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8/3/07

HealthWise at 5 From 8.3

  • 3-D Brain Imager

Brain surgeons rely mainly on 2-D images when looking at the brain, but scientists at Duke University are changing that. They've adapted a 3-D ultrasound scanner that could help guide minimally invasive brain surgeries and more accurately locate brain tumors. The brain imager emits ultrasound waves that allow it to "look" straight ahead and it only requires surgeons to make a dime-sized hole in the skull where it can be inserted.

  • Light Therapy for Parkinson's Sufferers

Patients with Parkinson's disease suffer from jerky movements and many also experience severe sleep trouble. But, a recent study shows that bright light therapy can help improve these symptoms during the study. Parkinson's patients were exposed to plain old fluorescent light bulbs for one to one and a half hours a day before bedtime. Most patients showed an improvement in motor symptoms, appetite, mood, and sleep problems after just two weeks.

  • QuiqMeds

Now you can get your prescriptions right at the doctors office. QuiqMeds is a high tech machine that dispenses mostly generic medications at an affordable price. The doctor enters your prescription on a wireless, wall-mounted touch screen so you don't have to go to the pharmacy. QuiqMeds keeps the medicine cool in a climate controlled environment and just like buying a soft drink you have to pay up front but at least there's no bill later.

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