ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
Climate Change Could Sting Allergy, Asthma Sufferers
Obesity May Raise Kids' Allergy Risk
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Supplement Hampers Thyroid Cancer Treatment
When Healing Becomes a Commodity
Many Cancer Patients Turn to Complementary Medicine
ANIMAL CARE
Safe Toys for Dogs
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
Beware of Dog Bites
BONES & JOINTS
High Birth Weight Doubles Risk of Rheumatoid Arthritis
Healthy adults have potential autoimmune disease-causing cells
For All Their Plusses, Pets Pose a Risk for Falls, Too
CANCER
Immune Therapy May Aid Kids With Neuroblastoma
Scams and Shams That Prey on Cancer Patients
Massage Therapy Helps Those With Advanced Cancer
CAREGIVING
Most Women Struggle With Rising Health Care Costs
TV Watching Doesn't Fast-Track Baby's Skills
Coordination Has Led to Quicker Heart Treatment
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Laughter Can Boost Heart Health
Vitamins Do Older Women Little Good
Grapefruit-Heavy Diet Helped Spur Dangerous Clot
COSMETIC
Health Tip: After Liposuction
Wrinkle Fillers Need Better Label Warnings: FDA Panel
Get Sugared!.... Its a sweet choice for hair removal
DENTAL, ORAL
Acupuncture May Ease Anxiety Over Dental Work
Study Links Osteoporosis Drugs to Jaw Trouble
Hormones May Be to Blame for Women's Cavity Rates
DIABETES
Treatment for Type 2 Diabetes Updated
Poor Blood Sugar Control After Heart Surgery Impacts Outcomes
Lifestyle Factors Tied to Older Adults' Diabetes Risk
DIET, NUTRITION
'Soda Tax' Wins Health Experts' Support
Mediterranean Diet Plus Exercise Lowers Alzheimer's Risk
Eating Lots Of Vegetables, Olive Oil May Extend Life
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Ozone Pollution Taking Toll on American Lives
Stomach Germ May Protect Against Asthma
1976 Italian Dioxin Release Damaged Babies' Thyroids
EYE CARE, VISION
Clues Found to Brain Mechanism Behind Migraines
Cases of Age-Related Farsightedness to Soar
Nutrient-Rich Diet Lowers Risk of Age-Related Eye Disease
FITNESS
Have Fun This Summer, But DO Be Careful
Maximize Your Run
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Traditional Nonsurgical GERD Treatments Not Impressive
Gum Chewing May Speed Colon Surgery Recovery
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
GENERAL HEALTH
Parents Influence Sex Decisions, Hispanic Teens Say
Smog Tougher on the Obese
Heal Your Life® Tips for Living Well
HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
The Internet Is Becoming One-Stop Shopping for Health Help
Magnet Therapy May Ease Hard-to-Treat Depression
Airport Full Body Scanners Pose No Health Threat: Experts
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
B-Vitamins Help Protect Against Stroke, Heart Disease
How Weight Loss Can Help the Heart
Quitting Smoking Doubles Survival in Early Stage Lung Cancer
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Chinese 'Devil Dung' Plant Could Be a Swine Flu Fighter
Dry Weather Boosts Odds of Flu Outbreaks
Swine Flu Closes Three Schools in NYC
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Traffic Seems to Make Kids' Asthma Worse
Meaningful Conversations Boost Kids' Language Skills
St. John's Wort Doesn't Work for ADHD
MEN'S HEALTH
Low Vitamin D Levels May Boost Men's Heart Attack Risk
More Vitamin C May Mean Less Chance of Gout
Sunlight May Help Protect Men From Kidney Cancer
MENTAL HEALTH
The Unmedicated Mind
Cinnamon Breaks Up Brain Plaques, May Hold Key to Fighting Alzheimer’s
Mind Exercise Might Help Stroke Patients
PAIN
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Placebo Acupuncture Tied to Higher IVF Pregnancies
Pre-Pregnancy Weight Linked to Babies' Heart Problems
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
SENIORS
Boost In Elderly Population Will Be Felt Worldwide
Fitness Fades Fast After 45
Protein Deposits May Show Up Before Memory Problems Occur, Study Says
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Air Pollution Slows Women's Marathon Times
A Brisk Pace May Keep Stroke at Bay
Flame-Retardant Chemical Linked to Conception Problems
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Biological Product Shows Promise Against Gum Disease

SATURDAY, April 4 (HealthDay News) -- Resolvins, a new family of biologically active products of omega-3 fatty acids, may be able to remedy the inflammation of periodontal disease and restore gums to health, say Boston University researchers.

Two types of resolvins are made from the omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), both of which keep blood triglycerides under control and may inhibit the progression of atherosclerosis. EPA and DHA help reduce inflammation and are often used to help people with inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn's disease, according to background information in a new release from the International & American Association for Dental Research.

Resolvins of the E series (RvE1) are derived from EPA, and resolvins of the D series (RvD1) are derived from DHA. Previous research showed that RvE1 provided protection against soft tissue and bone loss associated with gum disease and actually restored lost soft tissue and bone to healthy levels.

In this new study, the researchers caused gum disease in rabbits by applying P. gingivalis, the bacteria that causes gum disease in humans. Treatment with RvD1 was beneficial.

The study was to be presented Saturday at the research association's meeting in Miami.

The finding supports the researchers' hypothesis that DHA-derived resolvins, as well as those derived from EPA, have the potential to resolve inflammation and restore periodontal health, the association said in its news release.

More information

The American Academy of Periodontology has more about gum disease.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: International & American Association for Dental Research, news release, April 4, 2009

Last Updated: April 05, 2009

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