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Traffic, Dust Linked to Asthma in Kids
Asthmatics Who Quit Smoking May Reverse Lung Damage
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Taking the Mystery Out of Hypnotherapy
Grapefruit Compound Inhibits Hepatitis C Virus
ANIMAL CARE
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
Beware of Dog Bites
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Brazilian Mint Tea Naturally Good for Pain Relief
CANCER
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Gene Studies Reveal Cancer's Secrets
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With Alzheimer's, Health-Care Costs Could Triple
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For Dialysis Patients, More Pills = Lower Quality of Life
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Smog Tougher on the Obese
COSMETIC
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Mouse Study Finds Molecule That Tells Hair to Grow
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Rheumatoid Arthritis May Harm Gums
Periodontal Disease Impacts Whole Health
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Chamomile Tea May Ward Off Diabetes Damage
Older Diabetics With Depression Face Higher Death Rate
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Imagine Food Aromas That Prevent Overeating
Whole Grains, Bran May Fight Hypertension in Men
Eating Lots Of Vegetables, Olive Oil May Extend Life
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Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
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Golf Course Insecticides Pose Little Danger to Players
Air Pollution Raises Risk of Heart Disease, Death
Green Areas Lower Health Inequities Between Rich, Poor
EYE CARE, VISION
Kids Who Spend More Time Outdoors Have Better Vision
Ordinary Chores Cause Half of All Eye Injuries
Eye Problems, Hearing Loss May Be Linked
FITNESS
Community Exercise Programs Boost Seniors' Strength
Higher Fitness Levels Tied to Lower Heart, Death Risks
Exercise 30 Minutes a Day? Who Knew!
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Traditional Nonsurgical GERD Treatments Not Impressive
Bowel Prep Harder on Women Than Men
Gum Chewing May Speed Colon Surgery Recovery
GENERAL HEALTH
More Calcium And Dairy Products in Childhood Could Mean Longer Life
Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
When Healing Becomes a Commodity
HEAD & NECK
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
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Using Light Therapy to Silence Harmful Brain Activity
Magnet Therapy May Ease Hard-to-Treat Depression
Airport Full Body Scanners Pose No Health Threat: Experts
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Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
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Ginkgo Won't Prevent Heart Attack, Stroke in Elderly
Boosting Vitamin D Can Do a Heart Good
Shedding Light on Why Omega-3 Fatty Acids May Help the Heart
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Viral Infection Might Trigger High Blood Pressure
Chinese 'Devil Dung' Plant Could Be a Swine Flu Fighter
Surgical Masks Could Prevent Flu, Maybe
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Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
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Gene Variation Found in Boys With Delinquent Peers
Fussy Babys Could Be Out Of Your Control
MEN'S HEALTH
Lots of Sex May Prevent Erectile Dysfunction
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Low Iron Levels Cut Cancer Risk in Men With PAD
MENTAL HEALTH
Environmental Chemicals May Affect Male Reproduction
A Little Alcohol May Stave Off Alzheimer's
Shop 'Til You Drop: You May Feel Better
PAIN
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
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PREGNANCY
Breast-Feeding Benefits Moms and Babies
Before Conceiving, Take Folic Acid for One Full Year
Expectant Mom's Exercise Keeps Newborn's Birth Weight Down
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For a Healthier Retirement, Work a Little
Exercise Helps Reduce Falls in Young and Old
15-Point Test Gauges Alzheimer's Risk
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SLEEP DISORDERS
6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
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Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss

Some of the most common sounds of summer can expose listeners to permanent hearing loss, one researcher warns.

The cautionary note was sounded by David Coffin, director of Ball State University's audiology clinic in Indiana.

Risky noise, he says, can come in the form of the pop of fireworks, the snarls of traffic, the buzz of lawn mowers, or the percussive tones of marching bands.

Such sounds are typically within the range of 90 decibels to 140 decibels, said Coffin, but any noise above 80 decibels can cause long-term hearing damage.

"We are living in a society that gets louder every year," Coffin said in a news release from Ball State. "Now that the weather is warmer, we are exposed to all sorts of sounds that can lead to permanent hearing loss. The average person will wear a helmet when riding a bike, or a seat belt in a vehicle, but doesn't even think about ear protection when going to watch a rock band, a fireworks display, or even an auto race."

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, almost 15 percent of Americans below the age of 19 suffer from some measure of hearing loss.

Signs of hearing loss due to unsafe sound exposure include not being able to comprehend somebody talking from two feet away; hearing muffled speech; experiencing pain or ringing in the ears following exposure; and needing others to speak louder in conversation.

However, Coffin stressed that while hearing loss is not reversible, noise exposure is a serious but preventable problem.

To reduce risk, Coffin advises that people wear ear plugs or alternative forms of hearing protection to buffer the noise pollution of summer.

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SOURCES: Ball State University, May 17, 2010, news release Published on: May 22, 2010