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11/10/06

HealthWise at 5 From 11.10

  • Smoking Fertility

Women who light up may extinguish their chances of getting pregnant. A new study finds smoking is a habit that not only affects the health of an unborn child... But also hurts the chance a woman will become pregnant even if she is getting hi-tech help . The study in the Journal Human Reproduction found much lower pregnancy rates among those who smoked ten or more cigarettes a day, even if they were using In vitro Fertilization. Researchers say this simply adds to the evidence that cigarettes and conception don't mix. The study, led by researchers at the Ivi Clinic in Lisbon, published in the Journal Human Reproduction.

  •  Eye Exercise

Regular exercise like walking could help reduce your risk of developing age-related macular degeneration. This comes after a fifteen year study of about four thousand people with the disease. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin found that regular walkers were thirty-percent less likely to suffer from macular degeneration. The theory is that physical activity reduces inflammation in cells, which is believed to play a role in age-related macular degeneration which affects central vision and is a leading cause of blindness in the elderly. The study led by researchers at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and public health and published in the British Journal of Ophthalmology.

  • Depression and Osteoporosis

It appears depression could increase your risk for broken bones. The study from Israel was done using lab mice. Researchers say that a month after being put into a depressed state, the mice showed a dramatic loss in bone mass, including hip bone. However, anti-depressant drugs were able to control the depression and actually stop the loss of bone density and that's important because loss of bone mass is the leading cause of osteoporosis and breaks among the elderly and postmenopausal women. The study led by researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and published in PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences).

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