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7/17/02

HealthWise at 5 From 7.17

  • Calcium and Postpartum Blues

Researchers in Oregon will soon begin a study to see if taking calcium supplements during pregnancy can lower the risk of Postpartum Depression. They decided to pursue the idea after success with an earlier study, which looked at the effects of calcium on pregnant women with pre-eclampsia. Doctors noted that women who took the calcium supplements showed fewer signs of depression. Researchers hope to enroll more than 200 pregnant women in the study and follow them through 12 weeks after childbirth.

  • Jacuzzi for Breast Cancer

Heat and water are combining to provide dramatic results in the treatment of Breast Cancer. Doctors at Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center focused on women with inoperable tumors. Each patient received standard chemotherapy drugs packed inside of fat globules. Next, they positioned their breasts in a warm pool of water, which allowed the drugs to trickle out of the fat and attack the tumor. The treatment stopped the growth of all tumors and more than half the women had their tumors shrink.

  • Memory Menu

Spinach made Popeye strong. New research finds the leafy greens may help make you smarter too. Nutrition researchers have found that rats fed a diet rich in spinach showed a reversal in the normal memory loss that comes with age. Spinach is rich in antioxidants, which scientists say can counteract free radicals that can affect memory and other mental functions.

Researchers at the University of South Florida Center for aging and brain repair say their work suggests the most colorful fruits and veggies tend to pack the greatest antioxidant punch. While more studies are needed to see how these potential brain boosters apply to people, they say piling your plate full of color couldn't hurt.

Apples also showed some brain boosting ability in lab animals, so did the supplement called Spirulina, a blue-green algae high in antioxidants. Researchers also recommend adding berries, blueberries, and strawberries to your diet. The research is published in the Journal of Neuroscience and was conducted by researchers at the University of South Florida Center for Aging and Brain Repair and James A. Haley Veterans Hospital.

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