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12/24/03

HealthWise at 5 From 12.24

  • Cancer Ethnicity

Patients often defeat head and neck cancers if they're treated early. But malignant cells sometimes migrate and attack other parts of the body. Researchers now believe ethnic backgrounds may be a factor in how these cancers will react to treatment. University of Florida doctors who treated patients with radiation therapy for head and neck cancer found that African-Americans have double the risk for cancer recurrence elsewhere in the body, compared to white patients. Researchers looked at the treatment data from almost 700 patients, both white and black who'd had the same kind of cancer, and were treated with the same type of radiation therapy. The five year cancer free milestone was nearly 90% for the white patients but about 75% for blacks.

  • Holiday Issues

Though we all hope for picture perfect holidays, family issues still play a role. As a holiday card to you, Psychology Today suggests that if you dread a family gathering, bring a supportive friend with you. And, when the new year rolls around, you can have a personal celebration that you made it through the holidays and have a clean slate for the new year.

  • Snoozy Holidays

Some people think turkey is a holiday sedative because after that Christmas turkey, you just want to take a long snooze. But the University of Florida says while l-Tryptophan, an amino acid found in turkey meat, can help people sleep, there isn't enough in turkey to induce sleepiness. U.F. researchers say the real reason everyone wants to take a post-dinner nap is the digestive system needs more blood to help digest a bigger than normal meal and the drain of blood from the brain to where it's needed for digestion leaves you feeling very sleepy.

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