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2/14/03

HealthWise at 5 From 2.14

  • Mini Eye Telescope

A pea-sized telescope implant is providing a new glimpse of the world for macular degeneration patients. Visioncare Opthalmic Technologies is enrolling patients in a new phase of clinical studies for its implantable miniature telescope. The IMT is implanted in one eye where it magnifies central vision between two and three times. If you have moderate to severe vision loss caused by either dry or scar-stage wet age-related macular degeneration and would like to learn more about this study just ( click here).

  • A Marker for Cardiovascular Disease

Scientists have discovered what may one day become a marker for cardiovascular disease. They say levels of a type of adult stem cell may indicate risk for the nation's number one killer. Researchers at Emory University and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute compared levels of Endothelial Progenitor Cells in 45 men. They found men with the lowest levels had the most risk factors for developing Cardiovascular Disease. Likewise, the men with the highest levels had the lowest risk. Scientists believe these cells play a role in repairing the damage to blood vessel walls. Endothelial progenitor cells are produced in the bone marrow and circulate in the bloodstream. Regular Endothelial Cells line vessel walls. This study is published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

  • Shellfish Okay

If a low-cholesterol diet has caused you to shoo sway the shrimp and steer clear of crabs, then this might come as good new to you. Shrimp and other shellfish are very low in saturated fat. Saturated fat, found most often in meat, is connected to increased cholesterol levels. The seafood also contains healthy Omega-3 fatty acids. While shrimp do have an abundance of cholesterol, the little shellfish still has less per serving than chicken or beef. As long as your shellfish isn't bathed in butter, it can be a part of a heart healthy diet.

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