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3/19/03

HealthWise at 5 From 3.19

  • New AIDS Vaccine

The FDA has approved the first in a new class of drugs to fight aids. The drug, called 'Fuzeon' prevents the HIV virus from invading and killing immune system cells, something that will benefit patients with late stage aids who are becoming resistant to other treatments. Fuzeon will be given by injection twice a day, and it is expected to be available by the end of March. But Fuzeon won't be available for all AIDS patients. Experts say it's hefty price tag and limited quantities will keep it from reaching many of the patients whom it could benefit. Fuzeon is administered in twice a day injections. It is manufactured by Roche Pharmaceuticals and Trimeris.

  • Caffeine and Stiff Arteries

Too much caffeine could me making the walls of your blood vessels stiff. A study presented by the American Society of Hypertension, involved people with high blood pressure. Researchers gave caffeine pills to two groups, one with normal blood pressure and another with mild hypertension. Both groups experienced a temporary increase in arterial stiffness and blood pressure after taking the caffeine pills.

  • Vacations and Health

Going on vacation could be more than just a chance to unwind, it could save your life. Researchers at the State University of New York looked at more than 12,000 ages 35 to 57. They found that men who never took vacations were 21 % more likely to die in the next nine years compared to men who took time off. Other researchers say scenic beauty found on many vacations can promote good health.

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