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5/10/02

HealthWise at 5 From 5.10

  • Can Aspirin Cure a Virus?

Pain medications such as aspirin may also offer anti-viral protection. That's according to researchers in New Jersey who focused on the Human Cytomegalovirus or HCMV. The virus poses little threat to healthy individuals, but can lead to birth defects and potentially deadly infections in patients with weakened immune systems. Experts found that drugs like Aspirin, called Cox-2 Inhibitors, greatly reduced the production of HCMV in human skin cells already infected with the virus.

  • Heart and Dementia

A new study finds taking care of your heart means taking care of your head. Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh followed 5,800 patients for 10 years. In the end, they found those with Heart Disease were 30% more likely than normal patients to experience Dementia. The highest risk was seen in those patients with obstructed blood flow in the legs. The study, funded by the National Institutes of Health, concludes that a healthy diet and regular exercise offers strong prevention against Alzheimer's Disease.

  • Fiber Up Your Mood

If you're feeling down and depressed new findings suggest that upping your fiber intake may be the key to improving your mood! British researchers studied 142 volunteers who were randomly assigned a high fiber breakfast cereal or a special low fiber version for two weeks. They found the ones who ate more fiber seemed more calm, more positive, and even slept better than those who ate less fiber.

We've known for years that fiber is good for our physical health, but this is the first evidence that links fiber with improved mental health.

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