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2/20/02

HealthWise at 5 From 2.20

  • Vitamin C and Alzheimer's

Vitamin C may be the key to treating Alzheimer's and other brain disorders. That's the finding of a new study to be published in the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry. Italian researchers claim that drugs used to treat the disorders appear to enter the brain more easily when Vitamin C is added and that could lead to safer and more effective drugs that target the brain. So far, tests have only been conducted on animals and researchers caution that these findings are very preliminary.

  • Infectious Contacts Bacteria

Your vision may still be threatened even if you faithfully clean your contact lenses. That's the conclusion of researchers in Italy who found that lens cleaning solutions failed to kill some of the bacteria even when the lens wearers followed the manufacturer's guidelines to the letter. In fact, in one case, a patient's infected eye harbored a bacteria related to anthrax. Experts believe it's safer to wear disposable lenses, but they warn that any foreign body in the eye can increase your risk of infection.

  • Medical Olympics

Hundreds are ready to hit the slopes and ice rinks during the 2002 Winter Olympics, but they're not competitors. They're the doctors, nurses, therapists, and other medical volunteers ready to treat visiting athletes. The employees of Intermountain Health Care spent the past four years gearing up for the Olympics, as well as the Paralympic Winter Games. Altitude sickness is expected to be one of the most common medical problems along with colds, flu, and injuries from slips and falls.

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