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The Topic Editor is straightforward but I will comment on the following options:

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We added a new section to the Topic Editor called How To Increase Readership. This section offers additional options and tips that will help you label, identify, and filter topics. It's a great way to increase comments, Likes, and followers.

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    Charles Weber - Nursing for Nurses - allnurses.com
       Because of your interest in infection control, you may find the article below similar to this reference; [Weber C 2007 Creation of a local fever using an infrared lamp to cure a tooth abscess. Medical Hypotheses 68; 458] useful.
    

    DISCUSSION

    I propose that fever evolved because bacteria grow poorly at elevated temperatures, and that the immune system evolved to become more active at elevated temperatures in order to take advantage of this bacterial weakness. The immune system is markedly stimulated by a rise in temperature. This may be a response arising through interleuken-1 [1]. This phenomenon has been demonstrated for interleuken –1 and interleukin-2 in post operative hypothermia [2]. Heat also stimulates tumor necrosis factor [3]. The above could be the reason why the ability to create a fever arose [4]. Doubling time of pneumococcal meningitis in rabbits is markedly increased at fever temperature, and that bacteria did not grow at all at 41 degrees centigrade in either soy broth or cerebral fluid [5], so it seems that the efficacy of body temperature effectiveness is dependent on more than enhancement of the immune system. It is conceivable in view of their results that rather than the fever evolving in order to enhance an innate characteristic of the immune system, the fever evolved to take advantage of an innate ineffectiveness of most bacteria at high temperatures and the immune system then evolved to be most effective during a fever. I have often cured a cold within a couple hours with an infrared heat lamp directed to my nose and it has been advantageous for me against infections near the surface of the body such as sore throats. It is probably necessary to start the temperature treatment early in the disease for viruses, because that is the case for rabies in mice [6].
    I have cured abscessed teeth that were not cured by anacardic acids in raw cashew nuts [ http://charles_w.tripod.com/tooth.html ] and were very slow to respond to amoxicillin by heating the jaw with an infrared lamp in conjunction with the amoxicillin.
    CONCLUSION
    It would be desirable to perform experiments to determine whether this is a universal phenomenon or not for teeth, because it is very desirable to get rid of an infection even if a root canal operation is desired, in my opinion, and certainly imperative if a root canal operation is financially or tactically impossible. If universal, development of a device that heated the tooth up directly to the correct temperature should be very advantageous.
    REFERENCES
    [1] Hanson DE, Murphy PA, Silicano R, Shin HS. The effect of temperature on the activation of thymocytes by interleukin I & II. Journal of Immunol. 1983; 130: 216,
    [2] Beilin B, Shavit Y, Razumovsky J, Wolloch Y, Zeidel A, Bessler H. Effects of Mild Perioperative Hypothermia on Cellular Immune Responses. Anesthesiology. 1998; 89(5):1133-1140,
    [3] Zellner M, Hergovics N, Roth E, Jilma B, Spittler A, Oehler R. Human monocyte stimulation by experimental whole body hyperthermia. Wien. Klin. Wochenschr. 2002 Feb 15; 114(3): 73-75.
    [4] Kluger MJ. The evolution and adabtive value of fever. American Sci. 1978; 66: 38-43.
    [5] Small PM, Täuber MG, Hackbarth CJ, Sande MA. Influence of body temperature on bacterial growth rates in experimental pneumococcal meningitis in rabbits. Infect Immun. 1986 May; 52(2): 484–487.
    [6] Bell JF, and Moore GJ. Effects of High Ambient Temperature on Various Stages of Rabies Virus Infection in Mice. Infect Immun. 1974 September; 10(3): 510–515.

           Sincerely, Charles Weber
    
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