Health

Now hear this: Loud sound may pose more harm than we thought

NEW YORK (AP) — Matt Garlock has trouble making out what his friends say in loud bars, but when he got a hearing test, the result was normal. Recent research may have found an explanation for problems like his, something called “hidden hearing loss.” Scientists have been finding ...

Cholesterol drug cuts heart risks, spurs new debate on cost

By Marilynn Marchione AP Chief Medical Writer A long-acting cholesterol medicine cut the risk of having a heart attack or some other serious problems by 15 to 20 percent in a big study that’s likely to spur fresh debate about what drugs should cost. Statins such as Lipitor and Crestor ...

Indigenous Bolivians have healthiest hearts

LONDON (AP) — Deep in the Bolivian Amazon lives a group of indigenous people who spend their days hunting and farming. Researchers say this may be partly why they have some of the healthiest hearts on the planet. The Tsimane, a society of hunter-gatherers, have the lowest-ever recorded ...

Fewer heavy Americans trying to lose weight, study finds

CHICAGO (AP) — Fewer overweight Americans have been trying to lose weight in recent years, and researchers wonder if fat acceptance could be among the reasons. The trend found in a new study occurred at the same time obesity rates climbed. “Socially accepted normal body weight is ...

Bacon, soda, too few nuts tied to US deaths

CHICAGO (AP) — Gorging on bacon, skimping on nuts? These are among food habits that new research links with deaths from heart disease, strokes and diabetes. Overeating or not eating enough of the 10 foods and nutrients contributes to nearly half of U.S. deaths from these causes, the study ...

Rookie docs can work longer, 24-hour shifts

CHICAGO (AP) — Rookie doctors can work up to 24 hours straight under new work limits taking effect this summer — a move supporters say will enhance training and foes maintain will do just the opposite. A Chicago-based group that establishes work standards for U.S. medical school graduates ...

First step taken to help preserved organs survive the deep freeze

WASHINGTON (AP) — Deep-freezing donated organs might one day help improve the transplant supply but scientists must first figure out how to thaw the delicate tissue without it cracking. Now researchers are taking a first step toward that goal, using nanotechnology to create super heaters for ...

New help for blurry close-up vision

WASHINGTON (AP) — Squinting while texting? Always losing your reading glasses? An eye implant that takes about 10 minutes to put in place is the newest in a list of surgical repairs for the blurry close-up vision that is a bane of middle age. But who’s really a good candidate to toss their ...

Ouch: taking the sting out of medical expenses

By Sarah Skidmore Sell AP Personal Finance Writer Medical expenses are a burden whenever they hit, but a recent study found they’re most common around this time of year. The study found that one in six families makes a major medical payment in any given year, and they tended to occur in ...

New glasses help the legally blind see

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jeff Regan was born with underdeveloped optic nerves and had spent most of his life in a blur. Then four years ago, he donned an unwieldy headset made by a Toronto company called eSight. Suddenly, Regan could read a newspaper while eating breakfast and make out the ...

Testosterone gel shows no benefit to improve older men’s memories

CHICAGO (AP) — Testosterone treatment did not improve older men’s memory or mental function in the latest results from landmark government research that challenges the anti-aging claims of popular supplements. While testosterone use for one year appeared to strengthen bones and reduce ...

Pediatricians warn against teen pot use

CHICAGO (AP) — An influential doctors group is beefing up warnings about marijuana’s potential harms for teens amid increasingly lax laws and attitudes on pot use. Many parents use the drug and think it’s OK for their kids, but “we would rather not mess around with the developing ...

Talk to babies and let them babble back to bridge word gap

WASHINGTON (AP) — Even infants can have conversations with mom or dad. Their turn just tends to involve a smile or some gibberish instead of words. That’s a key lesson from programs that are coaching parents to talk more with their babies — and recording their attempts. At issue is how ...

US flu vaccine a good match; season moderate so far

NEW YORK (AP) — This season’s flu vaccine seems to be working pretty well, weakening the punch of a nasty bug that’s going around, U.S. health officials said Thursday. Preliminary figures suggest the vaccine is 48 percent effective. That’s not bad since the strain that’s making most ...

Surgeons rude to patients may pose problem in OR, study says

CHICAGO (AP) — Surgeons who are rude to patients and others may pose a problem in the operating room, according to a study linking unprofessional doctor behavior with infections and other surgery complications. The researchers say their results show why it’s important to speak up when ...

YMCA: Keep your heart healthy

ESCANABA — February is American Heart Month, and as a leading community-based organization dedicated to improving the nation’s health, the Northern Lights YMCA offers the following tips from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to help families reduce the amount of sodium in ...

How to find the best fitness app for you

MIAMI (AP) — There’s no reason to set foot in a gym thanks to hundreds of new fitness apps and online workouts, but choosing one can be overwhelming. We asked sports medicine doctors for help finding the one that’s best for you. PERSONALIZE IT Look for programs that offer personalized ...

Calories count when trying to lose weight

Are you one of the many trying to lose weight?  Many adults in the United States feel they have a few pounds to shed.  Multiple teens also think this way.  Losing weight may help you to feel better.  Joint problems, diabetes, and heart disease may be helped by losing even 10- 15 lbs. One ...

Risk to women’s health benefits seen in health law repeal

WASHINGTON (AP) — From a return to higher premiums for women to gaps in coverage for birth control and breast pumps, the Republican push to repeal the Obama-era health care law already is raising concerns that women could be hit hard. The 2010 law ended a common industry practice of ...

Diabetes prevention program available

ESCANABA – Are you carrying around extra pounds that you want to get rid of? Is your health suffering because of your weight? Do your knees hurt or are you having problems doing things you want to do because of your weight? Have your blood sugar levels started to rise but you don’t yet have ...