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ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Quit Smoking the Holistic Way
Holistic Treatment for Candida Infection
Meditation May Boost Short-Term Visual Memory
ANIMAL CARE
Safe Toys for Dogs
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Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
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Chronic Low Back Pain Is on the Rise
Scientists Discover How Osteoarthritis Destroys Cartilage
Rheumatoid Arthritis Rising Among U.S. Women
CANCER
Omega-3 May Safely Treat Precancerous Bowel Polyps
Breast Self-Exam Rates Go Up With Counseling
Get to Know the Pap Test
CAREGIVING
Exercise During Pregnancy May Help Baby
Children's Bath Products Contain Contaminants
Obese Children More Likely to Suffer Lower Body Injuries
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Vitamins Do Older Women Little Good
Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
Health Tip: Are You Anemic?
COSMETIC
New Genetic Links to Baldness Discovered
What to Do If You Have Unsightly Veins
Get Sugared!.... Its a sweet choice for hair removal
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Health Tip: At Risk for Gingivitis
Gum Disease Treatment Doesn't Cut Preterm Birth Risk
Study Links Osteoporosis Drugs to Jaw Trouble
DIABETES
Red-Grape Compound May Improve Diabetes
'Standard' Glucose Test May Be Wrong One for Obese Children
Doctors Urged to Screen Diabetics for Sleep Apnea
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Mediterranean Diet Helps Protect Aging Brain
Antioxidants Abound in Cereals, Popcorn, Whole-Grain Snacks
Keep Stress Off the Holiday Meal Menu, Expert Advises
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Smog Standards Need Tightening, Activists Say
Showerheads Harbor a Bounty of Germs
Green Areas Lower Health Inequities Between Rich, Poor
EYE CARE, VISION
Green Tea May Ward Off Eye Disease
Nutrient-Rich Diet Lowers Risk of Age-Related Eye Disease
FDA Goes After Unapproved Eye Washes, Skin Ointments
FITNESS
Good Warm-Ups Could Halve Sports Injuries
When It Comes to Lifting, the Pros Have Your Back
Keep Safety in Mind While Your Kids Are Cooling Off in the Water
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Gum Chewing May Speed Colon Surgery Recovery
Olive Oil May Protect Against Bowel Disease
Japanese Herbals May Ease Gastro Woes
GENERAL HEALTH
Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
'Organic' May Not Mean Healthier
Healthy Eating While On Vacation
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
E-Mailing Your Way to Healthier Habits
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Fewer Heart Attacks After England Goes Smoke-Free
Brown Rice Tied to Better Heart Health in Study
Women Who Run May Benefit From Extra Folic Acid
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Swine Flu Now Reported in All 50 States
Older Adults May Have Some Immunity to Swine Flu
Viral Infection Might Trigger High Blood Pressure
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Mom and Baby Alike May Benefit From Exercise
3 Home Habits Help Youngsters Stay Slim
Teens Lose More Weight Using Healthy Strategies
MEN'S HEALTH
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
Vigorous Exercise Cuts Stroke Risk for Men, Not Women
MENTAL HEALTH
Living Alone Increases Odds of Developing Dementia
Bullying Seems to Affect Kids Years Later
Memory Loss Help from Brain Supplement Prevagen
PAIN
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
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PREGNANCY
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
Calcium Supplements Cut Blood Lead Levels During Pregnancy
Sugary Colas Tied to Gestational Diabetes
SENIORS
Daily dose of beet juice promotes brain health in older adults
High-Impact Activity May Be Good for Old Bones
Protein Deposits May Show Up Before Memory Problems Occur, Study Says
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Exercise Boosts Bone Density in Breast-Feeding Moms
Air Pollution Slows Women's Marathon Times
Acupuncture May Ease Depression During Pregnancy
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Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows

(HealthDay News) -- New research suggests that men -- especially married white men -- are much more likely to develop noise-induced hearing loss than women. But there's some good news: Another study finds that older men who take high doses of folate can decrease their risk of hearing loss by 20 percent.

The figures regarding hearing loss in men and women come from a study of hearing-test data from 5,290 people aged 20 to 69. An estimated 13 percent of them will suffer from noise-induced hearing loss, which researchers think affects about 24 million Americans.

The condition, caused by exposure to loud noise, is preventable.

Among the subjects, men were two-and-a-half times more likely than women to develop this type of hearing loss. Married, non-Hispanic white men had the highest risk, the study authors pointed out.

In another study, researchers found that increased doses of antioxidant vitamins don't improve a man's chances of avoiding hearing loss. But folate -- a type of vitamin B -- reduced the risk by 20 percent in men older than 60.

The findings came from a study of 3,559 men with hearing loss. Higher doses of antioxidant vitamins, such as vitamins C, E and beta carotene, had no effect, the researchers said.

Foods with high levels of folate include leafy vegetables such as spinach, lettuce and asparagus; dried or fresh beans; peas; liver products; and fortified cereal products.

The researchers pointed out that their study is the largest to look into links between diet and hearing loss.

The findings of both studies were scheduled to be presented at the American Academy of Otolaryngology--Head and Neck Surgery Foundation annual meeting, held Oct. 4 to 7 in San Diego, Calif.

SOURCES: American Academy of Otolaryngology--Head and Neck Surgery, news release, Oct. 5, 2009 Published on: October 05, 2009