ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Keep Asthma, Allergies at Bay for the Holidays
'Safe' Ozone Levels May Not Be for Some
Air Quality Better in Northeast, Midwest
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Memory Loss Help from Brain Supplement Prevagen
Holistic Treatment for Candida Infection
Pain-Relieving Powers of Acupuncture Unclear
ANIMAL CARE
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
Safe Toys for Dogs
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
BONES & JOINTS
Pain More a Cause of Arthritis Than a Symptom
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Almost Half of Adults Will Develop Knee Osteoarthritis by 85
CANCER
Drinking Green Tea May Slow Prostate Cancer
Lifting Weights Can Ease Arm Swelling in Breast Cancer Survivors
Seaweed May Help Treat Lymphoma
CAREGIVING
Hospital Practices Influence Which Moms Will Breast-Feed
Undoing the 'Big Baby' Trend
Diabetes Epidemic Now Poses Challenges for Nursing Homes
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
A Brisk Pace May Keep Stroke at Bay
Vitamins Do Older Women Little Good
Potassium-Rich Foods May Cut Stroke, Heart Disease Risk
COSMETIC
Science May Banish Bad Hair Days
With Psoriasis, the Internet May Offer Hope
Mouse Study Finds Molecule That Tells Hair to Grow
DENTAL, ORAL
Toothbrushing May Stave Off Heart Woes
Gummy Bears Join Cavity Fight
Health Tip: At Risk for Gingivitis
DIABETES
Patients' Photos Help Boost Radiologists' Accuracy
Vitamin K Slows Insulin Resistance in Older Men
Diabetes Linked to Cognitive Problems
DIET, NUTRITION
Eating Vegan or Raw-Vegan at Regular Restaurants
Oregano Shown to be the Most Powerful Culinary Herb
More Whole Grains May Mean Less Fat
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Childhood Food Allergies on the Rise
Showerheads Harbor a Bounty of Germs
Pesticides Linked to Parkinson's
EYE CARE, VISION
Brain Adapts to Age-Related Eye Disease
Nearly 18 Million Will Have Macular Degeneration by 2050
Autistic Children Make Limited Eye Contact
FITNESS
Exercise 30 Minutes a Day? Who Knew!
The 3LS Wellness Program for Reversing Chronic Symptoms and Creating Lasting Health
Many Cancer Survivors Don't Adopt Healthy Lifestyle
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
New Yogurt May Ease Stomach Ulcers
Japanese Herbals May Ease Gastro Woes
Gum Chewing May Speed Colon Surgery Recovery
GENERAL HEALTH
Brisk Walk Can Help Leave Common Cold Behind
Kids With Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Heart Trouble
What you need to know about swine flu.
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
E-Mailing Your Way to Healthier Habits
Using Light Therapy to Silence Harmful Brain Activity
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
Polyunsaturated Fats Really May Lower Heart Risk
Relaxation Tapes or Mozart Lower Blood Pressure
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Viral Infection Might Trigger High Blood Pressure
Poor Restroom Cleaning Causes Cruise-Ship Sickness
Older Adults May Have Some Immunity to Swine Flu
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Stomach Germ May Protect Against Asthma
Babies Who Eat Fish Lower Eczema Risk
Traffic Seems to Make Kids' Asthma Worse
MEN'S HEALTH
Vigorous Exercise Cuts Stroke Risk for Men, Not Women
Lots of Sex May Prevent Erectile Dysfunction
Low Iron Levels Cut Cancer Risk in Men With PAD
MENTAL HEALTH
Cinnamon Breaks Up Brain Plaques, May Hold Key to Fighting Alzheimer’s
Psychotherapy Can Boost Happiness More Than Money
Vitamin C Protects Some Elderly Men From Bone Loss
PAIN
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Heart Defects in Newborns Linked to Antidepressants
Placebo Acupuncture Tied to Higher IVF Pregnancies
Music of Mozart Soothes the Preemie Baby
SENIORS
Life Expectancy in U.S. Hits New High
15-Point Test Gauges Alzheimer's Risk
Friends, Not Grandkids, Key to Happy Retirement
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Most Women With Osteoporosis Unaware of Raised Fracture Risk
Supplements Might Reduce Breast Cancer Risk
Postmenopausal Women With Breast Cancer Face Joint Issues
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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.

More information

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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