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10/6/06

HealthWise at 5 From 10.6

  • Meth Teeth

The American Dental Association wants everyone to see what using methamphetamine could do to your teeth. The ADA says "meth mouth" can turn healthy teeth into rotting teeth within as little as one year. Apparently, the drug causes rampant tooth decay by drying out the mouth then prompting users to grind and clench their teeth, and crave high-calorie carbonated beverages. A 2004 national survey on drug use and health found more than 12 million Americans have tried methamphetamine. Also see (drugfree.org/meth) for more information.

  • Allergy Vaccine

If you're falling victim to fall allergies, here's some good news not for this season but someday. Researchers at Johns Hopkins are testing an allergy vaccine that appears to stop symptoms for up to two years. They divided adults allergic to ragweed into two groups. Half received six weekly injections of the vaccine, and were monitored through two fall ragweed seasons. Researchers say it was obvious that the group that was vaccinated had significantly fewer allergy symptoms. Experts have high hopes for this vaccine because current immune system treatments for allergies take years to work. The study is published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

  • Cola-Osteoporosis

Diet Coke may seem like a breakfast of champions for some people, but too much cola might lead to a helping of snap, crackle and pop later in life. New research from Tufts University finds too much dark cola may lead to lower bone density in older women. A condition which often leads to Osteoporosis. The study followed 2,500 women and found the more dark cola they consumed, the lower the bone density in their hips. Researchers say the culprit could be phosphoric acid which is a key ingredient found in dark colas.

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