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6/6/08

HealthWise at 5 for 6.6

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Pump Prices & Employee Stress

Pain at the pump leads to workplace stress.  Researchers at the University of Florida surveyed more than 800 full-time employees, and found that people concerned with rising gas prices were less attentive at work, less excited about going to work, and more tense on the job.  That's not all, about 33% of the participants said they would quit their job for a similar one closer to home.

Vitamin D Plays Role in Type 1 Diabetes

It appears that a lack of Vitamin D might play some kind of role in Type 1 Diabetes.  Vitamin D is also known as the "sunshine vitamin" because sunlight triggers the body to produce it.  Researchers at the University of California, San Diego found that people who live closer to the equator and are, consequently, exposed to more sunlight, have lower incidence rates of Type 1 Diabetes.  Rates were higher among populations at higher latitudes, where sunlight is not as prevalent.

The study was led by researchers at the Moore's Cancer Center at the University of California, San Diego and published in the online version of Diabetologia.

New Product for Lush Lashes

A treatment for glaucoma is giving patients an unusual side effect: longer and lusher eyelashes.  Lumigan Eye Drops, made by Allergan, Inc., work by lowering pressure in the eye.  The company says that 80% of patients who have been using the drops have also experienced longer, darker, and thicker eyelashes within three weeks of starting treatment.

Now the company has zeroed in on the key lash ingredient and they're are working on a cosmetic product that would be applied much like an eyeliner.  The product could be approved sometime next year.

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