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11/18/02

HealthWise at 5 From 11.18

  • Intravaginal Device

The Food and Drug Administration has given the go-ahead to a new device to control female urinary incontinence. The Steridyne IVD is a disposable device that can be inserted by the patient. It repositions part of the bladder while realigning the Urethra. Stress urinary incontinence occurs when a person leaks urine because of laughing, sneezing, coughing or exercise. Thirteen million Americans have the problem.

  • Alzheimer's Drug

A drug used to treat Alzheimer's patients may also offer hope for stroke victims. The drug Aricept has recently been submitted for FDA approval to treat Vascular Dementia. The condition is caused by a stroke and leads to a loss of cognitive function. A study involving more than 600 men and women diagnosed with Vascular Dementia treated with Aricept significantly improved cognitive ability. For more information call 1-800-STROKES .

  • Bedtime Saboteur

Parents might now have a new angle when it comes to getting their kids off to bed. Researchers at the University of Texas say shutting off the TV or computer 30 minutes before bedtime is the key. It sounds simple but the researchers say it allows the mind to wind down and may help avoid the bedtime battles. They add the best time to work on a computer or catch some TV is early in the morning when that kind of stimulation will actually help the students get ready for a day of learning.

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