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3/18/02

HealthWise at 5 From 3.18

  • Colon Cancer Gene Test

A multi-center clinical trial is underway that looks at a new gene-based screening test for Colorectal Cancer. The second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. The pregen-plus analyses DNA from stool samples and looks for specific changes that develop during the precancerous and cancerous stages of the condition. This new technique may offer an alternative to current screening methods like the fecal occult blood test. Researchers are looking to enroll 5,000 men and women aged 65 and older. For more info call (312) 503-6227.

  • Hot Drink Benefit

If you're in the mood for a hot drink, coffee and cocoa may be more heart healthy than tea. Swiss researchers claim that coffee and cocoa protect LDL, or bad cholesterol, from oxidation longer than black or herbal teas. The oxidation of LDL increases the risk of Coronary Artery Disease.

  • Atherosclerosis Combo

A combination of Vitamin E and Aspirin can delay the development of plaque in the blood vessels, even in patients with high cholesterol. That's according to researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. The study involved mice that were genetically engineered to produce high levels of cholesterol and plaque lesions similar to those in at risk humans. Experts noted that the production of plaque dropped more than 80% when the mice were given the Vitamin E/Aspirin combination.

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