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      Updated Monday January 17th, 2001.
 
Another reason to eat colorful fruits and vegetables: Cartenoids in them may help reduce the risk of lung cancer, according to data from two ongoing studies of 125,000 people. Lycopene (found in tomatoes, tomato products, watermelon, and pink grapefruit) seemed to be the most beneficial, in both smokers and non-smokers. That doesn't necessarily mean you should take cartenoid supplements. Fruits and vegetables contain many potent compounds, which may work together to help fight cancer.
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To help fight tooth decay, chew sugarless gum, especially gum containing xylitol, a sweetner usually made from birch bark (and also found in some toothpastes). A new study from the University of Minnesota has confirmed that xylitol gum partially suppresses the growth of cavity-promoting bacteria in the mouth. However, chewing any sugarless gum will help somewhat, by stimulating saliva flow, which reduces the harmful acidity produced by the bacteria. Chewing also helps squeeze saliva into the spaces between the teeth. To get the most benefit from gum, chew the gum within five minutes after eating and chew it for at least five minutes. Gum chewing, of course, can't take the place of brushing and flossing.
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Certain antihistamines can compromise your driving ability even if you don't feel sleepy, according to a small study in a Feb issue of Annals of Internal Medicine. Forty drivers with allergies sat down at a driving simulator after taking either an over-the-counter antihistamine containing diphenhydramine (Benadryl), the non-sedating prescription drug fexofenadine (Allegra), alcohol, or a placebo. Fexofenadine didn't affect driving any more than the placebo. The diphenhydramine group drove most poorly overall.
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