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1/6/06

HealthWise at 5 From 1.6

  • Rotavirus

Most kids get Rotavirus at some point. It's the most common cause of severe diarrhea, blamed for about a quarter million visits to the ER every year. The recent issue of the New England Journal of Medicine says two pharmaceutical giants have each developed safe and effective vaccines to protect babies against Rotavirus. Merck and Glaxo-Smith-Kline are each waiting for FDA approval, which the journal says is likely since the studies have involved more than 60,000 infants with no significant side effects from either vaccine.

  • Soft Drinks Cancer

Good news for soda drinkers. A new study finds the fizzy beverages do not appear to increase the risk of esophageal cancer. Previous studies have suggested the carbonation in soft drinks might cause acid reflux that affects the lining of the esophagus but researchers at Yale University found esophageal cancer was actually lower in people who regularly consumed soft drinks.

  • Dry Eye Squint

Does a full day in front of the computer leave you squinting at the monitor? Researchers at Ohio State University say the more you squint, the less you blink, and that results in dry eyes. The optometrists say even a slight amount of squinting drops your "blink-ability by half from 15 blinks a minute, down to about 7. Doesn't sound like a big deal but the less you blink, the more irritating and dry your eyes become because blinking re-wets them.

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