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6/14/02

HealthWise at 5 From 6.14

  • Cell Phones VS. Alcohol

Talking on a cell phone and driving may be more dangerous than drinking and driving, even if you're using a hands-free device. That's the startling conclusion of a new study by Britain's transport research laboratory. Drivers talking on cell phones had a 30% drop in reaction time, compared with those who were over the legal alcohol limit. That number fell to 50% when compared with the reaction times of sober drivers. Motorists who used their phones to send text messages had the highest levels of physical and visual distraction.

  • Smart Chip

Experts at the University of Rochester have developed a tiny computer chip that changes color in the presence of potentially dangerous bacteria. Researchers can program the "Smart Bandage" technology to recognize a variety of different microbes on cutting boards and bandages. A change in color would alert the user to the presence of potentially infectious bacteria.

  • Eye Allergies

An estimated 50 million Americans will reach for medications this spring to combat the runny, stuffy noses of allergy season, but experts say nearly three quarters of those people suffer another type of allergy, yet they ignore the symptoms. Eye allergies are caused when airborne allergens come into contact with the eyes. That could be your problem if you suffer eye redness and even blurry vision.

If you'd like a free brochure on eye allergies you can call 1-800-842-77-77. That's provided by the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology.

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