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12/1/06

HealthWise at 5 From 12.1

  • Glucose Chip

Diabetics are accustomed to checking blood glucose levels on a regular basis. But the finger stick might one day be replaced by an implanted bio-sensor, instead. Verichip, the company that developed the implantable medical radio frequency id chip, was recently awarded a US patent for an embedded glucose sensor. The device will be implanted by a syringe, and measure glucose concentrations. According to the patent, patients will be able to scan the implant for readings.

  • Tongue Scraping

Bad-breath...we try to cover it up, rinse it away or brush it off, but sometimes those tactics just aren't enough. A study in the journal General Dentistry, finds you can somewhat reduce the stinky bacteria that cause oral malodor by brushing or scraping the back of the tongue. Commonly, this area collects post-nasal drip that's full of microbes responsible for the foul odor. Daily tongue brushing can scrape off this bacterial gunk and improve your breath.

  • Nutty Holidays

Some nuts might be all they're cracked up to be! a recent study highlights how a small serving of walnuts can reduce the bad effects of a fatty meal. Walnuts contain omega-3 fatty acid and other antioxidants. According to the study, a serving of just under an ounce-and-a-half decreases inflammation in the arteries and helps them stay flexible. And a study on another popular nut, pecans, found a form of vitamin e in the nuts helps reduce the ability of fats to oxidize and gunk up artery walls.

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