ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Herbal Remedy Could Halt Peanut Allergy
Overweight Moms More Likely to Have Asthmatic Kids
Air Pollution May Raise Blood Pressure
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
When Healing Becomes a Commodity
The Zen Way to Pain Relief
Tai Chi: An Ideal Exercise for Many People with Diabetes
ANIMAL CARE
Beware of Dog Bites
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
BONES & JOINTS
Sea Worm Inspires Novel Bone Glue
Resistance Training Boosts Mobility in Knee Arthritis Patients
Body Fat, Muscle Distribution Linked to RA Disability
CANCER
Immune Therapy May Aid Kids With Neuroblastoma
Green Tea May Help Prevent Oral Cancer
Steady Weight Gain Boosts Late-Life Breast Cancer Risk
CAREGIVING
Preventing Shaken Baby Syndrome
TV Watching Doesn't Fast-Track Baby's Skills
ER Less Likely to Diagnose Stroke in Younger Folks
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
An Apple a Day May Help Keep Heart Disease Away
Potassium-Rich Foods May Cut Stroke, Heart Disease Risk
Salt Boosts Blood Pressure in High-Risk Patients
COSMETIC
The Acne Drug Accutane More Than Doubles Depression Risk
Wrinkle Fillers Need Better Label Warnings: FDA Panel
Study Evaluates Laser Therapies for Hair Removal
DENTAL, ORAL
A Sweet Way to Shield Baby's Teeth
Health Tip: At Risk for Gingivitis
Laser Technology Spots Cavities Before They Start
DIABETES
Doctors Urged to Screen Diabetics for Sleep Apnea
Formula Puts Doctor, Patient Glucose Readings on Same Page
Diabetes Linked to Cognitive Problems
DIET, NUTRITION
Compound in Berries May Lessen Sun Damage
Eating Nuts May Help Cholesterol Levels
Probiotics Are The Good Guys
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Exposure to 9/11 Fumes Tied to Chronic Headaches
Gas Stove Emissions Boost Asthma in Inner-City Kids
Bed Bugs Bring No Disease Danger
EYE CARE, VISION
Omega-3 Foods May Lower Eye Disease Risk
Green Tea May Ward Off Eye Disease
Impotence Drugs Don't Harm Vision: Study
FITNESS
Tai Chi and Qigong Offer Many Health Benefits: Review
Exercise Guards White Blood Cells Against Aging
'Safe' Ozone Levels May Not Be for Some
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Traditional Nonsurgical GERD Treatments Not Impressive
Gum Chewing May Speed Colon Surgery Recovery
New Guidelines Issued for Management of IBS
GENERAL HEALTH
You Can Get Great Exercise In The Garden
U.S. Spends Billions On Alternative Medicine
Showerheads Harbor a Bounty of Germs
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
E-Mailing Your Way to Healthier Habits
Imaging Sheds Light on How Acupuncture Works
Subway Defibrillators Save Lives
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Estrogen May Help Men's Hearts
Soy Protein Doesn't Lower Cholesterol
Whole Grains Lower Risk of Heart Failure
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Swine Flu Now Reported in All 50 States
Swine Flu Closes Three Schools in NYC
Swine Flu Is Now a Pandemic Says W.H.O.
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Teen Stress May Have Roots in First Three Years of Life
Should Your Child Be Seeing a Chiropractor?
Family Medicine Cabinet Top Source Of Kid's Poisonings
MEN'S HEALTH
Lots of Sex May Prevent Erectile Dysfunction
Physical Activity May Prolong Survival After Colon Cancer
Low Vitamin D Levels May Boost Men's Heart Attack Risk
MENTAL HEALTH
17 Ways to Create the Perfect Workday
Positive Brain Changes Seen After Body-Mind Meditation
Love Hormone May Ease Discussion of Painful Topics
PAIN
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Calcium Supplements Cut Blood Lead Levels During Pregnancy
Pre-Pregnancy Weight Linked to Babies' Heart Problems
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
SENIORS
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
Video Gaming Just Might Fight Aging
Exercise Helps Reduce Falls in Young and Old
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Supplements Might Reduce Breast Cancer Risk
Green Tea May Help Treat Uterine Fibroids
Soy May Not Lead to Denser Breasts
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Gummy Bears Join Cavity Fight

THURSDAY, July 24 (HealthDay News) -- Gummy bears with the sugar substitute xylitol may help prevent tooth decay in children, according to a U.S. study.

Researchers gave children four xylitol-sweetened gummy bears three times a day during school hours. After six weeks, there were significant reductions in the levels of harmful mutans streptococci (MS) bacteria in the children's plaque. MS is known to cause tooth decay.

Xylitol, a naturally-occurring sugar alcohol that's frequently used as a sweetener, has been shown to reduce levels of MS. Xylitol chewing gums are available but aren't considered suitable for younger children.

"For xylitol to be successfully used in oral health promotion programs amongst primary school children, an effective means of delivering xylitol must be identified. Gummy bears would seem to be more ideal than chewing gum," research leader Kiet A. Ly, of the University of Washington, said in a BioMed Central news release.

"Based on our findings, it is feasible to develop a clinical trial of a gummy-based (cavity) prevention program. Such a study is now being carried out in the East Cleveland primary school district," Ly said.

The findings were published in the journal BMC Oral Health.

More information

The American Dental Association has more about tooth decay.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: BioMed Central, news release, July 24, 2008

Last Updated: July 24, 2008

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