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4/7/04

HealthWise at 5 From 4.7

  • Alzheimer's Life Study

After following more than 500 patients over a 5 year period, researchers at the University of Washington conclude that patients live half as long with Alzheimer's as they might have without the disease. Specifically, women lived longer than men, with an average survival of six years compared to four years in men. Of course, the age of diagnosis makes a difference. And low scores in memory and balance also appeared to speed the process. It might sound depressing but actually researchers are encouraged that these findings will help doctors and families get a better grip on what needs to be done to prevent Dementia and extend the life of an Alzheimer's patient.

The study funded by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) of the National Institution of Health (NIH), appears in the April 6, 2004 issue of the Journal Annals of Internal Medicine.

  • ADHD Drug Study

A study of more than 500 children suggests that in the beginning, those who are treated for attention disorders do better than youngsters who get therapy alone or no treatment. But there are some differences after the first year of treatment. The kids receiving drug treatment grew at a slower pace, about a half-inch less a year, compared to the kids who were not medicated. But researchers say when the kids stopped taking medication, they started catching up. By the way, the study tested drugs that were given three times a day not the time released one dose pills that are commonly used today.

The bottom line? Researchers say it's important that parents and doctors weigh the pros and cons of drug therapy and follow up with regular check-ups if medication is advised.

  • Child Tastes

Scientists are finding some clues to why kids frustrate their parents at the dinner table when it comes to eating certain foods and turning up their noses to others. And it may not sound fair but they think the culprit could be mom. The study in the Journal Pediatrics suggests that what mom eats while she's pregnant may influence the flavors preferred by her baby later. For example, pregnant women who eat a lot of carrots may be more likely to have carrot eating children compared to moms who don't eat the vegetable during pregnancy.

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