Cost Keeps Many Americans From Getting Hearing Aids

THURSDAY, July 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A hearing aid can set you back as much as $7,000, and that’s the main reason more Americans don’t use one, a new study finds. The report also suggests that many people are too embarrassed to wear one. No matter the reason, it’s troubling, one study author said,…

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Fatigue Fuels Knee Injuries in Young Athletes

THURSDAY, July 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — When a teen athlete is tired, their risk of suffering a common knee injury rises, a new study suggests. The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) connects the thighbone to the shinbone, at the knee. When the ACL is overstretched or torn, it can cause swelling, instability and pain. It…

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Teens Sneaking Juul E-Cig Into Classrooms

THURSDAY, July 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Parents, if you want to find out whether your teenagers are “juuling” in school, you might consider checking their Twitter accounts. That’s what California researchers did, and after sifting through more than 80,000 tweets, they found almost 1 in 25 detailed using the tiny e-cigarette device during class…

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Few Women Who Freeze Eggs Use Them for a Pregnancy Later

THURSDAY, July 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Fewer than 10 percent of older women who freeze some of their eggs as insurance against age-related declines in fertility eventually use them to try to get pregnant, new research shows. The study included 563 women who had eggs frozen between 2009 and 2017 at a large European…

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Sports Safety: It's Not Just Child's Play

THURSDAY, July 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Playing sports offers plenty of fitness and other developmental benefits for kids, but injuries are common. Every year, more than 2.6 million U.S. children aged 19 and under are treated in the ER for sports- and recreation-related injuries. If your child plays team sports, start by vetting the…

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To Fight Childhood Obesity, Moms to the Rescue

WEDNESDAY, July 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Moms can play a big role in combating America’s childhood obesity epidemic, researchers contend. The key: kids are less likely to be obese if their mothers follow five healthy habits, according to the report from Harvard. The five habits are: eating a healthy diet; exercising regularly; maintaining a…

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Fireworks Are Hard on Your Hearing

WEDNESDAY, July 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Your hearing can take a beating during Fourth of July fireworks. So don’t forget hearing protection when you go to fireworks displays this holiday, the American Academy of Audiology (AAA) says. Noise from fireworks can reach up to 155 decibels, which is louder than a jet plane taking…

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Don't Get Burned by Fireworks on the 4th

WEDNESDAY, July 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Backyard fireworks and sparklers are a Fourth of July staple. They can be fun, but also dangerous, health experts warn. Knowing how to set them off safely can prevent a celebration from becoming a tragedy. And the National Safety Council advises everyone to steer clear from all consumer…

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How to Start Exercising When You're Out of Shape

WEDNESDAY, July 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Though you may face challenges if you’re carrying excess weight or haven’t been active in a long time, you can still get fit and gain all the benefits that exercise has to offer. The easiest way to get started is with walking because it’s low-impact and low-risk, and…

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Paints, Solvents Tied to Big Rise in MS Risk for Some Smokers

TUESDAY, July 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A triple whammy of genetics, smoking, and exposure to paints and solvents at work puts a person at extremely high risk of developing multiple sclerosis, Swedish researchers report. On its own, any one factor elevates the risk for the central nervous system disease substantially, the investigators said. But…

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'Fish Pedicure' Caused One Woman's Toenails to Stop Growing

TUESDAY, July 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A New York City woman who got a trendy “fish pedicure” may have lost a little more than the dead skin on her feet — she may have lost her toenails, too. So finds a case report published July 3 in the journal JAMA Dermatology. A dermatologist who…

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Did Folic Acid Supplementation in Foods Lead to Less Psychosis in Kids?

TUESDAY, July 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Investigators say they’ve found an unanticipated but welcome twist in a decades-long effort to reduce birth defects by boosting folate levels among pregnant women. Beyond protecting against serious defects such as spina bifida, fortifying the grain supply with folic acid may also enhance fetal brain development and lower…

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