new Cabinet will revisit these issues as one of its first actions in this process.

“This may delay the process and cause some uncertainty, but we believe the wider implications need to be carefully considered.”

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5 causes of morning headaches and how to prevent them, according to a sleep expert https://teethwhiteningireland.com/5-causes-of-morning-headaches-and-how-to-prevent-them-according-to-a-sleep-expert/ Mon, 06 Jun 2022 13:00:11 +0000 https://teethwhiteningireland.com/5-causes-of-morning-headaches-and-how-to-prevent-them-according-to-a-sleep-expert/ Unless you have a specific morning routine, waking up each day will always be a different experience. Sometimes it will be a breeze to just get out of bed, eat breakfast, and get on with your daily chores. Truth be told, there will also be times when you feel lethargic, unmotivated, and “out of breath,” […]]]>

Unless you have a specific morning routine, waking up each day will always be a different experience. Sometimes it will be a breeze to just get out of bed, eat breakfast, and get on with your daily chores. Truth be told, there will also be times when you feel lethargic, unmotivated, and “out of breath,” which is just as normal.

In fact, having headaches as soon as you wake up can be a common experience for some. If you find yourself in a situation like this, we have you covered. To learn more about what causes morning headaches and how you can prevent them, we contacted Dr Erin Stokes, naturopathic doctor and medical director at MegaFood. Keep reading to see what she has to say.

Causes of morning headaches

According to Dr. Stokes, there are several reasons why you experience headaches in the morning. Below are five of the most common causes:

Below, she explains how you can combat each cause and prevent your morning headaches from happening.

How to prevent morning headaches

Stay hydrated.

“It’s ideal to focus on hydration throughout the day,” Dr. Stokes tells us. “Start the day with a glass of water. Keep water on your desk. Take a bottle of water with you on walks or when driving around town to run errands.

Drink water as soon as you wake up for a better day. She warns: “If you wait until evening to start hydrating, you will end up having to get up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom.

Get enough sleep.

Nothing beats the feeling of waking up in the morning after a good night’s rest. “Conversely, when we have a restless night, we may wake up stiff and tired,” says Dr Stokes. She advises, “Make sleep a priority by going to bed at the same time every night and switching off screens an hour before bedtime. If necessary, invest in new high-quality pillows and sheets to create a comfortable oasis for sleeping.

Meditate.

We know it sounds a bit cliché, but this activity is definitely worth considering. Dr Stokes notes: “For some people, too much stress can trigger a headache. If you’re feeling stressed first thing in the morning, instead of picking up your phone, try guided meditation with a meditation app like Calm.

Reduce your alcohol consumption.

When you drink too much alcohol in the evening, chances are you’ll have a headache in the morning. Dr Stokes explains: “One of the main reasons is that alcohol is a diuretic, which can cause dehydration.” To avoid morning headaches, she recommends “balancing alcohol intake by drinking plenty of water and considering cutting down overall.”

See your dentist regularly.

According to an article published by Hackensack Meridian Health, grinding your teeth at night can eventually cause some problems such as toothache, tooth damage, gum pain, etc. If you suspect you may grind your teeth, Dr. Stokes shared that the best thing to do is go see your dentist.

Hackensack Meridian Health reports that treatment for nighttime teeth grinding may include “wearing a fitted mouth guard that prevents the teeth from rubbing together” or “taking prescription muscle relaxants for a short time,” among others.

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The genius of detective comedies https://teethwhiteningireland.com/the-genius-of-detective-comedies/ Sat, 04 Jun 2022 17:00:00 +0000 https://teethwhiteningireland.com/the-genius-of-detective-comedies/ USA Network launched the show Psych about a self-proclaimed psychic, Shawn Spencer, played by James “Roday” Rodriguez, and his best friend, pharmaceutical sales rep Burton “Gus” Guster, played by Dulé Hill, in 2006. Shawn, however, looks more like to Sherlock Holmes than to a psychic in that he is very observant of his surroundings, thanks […]]]>

USA Network launched the show Psych about a self-proclaimed psychic, Shawn Spencer, played by James “Roday” Rodriguez, and his best friend, pharmaceutical sales rep Burton “Gus” Guster, played by Dulé Hill, in 2006. Shawn, however, looks more like to Sherlock Holmes than to a psychic in that he is very observant of his surroundings, thanks to his detective father who trained him in how a detective sees the world. For eight seasons, the duo dabbled in murder investigations in Santa Barbara, Canada and England. In 2017, three years after the series finale, Psy: the movie was released, Shawn and Gus solving a kidnapping in San Francisco. Two sequels to the film were released in 2020 and 2021 on the Peacock streaming platform.

