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9/20/04

HealthWise at 5 From 9.20

  • Migraine and PFO

Doctors are investigating a link between migraines and a heart defect that has also been connected to stroke. In a study in Europe, about half of the patients who had a PFO, or a hole in the heart, also struggled with migraine headaches. Patients who had a closure device placed in the heart experienced a dramatic reduction in migraine attacks. According to the researchers, four out of five patients reported that their migraine symptoms declined after the heart repair.

  • Soda vs. Milk

How much milk do you drink? If you're like most Americans, you're getting a lot more sodas than milk. A new study of 73,000 people finds that we're getting triple the number of calories we did 25 years ago from soda and about a third fewer from milk. Numbers are up for fruit drinks too, with average calorie intakes there doubling in two decades. Researchers at the University of North Carolina say the biggest drop in milk consumption was among kids as young as 2-years-old. They point to the increased sugar drink consumption as a factor in the obesity epidemic.

  • Nurturing Non-Smokers

Even if you're a smoker, there are things you can do to discourage your kids from picking up the habit. A 15 year study by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center concludes that parents can nurture non-smokers by demonstrating some positive behaviors. They found when smokers request smoke free areas in restaurants, their teen children are 13% less likely to become daily smokers. In addition, a smoking ban in the home drops the chance a teen will light up by 15%.

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