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1/16/09

HealthWise at 5 for 1.16

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Genetic Pharmacy

Most people know mixing certain drugs can be dangerous, but many do not know their genetic makeup can also influence some medication combinations in a bad way.  Now, researchers at Purdue are working on a tool that would give pharmacists instant access to a patient's genetic profile to help determine proper medication dosage that is safe for them.  Currently, patients start on a low dose to see how they will tolerate a drug.  Genetic testing would allow pharmacists to immediately bump to the right dosage because they would know their tolerance level, something that could save time and money.

Vitamin Water Controversy

The Center for Science in the Public Interest is taking aim against beverages that claim they are packed with vitamins.  The group has specifically filed a lawsuit against Coca-Cola, which makes Vitamin Water.  They say the 33 grams of sugar in each bottle may counter-effect the potential benefit of the vitamins, and they say claims that the beverage can reduce joint pain and boost the immune system are false.  A spokesman for Coca-Cola argues that Vitamin Water contributes to daily needs for some essential nutrients.

Flu Shot Advantage

In a recent study, scientists found that college students who were vaccinated against the flu were much less likely to develop the illness than those who didn't get the shot.  The vaccinated group also missed fewer days of class and work during the flu season, and had less impairment of academic performance than the others had. Don't worry; it's still not too late to get vaccinated because flu season lasts through march. 

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