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The beauty of Psych is that it does not look like a detective series. Essentially, the crime comedy pokes fun at several critical elements of crime shows through characters like Detective Carlton Lassiter, played by Timothy Omundson, who is the only Santa Barbara detective to be skeptical of Shawn’s “abilities.” Second, the show focuses on two best friends living their childhood dreams rather than going through the police academy and legitimately solving crimes. Another aspect of Psych what makes it comedy gold is that with all the references to ’80s cult classics, they were able to land cameo appearances from virtually every cast member of The breakfast club and several appearances by Cary Elwes of princess bride, making the show a true homage to the glorified era. To finish, Psych fans were treated to three films, answering the question: What really happened after Santa Barbara?


The physics of the psyche

According TV tropes, a police buddy show follows partners as they investigate crimes, with the main focus of the show being the officers’ interpersonal and intrapersonal relationships. Of course, Shawn and Gus aren’t law enforcement, despite an attempt at the police academy. Instead, they are consultants who run an agency called Psych. Virtually every case they solve begins with Shawn persuading the Chief to hire Psych. After being hired, Shawn and Gus carelessly attempt to solve the murder, falsely accusing people of murder based on evidence. Even still, Shawn and Gus find the murderer by the skin of their teeth.

The consensus in many TV shows is that psychics are unreliable, but especially so in crime shows. In the pilot episode, Henry Spencer, Shawn’s father who is a retired detective, played by Corbin Bernsen, even tells Shawn that the people the cops hate the most are psychics. It is ultimately what makes PsychThe satire of works so well: everyone at the precinct, including the chief, is completely amazed at Shawn’s “psychic” abilities – well, every cop and detective except Chief Detective Carlton Lassiter. Early on he is skeptical of Shawn’s “predictions”, often objecting to Psych’s involvement, and yet more often than not Shawn solves the murder before Detective Lassiter, making Psych a vital part of criminal investigations. in Santa Barbara.


Related: America’s Best Police & Procedural TV Shows, Ranked

Gus, Don’t Be a Stupid Goose: The Story of Two Best Friends Living Their Dreams

A large number of PsychThe episodes open with a flashback to Shawn’s childhood. These flashbacks, unlike cold opens in sitcoms, are helpful in developing the episode. There is a flashback from their talent show in elementary school where Gus wears the wrong costume, but the boys continue to perform anyway (Season 2, Episode 1). The rest of the episode is about preventing the attempted murder of Nigel St. Nigel, a judge on the singing competition show American duets, played by the terrifically talented Tim Curry. While competing in a talent show was the fulfillment of a failed childhood performance, the real fulfillment of the dream came in the form of detective consulting.


When Shawn initially tells Gus that they are opening an agency called Psych, Gus reluctantly agrees to help Shawn solve the murder, a recurring theme throughout the series. In this clip on the official Psych Youtube page, Shawn dreams of how his presence affects other people’s lives, especially Gus’s life. When he wakes up, he fixes everything with everyone and tells Gus how much he is appreciated. Gus then tells Shawn that he would probably be married to a woman who uses him if Shawn wasn’t in his life, confirming Shawn’s dream. Despite Gus’ initial reluctance to help Shawn, the show centering around two best friends having fun while solving a murder makes it all the more enjoyable. The absolute brilliance of Psych is that the show is an examination of two best friends living out their dreams while cruising around Santa Barbara as serious police consultants.


The Power of Cameos: A Homage to Cult Classics of the 1980s

While Shawn acts immature and reckless, his real charm comes in the form of an endless stream of 1980s references. The show pays homage to the forever-missed era with cameos from Cary Elwes of princess bride and virtually all members of The breakfast club. Elwes plays the famous art thief, Pierre Despereaux in four episodes of the series. Shawn and Gus meet Pierre for the first time while vacationing in Canada.

four of five The breakfast club the members have appeared in various episodes throughout the series. Judd Nelson plays Dr. Steven Reidman in season 4, episode 13, where an outbreak of a highly contagious and deadly disease occurs. Molly Ringwald plays Nurse McElroy, a nurse at a mental health facility, in Season 6, Episode 6. While Nelson and Ringwald have a singular episode, Anthony Michael Hall and Ally Sheedy make several appearances. Hall appears in three episodes playing the absolute worst police chief, Harris Trout. Sheedy appears in four episodes of the series as a seriously creepy serial killer who goes by Yang.

