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4/14/03

HealthWise at 5 From 4.14

  • Bone Gene

Patients with brittle bone disease may benefit from a new finding. Researchers at Temple University recently discovered a gene called Osteoactivin. The gene was identified while studying rats with an unusual bone disorder called Osteoporosis. This disorder causes the bones to grow too much and too densely. The researchers found that levels of the Osteoactivin gene shot up during bone repair. They soon realized that therapies using the gene could potentially heal or strengthen our bones.

  • Teens and Work

If you think a job will take away from a teenagers hard work in school, listen to what researchers have found at the University of Minnesota. They surveyed teens with part time employment. The students overwhelmingly said that their jobs increased their confidence, helped them learn time management skills, and broadened their perspectives of the working world. Parents of the young workers also agreed that the work helped prepare their teens for challenges they will face as adults.

  • Tetanus/Diphtheria Shots

Babies and toddlers aren't the only ones who need immunizations and booster shots. Adults do too, but a huge number are walking around unprotected. The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases says that more than half of U.S. adults are way overdue for a tetanus and diphtheria shot making them vulnerable to both diseases. Most just don't realize that the protection they got as kids was not worth a life time of immunity. That's why we need boosters.

So the foundation recommends that if you're behind on your booster shots, make an appointment with your doctor and roll up your sleeve for good health insurance.

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