ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Herbal Remedy Could Halt Peanut Allergy
Folic Acid Might Offer Allergy Relief
Molecule in Skin May Link Eczema and Asthma
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Licorice May Block Absorption of Organ Transplant Drug
Eight Spiritual Universal Principles in the Art of Practice
Could Chinese Herb Be a Natural Viagra?
ANIMAL CARE
Safe Toys for Dogs
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
BONES & JOINTS
Vitamin K Doesn't Slow Bone Loss
Fractures in Older Adults Up Death Risk
Returning to the Road Tricky After Injury
CANCER
Vitamin D Good for Breast Cancer Patients
Ginger Can Ease Nausea From Chemotherapy Treatments
Vitamin C Shows Promise as Cancer Treatment
CAREGIVING
Diabetes Epidemic Now Poses Challenges for Nursing Homes
Recession Scrambling Health Spending in U.S.
Many Hospital Patients Can't ID Their Doctors
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Anemia Rates Down for U.S. Women and Children
Health Tip: Are You Anemic?
An Apple a Day May Help Keep Heart Disease Away
COSMETIC
Study Evaluates Laser Therapies for Hair Removal
Get Sugared!.... Its a sweet choice for hair removal
Gum Chewing May Cut Craving for Snacks
DENTAL, ORAL
A Sweet Way to Shield Baby's Teeth
Dental Implants Need More Work Than Root Canals
Acid Drinks Blamed for Increase in Tooth Erosion
DIABETES
Out-of-Control Blood Sugar May Affect Memory
Poor Blood Sugar Control After Heart Surgery Impacts Outcomes
Patients' Photos Help Boost Radiologists' Accuracy
DIET, NUTRITION
Eating Vegan or Raw-Vegan at Regular Restaurants
Teens Lose More Weight Using Healthy Strategies
'Soda Tax' Wins Health Experts' Support
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Air Pollution Raises Risk of Heart Disease, Death
Green Areas Lower Health Inequities Between Rich, Poor
Preparing for a Chlorine Gas Disaster
EYE CARE, VISION
Clues Found to Brain Mechanism Behind Migraines
Don't Lose Sight of Halloween Safety
Guard Kids' Eyes Against Long-Term Sun Damage
FITNESS
Living With Less TV, More Sweat Boosts Weight Loss
Exercise Extends Life of Kidney Patients
Be Healthy, Spend Less
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Fight Irritable Bowel
New Yogurt May Ease Stomach Ulcers
Gum Chewing May Speed Colon Surgery Recovery
GENERAL HEALTH
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
Even Young Kids Can Learn CPR
Asparagus May Ease Hangover
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Study Suggests Link Between Cell Phones and Brain Tumors
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
The Internet Is Becoming One-Stop Shopping for Health Help
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Walk Long, Slow and Often to Help the Heart
Arteries Age Twice as Fast in Smokers
Too-Low Blood Pressure Can Also Bring Danger
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
The HPV Vaccine: Preventative Medicine or Human Sacrifice?
Surgical Masks Could Prevent Flu, Maybe
Older Adults May Have Some Immunity to Swine Flu
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Guard Kids' Eyes Against Long-Term Sun Damage
Most Depressed Teens Don't Get Treatment
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
MEN'S HEALTH
Could Chinese Herb Be a Natural Viagra?
The Dark Side of Vegetarianism
More Vitamin C May Mean Less Chance of Gout
MENTAL HEALTH
The 3LS Wellness Program for Reversing Chronic Symptoms and Creating Lasting Health
Heal Your Life® Tips for Living Well
Worries About Weight Are Tied to Teen Suicide Tries
PAIN
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Acupuncture May Relieve Acid Indigestation In Pregnancy
Breast-Feeding Benefits Moms and Babies
Prenatal Stress May Boost Baby's Asthma Risk
SENIORS
Exercise Helps Reduce Falls in Young and Old
Any Old Cane Won't Do
The Healthy Habits of Centenarians
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Heart Defects in Newborns Linked to Antidepressants
Natural Childbirth Moms More Attuned to Babies' Cry
Exercise Boosts Bone Density in Breast-Feeding Moms
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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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