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4/12/02

HealthWise at 5 From 4.12

  • Awake Brain Mapping

Being awake during brain surgery doesn't sound appealing, but a new surgical technique at the University of Michigan has patients actively taking part in their own procedure. It's called Awake Brain Mapping, and it allows surgeons to more confidently remove brain tumors without affecting the nearby areas of the brain. The sedated patient is asked questions as the surgeon stimulates various parts of the brain. Any wrong answers to a simple question, like "What's your name?", would alert the surgeon that he or she is within the brain's critical language areas.

  • Prescription Drug Put-Off

Feared side effects are the main reason many of us take a dietary supplement instead of a prescription drug. That's the word of a survey by Consumerlab.com, which asked more than 3,200 people about their use of supplements. Results showed that 33% said they did not use a prescription drug because of side effects. Another 25% believed prescription drugs weren't safe.

  • Weighty Issues

Are you sticking to your diet and still gaining weight? If so, cloudy weather could be the culprit. Experts at the renaissance eating disorder treatment center say that, on cloudy days, the lower atmospheric pressures can temporarily trap water in your tissues. The higher pressures that come with clear, dry weather help flush the water out. You can't blame your weight on the weather. You can always blue PMS. The research center says PMS can pack on two to six extra pounds of water weight on women.

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