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1/31/03

HealthWise at 5 From 1.31

  • Body Lift

Gastric bypass surgeries have changed the lives of morbidly obese people, leading to a dramatic loss of weight. However, a new issue has cropped up for those who have lost all that weight, unwanted and unhealthy excess skin around their mid section. A new surgical technique, called a Belt Lipectomy is essentially a facelift for the body. University of Iowa surgeons say it takes three to six hours with two surgical teams working in tandem to remove the pounds of excess skin and fat. Patients need about four weeks to recuperate before they can get back to their everyday routine.

  • Folic Acid and Pregnancy

A new study shows that taking folic acid does not increase the chance of multiple births. For 10 years now, the U.S. Public Health Service has recommended women increase their levels of Folic Acid prior to becoming pregnant. That, because the incidence of Spina Bifida has been dratically reduced during that 10 year effort to convince women to take Folic Acid. Meanwhile, some studies have suggested that an increase in Folic Acid might be linked to multiple births. But now a study of almost 250,000 Chinese women finds no connection between Folic Acid and multiple births.

  • Yoga for Health 

A new book says the benefits of yoga can go beyond basic fitness and stress-relief. The book, "Yoga Rx" by a Florida State University medical educator and a yoga therapist, offers information on yoga positions appropriate for various health conditions, from heartburn to headaches. The authors note that yoga therapy isn't a placement for medical treatment, but it can complement what the doctor ordered.

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