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6/28/06

HealthWise at 5 From 6.28

  • Vein ID

A technology that makes it easier to have a blood test done may also have a future as a biodentification tool. The vein viewer by Luminetx uses infrared technology to "lighten up" veins just below the surface of the skin. This illuminated view for an IV or a blood draw. The company has just received a patent to use the technology as an identification tool. Another benefit, the vein network is unique to each person, making a vein ID system a more secure way to document people.

  • Deep Hypothermia

Finding the best way to stop cancer can be challenging. A new treatment that's currently under investigation heats up tumors to make them more susceptible to therapies. The BSD 2000 uses microwave energy to heat a specific tumor site, such as for cervical or colorectal cancers. The hypothermia treatment increases blood flow in the tumor, which in turn brings in more oxygen. Increasing oxygen in tumors makes cancer cells less resistant to radiation and chemotherapies.

  • Calorie Denial

Though nutrition information is supposed to make us smarter food consumers, apparently we're struggling with calorie counts. A survey by the International Food Nutritional Information Council found nearly 90% of people had no idea how many calories they ought to eat or they were incorrect about the "magic" number of calories are worse than others. As the food pros say, a calorie is a calorie. If you eat too many, whether from carbs or fats, you'll gain weight.

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