Health Advice: Pills to Stop Smokers, IQ Supplement Tablets and Gene Therapy

The To Your Health column covers health advice topics on pills to stop smokers, IQ supplement tablets and gene therapy.


| November/December 1988



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Can vitamin pills actually increase human intelligence?


ILLUSTRATION: TOM OLIVIERI

The To Your Health column covers health advice topics on new medical discoveries including pills to stop smokers, IQ supplement tablets and gene therapy. 

Health Advice: Pills to Stop Smokers, IQ Supplement Tablets and Gene Therapy

When it concerns the fitness of body, mind or spirit, the editors of American Health are there, staying on top of up-to-date medical research, separating fad from fact and helping you preserve and improve life's most precious gift—your good health. Here are just a few items culled from recent and upcoming issues. 

High-Tech Hand Washer 

A futuristic device originally designed to scrub surgeons' hands is now being tested on fast-food cooks and even gooey day-care children.

It's like something from "The Jetsons": Just poke your arms through the gadget's two holes, then step on a pedal. Automatically, splash guards inflate, sealing in hands and forearms as oscillating jets spray an antimicrobial cleansing solution. Release the pedal and the guards deflate.

One version, the Insta-Clens ($1,750 from Pacific Biosystems), has been tested in a Phoenix day-care center where "the kids were a little scared of it at first, but by day two they couldn't keep their hands off it." The machine promises to do more than just keep kids tidy. Teaching tykes clean habits could cut many day-care-spread infections, including some that cause infant diarrhea. Insta-Clens is also being tested in the kitchens of two Phoenix fast-food restaurants.Getting kitchen help to wash their hands is vital: Hepatitis, salmonella and staphylococcus can all be transmitted by unclean cooks.





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