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8/23/04

HealthWise at 5 From 8.23

  • Sex For Health

Researchers say your sex life is an important indicator of your overall health. Sexual health physicians at New York's Cornell Medical Center say a satisfying sex life is connected to a longer, happier and healthier life. They say some of the health benefits include improvements to your cardiovascular and immune systems. In contrast, sexual dysfunction is associated with diabetes, heart disease and depression.

  • Measuring Osteoporosis

If you thought "growth charts" were just for kids, a new study says they're not, and ought to be used to measure shrinking height in adults. Researchers at Ohio State University say height measurements ought to be a routine part of office visits, because losing two or more inches is a strong predictor of osteoporosis. Patients losing an inch or less had a very small chance of developing the brittle bone disorder.

  • Broccoli and Eyes

Sunglasses may protect the eyes from UV rays, but an antioxidant in broccoli may also help. Researchers at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine find that an antioxidant in broccoli and broccoli sprouts offers potent protection to the eye from UV ray damage. The type of damage caused by the UV light is connected to age related macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness in the elderly.

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