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1/30/02

HealthWise at 5 From 1.30

  • AIDS Fight in South Africa

An international group called "Doctors Without Borders" has announced it's breaking the rules to provide life saving treatment to South Africans in the fight against AIDS. That group runs an AIDS treatment clinic for charity, and it has announced in Johannesburg that they can't afford to buy the treatment anymore because the patent makes the drugs cost so much. So, instead, they say they're breaking the patent to bring in cheaper generic versions of the medicine from Brazil. "Doctors Without Borders" says this is a desperate effort to get what they need to treat thousands more patients every month since the number of AIDS cases in South Africa continues to climb.

  • Why Gambling is an Addiction

Several new studies have found physiological reasons for why gambling can be so addictive to some people. German researchers claim that gambling produces a rush, resulting in increased heart rate, the release of stress hormones, and a boost in mood. Experts in Missouri believe that pathologic gambling and alcoholism may share a genetic link. Harvard scientists add that gambling sparks the same areas of the brain as snorting Cocaine.

  • A Nutty Diet

If you're nuts about Pistachios, but worried about the fat, take heart. A new report claims nuts can be a beneficial part of your diet. A study in the International Journal of Obesity found that, during an 18 month period, people on a diet high in Monounsaturated Fats, including nuts, lost 11 pounds. That's compared to a five pound weight loss in people on a low-fat diet. Nutritionists say nuts are an excellent source of these so-called healthy fats, since they are cholesterol free. Like most treats moderation is the key.

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