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11/25/02

HealthWise at 5 From 11.25

  • Mushrooms and Cancer

Each year Breast Cancer kills as many as 40,000 Americamn women. Now a common food may hold a key to fighting the deadly disease. The leading cause of Breast Cancer in post menopausal women is abnormal estrogen formation. Researchers at the City of Hope Cancer Center in Los Angeles say mushrooms inhibit the enzyme that makes estrogen and could suppress Breast Cancer cells.

  • Safer Smallpox Vaccine 

A modified version of the Smallpox vaccine is being tested to boost the immunity of those who had the original shot and give Smallpox immunity to anyone who hasn't received the vaccine before. The United States stopped routine vaccination against small pox in the early '70s. The risk of complications from the vaccine was higher than the risk of exposure to the disease. This so called Smallpox vaccine must still win approval from the Food and Drug Administration before it can be manufactured for widespread use.

  • Cold-Eeze

Over-use of antibiotics is the target of a campaign between the National Center for Infectious Diseases and the maker of Cold-Eeze, a zinc lozenge. In studies, Cold-Eeze has been shown to reduce the duration of the common cold. This year, physicians will give patients with common cold symptoms a packet containing Cold-Eeze samples and information on the over-use of antibiotics instead of a prescription. Since most colds are caused by viruses, antibiotics, which treat bacterial infections have no effect.

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