HealthWise at 5 From 7.12 - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/12/02

HealthWise at 5 From 7.12

  • Pilot Brain Study

A study in airline pilots may help the millions of Americans who suffer with age related memory problems. Researchers tested the Alzheimer's drug Aricept in healthy pilots in their 50's. The drug helps protect the brain's supply of Acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that's important for memory and thought. The study found the pilots who took the Alzheimer's drug for a month did a better job remembering complex flight instructions on a flight simulator than those who got a placebo. Researchers hope the study could lead to drug therapies for older adults who don't have Alzheimer's but worry about age related memory trouble.

  • Prescriptions Drug Legislation

Prescription drug legislation could be the topic of discussion in the Senate next week. Senator Edward Kennedy is preparing a bill that would make generic drugs more widely available. It's an effort to stop drug companies from extending their lucrative patents and allow the generics to come in and make popular prescriptions more affordable. The house ok' d its version of the drug legislation last month.

  • Nearsightedness From Starch

Too much bread and cereal may hurt your child's eyes. That's according to researchers who claim that a diet high in refined starches may increase your little one's risk of Myopia, or Nearsightedness. The starches boost insulin levels and that in turn, can affect the development of the eye. Experts explain that high insulin levels can make the eye abnormally long, causing Nearsightedness. The theory may explain the dramatic increase in Myopia over the last two decades.

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