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7/9/03

HealthWise at 5 From 7.9

  • Preemie Weight

We all know kids are going to grow at different times. Usually the girls shoot up first and the boys catch up later. But researchers who followed 200 babies for 20 years were surprised at what they found. You see, all these babies were born too early and weighed 4 pounds or less. They found the girls were more likely to catch up in height and weight with their peers who were normal birth weight babies. But the little boys who were premature and low birth weight were more likely to remain thinner and shorter than normal weight boys. If you want to read more on this, the study is in the Journal of Pediatrics .

  • Massage Myth

Researchers at Ithaca College decided to test the thinking that a good massage after a tough workout will reduce the pain of sore muscles and they found that the massage treatment is a myth. Half the study candidates exercised to fatigue and then had a 20 minute massage. The other half had no massage after their workout. Their tests showed the massage group felt just as sore and tight after exercise as those who missed the massage therapy.

  • Sun & Scars

If you have a scar, whether new or old, make sure you use plenty of sunscreen to protect your skin. According to the Department of Dermatology at Yale University, scars lack pigmentation, thus leaving them more susceptible to sun damage. Since scars are a different color than regular skin, it's hard to see if a scar is tanning with the rest of your skin or burning a little more. The safest way to prevent trouble, according to the Yale group, is to remember to use a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher to make sure both normal skin and scars are protected from the sun's rays.

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