ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Molecule in Skin May Link Eczema and Asthma
Know Your Asthma Triggers
Obesity May Raise Kids' Allergy Risk
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Quit Smoking the Holistic Way
Music Therapy For Prehistoric Man?
Holistic Treatment for Candida Infection
ANIMAL CARE
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
Beware of Dog Bites
BONES & JOINTS
A Winning Strategy to Beat Spring Sporting Injuries
Resistance Training Boosts Mobility in Knee Arthritis Patients
Improved Hip Implants Can Last 20 Years
CANCER
Well Water Might Raise Bladder Cancer Risk
Smokeout '08: The Perfect Time to Quit
Acupuncture May Help Relieve Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
CAREGIVING
Child's Food Allergies Take Toll on Family Plans
Reduce Suffering, Urge Heart Failure Patients and Caregivers
Undoing the 'Big Baby' Trend
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Anemia Rates Down for U.S. Women and Children
Years of Exposure to Traffic Pollution Raises Blood Pressure
Mercury in Fish Linked to High Blood Pressure
COSMETIC
Health Tip: After Liposuction
Contact Lenses Boost Kids' Self-Image
Study Evaluates Laser Therapies for Hair Removal
DENTAL, ORAL
Obesity Boosts Gum Disease Risk
Acupuncture May Ease Anxiety Over Dental Work
Good Oral Hygiene May Protect Against Heart Infections
DIABETES
Older Diabetics With Depression Face Higher Death Rate
Exercise Protects Black Women From Type 2 Diabetes
Out-of-Control Blood Sugar May Affect Memory
DIET, NUTRITION
Fruits, Vegetables, Teas May Cut Smokers' Cancer Risk
Heart Disease May Be Prevented By Taking Fish Oils, Study Shows
Indian Spice May Thwart Liver Damage
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Population-Based Strategy Urged to Cut U.S. Obesity Rate
Seasons Arriving 2 Days Earlier, Study Says
Disinfectants Can Boost Bacteria's Resistance to Treatment
EYE CARE, VISION
Decorative Halloween Eye Lenses May Pose Serious Risks
When Corks Fly, Watch the Eyes
Music Can Help Restore Stroke Patients' Sight
FITNESS
Walking Golf Course Affects Swing, Performance
Almost Two-Thirds of Americans Meet Exercise Guidelines
Daily Exercise at School Yields Rewards
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Fight Irritable Bowel
Olive Oil May Protect Against Bowel Disease
Intestinal Bacteria Trigger Immune Response
GENERAL HEALTH
Kids More Apt to Smoke If Mom Did While Pregnant
Man Dies of Brain Inflammation Caused by Deer Tick Virus
Be Healthy, Spend Less
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Magnet Therapy May Ease Hard-to-Treat Depression
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
Subway Defibrillators Save Lives
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Toothbrushing May Stave Off Heart Woes
Heart Disease May Be Prevented By Taking Fish Oils, Study Shows
Fish Oil Supplements Help With Heart Failure
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
More Medicinal Uses for Pomegranate
Grapefruit Compound Inhibits Hepatitis C Virus
Chinese 'Devil Dung' Plant Could Be a Swine Flu Fighter
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Scorpion Anti-Venom Speeds Children's Recovery
Exercise Helps Reduce Falls in Young and Old
Teen Stress May Have Roots in First Three Years of Life
MEN'S HEALTH
Eating Fast Until Full Triples Overweight Risk
Exercise May Prevent Prostate Cancer: Study Shows
Physical Activity May Prolong Survival After Colon Cancer
MENTAL HEALTH
Meditation, Yoga Might Switch Off Stress Genes
Chocolate a Sweet Pick-Me-Up for the Depressed
Massage Fosters Healing in Bereaved Relatives
PAIN
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Yoga's Benefits Outweigh Risks for Pregnant Women
Exercise Boosts Bone Density in Breast-Feeding Moms
Placebo Acupuncture Tied to Higher IVF Pregnancies
SENIORS
Older Adults May Have Some Immunity to Swine Flu
Daily dose of beet juice promotes brain health in older adults
Laughter Can Stimulate a Dull Appetite
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Most Women With Osteoporosis Unaware of Raised Fracture Risk
For Women, Moderate Midlife Drinking Linked to Healthier Old Age
Being Active an Hour a Day Puts Brakes on Weight Gain
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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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