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11/3/03

HealthWise at 5 From 11.3

  • Less Toxic Leukemia Drug

Combining two experimental drugs may create a less toxic and more effective Leukemia treatment than chemotherapy. Researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University are studying drugs that when used alone against Leukemia cells, aren't very effective. However, when they're combined, they cause the blood cancer cells to put in motion suicide programs, killing nearly 80% of the Leukemia cells. The researchers hope that this low dose combo can avoid causing some side effects associated with chemotherapy.

  • Asthma & Gender

A recent study has confirmed what many doctors have long suspected - that boys and adult women are the primary groups facing severe asthma. Researchers from National Jewish Medical and Research Center found that about 2/3 of severe asthma patients under age 18 were boys. On the flip side, more than 2/3 of patients over 18 were women. Though researchers say they don't have an answer to, "why" this is the case, they suspect hormones, or the difference in lung size between males and females may play roles.

  • Ride-On Carry-On

If you're planning some air travel with a young child, here's a new gadget that could save your back and your sanity! The "Ride-On Carry-On" is rolling through airports with kids under 40 pounds as passengers. The "ride-on" buckles onto your rolling carry-on luggage, and has a seatbelt to secure your child. Kids can also enjoy a tray for snacks or toys. For more information on this story (click here) or you can call Innovative Product Designers at 1-800-290-6250.

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