ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Folic Acid Might Offer Allergy Relief
Climate Change Could Sting Allergy, Asthma Sufferers
Air Pollution May Raise Blood Pressure
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Indian Spice May Thwart Liver Damage
Insight on Herbals Eludes Doctors, Patients Alike
Massage Therapy Helps Those With Advanced Cancer
ANIMAL CARE
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
BONES & JOINTS
Put Your Best Foot Forward Next Year
Genes May Help Drive Rotator Cuff Injury
Postmenopausal Women With Breast Cancer Face Joint Issues
CANCER
Steady Weight Gain Boosts Late-Life Breast Cancer Risk
Mineral May Reduce High-Risk Bladder Disease
To Quit Smoking, Try Logging On
CAREGIVING
Study of Everest Climbers Questions Oxygen Use
Robots May Come to Aging Boomers' Rescue
Falls Are Top Cause of Injury, Death Among Elderly
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Grapefruit-Heavy Diet Helped Spur Dangerous Clot
Mercury in Fish Linked to High Blood Pressure
Bad Marriages Harder on Women's Health
COSMETIC
What to Do If You Have Unsightly Veins
Science May Banish Bad Hair Days
Gum Chewing May Cut Craving for Snacks
DENTAL, ORAL
Gummy Bears Join Cavity Fight
Periodontal Disease Impacts Whole Health
Obesity Boosts Gum Disease Risk
DIABETES
Vitamin K Slows Insulin Resistance in Older Men
Lifestyle Factors Tied to Older Adults' Diabetes Risk
Brown Rice Bests White for Diabetes Prevention
DIET, NUTRITION
Eating Healthy : You Can Live Longer
Is Coffee Good or Bad for Your Health?
Low Vitamin A, C Intake Tied to Asthma Risk
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Green Areas Lower Health Inequities Between Rich, Poor
Genetics, Environment Shape Sexual Behavior
Air Quality Better in Northeast, Midwest
EYE CARE, VISION
Eye Test Could Spot Diabetes Vision Trouble Early
Action-Filled Video Games Boost Adult Vision
Glaucoma Associated With Reading Impairments in Elderly
FITNESS
Walk Long, Slow and Often to Help the Heart
Exercise Cuts Lung Cancer Risk in Ex-Smokers by 45%
Will the Wii Keep You Fit?
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Fight Irritable Bowel
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
New Yogurt May Ease Stomach Ulcers
GENERAL HEALTH
Toxins May Form When Skin, Indoor Ozone Meet
Spread of Swine Flu in Japan Could Raise WHO Alert to Highest Level
Family Medicine Cabinet Top Source Of Kid's Poisonings
HEAD & NECK
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
E-Mailing Your Way to Healthier Habits
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Review Confirms Links Between Diet, Heart Health
Dark Chocolate May Lower Stroke Risk
Walk Long, Slow and Often to Help the Heart
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Chinese 'Devil Dung' Plant Could Be a Swine Flu Fighter
Poor Restroom Cleaning Causes Cruise-Ship Sickness
Dry Weather Boosts Odds of Flu Outbreaks
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Exercise During Pregnancy Keeps Newborn Size Normal
Older People at Greater Risk of Swine Flu Death
School Meals Need to Get Healthier
MEN'S HEALTH
Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
Drinking Green Tea May Slow Prostate Cancer
Low Vitamin D Levels May Boost Men's Heart Attack Risk
MENTAL HEALTH
Positive Brain Changes Seen After Body-Mind Meditation
Musicians' Brains Tuned to Emotions in Sound
Worries About Weight Are Tied to Teen Suicide Tries
PAIN
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
For Baby and Mom Alike, Breast-Feeding May Be Best
Placebo Acupuncture Tied to Higher IVF Pregnancies
Prenatal Stress May Boost Baby's Asthma Risk
SENIORS
Want Better Health in the New Year, Add Exercise to Your Day
The Healthy Habits of Centenarians
Eating Well And Keeping Active As You Grow Old Will Help You Stay Sharp
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Rheumatoid Arthritis Rising Among U.S. Women
Active Young Women Need Calcium, Vitamin D
Woman in America Are Delaying Motherhood, Study Says
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Rheumatoid Arthritis May Harm Gums

TUESDAY, Oct. 28 (HealthDay News) -- Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) may increase the risk of gum disease, a U.S. study finds.

Previous research has suggested a link between RA and periodontal disease, a condition where chronic inflammation results in the separation of the teeth from the gums, loss of bony support, and possible tooth loss.

In this new study, researchers looked for periodontal disease in 153 patients, ages 45 to 84, who'd had RA for an average of 11 years. Eighty-two percent of the patients reported periodontal symptoms, such as a history of the disease, gum recession, swollen gums, and gum bleeding.

After further analysis, the researchers found that periodontal disease was significantly associated with a patient's RA disease activity score and with rheumatoid nodules, leading to the conclusion that periodontal disease is independently associated with RA disease activity.

"These findings, along with prior studies and our additional preliminary data showing a high prevalence of moderate to severe periodontal disease in RA patients based on comprehensive oral examinations, strongly suggest an association between these two inflammatory diseases. We are now conducting a number of additional studies to better understand the pathobiologic mechanisms that may explain these associations," lead investigator Dr. Clifton O. Bingham, a rheumatologist at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, said in an American College of Rheumatology (ACR) news release.

"It is notable that treatment of periodontal disease leads to improvement of other systemic conditions including diabetes, and may even lower cardiovascular risk. Thus it is possible that increased attention to oral health and treatment of periodontal disease may improve outcomes for patients with RA," Bingham said.

The study was expected to be presented Tuesday at the annual scientific meeting of the ACR, in San Francisco.

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The American Academy of Periodontology has more about periodontal disease and overall health.



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SOURCE: American College of Rheumatology, news release, Oct. 25, 2008

Last Updated: Oct. 28, 2008

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