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3/2/05

HealthWise at 5 From 3.2

  • Hip Vitamin

If you have had a stroke, two popular supplements could give you the protection you need to keep you on your feet. A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association indicates stroke patients are two to four times more likely to end up with a hip fracture because they have higher levels of an amino acid called homocysteine, which can harm the bones. Now, a new study finds stroke patients who took folic acid and vitamin B-12 were five times less likely to have a hip fracture than those not taking the supplements because their studies show homocysteine levels dropped when patients began taking folic acid and B-12.

  • Engineered Viruses

With some high tech tweaking, a cold virus has the potential to disrupt the growth of cancer cells. Biotech researchers at St. Louis University School of Medicine are working on genetic changes to the adenovirus. Engineered changes to the virus's genes, develop an attraction to specific cancers. When the modified virus enters cancer cells, it replicates like a cold virus, and interrupts the growth of cancerous tumors. Clinical trials should begin by the end of the year.

  • Home Hypothermia

It's tempting to turn down the heat to save on heating bills, but if you're older you might be risking a dangerous drop in your body temperature. Hypothermia is often connected to being outdoors in extremely cold conditions. But having your home too cold can also put you at risk. The National Institute on Aging says even mildly cool temperatures, such as from 60 to 65 degrees, can trigger the onset of hypothermia. So keep your toes toastier, with the heat set at 68 degrees Fahrenheit or higher.

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