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7/4/02

HealthWise at 5 From 7.4

  • Vaccine for Shingles

Shingles is a very painful disease that strikes the elderly and people with weakened immune systems. In fact, Lymphoma patients have a one in 12 chance of developing Shingles after cell transplant treatments. Now, researchers believe the Chicken Pox vaccine may hold the key to warding off Shingles in Patients with Lymphoma. The study in the New Englnad Journal of Medicine says the key, though, is giving patients the vaccine before they are treated with cell transplants.

  • Heart Profilers

Life is getting a bit simpler for millions of heart patients, thanks to their personal computers. The American Heart Association has launched a web-based internet tool called heart profilers. The interactive site provides personalized health information to patients and their caregivers. It enables them to better manage their disease and explore treatment options. You can visit the website by ( clicking here).

  • Traveling with Medications

Vacation season is here and it's a time when millions of Americans will take off with their prescriptions packed. So there are some things you can do now to ensure trouble-free travel later. Keep each drug in its original container and pack all of them in your carry-on bag. Experts say it's also a good idea to bring an extra week's supply and a copy of the original prescription and if possible try to take your medications at the time you normally do at home, even if you're traveling to different time zones.

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