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What Is Deafness? What Is Hearing Loss?

Hearing impairment, deafness, or hearing loss refers to the inability to hear things, either totally or partially. Symptoms may be mild, moderate, severe or profound. A patient with mild hearing impairment may have problems understanding speech, especially if there is a lot of noise around, while those with moderate deafness may need a hearing aid...

Obesity May Speed Up Mental Decline

Combined with high blood pressure and other metabolic factors, people who are obese in middle age may experience a more rapid decline in cognitive skills like thinking and memory. These are the findings of a new study published online in the journal Neurology on Tuesday...

Common Antifungal Drug Shrinks Tumors

An approved generic drug that has been in use for decades is showing promise as a treatment for cancer: in trials on mice it shrank tumors by disrupting their blood supply. Thiabendazole is a generic, FDA-approved, inexpensive antifungal and antihelmintic drug that can be taken orally and has been in clincal use for over 40 years. The drug is not currrently used to treat cancer...

Common Parasite Linked To Suicide Risk

Testing positive for a common parasite that lives in the bodies of 10 - 20% of Americans is linked to a sevenfold higher risk of attempted suicide according to new research. This was the main finding of a study appearing in the August issue of The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry that supports growing evidence linking infection by the Toxoplasma gondii parasite to suicide attempts...

Obesity Could Be Treated With Deep Brain Stimulation

A review article in the August issue of Neurosurgery, the official journal of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, suggests that scientific advances in understanding the "addiction circuitry" of the brain could effectively treat obesity using deep brain stimulation (DBS)...

Psoriasis Treatments May Protect The Heart

A study published Online First in JAMA's journal Archives of Dermatology reveals that using tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors for treating psoriasis is linked to a considerably lower risk for heart attacks or myocardial infarction compared to other forms of treatment...

Stress May Cause Illness By Changing Genes

A new study suggests that acute psychological stress, which is known to increase the risk of physical and mental illness, may do so by altering the control of genes. A report on the study, thought to be the first to show that stress alters the methylation of DNA and thus the activity of certain genes, appeared online in the journal Translational Psychiatry on 14 August...

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