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4/28/04

HealthWise at 5 From 4.28

  • Cholesterol Season

Your cholesterol level may change with the seasons and lucky for us, we're heading into warmer weather. The study at the Massachusetts Medical Center finds that cholesterol levels tend to be higher in winter months compared to the summer time. Researchers say plasma volume in the blood changes in the summer months which could explain the variation. So, the study suggests that if you were diagnosed with high cholesterol in the winter you might want another test this summer for comparison. Government guidelines indicates the thresh hold for high cholesterol is 240.

  • Health Prayer

Can you guess how a third of Americans invest in their good health? They pray for it. That's according to a survey at Harvard Medical School that quizzed more than 1,000 Americans. That's not to say prayer was used instead of medicine but in combination with whatever medication they were using. But overwhelmingly, the study participants said they prayer most often for overall wellness rather than about a specific illness. And specifically, they found those with more than a high school education prayed more than those who were less educated. Even so, the report says patients who reported praying rarely if ever discussed it with their doctors.

  • Anthrax Update

New research suggests, the bio-terrorism agent anthrax may leave a lasting mark on survivors. Researchers with the Centers for Disease Control followed 15 people who survived the anthrax mail attacks in 2001. Now they tell us that a year after the infection, many were still suffering from a number of physical and emotional symptoms, everything from respiratory problems and fatigue to depression and anxiety. More than half of the survivors had not returned to work. Those who breathed in the anthrax spores had more physical problems than those who had just suffered skin contact.

Anthrax is a serious illness that is spread by bacteria. It was in 2001 that anthrax spores were deliberately spread through letters, leading to 22 cases of infection. Even today, there have been no arrests made in the crime.

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