A sweet solution to ear infections

Up to 40 percent of childhood ear infections could be prevented with a promising new therapy, a sugar substitute called xylitol, Finnish scientists report.

The sweetener, regarded as an effective cavity preventive in Europe, also fights two bacteria that cause about two-thirds of ear infections, says Matti Uhari, a pediatric specialist at the University of Oulu in Finland.

Marilyn Elias, "A new, sweet solution to ear ailments in kids" USA Today, October 6, 1998, D1

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