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9/20/02

HealthWise at 5 From 9.20

  • Cholesterol in Young Girls

The cholesterol count for the young girls in your family could be a tip-off to weight trouble later. Researchers followed more than 270 kindergarten boys and girls for 6 years. The kids were all described as normal weight in that first year. By the end of the study, it was the girls with high cholesterol that were most likely to be overweight or obese with no big weight difference among the boys.

The relationship between high cholesterol levels and weight gain is not fully understood, but researchers believe high cholesterol may be a marker of metabolism changes that eventually lead to obesity particularly in women. They say the findings are important because high cholesterol and obesity in childhood can set children up for Heart Disease and other problems as they get older. The study was conducted by researchers at the Children's Hospital in Philadelphia and is published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

  • Central Vacuums and Allergies

This is no cheap prescription but a central vacuum system could do wonders for your allergies. A study by the University of California Davis compared allergy sufferers in homes with central vacuums to homes where conventional sweepers were used. Research showed a 44% improvement in sleep-related symptoms and a 47% improvement in nasal symptoms for patients using a central vacuum system.

  • Talking,Timing and Kids

Having trouble getting through to your kids? Try talking to them on another day. A study in a French-Language Journal, says a child's attention span varies depending on the day of the week and even the season of the year. The study included 10,000 children ages eight to 10. It found kids show the shortest attention spans on Sunday afternoons and the highest on Mondays.

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