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5/23/08

HealthWise at 5 for 5.23

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  • Smart Sensors

Researchers at the University of Illinois are working on a system to measure blast-related brain injuries in real-time.  The wearable system will measure the force of a blast, then record and analyze data on the person's physical condition, like changes in oxygen in the blood and heart rate.  The info could then be uploaded to medical personnel.  The ultimate goal is to put the sensors in combat helmets to detect blast-related brain injury in soldiers right away.

  • Domestic Violence and Men

Very few women openly talk about domestic violence and the number of men who admit they are victims is even smaller.  Nevertheless, that does not mean men don't experience domestic violence.  On the contrary, a new study in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine finds that nearly 30% of men surveyed have endured some kind of domestic violence during their lifetime. The National Domestic Violence Hotline is available to all victims of abuse, whether they are women or men; just call 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).

  • Carbs and Vision Loss

Too many fast-acting carbs could speed up vision loss.  Researchers at The Agricultural Research Service analyzed the diets of people aged 55 to 80, and found that consuming higher than average amounts of "fast carbs," like white bread and rice, causes blood sugar levels to spike and fall rapidly.  They believe this fluctuation in blood sugar levels may be a risk factor for central vision loss with aging.

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