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10/11/06

HealthWise at 5 From 10.11

  • New Fen-Phen

Almost a decade after Fen-Phen was pulled off the shelves, researchers are still looking for a similar pill that might have the same weight loss success as Fen-Phen but without the deadly consequences and now, they think they might be onto something they're testing two common drugs that are already FDA approved, drugs in which the side effect is weight loss. The study combines the drug Wellbutrin, which is an anti-depressant that deals with seratonin and dopamine, an anti-seizure drug that apparently also makes the brain feel like the body is full. We'll keep you posted.

  • Blisters

It happens to everybody sometime, blisters on your toes and feet. So what's the best thing to do when you get one? Be patient. "The body will eventually absorb the fluid, but if the blister becomes tense and becomes very painful, then you can puncture the side of the blister to drain it," said Dr. Nicholas Taweel, an Orthopedic Podiatrist. Dr. Taweel says wash the blister with soap, apply an antiseptic like Neosporin, puncture it with a sterilized needle, then cover it with a clean gauze and tape but don't use a Band-Aid. Because he says they'll wrinkle or move and create more friction. By the way, Dr. Taweel says people with diabetes or poor circulation should never pop blisters at home.

  • Hidden Stroke

If you've had the symptoms, you might have experienced a mini-stroke and not even realized it. New research finds that has happened to a significant number of Americans who thought maybe they should get checked out but did nothing. The study in the archives of internal medicine surveyed eighteen thousand Americans and found nearly one out of five has had at least one symptom of a stroke like sudden numbness OSR weakness on one side of the body, vision loss, or they suddenly couldn't express themselves. The report also finds that MRI scans of a patient suffering from a stroke point to previous damage that it was not the first one although they were not aware of it earlier. The bottom line, any symptoms that may signal a stroke should be checked out.

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