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8/22/08

HealthWise at 5 for 8.22

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  • New Technology for Physical Therapy

A new wireless system brings the concept of video gaming to physical therapy.  Core:TX® is a joint hardware and software application that can be used at the doctor's office or on a home computer.  A device, about the size of a bar of soap, is attached anywhere on the body, like an arm or leg.  Gyroscope technology detects limb motion, and sends the information wirelessly to computer software, which measures the data.  Users get real-time feedback, and a score to track their progress at the end of each session. 

  • Preventing Youth Sports Injuries     

Here are a few tips that may help keep your young athlete injury-free this school year.  Experts at the Children's Hospital and Research Center in Oakland say kids should always warm-up before playing sports.  Girls are four to six times more likely than boys to tear their ACL in the knee, so they should focus on specific strength training techniques. Remember to give kids a break!  Overuse injuries are the most common cause of injuries among kids.

  • An Eye on Diabetes

Blood glucose testing is the gold standard for detecting diabetes, but researchers in Michigan may have found another way.  They are using a non-invasive device that takes specialized images of the eye.  The images are used to detect metabolic stress and tissue damage, which occur before symptoms of the disease show up in your blood.  It only takes about five minutes to test both eyes.  The device specifically measures levels of flavo-protein auto-fluorescence, which are significantly higher in people with diabetes. The researchers have filed for a patent and are already planning to commercialize the device.

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