ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Folic Acid Might Offer Allergy Relief
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
Air Quality Better in Northeast, Midwest
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Massage Therapy Helps Those With Advanced Cancer
Wristbands May Lessen Nausea After Radiation
Uncover Why Turmeric Helps You Heal
ANIMAL CARE
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
BONES & JOINTS
Rheumatoid Arthritis May Harm Gums
Occupational Therapy Plus Exercise Benefits Osteoarthritis
More Faces Being Spared in Motor Vehicle Accidents
CANCER
Where You Live May Affect Your Cancer Diagnosis
Vitamin D May Lower Colon Cancer Risk
Women Smokers Lose 14.5 Years Off Life Span
CAREGIVING
Critically Ill Patients Lack Vitamin D
Older Caregivers Prone to Worse Sleep Patterns
U.S. Mental Health Spending Rises, But Many Still Left Out
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Drink a Little Wine, Live a Little Longer
Tai Chi and Qigong Offer Many Health Benefits: Review
Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
COSMETIC
Mouse Study Finds Molecule That Tells Hair to Grow
The Acne Drug Accutane More Than Doubles Depression Risk
Health Tip: After Liposuction
DENTAL, ORAL
Good Oral Hygiene May Protect Against Heart Infections
Toothbrushing May Stave Off Heart Woes
Rheumatoid Arthritis May Harm Gums
DIABETES
24 Million Americans Had Diabetes in 2007
Poor Blood Sugar Control After Heart Surgery Impacts Outcomes
Fructose-Sweetened Drinks Up Metabolic Syndrome Risk
DIET, NUTRITION
Iced Teas Pose High Risk of Kidney Stones
Eating your way to Good Health
Atkins Diet Tougher on Heart After Weight Loss
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Dementia Underestimated in Developing Countries
Household Insecticides May Be Linked to Autoimmune Diseases
Think You Are Lead-Free? Check Your Soil
EYE CARE, VISION
Retinal Gene Is Linked to Childhood Blindness
Brain Pressure More Likely to Cause Vision Loss in Men
Sports Eye Injuries Leading Cause of Blindness in Youths
FITNESS
Exercise in Adolescence May Cut Risk of Deadly Brain Tumor
Exercise As Well As Acupuncture, May Ease Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Will the Wii Keep You Fit?
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
New Yogurt May Ease Stomach Ulcers
Traditional Nonsurgical GERD Treatments Not Impressive
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
GENERAL HEALTH
Man Dies of Brain Inflammation Caused by Deer Tick Virus
Eating Well And Keeping Active As You Grow Old Will Help You Stay Sharp
Proven Strategies for Avoiding Colds and the Flu
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Subway Defibrillators Save Lives
Study Suggests Link Between Cell Phones and Brain Tumors
The Internet Is Becoming One-Stop Shopping for Health Help
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Ingredient in Dark Chocolate Could Guard Against Stroke
Estrogen May Help Men's Hearts
Cherry-Enriched Diet Cut Heart Risks in Rats
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Swine Flu Now Reported in All 50 States
Poor Restroom Cleaning Causes Cruise-Ship Sickness
Swine Flu Is Now a Pandemic Says W.H.O.
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
Scorpion Anti-Venom Speeds Children's Recovery
MEN'S HEALTH
Drinking Green Tea May Slow Prostate Cancer
Strenuous Daily Workout May Keep Cancer at Bay
Lots of Sex May Prevent Erectile Dysfunction
MENTAL HEALTH
A Simple 'Thank You' Brings Rewards to All
Love Hormone May Ease Discussion of Painful Topics
Mind Exercise Might Help Stroke Patients
PAIN
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Acupuncture May Relieve Acid Indigestation In Pregnancy
Alternative Treatments May Boost IVF Success
Breast-Feeding May Protect a Woman's Heart
SENIORS
A Little Alcohol May Stave Off Alzheimer's
Tai Chi and Qigong Offer Many Health Benefits: Review
Nighttime Urination Linked to Higher Death Rate Among Elderly
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Bitter Melon Extract May Slow, Stop Breast Cancer
Whole Grains, Bran May Fight Hypertension in Men
Calcium Helps Ward Off Colon Cancer
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Gum Disease May Reactivate AIDS Virus

FRIDAY, April 3 (HealthDay News) -- Good dental health may help prevent AIDS, say Japanese researchers.

The link, they say, could be periodontal, or gum, disease.

The researchers found that periodontitis-causing P. gingivalis bacteria can trigger a pathway that causes reactivation of latent HIV-1, the virus that causes AIDS. P. gingivalis is among the most widely existent bacteria worldwide.

The findings were to be presented April 3 in Miami at a meeting of the International & American Association for Dental Research.

The results suggest that periodontal disease might contribute to the systemic dissemination of HIV and emphasize the essential role of maintaining oral hygiene and controlling oral diseases to help prevent AIDS, according to background information in a news release from the association.

More information

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more about HIV/AIDS.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: International & American Association for Dental Research, news release, April 3, 2009

Last Updated: April 03, 2009

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