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2/4/02

HealthWise at 5 From 2.4

  • Gene Link to SIDS

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic have uncovered what they call the Forst Molecular evidence in finding a cause of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or 'SIDS'. They've identified a cardiac gene that may mutate and disturb the heart's rhythm. These findings represent a key to preventing future infant deaths from lethal heart rhythm disturbances. Experts say SIDS claims the lives of nearly 3,000 infants in the United States each year.

  • Social Phobia and Parties

It's normal to feel a bit anxious before walking into a big party, but what if you're afraid even to go? Millions of Americans suffer from Social Phobia, a condition characterized by an intense fear of being around people. Experts at friends hospital in Philadelphia say Social Phobias tend to peak after age 30, and can cause sweating, increased heart rate, and nausea. There is treatment. Ask your doctor about new medications to help treat Social Phobias.

  • A Good Reason to Live in Lubbock

It turns out kids who play outdoor sports in cities with high levels of air pollution are three to four times more likely to develop Asthma. We've known for years that smog can trigger attacks in Asthmatics, but this newest study by California's EPA is the strongest evidence yet that smog is also responsible for causing new Asthma cases at an early age. The theory is that young athletes who play a lot outdoors inhale bigger doses of pollutants, making them more susceptible to the disease. The study recommends that parents monitor ozone levels in big cities and limit outdoor activities on days when pollution is high. Now, doesn't that make you appreciate our West Texas wide open spaces?

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