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2/28/08

HealthWise at 5 for 2.28

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Botox for the Prostate

Botox isn't just for cosmetic purposes anymore.  Scientists at Baylor College of Medicine found that Botox may help shrink and relax an enlarged prostate. It's known that nerves are a major source of prostate growth, releasing chemicals and growth factors that influence the growth of prostate tissues.  Botox works by preventing nerve impulses from reaching the muscle. Shrinking the prostate would cut down on urinary frequency and urgency.

Soybean Hot Flash Relief

About 75% of menopausal women get hot flashes, but researchers found that a compound in soybeans may help turn down the heat. The results of the study, published in the journal Menopause, suggest that patients who take a soy supplement will have fewer hot flashes. For women in the study, hot flash frequency was reduced by more than 50% after 12 weeks, and the improvement came without negative side effects.

The High Cost of Good Food

Good things don't come cheap - especially when it comes to eating a healthy diet. Food prices are rising, but the costs of low-calorie foods may be rising fastest.  Researchers at the University of Washington found that the price of fruits, veggies, and other low-cal foods has jumped nearly 20% in two years. But calorie-rich foods stayed fairly stable, or even dropped in price. The scientists point out that the price hike makes it more difficult for people to afford a healthy diet.

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