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HealthWise At 5 for 8.29

  • Growing Auditory Cells

A long-term gene therapy study has resulted in a possible method to treat hearing loss. Scientists at the University of Michigan were able to regrow auditory hair cells by injecting a specific gene into the ear's cochlear fluid. The gene, called Math1, is normally present in an embryo where it tells a sensory cell to become a hair cell used for hearing. Research is at an early stage, with the next step testing whether the new auditory hair cells can transmit sound signals.

  • Low Herpes Awareness

A recent survey in six suburban areas found that a quarter of the people in the study tested positive for genital herpes, but only 4% knew they had it. Robert Wood Johnson Medical School compiled the study and learned that income level and marital status didn't reduce the chance of having genital herpes. The disease is spread through skin to skin contact, causing occasional painful or itchy outbreaks. Health officials estimate that 60 million Americans carry the virus, and about one million are infected annually.

  • Nitric Oxide

Nitric Oxide isn't laughing gas, nor is it the exhaust that comes out of a car, though a recent survey found that many people thought Nitric Oxide was one of those vapors. Instead, it's a powerful molecule that can help maintain good blood pressure and it's something you probably need more of. The UCLA School of Medicine says some simple things can help you increase the NO in your blood. By exercising, eating high protein foods, along with some fruits, and dark chocolate, you can boost your NO into the YES levels!

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