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9/23/02

HealthWise at 5 From 9.23

  • Glass and Arthritis

An unlikely source could be the key to treating Arthritis. Researchers at the University of Missouri-Rolla are developing special glass that could be used to repair bone. The substance would be injected into arthritic joints, to fill in the spots where bones are cracked much like you do to repair cracks in your bathroom. The mixture, which is still in development mixes tiny glass particles with a polymer. Once it hardens, it turns into a bone-like substance, bonding itself to the original bone.

  • Cycladol and Cholesterol

An extract from a rare Peruvian plant could mean lower cholesterol levels. A new study involving 60 men and women showed the drug Cycladol significantly lowered LDL or bad cholesterol levels by more than 30%. Research also showed Cycladol raised HDL or good cholesterol also more than 30%. The study was conducted by the University of Peru. For more information ( click here).

  • Spinach and Brain Function

Remember your mother saying eat your veggies, they're good for you? Now science is backing up mom's claim. New animal studies reported in the Journal of Neuroscience say certain fruits and vegetables may reverse the declines in learning and memory. Researchers looked at rats fed food mixed with spinach for six weeks. They found normal learning loss was reversed, compared to rats eating meals without spinach.

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