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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
February 15, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
Amid shifts in the gum industry, a bit of Americana might be going away — the colorful gum balls once sold for a penny from machines at drugstores, arcades and supermarkets. The main problem with the classic, round gum balls is that although they're available in many flavors and colors, almost all of them have one thing in common — a heavy dose of sugar. Long the scourge of dentists, this product has come in for a drubbing at a time when child obesity has focused attention on sweets.
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.
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.
August 30, 1993 | KAY HAUGAARD, Pasadena
As my husband and I walked up the stone steps of the San Luis Obispo Mission early one beautiful morning, I noticed a nice-looking, well-dressed young man crouched down, scraping something from the stone. He appeared to be a curator or somesuch, getting ready for the day's visitors and doing what needed to be done: painstakingly scraping up dirty gray and black blobs of gum that visitors had dropped or (dare we think it) thrown down on purpose.
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