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HealthWise at 5 From 5.6

  • Alcohol Before Bed

Many people think an alcoholic drink will help them unwind at the end of a long day. But the University of Michigan researchers have found the opposite to be true. Preliminary results of an ongoing study suggest there's a strong link between alcohol dependency and insomnia, and they add that the problem increases along with the amount of alcohol consumed. The researchers add that a variety of medications used for the treatment of depression and epilepsy can work well for alcoholics trying to kick the habit and get a good night's sleep.

  • New Kidney Treatment

Doctors and patients are encouraged by a new treatment for Kidney Disease that can mean faster recovery times with fewer complications. It's called Renal Cryoblation and it's proving to be successful alternative to the more invasive treatment of kidney removal. This new technique allows doctors to freeze and destroy only the diseased tissue, without removing any part of the organ. Experts note that Renal Cryoblation is still in its developmental stages, but they say they're pleased with the ability to preserve healthy kidney tissue.

  • Allergy Alert

If you're sneezing more, global warming could be to blame. Harvard University researchers say the rising Carbon Dioxide levels associated with global warming could seriously affect allergies over the next 50 years. Their study focused on Ragweed grown in an atmosphere of double the current Carbon Dioxide levels. Such a doubling is expected between the years 2050 and 2100. Experts note that Ragweed produced 61% more pollen than normal.

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