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1/13/06

HealthWise at 5 From 1.13

  • Apnea Needle

A procedure approved for the treatment of snoring, called the pillar procedure, is actually helping sleep apnea patients sleep soundly. The procedure involves inserting three tiny fibers, no more than two centimeters long, into the soft palate. It causes some scarring of the tissue in the back of the throat making it more rigid and less likely to collapse during sleep. The Mayo Clinic is studying this now to see if it is more effective than other treatments, like the C-Pap machine. Studies so far have already shown 81% of patients had a decrease in their sleep apnea, and 61% were completely cured.

  • Tobacco Vaccine

Tobacco plants may have a beneficial effect on your health, when used to make a vaccine. Researchers used a tobacco plant to make a plant-derived vaccine for the plague. They found this version of the vaccine prevented the illness in over half of the guinea pigs that were exposed. It produced very high levels of the antigens needed to ward off the illness. More studies need to be done before this method is applied to humans. Researchers developed a vaccine based on two proteins, F1 and V, which the plague Bacterium Yersinia Pestis uses to cause disease. The proteins were grown in the leaves of tobacco plants.there are roughly 1,000-3,000 cases of the plague worldwide each year. However, there are concerns that the plague will be used in a bioterror attack. The airborne version of the disease is particularly dangerous. The study is published in the proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

  • Over the Hump?

Kids with severe food allergies may benefit from an unorthodox treatment camel's milk. A study in the Israel Medical Association Journal looked at the use of unpasteurized camel's milk for kids with food allergies who didn't respond to traditional treatments. After just four days of drinking only camel's milk, the children's symptoms were relieved. So, now, researchers are planning a larger study to see if it might be worth it to make camel's milk widely available.

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