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10/2/02

HealthWise at 5 From 10.2

  • Depression Study

Of the 20 million Americans who suffer from Clinical Depression now, many face the additional disappointment of trying different drugs before finding one that works for them. But a recent study shows that a simple brain wave test could determine within days if a drug is going to work weeks before it actually does. In a study at the University of California Los Angeles, 25 patients were given either Prozac or Effexor. In just 48 hours, researchers noticed specific changes in the brain waves of patients who later responded to those drugs. That's something that researchers say could save patients expense, side effects and frustration. The world health organization estimates that in 20 years, depression will be one of the biggest strains on our health care systems, second only to Heart Disease. The brain wave test takes only an hour, but it's new and not available in most places yet.

  • Mighty Mouth

With children starting school, that means sports and potential sport injuries. As kids put down their pencils and pick up the pigskin, it's important they're wearing all the protective gear, including mouth guards. They protect against blows from elbows and feet. Adolescents are particularly at risk, because they're losing the last of their baby choppers and getting their permanent teeth. Mouth guards range in price from $5 to $25.

  • Children and Sleep Apnea

If your child snores or has a lot of trouble waking up in the morning, that's reason enough to talk to your pediatrician, because he or she could have a sleep disorder. A sleep disorder, specifically Sleep Apnea in kids, has been linked to learning problems, slow growth, bed-wetting and behavior problems like crankiness, fidgeting or an inability to sit still. So how can you tell if your child has Sleep Apnea? "Sleep Apnea is a syndrome of transient blockage of the upper airway during sleep.that means there's a period where the upper airway is sucked together and closes.if you hear them struggle breath after breath, that would be a reason to have them evaluated," says Dr. William Broughton, a Sleep Specialist. Dr. Broughton says just by removing the tonsils and adenoids, 90% of kids with sleep trouble are usually cured.

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