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1/10/05

HealthWise at 5 From 1.10

  • Scorpion Venom Trial

A drug derived from scorpion's venom has recently completed early trails and with positive results. The lab, Transmolecular, Inc., is the developer of the drug based on scorpion venom and it says the medicine is for patients with a form of cancer called recurrent brain glioma. The medicine is placed in the site where the tumors are surgically removed. On average, life expectancy for these patients is about four and a half months. Patients teated with the scorpion-derived medicine had a longer survival rate of more than six months, with some far exceeding that by almost two years.

  • Overweight Kids

There's new proof that a child's weight can effect how happy he or she is. Researchers surveyed 1,500 kids and found a child's opinion about his or her quality of life dropped as the child's weight climbed above average. They found quality of life scores decreased in physical and social functioning for obese children compared to children who were not overweight. Because of the number of obese and overweight children in the world, researchers say a small drop in quality of life can become a really big issue and ideally should be addressed early by parents. The study is published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

  • My Reader

Low vision problems can greatly limit reading enjoyment. A new technology improves on the magnifying readers of the past boosting performance into the new century. It's called My-Reader and it is an easily transportable reading device that doesn't require arm movements that are necessary with traditional video magnifiers. This machine captures the text from a full page, and then it can change the size and color as selected by the reader. According to the company, readers experience less fatigue when using the device and can finish more quickly. For more information ( click here ).

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