ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Herbal Remedy Could Halt Peanut Allergy
Know Your Asthma Triggers
Childhood Food Allergies on the Rise
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Acupuncture May Help Restore Lost Sense of Smell
Birds Don't Miss a Beat
Acupuncture Eases Breast Cancer Treatment Side Effects
ANIMAL CARE
Beware of Dog Bites
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
BONES & JOINTS
Sea Worm Inspires Novel Bone Glue
In Elderly Women, Hip Fractures Often Follow Arm Breaks
Rheumatoid Arthritis Rising Among U.S. Women
CANCER
Mineral May Reduce High-Risk Bladder Disease
Yoga May Bring Calm to Breast Cancer Treatment
Steady Weight Gain Boosts Late-Life Breast Cancer Risk
CAREGIVING
Omega-3 Fatty Acid May Help 'Preemie' Girls' Brains
Obese Children More Likely to Suffer Lower Body Injuries
ER Less Likely to Diagnose Stroke in Younger Folks
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Obesity Linked to Heart Failure Risk
Salt Boosts Blood Pressure in High-Risk Patients
A Brisk Pace May Keep Stroke at Bay
COSMETIC
With Psoriasis, the Internet May Offer Hope
Get Sugared!.... Its a sweet choice for hair removal
Wrinkle Fillers Need Better Label Warnings: FDA Panel
DENTAL, ORAL
Scientists Find Gene for Tooth Enamel
Toothbrushing May Stave Off Heart Woes
Acupuncture May Ease Anxiety Over Dental Work
DIABETES
Study Shows Turmeric May Prevent Type 2 Diabetes
Spices, Herbs Boost Health for Diabetics
Red-Grape Compound May Improve Diabetes
DIET, NUTRITION
Pesticides and How to Affordably Eat Organic or Reduce Pesticide Consumption
Decline of Underweight Children in U.S. Continue to Fall
Indian Spice May Thwart Liver Damage
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Researchers ID Genetic Markers for Esophageal Cancer
Exposure to 9/11 Fumes Tied to Chronic Headaches
Vest Monitors 'Individual' Air Pollution
EYE CARE, VISION
Just Like Skin, Eyes Can 'Burn' in Strong Sun
Glaucoma Associated With Reading Impairments in Elderly
High Temps Degrade Contact Lens Solution: Study
FITNESS
Exercise Extends Life of Kidney Patients
Walk Long, Slow and Often to Help the Heart
Women Who Run May Benefit From Extra Folic Acid
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Olive Oil May Protect Against Bowel Disease
Gum Chewing May Speed Colon Surgery Recovery
Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Fight Irritable Bowel
GENERAL HEALTH
Chinese 'Devil Dung' Plant Could Be a Swine Flu Fighter
A Honey of a Sinusitis Treatment
New Options Offered for Sleep Apnea
HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
The Internet Is Becoming One-Stop Shopping for Health Help
Subway Defibrillators Save Lives
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
A Little Chocolate May Do the Heart Good
B-Vitamins Help Protect Against Stroke, Heart Disease
Too-Low Blood Pressure Can Also Bring Danger
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Chinese 'Devil Dung' Plant Could Be a Swine Flu Fighter
Older Adults May Have Some Immunity to Swine Flu
More Medicinal Uses for Pomegranate
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Keep Safety in Mind While Your Kids Are Cooling Off in the Water
Meaningful Conversations Boost Kids' Language Skills
St. John's Wort Doesn't Work for ADHD
MEN'S HEALTH
More Vitamin C May Mean Less Chance of Gout
Eating Fast Until Full Triples Overweight Risk
Vigorous Exercise Cuts Stroke Risk for Men, Not Women
MENTAL HEALTH
Brain Scans Show How Humans 'Hear' Emotion
Estrogen May Help Men's Hearts
Psychotherapy Can Boost Happiness More Than Money
PAIN
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
For Baby and Mom Alike, Breast-Feeding May Be Best
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
Prenatal Stress May Boost Baby's Asthma Risk
SENIORS
High-Impact Activity May Be Good for Old Bones
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Mediterranean Diet Plus Exercise Lowers Alzheimer's Risk
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Pre-Pregnancy Weight Linked to Babies' Heart Problems
Simple Carbs Pose Heart Risk for Women
Health Tip: Be More Comfortable During Childbirth
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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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