|Updated: 10/26/2012 7:13 pm
||Published: 10/26/2012 7:11 pm
Trick or treating can be a fun rite of passage for about 41 million kids. But there's a downside. With all that candy comes loads of sugar.
Pediatric dentist Dr. Kaneta Lott - says it's almost impossible to get candy totally out of a child's diet. Lott says hard candies that you keep in the mouth weaken the teeth. But Lott says chocolate is not as bad.
“One, it melts quickly and we swallow it. The second thing, it contains tannins. And tannins are bacterial static, meaning they don't allow the bacteria to grow. And if bacteria don't grow, we don't get decay.”
She also recommends flossing before brushing. And finally, if you must have candy, bundle it together with healthy food so it comes right after your dinner.
Study: aspirin can extend lives of colon cancer patients
Taking aspirin can extend the life of some colon cancer patients, according to a new study.
Researchers looked at more than 900 patients with colorectal cancer. They found those whose tumors had a mutation in a key gene lived significantly longer after taking aspirin.
Patients who did not have the gene mutation in their tumors did not seem to benefit from aspirin.
Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in American men and women.
The study appears in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Dr. On Call
Ms. Robinson from Little Rock wants to know, “why my hands stay cold all of the time? I have gone to the doctor and no one can tell me what causes my finger tips and hand to be cold.”
Dr. Oksana Melnyk from Baptist Health Family Clinic says - although the cause of cold hands can be as simple as being in a cold environment - if you have ongoing problems there could be a number of causes. It could be your blood circulation or the blood vessels in your hands.
It could also be from things like - anemia, diabetes, and lupus - among other things.
So you should work with your doctor on getting an accurate diagnosis.