ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Childhood Food Allergies on the Rise
New Spray Could Benefit Cystic Fibrosis Patients
Using Music and Sports to Improve Kids' Asthma
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Cranberries May Help Prevent Urinary Tract Infections
Uncover Why Turmeric Helps You Heal
Ginkgo No Shield Against Alzheimer's
ANIMAL CARE
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Beware of Dog Bites
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
BONES & JOINTS
Drinking Cuts Rheumatoid Arthritis Risk
Sea Worm Inspires Novel Bone Glue
Study Examines How Rheumatoid Arthritis Destroys Bone
CANCER
Omega-3 May Safely Treat Precancerous Bowel Polyps
Supplement Hampers Thyroid Cancer Treatment
No Verdict Yet on Grape Seed Extract vs. Breast Cancer
CAREGIVING
Hispanic Children More Likely to Have Hearing Loss
Tainted China Formula Caused High Rate of Kidney Stones in Kids
Stressed Health Care Workers Battle 'Compassion Fatigue'
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Health Tip: Are You Anemic?
Obesity Linked to Heart Failure Risk
An Apple a Day May Help Keep Heart Disease Away
COSMETIC
Health Tip: After Liposuction
Contact Lenses Boost Kids' Self-Image
New Genetic Links to Baldness Discovered
DENTAL, ORAL
Amino Acid May Be Key to Strong Teeth
Study Links Osteoporosis Drugs to Jaw Trouble
Obesity Boosts Gum Disease Risk
DIABETES
Spices, Herbs Boost Health for Diabetics
Out-of-Control Blood Sugar May Affect Memory
Exercise Protects Black Women From Type 2 Diabetes
DIET, NUTRITION
Polyunsaturated Fats Really May Lower Heart Risk
10 Beginner Tips for Fast Weight Loss, the Low-Carb Way!
Just Say No to Nuts During Pregnancy
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Seasons Arriving 2 Days Earlier, Study Says
Household Insecticides May Be Linked to Autoimmune Diseases
Fertilizer Ban Makes a Difference
EYE CARE, VISION
High Temps Degrade Contact Lens Solution: Study
Statin Drugs Cause Eye Disorders
Eye Problems, Hearing Loss May Be Linked
FITNESS
When It Comes to Lifting, the Pros Have Your Back
Being Active an Hour a Day Puts Brakes on Weight Gain
Tai Chi and Qigong Offer Many Health Benefits: Review
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Olive Oil May Protect Against Bowel Disease
New Yogurt May Ease Stomach Ulcers
HRT Use Raises Risk of Stomach Trouble
GENERAL HEALTH
Standard IQ Test May Underestimate People With Autism
Keep Fire Safety in Mind as You Celebrate
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEAD & NECK
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
Magnet Therapy May Ease Hard-to-Treat Depression
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Too-Low Blood Pressure Can Also Bring Danger
More Steps a Day Lead to Better Health
Years of Heavy Smoking Raises Heart Risks
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Swine Flu Loves a Crowd
Grapefruit Compound Inhibits Hepatitis C Virus
Poor Restroom Cleaning Causes Cruise-Ship Sickness
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Heart Defects in Newborns Linked to Antidepressants
Gene Variation Found in Boys With Delinquent Peers
Music of Mozart Soothes the Preemie Baby
MEN'S HEALTH
Could Chinese Herb Be a Natural Viagra?
More Vitamin C May Mean Less Chance of Gout
The Dark Side of Vegetarianism
MENTAL HEALTH
Love Hormone May Ease Discussion of Painful Topics
Teen Internet Addicts More Likely to Self-Harm: Study
Brain Scans Show How Humans 'Hear' Emotion
PAIN
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Before Conceiving, Take Folic Acid for One Full Year
Yoga's Benefits Outweigh Risks for Pregnant Women
Alternative Treatments May Boost IVF Success
SENIORS
Want Better Health in the New Year, Add Exercise to Your Day
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Daily dose of beet juice promotes brain health in older adults
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Being Active an Hour a Day Puts Brakes on Weight Gain
Calcium Helps Ward Off Colon Cancer
Rheumatoid Arthritis Rising Among U.S. Women
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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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