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3/8/02

HealthWise at 5 From 3.8

  • Sygen for Spine Injuries

A new drug is helping patients with a certain type of spinal cord injury regain more of their functions, and in less time. That's the conclusion of researchers in the U.S. and Canada who spent six years studying nearly 800 spinal cord injury patients. They found that the drug Sygen worked to restore some function in patients with incomplete injuries, or injuries that still allow some brain signals to be transmitted through the spinal cord to other areas of the body.

  • Ultrasound for Snoring

Snoring affects millions of people whether they're the ones making the noise, or the ones forced to listen. A new ultrasound procedure just approved by the FDA is literally cutting out the problem. A Philadelphia doctor developed the new procedure, called Harmonic Ultrasound, for the treatment of snoring and Sleep Apnea. It involves removing a patient's uvula which hangs in the back of the throat and vibrates to create the snoring sound. Studies have shown the procedure to be less painful than similar laser treatments

  • Hand Gestures

You can boost your brain power just by talking with your hands. That's the conclusion of a recent University of Chicago study which focused on 40 kids and 36 adults. Subjects solved math problems and memorized lists of words and letters. Those who were asked to go back and explain the problems by gesturing remembered 20% more than compared with those who were asked to stand still. Experts believe gesturing reduces the brain's cognitive load, allowing it to better tap into memory.

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