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4/8/02

HealthWise at 5 From 4.8

  • New Infection Fighter

Patients receiving certain types of chemotherapy are often at a higher risk of infection due to a drop in white clod cells. Now the FDA has approved a new drug that stimulates the production of white blood cells in cancer patients. Neulasta can be given by a single injection approximately 24 hours after a chemotherapy cycle, but no later than 14 days before the next scheduled cycle. The drug's manufacturer reported bone pain s the most common side effect. Neulasta should be available in the U.S. sometime this month.

  • Sunshine Before Birth

Lack of sunlight may affect the development of your child's brain months before birth. That's according to Australian researchers who looked at Vitamin D deficiencies during pregnancy. In a study of rats, they found the ones deprived of Vitamin D had babies with unusually large ventricles. That's a trait found in people with Schizophrenia. Experts say more work is urgently needed since Vitamin D deficiency affects 12% of American women of childbearing age.

  • Wheelchair Air Cushion

A new type of cushion aims to provide more comfort and fewer medical problems for wheelchair users. Biomedical systems has rolled out its new air flow wheelchair cushion. It features adjustable air chambers that help relieve pressure on the tailbone and improve body positioning and stability. The air flow design and synthetic sheepskin cover help keep the cushion dry. It can also be used on conventional chairs and in bed, and is reimbursable under Medicare.

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