Each cameo role lives up to the icon playing them while giving fans complete nostalgia for the beloved cult classics. While the show has plenty of cameos from other legends like Rachel Leigh Cook, Curt Smith and William Shatner, cameos from Elwes and The breakfast club stand out from others.

Related: Explained: Is The Breakfast Club Sexist Or Feminist?

Psych The Movies: Trilogy Fans Knew They Needed

After eight seasons, Psych called his own bluff and ended on a cliffhanger: Shawn proposed to Juliet, played by Maggie Lawson, vowing to move himself and Gus to San Francisco with her, and revealed to the current police chief Carlton Lassiter in a pre-recorded message that he was not, in fact, psychic. Granted, it’s not a huge cliffhanger, but it left fans wondering what happened once Shawn and Gus left Santa Barbara. After being off the air for three years, Psy: the movie was announced, which answered this question. With a majority of the team in San Francisco, Shawn and Gus attempt to retrieve Juliette’s stolen engagement ring only to be needed by San Francisco Police Chief Vick, played by Kirsten Nelson, whose daughter has been kidnapped and being held on Alcatraz Island.

Although the film satisfied fans who wanted more, the stories of two characters were still not finished. In the following, Psych 2: Lassie Comes Home, Shawn and Gus are wanted by Lassiter in Santa Barbara who suffers from memory loss after an accident with a criminal. During their investigation, Gus discovers that the girl he is dating is pregnant. This development in Gus’ story, of course, led to the final chapter of Psych in Psych 3: It’s Gus. Whether Psych making fun of crime shows, or Shawn referring to Gus by a made-up nickname like Ghee Buttersnaps, or even Cary Elwes playing the perfect criminal, it’s no wonder creator Steve Franks gave crime show fans the one of the best police comedies since Monk.

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Custos Fuller concerned about low milk consumption | New https://teethwhiteningireland.com/custos-fuller-concerned-about-low-milk-consumption-new/ Fri, 03 Jun 2022 05:05:43 +0000 https://teethwhiteningireland.com/custos-fuller-concerned-about-low-milk-consumption-new/ As an indicator of nutritional status, Jamaicans do not drink enough milk to lead normal, healthy lives. Locally, milk consumption per capita remains at 105 milliliters per day. This is a third of the average for Latin America and the Caribbean; one-fifth of the average for developed countries; slightly lower than the average for other […]]]>

As an indicator of nutritional status, Jamaicans do not drink enough milk to lead normal, healthy lives. Locally, milk consumption per capita remains at 105 milliliters per day. This is a third of the average for Latin America and the Caribbean; one-fifth of the average for developed countries; slightly lower than the average for other developing countries; and half of the World Health Organization minimum requirement.

And it is also a matter of serious concern for Custos Rotulorum of Kingston Steadman Fuller, who publicly voiced his concerns about this nutritional deficit, during the World Milk Day celebration on Wednesday at Tulloch Primary School in Bog. Walk, St Catherine.

“Milk, as we know, is vital for our individual and collective good health. So I was quite surprised to learn that our milk consumption here in Jamaica is 105 milliliters per day versus the standard required consumption of 720 milliliters per day per person.

“If we consider the importance of milk, from birth, we recognize that there is still a lot to be done. The issue must be addressed quickly and strategically for the benefit of our babies and children and ultimately the future of our country,” he told dairy industry players, including leaders of the Jamaica Dairy Development Board (JDDB).

“Healthy bones and teeth start with an adequate supply of calcium and minerals. Cow’s milk is the main source of these ingredients…. I hope that in the interest of our nation, we find a way to bring milk back to the top of our curriculum,” said Fuller, school board chairman and alumnus of Tulloch Elementary School.

CONTRIBUTION TO GDP

In 2012, the livestock sector contributed J$10.346 billion to the economy, or 1% of gross domestic production. Local dairy products, mainly fresh processed milk, accounted for about 10 percent of local dairy consumption, with the remaining 90 percent (fluid milk equivalent) being met by imports. Local milk production peaked at 38.8 million liters in 1992 and has continued to decline since, except for the period 1996-1999, to 12 million liters in 2013 and production has varied between 12 and 13 million liters since 2010.

Fuller continued, “I realize that we won’t be able to find all the solutions here, but I hope that as we expand the scope of these discussions, as we engage as we do today, we come up with some workable ideas to put us in a better position to meet the international standards of two liters of milk per person.

Meanwhile, JDDB Chairman Dr Derrick Deslandes revealed that at six liters per cow, per day, Jamaica’s daily milk production pales in comparison to Israel’s at 45 liters per cow; USA at 38 liters per cow; the UK at 32 liters per cow and Canada at 30 liters per cow.

