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4/1/05

HealthWise at 5 From 4.1

  • Iron Overload

Eating a diet high in protein and iron-rich foods, like the popular Atkins diet, might put some people at risk. A new study from the University of South Carolina warns that if you happen to be a person who does not store iron efficiently, a high protein diet could push you into a dangerous iron overload. Previous studies have linked high iron levels to cancer. It's estimated that 1 out of 10 people in this country are considered high iron storers. So be sure to talk to your doctor before jumping into a high protein diet because your doctor may want to give you a blood test to check your iron levels first.

  • Cord Cells and Heart

Stem cells from human umbilical cord blood may help renew a hurting heart. Researchers at the University of South Florida tested the effect umbilical cord stem cells would have on hearts after a heart attack. In lab tests, the stem cells were injected into the heart and they found the transplanted cells helped restore heart function to near normal and damaged tissue was reduced by three times within four months. Sounds great, but researchers want to continue more tests before making this available to heart patients.

  • Life Longevity

How long can you expect to live? There's something new called the longevity game that lets you peek into your future to find out. It's an Internet quiz that uses information gathered by the life insurance industry and public health organizations to devise a formula that takes into account your health and lifestyle. If you'd like to play the longevity game, ( click here ).

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