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4/23/03

HealthWise at 5 From 4.23

  • Fighting Cholesterol

Isn't just good for your heart - new research finds it may also help your brain. The study of 44 Alzheimer's patients finds cholesterol lowering "statin" drugs can safely reduce cholesterol in the brain, even when total cholesterol levels are normal. You see brain cholesterol plays a role in the formation of plaque, which scientists believe causes the death of nerve cells leading to memory loss and dementia in Alzheimer's patients. After six weeks on statin medication, brain cholesterol levels dropped by an average of 21%. So, reserchers now plan to study whether statins have an effect on brain function in Alzheimer's patients. This study was done in Dallas at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

  • Sun Safety

More than 1 million new cases of skin cancer will be diagnosed in the U.S. this year and the American Cancer Society adds that it kills nearly 10,000 people every year. So, this week, a newly formed group, called the Sun Safety Alliance is launching a campaign to encourage more sunscreen and less time in the sun, especially in kids. This because a study of more than 1,600 people finds regular use of sun protection helps prevent the development of skin lesions known as Solar Keratoses or SK's. It's estimated that people who develop SK's have three to twelve times the risk of getting skin cancer. The study in the archives of dermatolgoy also says that those who used sunscreen were much less likely to develop the lesions compared to those who didn't use protection.

  • Snoring and Headaches

If you suffer pounding headaches during the day it could be because your mouth is rattling through the night. For years, researchers have been studying a possible link between headaches and snoring, but this latest study of more than 700 people finds chronic snorers are more than twice as likely to suffer daily headaches than those who don't snore at night. The snoring connection held even after adjusting for other factors like obesity or alcohol consumption. This research comes from the National Institute on Aging in Bethesda, Maryland.

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