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6/9/08

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Radioactive Spheres Treat Tumors in Liver

Scientists at the Mayo Clinic are sending tiny radioactive spheres right into the liver to halt tumor growth.  The technique uses millions of tiny polymer beads containing a radioactive element.  They use a catheter to infuse the microspheres right into the artery that supplies blood to the liver.  Then when they reach the organ, the beads deliver radiation for about 11 days.  Further research is needed, but the technique could someday offer a treatment option for patients with multiple tumors in the liver. 

A Cup of Coffee a Day May Keep Alzheimer's Away

That daily cup of joe may help protect against Alzheimer's.  This study comes from the journal Neuro-Inflammation.  It finds that a daily dose of caffeine, equal to a cup of coffee a day, can protect the blood-brain barrier from the damage caused by high cholesterol.  That's good news because high levels of cholesterol have been linked to a variety of disorders, like Alzheimer's. 

Swimming Away the Pain of Fibromyalgia

A dip in the pool could help people suffering from the pain of fibromyalgia.  A study published in the journal Arthritis Research showed significant improvement among patients who hopped in a heated pool for an hour 3 times a week during supervised exercises.  In fact, after eight weeks, patients said the program effectively reduced their pain and improved their quality of life.

Covenant "Lifestyles" has a swim class geared specifically toward patients with arthritis and fibromyalgia.  If you would like more information, you can call Lifestyles at 725-4386.

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