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1/7/04

HealthWise at 5 From 1.7

  • Premature Eyes

A visual disorder faced by premature infants should be treated earlier thanks to new guidelines developed in a national trial. Retinopathy of Prematurity, or ROP, affects thousands of preemies born each year, with 1,500 developing severe ROP. The disorder results in the growth of abnormal blood vessels in the back of the eye. In severe cases, it causes retinal detachment and blindness. The study sponsored by the National Eye Institute developed a computerized risk model to spur earlier diagnosis and treatment.

  • Bendable Thermometer

The moms who threw a curve into the thermometer world developing the first curved thermometer are back at it with a flexible thermometer. The Timex Acrobat is a bendable thermometer, which can be used curved in the mouth or straight for under the arm temperature taking. The soft-tipped Acrobat thermometer can be found now at drug stores and large retailers throughout the U.S.

  • Above Neck Diabetes

More than five million Americans have diabetes and don't know it, but the clues may be right in front of them. Two organizations, the American Optometric Association and the Academy of General Dentistry say some diabetes warning signs are above the neck, literally in your head. Symptoms include bad breath, bleeding gums, blurred vision, seeing dark spots, flashing lights or halos around lights. The group say regular eye and dental exams may help spot the onset of diabetes before permanent vision or oral problems occur.

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