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2/17/03

HealthWise at 5 From 2.17

  • Heart Filling Dysfunction

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic have zeroed in on a heart problem now recognized as a major risk factor for premature death. The problem, called Diastolic Dysfunction refers to the way the heart fills with blood between beats. In more than a quarter of adults over age 45, the heart doesn't relax enough between beats to fill adequately. People with this malfunction are eight to ten times more likely to die within five years than those whose hearts fill normally.

  • Leukemia Breatkthrough

Researchers have made a giant step in the search for ways to fight leukemia. They've discovered how the virus that causes one form of the disease spreads. Most viruses are spread by remaining still in a cell that spews viral particles into the bloodstream. But the "HTLV1" virus, which causes adult t-cell leukemia, spreads by a moving infected cell that comes into contact with healthy ones. With this new information, scientists say they can begin work on new ways to fight the spread of leukemia.

Experts say other viruses, like HIV, appear to work the same way. They're planning further study to confirm this transmission method in that virus. Researchers estimate between 10 and 20 million people worldwide are infected with the HTLV1 virus. Two-to-three percent of them go on to develop leukemia. Adult t-cell leukemia is fairly uncommon in the United States and Europe, but very widespread in japan and subtropical countries. This discovery was made by Researchers at Imperial College, London.it is published in the journal "Science".

  • Taste Weight Loss

Are you looking to lose some weight? Adding extra flavor to your food might help. The Smell and Taste Research Foundation in Chicago is hoping to discover whether extra-falovorful food sprinkles will fool the brain into believing you've eaten enough and they want you to help. If you want to participate in this study, you need to be at least 10 pounds overweight and have a normal sense of smell. There is a small shipping charge for the all-natural flavor spinkles. Give the Smell and Taste Group a call at 1-800-664-3880 for more information.

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