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10/22/04

HealthWise at 5 From 10.22

  • Spine Staples

Curvature of the spine, or Scoliosis, affects thousands of kids each year, many of them girls. If the degree of the spinal curve becomes too great, youngsters face major surgery and a long rehabilitation. However, researchers at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital are investigating the use of spine staples to help guide the spine into a straight path by slowing or stopping the wayward curve. The technology is still in pre clinical stages, with hopes that human trials will follow in the coming year.

  • Alzheim Alert

Diagnosing Alzheimer's disease can be confirmed by a non-invasive test that can also differentiate it from other forms of dementia. Alzheimalert by Nymox is a urine-based test a doctor can request that looks for elevated levels of neural thread protein, or NTP. An NTP reading of more than 18 units is strongly linked with Alzheimer's disease, and can be found even in early cases of the disease.

  • Low Carbs and Folic Acids

Doctors at the University of Western Ontario have raised a red flag about low carb dieting and women who may become pregnant. Their concern focuses on folic acid, which can prevent spina bifida and other related birth defects. Women following a low carb lifestyle are banishing breads, cereals and other grain products enriched with folic acid. Women of childbearing age are encouraged to eat foods to reach the daily-recommended value of folic acid.

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