HealthWise at 5 From 6.23 - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/23/04

HealthWise at 5 From 6.23

  • Lyme Guidelines

The International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society says only about half of all Lyme cases result in the tell-tale rash. The organization recently developed guidelines to help doctors identify Lyme disease, especially for patients lacking a rash or unsure if a tick bit them. Symptoms associated with Lyme disease include headaches, blurred vision, facial numbness and memory loss.

  • Folic Acid Problems

Though folic acid supplementation has prevented countless birth defects, some women don't absorb the vitamin properly. One study estimates one-in-eight women have a genetic trait that prevents the proper metabolism of the B vitamin. A new prenatal vitamin, Prenate Elite, contains an active form of folate that can supply the recommended daily allowance of folic acid, even for those with that genetic problem. The medication is available by prescription.

  • Fatter Faster

In a race no one wants to win, teens are out-pacing their parents in weight gain. University of Iowa researchers compared the weight gain of teens to their parents who were also studied as adolescents. Today's kids not only weigh more than their folks at the same age, but they're also gaining at a faster rate. According to the investigators, the average body mass index of current teens increased at double the rate of their parents. In other words our children are getting fatter faster than we did.

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