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Experts: proper eye protection can lessen the severity or even prevent 90% of eye injuries in accidents

March 14, 2014

Common causes for eye injuries are: flying objects (bits of metal, glass), tools, particles, chemicals, harmful radiation, any combination of these or other hazards. What is the best defense against an eye injury? There are three things you can do to help prevent an eye injury:


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Pain sufferers feel that pharmacists treat them like addicts

March 13, 2014

A survey of people who suffer chronic pain finds that many of them feel uncomfortable when they visit their pharmacy. In a National Pain Foundation survey of more 300 chronic pain sufferers: More than half (52%) stated that they "are concerned that they will be treated like a drug addict by their pharmacist." 


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Scientists get new look at how the brain processes visual information

March 13, 2014

Every time you open your eyes, visual information flows into your brain, which interprets what you’re seeing. Now, for the first time, MIT neuroscientists have noninvasively mapped this flow of information in the human brain with unique accuracy, using a novel brain-scanning technique.
 


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Study: E-cigarettes may encourage youth smoking

March 12, 2014

Smoking electronic or e-cigarettes may encourage adolescents to smoke the real thing, according to a study published online March 6 in JAMA Pediatrics. The results of the study contradict claims by the e-cigarette industry that their products can help people quit smoking.


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When vision goes dark, hearing may sharpen, say researchers

March 11, 2014

Call it the Ray Charles Effect: a young child who is blind develops a keen ability to hear things that others cannot. Researchers have long known this can happen in the brains of the very young, which are malleable enough to re-wire some circuits that process sensory information.


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How do you know if you need a hearing test?

March 11, 2014
The human ear is the envy of even the most sophisticated acoustic engineer.


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Higher earners more likely to have paid sick leave

Data shows more than 41 million U.S. workers lack access
March 10, 2014

Income level, occupational type and gender all play a part in whether or not a U.S. worker gets paid sick leave, according to a new study by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. “Paid sick days bring substantial benefits to employers, workers, families, and communities,” according to by Claudia Williams, Barbara Gault, Ph.D., authors of:Paid Sick Days Access in the United States: Differences by Race/Ethnicity, Occupation, Earnings, and Work Schedule


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Harmful ads more common in lower-income neighborhoods

Researchers say that may be harming health
March 7, 2014

New research from the American Journal of Public Health (AJPH) finds that harmful advertisements that could negatively impact health are disproportionately present in non-white, lower-income communities.


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Patient falls off OR table: System error or human error?

March 6, 2014

An anesthetized patient fell to the floor headfirst from an operating room table during a laparoscopic appendectomy in Scotland. The table had been tilted into an extreme head down position to facilitate the operation. Fortunately, no injury occurred.


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Updates proposed for nutrition labels on food packages

"Added sugar" added, salt daily value lowered
March 5, 2014

Would having the calories-per-serving in VERY LARGE numbers influence your decision to purchase – or not purchase – a food item? You’ll get the chance to find out, if the FDA’s bid to revise the Nutrition Facts labels found on packaged foods is successful.


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