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HLAA supports Medicare coverage for hearing aids

December 25, 2013

The Hearing Loss Association of America believes seniors with hearing loss should not have to scrimp and save, or go without basic needs, to just be able to hear. Seniors on fixed incomes, seniors who depend on Social Security and Medicare, seniors who don’t qualify for Medicaid or who live in states that don’t provide hearing aids through Medicaid, should not have to choose between hearing and their other basic needs.


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Too loud! This year’s list of toys that can cause hearing damage

December 24, 2013

Listening to a kid’s toy scream, “Amarillo—yellow! Verde—green!” for hours is a special kind of misery. While many parents veto loud toys because they’re annoying, the Sight & Hearing Association is asking parents to consider another reason: hearing damage. The St. Paul, Minn., organization just released its annual “Noisy Toys” list in advance of Christmas. Taking the top spot is a toy marketed for 3-month-olds:Baby Einstein’s Take Along Tunes.


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CDC report: Flu shot prevented 6+ million illnesses so far this season

Kids, seniors especially vulnerable
December 19, 2013

Flu vaccination prevented an estimated 6.6 million influenza-associated illnesses, 3.2 million medically attended illnesses, and 79,000 hospitalizations during the 2012-2013 flu season, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).


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Many 60-year-old employees healthier than their 30-something counterparts

U.K. study shows stress, lifestyle choices can make a difference
December 18, 2013

In a surprising finding, new research out of Great Britain shows that many employers in their 60s have a lower “relative vitality age” – and thus, lower health risks – than colleagues in their 30s. The Britain’s Healthiest Company Report* crunched numbers on nearly 10,000 people and concluded that the sexagenarians in the survey had lower health risks based on a “Vitality Age calculator” developed by PruHealth, a health insurer and wellness program provider.


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APA report on gun violence identifies precursors and promising solutions

Behavioral threat assessment identified as most effective prevention strategy
December 18, 2013

There is no single personality profile that can reliably predict who will use a gun in a violent act — but individual prediction is not necessary for violence prevention, according to a comprehensive report on gun violence just released today by the American Psychological Association (APA).


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Toxic chemicals linked to asthma identified in building materials

December 17, 2013

As asthma rates continue to rise, the Healthy Building Network (HBN) warns that new preventive strategies are needed to address this epidemic at its source. This includes avoiding the many building materials introducing asthma-causing chemicals into indoor environment. The materials include flooring, carpets, insulation and paints with chemicals that can cause the development of asthma.


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Sitting is the new smoking

December 13, 2013

You've no doubt heard the news by now: A car-commuting, desk-bound, TV-watching lifestyle can be harmful to your health. All the time we spend parked behind a steering wheel, slumped over a keyboard, or kicked back in front of the tube is linked to increased risks of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and even depression—to the point where experts have labeled this modern-day health epidemic the "sitting disease."


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We’re getting healthier!

Study finds Americans are making progress in key health measures
December 12, 2013

Americans are making considerable progress in their overall health, according to United Health Foundation’s 2013 America’s Health Rankings®: A Call to Action for Individuals & Their Communities.


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E-cigarettes behind rise in calls to poison control centers

Children are picking up liquid cartridges
December 11, 2013

Manufacturers and some users of electronic cigarettes claim they’re a healthier alternative to the real thing. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is seeking the authority to regulate them like it does conventional cigarettes.


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50 years after vaccine, measles still a threat

CDC reports spike in imported measles cases
December 10, 2013

Five decades after the approval of an extremely effective vaccine against measles, one of the world’s most contagious diseases, the virus still poses a threat to domestic and global health security.


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