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9/18/02

HealthWise at 5 From 9.18

  • Resperate Breathing Device

As many as 50 million Americans suffer from high blood pressure. Now a special device to treat the condition is available. The Resperate is the first medical device proven to reduce high blood pressure. It works like this: a sensor on the chest analyzes your breathing pattern creates a personalized melody that guides you through therapeutic breathing exercises, in as little as 15 minutes your blood pressure goes down. For more information on the device ( click here).

  • A Toast to Colds

Could a glass of Chardonnay help you snuff out the sniffles? New research suggests wine drinkers tend to have fewer colds than people who avoid alcohol altogether. The study in the American Journal of Epidemiology looked at drinking habits of more than 4,000 men and women. Scientists found people who sipped between eight and 14 glasses of wine per week were about half as likely as teetotalers to succumb to a cold. By the way red wine appeared to be more protective than white.

  • Gas and Gamma Rays

We all know what happens after we eat beans. The good news is scientists in India may now have a solution. They blasted several varieties of beans with gamma rays, then soaked them in cold water for two days. They noted a dramatic decrease in the carbohydrates thought to cause excess gas. While most experts agree that irradiation is a good thing, one British researcher is turning his nose up at the idea. He says gas is an important indication of a healthy digestive system and that we shouldn't tamper with it.

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