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Biological Product Shows Promise Against Gum Disease

SATURDAY, April 4 -- Resolvins, a new family of biologically active products of omega-3 fatty acids, may be able to remedy the inflammation of periodontal disease and restore gums to health, say Boston University researchers. Two types of resolvins are made from the omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), both of which keep blood triglycerides under control and may inhibit the progression of atherosclerosis. EPA and DHA help reduce inflammation and are often used to help people with inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn's disease, according to background information in a new release from the International & American Association for Dental Research. Resolvins of the E series (RvE1) are derived from EPA, and resolvins of the D series (RvD1) are derived from DHA. Previous research showed that RvE1 provided protection against soft tissue and bone loss associated with gum disease and actually restored lost soft tissue an ...

Medicine slams FTC over forcing physicians to police identity theft

Organized medicine and the Federal Trade Commission continue to joust over the application to physicians of new identity theft prevention rules. With a May 1 compliance date just around the corner, neither party shows signs of capitulation. The FTC regulations require a variety of business entities -- mainly financial and banking institutions -- to implement a written program for preventing identity theft as well as detecting and responding to warning signs of such incidents. The commission maintains that when physicians defer payment for services, they become creditors -- entities that regularly extend, renew or continue credit -- under the "red flag" rules. The American Medical Association and dozens of state and specialty medical societies repeatedly have objected to what they believe is an unreasonably broad application of the regulations, as well as a lack of forewarning by the FTC. The commission "did not give physicians an appropriate opportunity for notice and comment ...

PROFESSIONAL ISSUES Med school seniors headed for primary care see a challenging future

Classmates Mark Anderson and Marlana Li clasped their envelopes on Match Day, full of hope and uneasiness about their future in medicine. Like other graduating seniors at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, the two on March 19 learned where they will spend the next several years of residency training. They chose primary care at a time when family medicine is struggling to attract new physicians. There were 101 fewer family medicine positions available in the Match this year, and the number of U.S. seniors selecting the specialty decreased by 85 from 2008. Since 1997, the number of U.S. seniors matching in family medicine has dropped by more than half. Lower pay and longer hours are among the reasons cited for avoiding the specialty. Yet Anderson, Li and others say they want to be family physicians, in part because of the lifelong relationship formed with patients and the satisfaction that comes with it. "I didn't go into medicine for the money," said Li, w ...