ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
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Obesity May Raise Kids' Allergy Risk
Air Quality Better in Northeast, Midwest
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
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U.S. Spends Billions On Alternative Medicine
Higher Vitamin D Intake Could Cut Cancer Risk
ANIMAL CARE
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
Safe Toys for Dogs
BONES & JOINTS
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CANCER
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Family History Key Player in Brain Cancer Risk
CAREGIVING
Obese Children More Likely to Suffer Lower Body Injuries
Flu Strikes a Milder Blow This Season
New Guidelines for Treating Heart Failure
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Exercise May Blunt Salt's Effect on Hypertension
Potassium-Rich Foods May Cut Stroke, Heart Disease Risk
Grapefruit-Heavy Diet Helped Spur Dangerous Clot
COSMETIC
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Science May Banish Bad Hair Days
Wrinkle Fillers Need Better Label Warnings: FDA Panel
DENTAL, ORAL
Holistic Dentistry-My View
Gummy Bears Join Cavity Fight
Good Oral Hygiene May Protect Against Heart Infections
DIABETES
Whole Grains Take a Bite Out of Type 2 Diabetes Risk
Chamomile Tea May Ward Off Diabetes Damage
Older Diabetics With Depression Face Higher Death Rate
DIET, NUTRITION
10 Beginner Tips for Fast Weight Loss, the Low-Carb Way!
Eat Up, But Eat Healthy This Holiday Season
Natural Oils Help Lower Body Fat For Some
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Gene Mutation May Cause Some Cases of Seasonal Affective Disorder
City Kids Find the Breathin' Is Easier Elsewhere
Think You Are Lead-Free? Check Your Soil
EYE CARE, VISION
Florida Vision Test Law: Fewer Traffic Deaths Among Elderly
Kids Who Spend More Time Outdoors Have Better Vision
FDA Goes After Unapproved Eye Washes, Skin Ointments
FITNESS
Occupational Therapy Plus Exercise Benefits Osteoarthritis
Exercise Cuts Lung Cancer Risk in Ex-Smokers by 45%
Women Who Run May Benefit From Extra Folic Acid
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Olive Oil May Protect Against Bowel Disease
Japanese Herbals May Ease Gastro Woes
Intestinal Bacteria Trigger Immune Response
GENERAL HEALTH
Why Am I So Tired? Could It Be Low Thyroid?
A Little Alcohol May Stave Off Alzheimer's
The Juice From Beetroots May Boost Stamina
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Airport Full Body Scanners Pose No Health Threat: Experts
Subway Defibrillators Save Lives
Imaging Sheds Light on How Acupuncture Works
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Most Fast-Food French Fries Cooked in Unhealthiest Oil
Research Shows Genetic Activity of Antioxidants
Shedding Light on Why Omega-3 Fatty Acids May Help the Heart
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Swine Flu Now Reported in All 50 States
Bacterial Infections May Succumb to Honey
Swine Flu Closes Three Schools in NYC
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Help Your Kids Stay Active
Guard Kids' Eyes Against Long-Term Sun Damage
Teen Stress May Have Roots in First Three Years of Life
MEN'S HEALTH
Exercise May Prevent Prostate Cancer: Study Shows
More Vitamin C May Mean Less Chance of Gout
Whole Grains, Bran May Fight Hypertension in Men
MENTAL HEALTH
The Unmedicated Mind
Optimism May Boost Immune System
Consciousness Helps the Mind and Body Work Together
PAIN
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Heart Defects in Newborns Linked to Antidepressants
Acupuncture May Relieve Acid Indigestation In Pregnancy
Calcium Supplements Cut Blood Lead Levels During Pregnancy
SENIORS
Any Old Cane Won't Do
Rapid Weight Loss in Seniors Signals Higher Dementia Risk
Older People at Greater Risk of Swine Flu Death
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Broccoli May Help Battle Breast Cancer
Spice Compounds May Stem Tumor Growth
How Much Fish to Eat While Pregnant?
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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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