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4/26/02

HealthWise at 5 From 4.26

  • Breast Stroke

Aside from catching cancer early, there's another reason to get regular Mammograms. A new study shows the breast images can provide doctors with important information about your risk of a stroke. This is a huge study that followed 6,000 women for 20 years. Researchers at Kaiser Permanente looked specifically at calcium deposits in the breast. They found that women with calcification in the breast's blood vessels were 54% more likely than women without the deposits to suffer a stroke.

Not all calcification was found to be dangerous. The researchers say there was no stroke connection if the calcium deposits wre in the milk ducts. Stroke is the #3 killer and the leading cause of disability in the United States. This study was conducted by Kaiser Permanente and was presented at a meeting of the American Heart Association in Hawaii.

  • Cancer Smell

You may appreciate the tip if you're caring for someone who has cancer. Researchers at Duke Medical Center have found that aside from the damage cancer does to tissue and organs, cancerous tumors can secrete a protein that suppresses the appetite and robs patients of their sense of taste and smell. Researchers say that spells big trouble for cancer patients because if they can't taste or smell, they're more likely to avoid nutritious foods like fruits and vegetables and the researchers say the patients who don't eat well and lose weight often struggle more with chemotherapy and have shorter survival rates. 

While certain drugs can improve appetite and taste sensation; some of them, like steroids, carry their own risks and unwanted side effects. Duke researchers hope to find non-drug alternatives to help make food more appealing.

The study was conducted at the Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center. Results of the study are being presented at the Annual Association of Chemoreception Sciences. The study was funded by the National Institute on Aging.

  • Cycling for Your Sex Life

Want to spice up your love life? Then hop on a bicycle. That's the advice of Italian researchers who noted the effects opf cycling on chronic heart failure patients. After eight weeks, the bicyclists in the study averaged a 77% improvement in their sex lives. Actually their partners reported a nearly 100% improvement! Experts say just a half hour on a stationary bike three times a week is enough to do the trick. They add that exercise instead of drugs like Viagra can avoid potentially dangerous interactions with heart failure medications

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