Study Supports Oxygen Therapy for Sudden Hearing Loss

THURSDAY, Sept. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Viruses and blood flow issues can, in rare cases, trigger sudden and profound hearing loss. Now, South Korean research supports the use of hyperbaric oxygen treatments to restore hearing in these patients. A review of the collected evidence suggests that — added to standard drug therapy — hyperbaric…

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Will a Defibrillator 'Vest' Protect Recent Heart Attack Patients?

THURSDAY, Sept. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Wearable defibrillators do not lower the chances of dying from sudden cardiac arrest among high-risk patients who’ve just had a heart attack, a new investigation concludes. Worn externally as a vest, these defibrillators are a noninvasive alternative to surgically implanted defibrillators. Both are designed to deliver a corrective…

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Many Drivers Rely Too Much on New Car Safety Features

THURSDAY, Sept. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) — New cars are now coming out with high-tech safety features designed to prevent crashes. But if you don’t know how they work you could be inviting an accident, new research suggests. These advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) — including blind-spot monitoring, forward-collision warning and lane-keeping assist — can,…

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NIH Eyes $54 Million to Map Trillions of Human Cells

THURSDAY, Sept. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The U.S. National Institutes of Health hopes to spend $54 million over the next four years to map the trillions of cells that compose the adult human body. Human cells are organized in tissues that work around the clock to keep us healthy. But understanding how these cells…

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Fast Foods' Healthier Options Might Not Help Kids Eat Better

THURSDAY, Sept. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Promises of healthier kids’ meals have drawn increasing numbers of families back to fast food restaurants, but most kids are still being served unhealthy options, a new survey finds. Nine out of 10 parents had purchased lunch or dinner for their child in the past week at one…

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What's Your Savings Personality?

THURSDAY, Sept. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Can your personality determine how good you are with money? The answer is yes, according to research by Jacob Hirsh, an assistant professor of organizational behavior and human resource management at the University of Toronto Mississauga’s Institute for Management and Innovation. Introverts often prefer to save money, banking…

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Newer Birth Control Pills Tied to Lower Odds for Ovarian Cancer

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 26, 2018 (HealthDay — News) — There’s long been a connection between birth control pills and a reduced risk of ovarian cancer. Now, new research suggests that’s true for the latest form of the drug, as well. Scientists say the protective effect of the newer pills — which contain lower doses of estrogens…

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Can Too Much Screen Time Dumb Down Your Kid?

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) — If you’re worried that too much “screen time” could be sapping your child’s intelligence, new research suggests you might be right. Kids with the sharpest intellects spent less than two hours a day on their cellphones, tablets and computers, coupled with 9 to 11 hours of sleep and…

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Rat Poison in Synthetic Pot Can Kill Users: Report

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Synthetic marijuana laced with rat poison has caused hundreds of hospitalizations in the United States this year, and a new study details just how serious the poisonings can be. In July, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned of recent outbreaks of severe bleeding linked to synthetic marijuana…

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Brief Exercise Breaks During Class Help Bodies, Brains

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Two-minute exercise breaks in the classroom may help school children meet physical activity goals without disrupting learning, new research suggests. University of Michigan researchers say short bursts of in-classroom activity can trim childhood obesity rates while helping elementary schools provide 30 minutes of daily exercise for students. “What…

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Breast Milk May Boost Preemies' Brain Development

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Breastfeeding premature babies could boost their brain development, new research suggests. Preemies are at risk for long-term problems with thinking and learning. Pre-term birth is believed to affect the brain’s white matter, which helps brain cells communicate with each other. This new, small study found better brain-cell connectivity…

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What's the Dollar Cost of Caring for a Loved One With Alzheimer's?

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Almost $200,000 over the course of two years. That is the cost of the care that a family member typically gives a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease. That’s according to a new study that attempted to put a price tag on the burden of the day-to-day help that…

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