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10/18/04

HealthWise at 5 From 10.18

  • Gulf War Illness

Finally, a government panel of experts is breaking away from the routine denials, and saying now it is likely that chemical exposure in the 1991 Gulf War is responsible for symptoms known as "Gulf War Syndrome." The panel says certain toxic chemicals, including a drug used to protect our soldiers from chemical attacks, can actually cause symptoms including pain, fatigue, diarrhea and some thinking impairment. Since the drug, called pyrido-stigmine bromide is still in use today, the panel is asking for more funding to study the treatment and symptoms.

  • Teen Driving

Teen drivers may truly be a chip off the old block, meaning they get their driving habits from their mom and dad. That's according to Liberty Mutual and Students Against Destructive Decisions, or SADD. The two groups sponsored a survey on teen drivers. Almost two-thirds of the teens admit that they speed and talk on cell phones when they're driving. Likewise, the parents of those kids matched them with the same driving habits, including cell phone use, speed and seat belt usage. In fact, one third of the teens a mirror image of the adults admitted on paper that they don't buckle up.

  • Hair Raising Pair

A hair-growing duo seems to work more effectively when paired up than when the same medications are used separately. New York University dermatologists say the treatment protocol used Rogaine, a topical scalp treatment, and the oral hair-building medication, Propecia. Patients in the study who used both drugs reported better results after a year of treatment, compared to those using just one. Only men were included in this study, although researchers say they expect to do the same test on women sometime soon.

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