ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Know Your Asthma Triggers
Childhood Food Allergies on the Rise
Traffic, Dust Linked to Asthma in Kids
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
The Zen Way to Pain Relief
Naprapathy: A Hands-On Approach to Pain Management
Relaxation Tapes or Mozart Lower Blood Pressure
ANIMAL CARE
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
Beware of Dog Bites
BONES & JOINTS
Many Americans Fall Short on Their Vitamin D
Body Fat, Muscle Distribution Linked to RA Disability
New Clues to How Fish Oils Help Arthritis Patients
CANCER
Smokeout '08: The Perfect Time to Quit
Selenium, Omega-3s May Stave Off Colorectal Cancer
Smoking Exposure Now Linked to Colon, Breast Cancers
CAREGIVING
Caring for Aging Loved Ones Can Be a Catch-22
What Moms Learned May Be Passed to Offspring
Omega-3 Fatty Acid May Help 'Preemie' Girls' Brains
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Night Shift Work Hard on the Heart
Bye, Bye Back Fat?
Support Network May Play Role in Benefits of Drinking
COSMETIC
Health Tip: After Liposuction
Science May Banish Bad Hair Days
Gum Chewing May Cut Craving for Snacks
DENTAL, ORAL
Gummy Bears Join Cavity Fight
Amino Acid May Be Key to Strong Teeth
Acupuncture May Ease Anxiety Over Dental Work
DIABETES
Arthritis Hits More Than Half of Diabetics
Insulin Resistance Tied to Peripheral Artery Disease
Red-Grape Compound May Improve Diabetes
DIET, NUTRITION
Meat Additives May Be Dangerous for Kidney Patients
Myrrh May Lower High Cholesterol
Fruits, Vegetables, Teas May Cut Smokers' Cancer Risk
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Researchers ID Genetic Markers for Esophageal Cancer
Are Medical Meetings Environmentally Unfriendly?
Meat-Eating Dinosaurs Used Legs and Arms Like Birds
EYE CARE, VISION
Decorative Halloween Eye Lenses May Pose Serious Risks
Americans Losing Sight of Eye Health
Cases of Age-Related Farsightedness to Soar
FITNESS
After a Stroke, Light Exercise Gets Hands, Arms Working Again
Study Shows Exercise Shields Against Osteoporosis
Barefoot Best for Running?
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Fight Irritable Bowel
Bowel Prep Harder on Women Than Men
GENERAL HEALTH
Research Confirms How Valuable A Healthy Lifestyle Can Be
Simple Holistic Approach to Fight the Common Cold
More Medicinal Uses for Pomegranate
HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Imaging Sheds Light on How Acupuncture Works
Subway Defibrillators Save Lives
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Polyunsaturated Fats Really May Lower Heart Risk
Fructose Boosts Blood Pressure, Studies Find
Psychiatric Drugs Might Raise Cardiac Death Risk
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Dry Weather Boosts Odds of Flu Outbreaks
Poor Restroom Cleaning Causes Cruise-Ship Sickness
Viral Infection Might Trigger High Blood Pressure
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
6 Million U.S. Kids Lack Enough Vitamin D
Pregnant Women Exposed To Certain Pollutants Could Lower Childs IQ
Eating Fish, Breast-Feeding Boost Infant Development
MEN'S HEALTH
Vigorous Exercise Cuts Stroke Risk for Men, Not Women
Low Iron Levels Cut Cancer Risk in Men With PAD
Eating Fast Until Full Triples Overweight Risk
MENTAL HEALTH
Brain Scans Show How Humans 'Hear' Emotion
Mind Exercise Might Help Stroke Patients
Consciousness Helps the Mind and Body Work Together
PAIN
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
Breast-Feeding May Protect a Woman's Heart
Mom's Extra Pregnancy Pounds May Raise Child's Heart Risks
SENIORS
Living Alone Increases Odds of Developing Dementia
Seniors Who Volunteer May Live Longer
Tai Chi and Qigong Offer Many Health Benefits: Review
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
WOMEN'S HEALTH
A Brisk Pace May Keep Stroke at Bay
How Much Fish to Eat While Pregnant?
Omega-3 May Reduce Endometriosis Risk
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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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