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Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
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Taking the Mystery Out of Hypnotherapy
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CANCER
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Drinking Green Tea May Slow Prostate Cancer
Some Spices Cut Cancer Risk That Comes With Grilled Burgers
CAREGIVING
ER Less Likely to Diagnose Stroke in Younger Folks
Robots May Come to Aging Boomers' Rescue
Early Exercise Boosts Outcomes for ICU Patients
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Exercise Extends Life of Kidney Patients
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Bad Marriages Harder on Women's Health
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New Genetic Links to Baldness Discovered
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The Acne Drug Accutane More Than Doubles Depression Risk
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Obesity Boosts Gum Disease Risk
Dental Implants Need More Work Than Root Canals
Acupuncture May Ease Anxiety Over Dental Work
DIABETES
Coffee, Tea Might Stave Off Diabetes
Chamomile Tea May Ward Off Diabetes Damage
24 Million Americans Had Diabetes in 2007
DIET, NUTRITION
10 Beginner Tips for Fast Weight Loss, the Low-Carb Way!
6 Million U.S. Kids Lack Enough Vitamin D
Adding Garlic Might Cut Cancer Risk
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Air Pollution Exposure May Slow Fetal Growth
Air Quality Better in Northeast, Midwest
Former Inmates at Increased Risk for High Blood Pressure
EYE CARE, VISION
Eye Care Checkups Tied to Insurance Status
Guard Kids' Eyes Against Long-Term Sun Damage
Thyroid Problems Boost Glaucoma Risk
FITNESS
Vigorous Exercise Can Cut Breast Cancer Risk
Community Exercise Programs Boost Seniors' Strength
Exercise Guards White Blood Cells Against Aging
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Intestinal Bacteria Trigger Immune Response
HRT Use Raises Risk of Stomach Trouble
Japanese Herbals May Ease Gastro Woes
GENERAL HEALTH
Want to Stop Cancer? You Can, Experts Say
Eating More Soy May Be Good For Your Lung Function
Parents Influence Sex Decisions, Hispanic Teens Say
HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Magnet Therapy May Ease Hard-to-Treat Depression
Airport Full Body Scanners Pose No Health Threat: Experts
Using Light Therapy to Silence Harmful Brain Activity
HEARING
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Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Lack of Vitamin D Linked to High Blood Pressure
Research Shows Genetic Activity of Antioxidants
Cherry-Enriched Diet Cut Heart Risks in Rats
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Swine Flu Is Now a Pandemic Says W.H.O.
Hand Washing 10 Times a Day May Help Keep Flu Away
The HPV Vaccine: Preventative Medicine or Human Sacrifice?
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KID'S HEALTH
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Exercise in Adolescence May Cut Risk of Deadly Brain Tumor
Teen Stress May Have Roots in First Three Years of Life
MEN'S HEALTH
Strenuous Daily Workout May Keep Cancer at Bay
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Drinking Green Tea May Slow Prostate Cancer
MENTAL HEALTH
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Vitamin C Protects Some Elderly Men From Bone Loss
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
Pre-Pregnancy Weight Linked to Babies' Heart Problems
Sugary Colas Tied to Gestational Diabetes
Expectant Mom's Exercise Keeps Newborn's Birth Weight Down
SENIORS
Mediterranean Diet Plus Exercise Lowers Alzheimer's Risk
Vitamin D May Help Keep Aging at Bay
Boost In Elderly Population Will Be Felt Worldwide
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Pre-Pregnancy Weight Linked to Babies' Heart Problems
Heart Defects in Newborns Linked to Antidepressants
Exercise Boosts Bone Density in Breast-Feeding Moms
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Sports Drinks May Be Tough on Teeth

FRIDAY, April 3 (HealthDay News) -- Though some might see sports drinks as a healthier alternative to soda, a new study shows that the citric acid they contain can damage teeth.

The finding comes from a study involving teeth from cows. New York University College of Dentistry researchers cut the teeth in half and placed them in top-selling sports drinks. After soaking for up to 90 minutes, which the researchers said simulated sipping on the drinks throughout the day, the enamel coating of the teeth was partially eaten away. This allowed the drinks to leak into the bonelike material underneath the enamel, causing the teeth to soften and weaken.

The condition, called erosive tooth wear, can result in severe tooth damage and tooth loss, if not treated.

"This is the first time that the citric acid in sports drinks has been linked to erosive tooth wear," study leader Dr. Mark Wolff, chairman of cariology and comprehensive care at the NYU College of Dentistry, said in a news release issued by the school.

The findings were to be presented Friday at the International Association for Dental Research general sessions in Miami Beach, Fla.

Perhaps surprisingly, brushing immediately after having a sports drink might actually cause more damage, Wolff said, as the softened tooth enamel is vulnerable to the abrasiveness of toothpaste.

"To prevent tooth erosion, consume sports drinks in moderation and wait at least 30 minutes before brushing your teeth, to allow softened enamel to re-harden," he said. "If you frequently consume sports drinks, ask your dentist if you should use an acid-neutralizing, re-mineralizing toothpaste to help re-harden soft enamel."

More information

The American Academy of Family Physicians has more about oral health.



-- Kevin McKeever



SOURCE: New York University, news release, April 3, 2009

Last Updated: April 03, 2009

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