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Brushing Up

March 09, 1998|MARTIN MILLER

If you found yourself without your toothbrush, would you be willing to use someone else's? About one-third of people would rather let plaque build up than stick a foreign brush in their pie hole, according to a survey commissioned by Mentadent ProCare Toothbrush. Twenty-three percent of women and 16% of men said they'd be willing to use their child's toothbrush in a pinch. Conversely, just 5% of both men and women would be willing to share their toothbrush with their own mothers. Of course, moms everywhere may be very happy to hear this.

Something Fishy

Dog may be man's best friend, but fish may be better still. Eating at least one fish meal per week may dramatically cut the risk of sudden cardiac death in men, according to a recent Journal of the American Medical Assn. article. Researchers at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston found that eating fish at least once a week lowered the risk of sudden cardiac death by 52% compared to those eating fish less than once a month. Gentlemen, grab your fishing poles.

Dog Gone It

OK, dogs may not even be man's second-best friend. Some 4 million Americans each year receive dog bites--750,000 require medical treatment--says the Center for Injury Research and Control at the University of Pittsburgh. Researchers found that boys ages 5 to 9 had the highest incidence, and that almost half of all American children have been bitten, most often because they spooked the dogs. With about 50 million dogs living in roughly one-third of American homes, folks should have a first aid kit handy.

I've Got a Headache

If your significant other is complaining of headaches again, it might be true. According to researchers at Johns Hopkins University, two out of five Americans suffer from tension headaches. The study showed that headaches were more likely among women, among those 30 to 39, and among whites than blacks. Nearly 75% in the study suffered from headaches up to 30 times a year. So, if you're hearing that excuse more than that, you've got something to worry about.

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