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4/17/02

HealthWise at 5 From 4.17

  • A-Tec Biopsy System for Breast Cancer

A new device is making breast biopsies faster and less invasive for women. It's called the automated tissue excision and collection breast biopsy system or A-Tec. Guided by ultrasound, the mininally invasive A-Tec system is able to take up to 16 biopsies per minute or one every three and a half seconds. Experts say that, in many cases, A-Tec is able to remove a tumor without a surgical incision and the patient can leave the doctor's office with only a band-aid over the site.

  • Tea for Parkinson's

Studies show it helps prevent cancer and Heart Disease, now new research suggests green tea may help protect the brain as well. Studies in mice have suggested that green tea extracts help protect the brain from Parkinson's like brain damage. 

Now, new research from Baylor College of Medicine finds it's the antioxidants in green tea called Polyphenols that help prevent the nerve cell damage in the brain that leads to the decrease of the chemical Dopamine. Bottled tea and instant tea have few antioxidants. It's the green tea that contains Polyphenol. If you are not a fan of green tea, researchers say the active ingredient, Polyphenol can be bought in capsules.

The study was conducted by researchers at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and was presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology.

  • Infant Dental Care

Most parents schedule their child's first dental appointment by age three, but experts now say that's too long to wait. According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, their first appointment should be made between the ages of six months and one year. That's usually when their first teeth start to come in. Researchers say it's critical for parents to make their little ones first dental appointment early to help dentists spot potential future problems during their earliest most treatable stages.

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