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9/10/04

HealthWise at 5 From 9.10

  • 9-11 Health

You would expect 9-11 survivors of the World Trade Center to suffer some psychological trauma after that ordeal, but a study funded by the CDC is finding those folks are left with lingering physical problems as well. The study of over a 1,000 workers and volunteers finds they were exposed to dust, diesel exhaust, glass fibers, asbestos and other airborne contaminants. As a result, more than half the survivors have reported persistent respiratory trouble long after the tragedy. Many had what doctors now call the 9-11 cough.

  • Leukemia Diet

New research show that what your toddlers eat can impact their cancer risk. In a study of more than 300 children, researchers found that regular consumption of oranges, orange juice and bananas lowered the risk of developing childhood leukemia. Researchers note these findings are similar to other studies indicating fruit and vegetable consumption reduces the risk of adult cancers. The theory is the high vitamin and mineral content in oranges and bananas may help protect the body from cancer. The study was sponsored by the National Institutes of Health.

  • Cola Teeth

One more reason to avoid soft drinks, not just to keep down the calories and protect against cavities, but to keep your pretty smile. In a new study, healthy teeth were exposed to a variety of popular beverages. Researchers found soft drinks were more likely than water, black tea or coffee to destroy tooth enamel. Here's the real surprise, turns out that non-cola soft drinks, such as light colored sodas like ginger ale, were the most destructive. They caused up to five times more enamel erosion than regular colas. Canned teas were also a problem because of their acid levels. Researchers found the safest soft drink for your teeth is root beer. This from the University of Maryland Baltimore Dental School.

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