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6/18/03

HealthWise at 5 From 6.18

  • Bipolar Gene

Researchers have long believed genetics is to blame for Bipolar Disorder or Manic Depression, but until now, no one gene has been pinpointed as playing a major role. Now, scientists at the University of California at San Diego say a mutation in the gene, called GRK-3, is responsible for some cases of Bipolar Disorder. This, after studying DNA samples from over 400-families with a history of Bipolar Disorder. Some people refer to the problem as Manic Depression. Either way, it affects 2.3 million Americans. It describes a person who has periods of abnormally high moods. Followed by dramatic drop into depression. This study is published in the Journal Molecular Psychiatry.

  • Sleepy Woman

For many women, a good night's sleep is as fleeting as the sheep they're counting, at least according to a recent survey. The National Sleep Foundation found that almost 75% of women between the ages of 30 and 60 don't get what they need 8 hours of sleep a night. In addition , three out of four moms who work outside the home say that feeling tired all the time is a problem for them. If that sounds familiar to you, the sleep foundation suggests that you avoid foods high in caffeine, sugar and salt, as well as alcohol. Also exercise is good, but not within three hours of bedtime.

  • Smelling Thin

The right scent can help you seem thinner than you are. In a study by The Smell and Taste Research Foundation, men were asked how heavy they thought a plus size woman was. All the women wore the same outfit, make-up and hairstyle each day. The only thing different was a new scent every day. The scent that created the thinnest perception was a floral-spice odor. According to researchers, men perceived a woman was 12 pounds lighter when she spiced up her scent.

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