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10/24/03

HealthWise at 5 From 10.24

  • Corkscrew Stroke

In Portland, Oregon, doctors are testing an experimental device that can unclog clots, much like a corkscrew uncorks a bottle of wine. Doctors thread a little tube from the groin into the brain. Then they push the wire out and it starts to corkscrew. The coils lodge in the clot so doctors can then ease it out like a cork. The corkscrew device is still experimental and it needs more testing, before it can get FDA approval.

  • OCD Gene

Maybe you know someone who is compulsively clean. Maybe you've said, well, her mother is the same way. Turns out there's a reason for that. Scientists have uncovered a gene they believe plays a role in causing Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is characterized by repetitive unwanted thoughts or behaviors that control your daily routine. In the study of 170 people, OCD patients were more likely to inherit the gene variation compared to people without the disorder. The study was done in part by the National Institutes of Health where researchers say they're hopeful that this discovery could be the tip of the iceberg in understanding the genetic root of psychiatric illnesses.

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