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BUSINESS
September 30, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
The nation's largest dentist group now says chewing gum can be good for you, as long as it's sugar-free. The American Dental Assn. said it had awarded its seal of acceptance to Wrigley sugar-free gums Orbit, Extra and Eclipse -- based on studies funded at least partially by the maker of Wrigley gums, Chicago-based Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. It's the first time the ADA has allowed its seal to appear on gum, having cleared its use on thousands of products since 1930.
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HEALTH
October 26, 1998 | KATHLEEN DOHENY
Between brushings, you say, you can feel that icky plaque buildup? Enter the new dental chewing gums, aimed at reducing plaque when you're too busy to brush. Some, including Arm & Hammer Dental Care's Baking Soda Gum and Trident Advantage, contain baking soda as the active ingredient. Arm & Hammer claims its gum removes plaque by up to 25%, when two pieces are chewed daily for a month.
BUSINESS
March 16, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. said it would overhaul the packaging and flavor of its ubiquitous stick gums, including Doublemint, Juicy Fruit, Big Red and Extra brands, as part of an effort to revive sagging U.S. sales. The company says it will transform the foil-wrapped stick gum to a sleek 15-stick envelope. It also intends to boost the gum's flavor. The slim design is similar to the packaging used for 5, the Chicago-based company's newest gum that debuted last year. That product and its packaging were designed to easily fit in a pocket and attract teens and young adults, who make up about one-third of the nation's gum chewers.
HEALTH
August 4, 2003 | Dianne Partie Lange, Special to The Times
Drinking alcoholic beverages might one day be added to the list of risk factors for gum disease. A study of nearly 40,000 male health professionals by researchers at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine found that men who drank alcohol had an 18% to 27% higher risk of periodontitis than men who didn't.
SCIENCE
April 24, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Stanford University researchers have found that an unusual family of bacteria called archaea, never previously linked to human disease, might be at the root of gum disease. Archaea are genetically and biochemically different from most bacteria, and many species of the organism are found in extreme environments, such as hot springs and salt lakes. Dr.
HEALTH
July 19, 1999 | MARNELL JAMESON
Were those champagne corks popping at the latest dental convention? Perhaps periodontists were celebrating their job security. Not only do these gum docs have demographics on their side--as the U.S. population grows older, more people develop gum disease--they also seem to have the economy working for them. You've probably read that Americans are saving less and are deeper into debt than they have been in years.
NEWS
June 18, 2001
Federal scientists said Tuesday they had sequenced the genome of a bacterium believed to play a major role in periodontitis, or gum disease, a finding that could lead to better approaches for prevention. Porphyromonas gingivalis is the first oral disease-causing microbe to be completely sequenced, said the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. Periodontitis is a chronic infectious disease of the gums and underlying bony tissues that can cause tooth loss.
NEWS
March 16, 1987
An oozing tar spill at the Harbor and Santa Monica freeways created an 18-hour tangle at the busy downtown interchange today, after a tanker truck carrying 3,500 gallons heavy crude overturned Sunday night. Morning commuters found the transition roads from the Santa Monica Freeway to the southbound Harbor Freeway and the Washington Boulevard on-ramp to the southbound Harbor closed all morning by the SigAlert, as Caltrans workers scraped up the mess.
SPORTS
December 23, 2001 | MIKE PENNER
Today's main card in the NFL: Cincinnati Bengal linebacker Takeo Spikes vs. the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Central Trash-Talk Championship Final. Background: It all started with a seemingly innocuous comment made by Pittsburgh Steeler running back Jerome Bettis, who told a national magazine that Spikes was just as good as Raven All-Pro Ray Lewis but lacked Lewis' supporting cast.
NEWS
January 13, 1998 | KENNETH REICH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Walter E. Diemer, who accidentally invented bubble gum while testing recipes in 1928, is dead at 93. Diemer's invention, developed when he was a 23-year-old accountant for a chewing gum company, became the bane of parents throughout the world, but remains the pleasure of countless youngsters--and some adults. By the 1990s, the gum, which originally sold for a penny a piece, was ringing up sales exceeding $1.2 billion a year.
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