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For expectant mothers

A free health fair for mothers-to-be will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday in the Jacobs Executive Development Center, the former Butler Mansion, 672 Delaware Ave. at North Street. The event features informational sessions on preterm labor, breast-feeding and baby massage and includes displays from local vendors and support programs. Prizes will include a baby stroller, dinner and movie package, and a spa day for mom.

The March of Dimes, Women and Children's Hospital and Sisters Hospital are presenting the fair. For more information, call Christine Scott at the March of Dimes office, 691-3805, or e-mail her at

Clean air in your home

You may not be able to see them, but the air you breathe could actually contain dust particles, mold spores and chemical fumes. If these contaminants are in great enough numbers, they can spell a poor indoor air quality and pose a significant risk to your health and your home environment. Lennox Home Comfort Systems offers these tips to make sure the air in your home is clean:

* Clean and vacuum weekly.

* Avoid building up excess clutter.

* Make sure your home is ventilated properly. If a home is insulated too well, airborne pollutants can actually be sealed inside.

* Have your heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems inspected routinely.

* Keep potentially harmful materials and chemicals like household cleaners and paint solvents sealed tightly.

* If pollen, pollution or humidity is high, keep windows and doors closed.

* Have an expert test the air in your home and identify which pollutants are present.

The gum cure

Weird but true: Chewing gum after a C-section, hysterectomy, or other gynecological surgery can speed recovery. Gyno surgery often disrupts bowel function, causing abdominal cramping, pain and constipation, which can delay your release from the hospital. In a study of 64 surgery patients at Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn, post-op gum chewers passed gas, proof of restored bowel function, 11 hours earlier than nonchewers. Gum-chewing increases saliva production, which triggers gastrointestinal reactions that help bowels heal.

Compiled from News and wire service reports.