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1/23/04

HealthWise at 5 From 1.23

  • Flu Numbers

Health officials report a dramatic drop in the number of Americans suffering from the flu. The Centers for Disease control says by mid January, only five states were classified as having widespread Influenza activity. That's down from 20 states a week earlier. Most of the current cases are in the northeast mainly Delaware, Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania, and Vermont.....not Texas, where the flu bug came and left early this year. Even so, the flu left heartbreak in its wake nationwide this season. So far, the CDC has received reports of 111 child deaths this year related to complications of the flu.

  • Kids Teeth and Drinks

Kids love sweet drinks, whether juices or sodas, and though parents recognize the tooth damage that can be done by sweet drinks, a new study reveals how bad some beverages can be. The University of Iowa found that sodas still rank as the most dental damaging drink. The second most decaying were drinks made from powdered drink mixes. However, equally sweet juices and juice-based drinks posed less of a cavity risk. Milk came out the hero, with no link to tooth troubles.

  • Joiner Benefit

An update on Trevor and Ross Joiner, remember the Cooper Elementary School brothers were rushed off to Duke Medical Center for stem cell transplants, the only treatment that could at least extend their lives after being diagnosed with a rare and fatal disorder just before Christmas. The boys are still in North Carolina recovering from their transplants.

Here's how you can help at home. A benefit roping is set for Saturday at the Caprock equestrian center with a live auction and even a palomino pony up for raffle. For more information on the roping or the cowboy church that follows call Tracy Autry at (806) 722-0720.

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