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12/26/03

HealthWise at 5 From 12.26

  • Vision and Weight

Focusing on your waistline can keep your eyes in focus, too. A study in Archives of Ophthalmology reports that age-related macular degeneration progresses more quickly when you are overweight and out of shape. Participants in the study measured their hip and waist areas in addition to providing other weight and fitness measurements. After the multi-year study, it was found that a large waist circumference doubled the speed that AMD progressed.

  • Arixtra

Recent study of a new blood thinning medication found that it works as well as traditional treatment but doesn't require constant monitoring or adjustment. In a study of pulmonary embolism patients, Arixtra worked as well on the blood clots, and could be given quickly in an injection instead of the IV drip used for heparin. The international study found that stabilized pulmonary embolism patients could leave the hospital earlier because they didn't need constant monitoring to ensure the proper IV dosage.

  • Eat Now, Shop Later

Not only do grocery shoppers buy more when they're hungry, so do holiday shoppers out for bargains! Ball State University reports that impulsive shopping, be it food or clothing, increases when you shop on an empty stomach. Holiday budget experts recommend eating a good meal before you hit the mall. And, if you take a snack, make it a healthy one like a piece of fruit or a granola bar, then you can really devour those bargains.

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