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2/7/07

HealthWise at 5 From 2.7

  • Lonely Brain

Researchers studied over 800 people over age eighty. All were asked to fill out a questionnaire rating loneliness levels on a scale from one to five, with higher numbers meaning more loneliness. They found every point increase on the loneliness scale was associated with a fifty percent greater risk for the disease... So participants with a "three" had double the risk of Alzheimer's compared to those with a "one." researchers say this doesn't mean loneliness causes the disease only that it appears to be a risk factor that might is a risk factor that deserves further investigation. Loneliness is defined as "feeling disconnected from others" which is different from social isolation which has been tied to increased risk for dementia.

  • Relationship Gene

We've all heard that "opposites attract" and a new genetic study lends some insight into that. Research from the University of Mexico shows people particularly women during their most fertile time tend to be attracted to partners who have different genotypes. Researchers think this may be nature's way of helping humans avoid inbreeding and strengthen the immune systems of our offspring by exposing them to a wider variety of bacteria.

  • Lazy Eye Patch

A common treatment for Amblyopia, or lazy eye, is to wear a patch over the strong eye, forcing the brain to develop a stronger link to the lazy eye. Now, with a little thread, a high-tech machine and a lot of creativity, the mother of one of those patients has come up with a way to help her daughter feel less self-conscious about wearing an eye atch and thanks to the Internet, it has turned into a global business. The patches cost ten dollars each and for more information or to order an eye patch, click here.

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