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12/15/08

HealthWise at 5 for 12.15

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  • Antibacterial Envelope

You can call this one "mailing in extra protection".  A medical company has developed an anti-bacterial "envelope" for implantable cardiac defibrillators.  The mesh envelope contains anti-microbial agents that are released into the body to help protect against infection at the surgical site.  The new technology also helps stabilize the device in the body, and makes it easier to replace it in the future.  The envelope has been approved by FDA and is available in select US hospitals. 

  • Rewarding Gifts

Volunteering may help you beat the blues this holiday.  In a study, researchers at Purdue University found that volunteers over the age of 45 have better blood pressure and cardiovascular health.  Experts say that it's important to find the right amount of volunteer activity for you.  Helping others through volunteering can also help change your perspective.  It can help you to realize that your problems may not be as difficult as you think.

  • Caffeine Nap

Are you feeling drowsy and need to recharge?  Try a caffeine nap!  British researchers asked participants to drink a cup of coffee right before taking a 15 to 30 minute nap.  After waking up, the snoozers felt rested and more alert.  Experts say the caffeine takes about a half an hour to kick in, so it can help wake you up from a catnap.

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