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6/17/02

HealthWise at 5 From 6.17

  • A New Procedure Reshapes the Face of Children with Deformities

It's called Distraction Osteogenesis and doctors at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston are using it to treat problems with the face, jaw, and scalp. They surgically attach a tiny device to a child's facial bones. Parents then turn the device in small daily increments to move the bone. After several months, new bone forms and stabilizes. Then, the device is removed. Researchers are already working on a new model that would simply dissolve into the skin instead of having to be removed after it does its work.

  • Breakfast Benefits

If you don't sit down to enjoy a good breakfast every morning you may be increasing your chances of developing cancer. A study published in the British Journal of Cancer suggests that eating a light breakfast of low fat foods can reduce your risk of Esophageal Cancer. Researchers say women who eat low-fat foods like cereal or yogurt may be up to 80% less likely to get the cancer than those who eat nothing in the morning.

  • Overweight Accident Victims

Heavier people are more likely to be killed or seriously injured in a car crash than thinner people. That's the conclusion of a study involving more than 26,000 accident victims. While there are no exact reasons for the findings, there are several theories. Some experts believe that overriding health problems like high blood pressure or Diabetes may make it harder to recover. Yet others blame seat belts, which may not hold overweight people as securely as those who are thinner. Some say our crash dummies are too thin and should be heavier to show a more realistic response when testing vehicles.

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