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HealthWise at 5 From 3.9

  • New Blood Pressure Drug

The FDA has approved a new drug for high blood pressure. The drug, named Tekturna, is seen here in this video provided by the manufacturer. The drug is the first drug approved by the FDA that inhibits Renin, a kidney enzyme involved in blood pressure regulation. Tekturna was tested on nearly 6,500 patients, the most common side effect was diarrhea. Experts say it should not be used by women who are pregnant because it can cause injury or death to the developing fetus.

  • Smoking Teens

Unrestricted use of the TV and unlimited access to "R" rated movies may be the ticket for some teens to start smoking. That's according to a survey of more than 700 teens, which followed their habits during a three year period. Researchers found that those who watched a lot of "R" rated movies were seven times more likely to start smoking than those who didn't watch very many and that adolescents who could watch TV without supervision were also more likely to pick up the habit of smoking. The study is published in the Archive of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.

  • Stress Fevers

This could be an eye opener for some families. The mood and behavior of parents can have a direct effect on the health of their children. A study in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine finds that kids whose families reported stress and anxiety had more fevers than the children in families that said they were not stressed. Surprisingly, the research also found that maybe because of those fevers the kids under stress showed a boost in their immune system during stressful times indicating that somehow nature compensates for kids while it's the adults who suffer since stress weakens the adult immune system. This study conducted the University of Rochester Medical Center. 

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