“So in terms of where we are, we have a lot of work to do and so the dairy board has embarked on a program with farmers which we believe will help us turn the corner. We only produce about 15% of our needs and part of the work of the dairy board this time around working with the farmers in the area, and it’s been a very long road and it’s been a very hard struggle and intensive,” he admitted.

Describing the dairy industry as an industry that is on the verge of significant growth, Dr. Deslandes highlighted some of the obstacles.

“In some countries, the dairy industry is mandated to deliver the school feeding program (and) in fact, there is an organized structure where the school feeding program is supported by the dairy industry. In our case, we have 140,000 students on PATH and the policy says they should get one serving of milk a day, five days a week. In other words, one of the mandates of our school feeding program is that we should provide a milk meal to students. If you do the math, that’s 15 million liters of milk per year.

christopher.serju@gleanerjm.com

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In an old showdown with sharks, ‘Jaws’ may have doomed ‘The Meg’ https://teethwhiteningireland.com/in-an-old-showdown-with-sharks-jaws-may-have-doomed-the-meg/ Tue, 31 May 2022 20:35:00 +0000 https://teethwhiteningireland.com/in-an-old-showdown-with-sharks-jaws-may-have-doomed-the-meg/ WASHINGTON, May 31 (Reuters) – An examination of the zinc content of the teeth of living and extinct sharks provides clues to the disappearance of the largest known shark, indicating that the mighty megalodon may have been overtaken by the great white shark in the ancient seas. The researchers evaluated the ratio of two forms […]]]>

WASHINGTON, May 31 (Reuters) – An examination of the zinc content of the teeth of living and extinct sharks provides clues to the disappearance of the largest known shark, indicating that the mighty megalodon may have been overtaken by the great white shark in the ancient seas.

The researchers evaluated the ratio of two forms of the mineral zinc in an enamel-like material called enameloid that comprises the outer part of shark teeth. This report allowed them to infer shark diets and assess their position in the marine food web.

They found that while the megalodon may have been alone at the top of the food chain for millions of years, the arrival of the great white shark around 5.3 million years ago added another top predator. hunting similar prey.

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This contest for food resources featured two animals now housed in the popular imagination – with the great white featured in the hit 1975 film ‘Jaws’ and its sequels and the megalodon in the popular 2018 film ‘The Meg’ .

The megalodon, whose scientific name is Otodus megalodon, appeared about 15 million years ago and died out about 3.6 million years ago. It was one of the largest predators in Earth’s history, reaching at least 50 feet (15 meters) and possibly 65 feet (20 meters) in length while feeding on marine mammals, including the whales.

The great white shark, Carcharodon carcharias, reaches at least 20 feet (6 meters) long and may have been the more agile of the two.

“Megalodon co-existed with the great white shark during the time period called the early Pliocene, and our zinc data suggest that they appear to have indeed occupied the same position in the food web,” said paleobiologist Kenshu Shimada. from DePaul University in Chicago. , co-author of the study published Tuesday in the journal Nature Communication.

“There have been several hypotheses as to why megalodon became extinct. Traditional hypotheses have attributed this to climate change and declining food sources. However, a recently proposed hypothesis holds that megalodon lost competition with the newly evolved great white shark. Our novel seems to support this proposition. It’s also entirely possible that a combination of several factors could have been at play,” Shimada said.

The researchers said the great white was not believed to actually hunt its larger cousin.

The study looked at the teeth of 20 living shark species and 13 fossil species, signaling their position in the food chain.

“At the bottom of the food chain are our ‘primary producers,’ which are photosynthetic organisms like phytoplankton that convert solar energy into food. At the top of the food chain are apex predators like great white sharks, which have no predators except humans, while in between we have herbivores, omnivores and lower level carnivores,” said study co-author Michael Griffiths, geochemist and paleoclimatologist at William Paterson University in New Jersey.

Today’s great white sharks hunt sea turtles as well as marine mammals including seals, sea lions, porpoises, dolphins and small whales.

The study indicated that Carcharodon hastalis, thought to be a direct ancestor of the great white, was not positioned as high up the food chain, likely feeding on fish rather than marine mammals.

For a creature that has played a vital role in marine ecosystems for millions of years, much remains mysterious about the megalodon. Because shark skeletons are cartilaginous rather than bony, they don’t lend themselves well to fossilization, making it difficult to know precisely what megalodon looked like. However, countless megalodon tooth fossils have been found around the world.

“Megalodon is usually portrayed as a monstrous, large shark in novels and movies, but the reality is that we still know very little about this extinct shark,” Shimada said.

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