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5/12/06

HealthWise at 5 From 5.12

  • Alcohol Antidote

UCLA scientists are working on an experimental drug that could put an end to the term "falling down drunk". In previous studies on lab animals, the drug was shown to stop some of the effects of alcohol, such as impaired coordination, memory loss and drowsiness. Now researchers say they've discovered how the drug works by binding to certain receptors in the brain that are highly sensitive to alcohol. Scientists hope this information could someday lead to medications that help people sober up quickly, and possibly even treat alcohol addiction.

  • Obesity Gene

We've known for some time that people who are overweight are at risk for Type 2 Diabetes. Now, researchers at the University of Wisconsin say they may have identified a gene in mice that plays an important role in the development of this disease. The gene is thought to be involved in making the blood vessels that nourish the cells that make insulin. Researchers say this causes the cells to not deliver insulin to the bloodstream efficiently. Many more studies need to be done but researchers hope they'll get the same findings when they try this in humans.

  • Living Longer

The latest in age-defying research can not be found in a bottle on the cosmetics aisle but instead in some lab rats at the University of Florida. That's where scientists have proven that by feeding the rats 8% fewer calories a day and slightly increasing their exercise. The rats are living longer. Not just that but the researchers can see those rats have significantly reversed the negative effects of cellular aging on liver function and overall health. They eat less, exercise more program for rats is equal to humans cutting back on a few hundred calories a day and taking regular short walks for exercise.

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