Your Health: Oct. 19, 1998

GOOD NEWS FOR EARS

Kids will love this. Eating sweets may ward off ear infections--if the sweet contains a sugar substitute called xylitol. In a Finnish study, children given chewing gum with xylitol had 40% fewer ear infections. Xylitol, it turns out, is a powerful antimicrobial. It is used in small quantities to help sweeten Trident Advantage, Breath Assure and other sugarless gums.

BAD NEWS ON FERTILITY

Alcohol may put women in the mood, but it won't help them conceive. A study of 100 women shows that even relatively modest amounts--one drink a week or less--can reduce a woman's odds of...

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