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HealthWise at 5 From 5.17

  • Fat Seeking Laser

Lasers are used for many medical treatments these days. Now a specialized laser that has its roots in defense might carve a role in medicine to seek and destroy fat. The free-electron laser at the Thomas Jefferson National accelerator lab in Virginia is tunable. Scientists there have tuned the laser to heat fat without damaging surrounding tissue. The research may eventually lead to smaller laser devices that could target fatty plaques in arteries.

  • Breakfast Trends

Its been called the most important meal of the day, and it seems we really eat up that notion. Experts from the USDA examined nutrition data to figure out how popular breakfast is. It turns out nearly everyone eats breakfast, though only about two-thirds of the twenty-somethings break the overnight fast. The most common foods, milk, cereal and breads, have a healthy benefit by contributing nearly one-fourth of your daily vitamins and minerals.

  • Stress and Pregnancy

Here's something new moms especially working moms can stop stressing about, a new study from Johns Hopkins University shows a little bit of stress isn't such a bad thing for pregnant women and their unborn babies. Researchers followed more than a hundred women through their pregnancies. Moms who said they were more stressed and anxious while pregnant had babies who were slightly more advanced in their mental and motor development by age two.

Doctors noted that extreme cases of anxiety can have a negative impact, but that for the most part, these findings should put many pregnant women's minds at ease. The study is published in the current issue of Child Development.

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