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1/7/05

HealthWise at 5 From 1.7

  • Cyber Glove

Indiana University researchers are figuring out how to harness the power of the brain by using a "Cyberglove," a device wired with fiber optic cables. Using a functional MRI that can read what's happening in the brain, participants moved their gloved hand to direct a cursor. Researchers are interested in neurons and brain areas that light up when certain actions occurred. This data will be used for future brain-machine interfaces, offering ways for stroke or Parkinson's patients to move assistive devices just with the power of the mind.

  • CDC Antibiotics

The CDC is sending out a reminder that antibiotics are not a cure for colds or the flu. A new public service announcement aims to reverse the perception that antibiotics can cure everything. The CDC wants Americans to know that using antibiotics too often can cause resistance to the drugs and render them ineffective. The campaign also encourages doctors to limit antibiotic use for treating ear infections in children. Instead, they are advising them to use prescribed antibiotics only if symptoms do not improve after several days.

  • Self Promises

You've promised yourself that this is the year you'll keep your New Year's resolutions. So why is it by March, they're long abandoned? A new book, positive energy, offers some ideas to energize your life and increase the likelihood you'll keep those self-promises. A positive attitude is important, as is finding inspiration from people in your life. Set do-able goals, not a laundry list of unachievable ones. And if you happen to slip up on your plan, don't give up. Forgive yourself and recommit yourself to reaching your goals.

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