HealthWise at 5 From 9.1 - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/1/06

HealthWise at 5 From 9.1

  • Blood drive

The need is great and tomorrow is the last day of this year's Labor of Love Blood drive before this long holiday weekend. It's the tenth annual effort by mix 100 and United Blood Services to stock the shelves in preparation for emergencies that may come during the Labor day weekend and as an added bonus, donors can register to win a home theatre with surround sound, courtesy of Best Buy. You can donate in Lubbock tomorrow at United Blood Services at 48th and University from nine until four. Or you can go to Best Buy and give blood there from eleven until three.

 

  • Juice and Alzheimer's

A new study from Vanderbilt University explains an easy investment in added protection against Alzheimer's disease. Researchers there have found that people who drank three or more servings of fruit and vegetable juices a week had a seventy-six percent lower risk of developing Alzheimer's this after following about eighteen hundred people for about ten years. The juice was especially helpful among those who carried a certain genetic marker linked them to late-onset Alzheimer's. Researchers credit the plentiful antioxidants found in fruit juices. Studies continue to figure out which juices are the most effective.

 

  • Parkinson's brain

Medications are effective when it comes to treating Parkinson's disease but the side effects can be tough. But the New England Journal of Medicine says the evidence is growing that an implantable device, similar to a pacemaker, can help control the shaking associated with the disease by regulating electrical signals in the brain. Researchers have divided Parkinson's patients into two groups: one using the implant the other group using medication only. They found the group with the device had significantly greater mobility, emotional well-being and were able to perform daily tasks better than the group just on medication. The only problem with the implant is that means surgery and there is always the risk of complications during surgery.  The device is made by medtronic. Participants with the device implanted experienced a twenty-four to thirty-eight percent improvement in symptoms.

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