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Xylitol appears to fight early childhood cavities, study finds

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK Children given an oral syrup containing the naturally occurring sweetener xylitol may be less likely to develop decay in their baby teeth, according to a new study.

Peter Milgrom, D.D.S., from the University of Washington in Seattle and colleagues evaluated the effectiveness of using syrup containing xylitol, approved in the United States for use in food since 1963, among 94 children (9 months to 15 months old) from the Republic of the Marshall Islands, where early childhood tooth decay is a major health problem.

The investigators stated that “exposure to xylitol (8 g per day) in a twice-daily topical oral syrup during primary tooth eruption could prevent up to 70% of decayed teeth.”

After an average of 10.5 months, 8-out-of-33 children receiving two doses of xylitol per day and 13-of-the-32 children receiving three does of xylitol per day had tooth decay. This compared with 15-of-the-29 children in a control group, the report stated.

The study was funded by a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration Maternal and Child Health Bureau and by a grant from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. Danisco USA donated the raw materials used to make the syrups in this study. The study was published in Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.

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Beauty for a cause at Target

BY Allison Cerra

MINNEAPOLIS Target has partnered with beauty expert Sonia Kashuk for the third year in a row to offer an exclusive, limited-edition collection to support The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

From Sept. 16 through Nov. 4, customers can purchase items from Sonia Kashuk’s collection with 15% of the purchase price to benefit BCRF.  

The collection includes an eyelash curler ($9.99), cosmetic brush ($12.99) and travel brush set ($19.99).

Kashuk’s partnership with Target goes beyond helping a good cause. As a breast cancer survivor, she is personally invested in helping other women feel good about themselves.

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Marketplace swag finds better home in wake of show

BY Rob Eder

BOSTON The National Association of Chain Drug Stores announced Thursday that Marketplace exhibitors donated nearly 10,000 lbs. of products to The Greater Boston Food Bank. Rather than ending up in the garbage or adding up to hefty shipping charges for vendors who attended Marketplace, the items will find a much better home among some of Boston’s neediest families and individuals.

 “This is a generous donation from NACDS, and it comes at a time when more people are out of work and in need of food assistance. The association’s conference exhibitors show terrific corporate citizenship,” said Catherine D’Amato, president and CEO of the Greater Boston Food Bank. “I know our member-hunger relief agencies will welcome this food because so many are trying to feed more people.” 

 Items donated included HBA products, food and beverages, cosmetics and toiletries, and will go to families and individuals in need served by the Greater Boston Food Bank, as well as other nonprofit organizations throughout the area. 

 “We are pleased with the opportunity to help those in need and are grateful to participating companies for their contributions,” said NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson. “Given the current economic situation, we hope that this donation will assist low-income families and others in need. We thank the Greater Boston Food Bank for distributing these donations.” 

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