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7/10/02

HealthWise at 5 From 7.10

  • Easier Hip Surgery

A California surgeon has pioneered a technique to reduce the time and pain involved with hip replacement surgery. The mini-incision procedure takes about 45 minutes to perform and leaves only a three inch scar. Traditional hip surgery can last up to three hours and requires a 12 to 18 inch incision. Doctors say the key is approaching the hip joint from the rear, where the skin in easier to move. There is also a greater blood supply to that area, which helps promote healing. Most patients are up and walking by themselves in a matter of days.

  • Cold Cure

If your bothered by colds, a glass of wine may be your answer. That's the word of Spanish researchers who wanted to know if drinking beer, wine, or spirits had any effect on catching a cold. Their study focused on more than 4200 college faculty and staff members. Experts found that drinking wine, especially red wine, seemed to offer some protection against the common cold, but no other drink did the same. Details of the study appear in the American Journal of Epidemiology.

  • Golf Back Attacks

It's been said that golf is 90% mental and only 10% physical, but tell that to your aching back after a long day on the links. Experts at Texas Back Institute say much of the problem centers on your inrtervertebral disc. It's the cushion that separates spinal bones and a bad swing can cause some serious damage. To protect it, doctors suggest some stretching before playing. It's also a good idea to stay balanced. Try to keep your shoulders and chest centered above your pelvis.

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