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11/19/04

HealthWise at 5 From 11.19

  • Counterfeit Drugs

A new government initiative will put radio antennas on the labels of some of the most counterfeited drugs in the world. The FDA says that's to encourage drug manufacturers to use this new technology to help trace medications from the manufacturer to the pharmacy. An electronic tag would be embedded in the drug labels. It's a costly plan, but the FDA says long term savings should off-set start up costs for drug companies and consumers. Pfizer says it's already planning to use the radio frequency tags next year on all bottles of Viagra, one of the most counterfeited drugs in the world. The FDA says the tiny antennas on drug labels will help protect the consumer and ensure that the nation's drug supply is safe.

  • Fat Location

You've probably heard by now there are two body shapes when it comes to obesity, the apple and the pear shapes. The apples are big around the middle and the pears drop their weight below the waist. Earlier studies have shown the apple shape puts more stress on the heart. Now a new study at Wake Forest Medical Center finds middle age adults who carry their weight in their belly are also at high risk for disability. That means apple bodies also had the most trouble doing the simple things in life like cooking, getting dressed, even walking across the room.

  • Alzheimer's Apples

An apple a day could keep Alzheimer's away! New research from Cornell University finds a potent antioxidant in apples could help protect brain cells. In animal studies, they found the antioxidant Quercetin was more powerful than Vitamin C in protecting brain cells from oxidative stress, which could lead to Alzheimers and apples are loaded with Quercetin. If you don't like apples, there's also a fair amount of Kwercetin in onions, blueberries and cranberries. This study is published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

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