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3/3/04

HealthWise at 5 from 3.3

  • MS Progression

Patients with Multiple Sclerosis face a much slower decline in physical ability than previously thought. A long term study at the MAYO clinic followed newly diagnosed MS patients for ten years. The good news: less than half of the patients had a decline in physical function over that time period. About 70% continued to walk unassisted during the decade since diagnosis. Researchers say the study counters common belief that Multiple Sclerosis leads to progressive problems.

  • Vessel Harvesting

If you're faced with heart bypass surgery, you'll also need to have a healthy leg vein harvested to graft to the heart. A less invasive surgical procedure to get that blood vessel is now an option. Endoscopic vessel harvesting, or EVH, only requires a small incision in the leg instead of a ten to twelve inch incision often used to reach a blood vessel. According to researchers at Yale New Haven Hospital, the Endoscopic procedure helps reduce complications from the traditional technique, and can result in a quicker overall recovery.

  • Medical Family Tree

Tracing your family tree might yield more than unknown relatives - you might find some important medical clues. The National Society of Genetic Counselors says developing a medical family tree can enlighten you about potential health issues in your lineage. A genetic counselor can create a record of your family's health problems, and then advise you on your risk. Lifestyle change, as well as finding good cause for diagnostic testing are benefits of the historical snapshot. To visit the National Society of Genetic Counselors: (click here) .

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