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First 3-D Printed Middle Ear Transplant Cures Deafness

Some forms of hearing loss can be harder to treat than others. Conductive hearing loss occurs when damage, defect, infection or obstruction affects the tiny bones along the middle ear, impairing their ability to stimulate the eardrum. Prosthetic implants have been available, but they have their setbacks. With advances in 3-D printing technology, that could soon change. Quick Read: Researchers at...

Could Your Stomach Pill Be Making You Ill?

Acid reflux and ulcers are painful conditions that can become more severe if left untreated, causing permanent damage to the lining of the esophagus and stomach. A common medication called a proton pump inhibitor provides relief by addressing excessive acid, but a new study has found that these meds can increase the risk of chronic disease. More specifically, the risk...

Can a Diabetes Drug Treat Anxiety?

New research shows that Metformin, a popular medication used to treat diabetes, may also help alleviate anxiety symptoms. This is great news for the diabetic community, as people with diabetes are 20% more likely to suffer from anxiety than the general public. The discovery has encouraged researchers to investigate the link between anxiety, depression and insulin resistance, as well...

Experimental Spinal Cord Treatment Shows Promise

A new experimental spinal cord treatment is giving some living with paralysis hope for future mobility and an improved quality of life. While the treatment is not a cure, researchers hope that it will offer incremental victories for those living with the effects of a spinal cord injury, such as lack of mobility, breathing issues, incontinence, sexual dysfunction and...

Calorie Types and How to Use Them to Your Advantage

All calories are not created equal. While it’s true that one calorie of broccoli produces the same amount of energy as one calorie of chocolate, the body processes the calories differently. The same is true of calories from processed foods vs. raw or fresh foods. This means that it’s entirely possible to gain weight and experience poor health without...

Sleeping Pills May Be Deadly for Some Users

Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a scary warning regarding the popular prescription sleeping pill called Ambien. According to the FDA, the drug, which has always been linked with worrisome side effects, can cause some users to commit suicide while they are under the effects of the medication. Quick Read: The FDA warns that the popular sleeping medication,...

What Are Americans REALLY Paying for Health Care?

If you live in the United States, even if you’re a healthy person, health care costs may easily consume a good portion of your income. Compared to what people pay in other parts of the world, we Americans tend to get stuck with disproportionately high medical bills. So what exactly are we paying for our health care? The actual...

The Breakfast Cereal Lie and What to Do Instead

Lower cholesterol, all natural and non-GMO — these are just a few of the claims that can easily be found on a trip down the cereal aisle. These promises are used to prompt health-conscious consumers to make buying decisions. But do they actually hold water? Not really. In fact, the claims made on cereal boxes have nearly zero correlation with...

Sat Fat Is in Chocolate, Too – Now What?

Everyone, from the American Cancer Society to the American Heart Association, says chocolate, specifically dark chocolate, is good for you. But how can that be? All that sugary, gooey, creamy goodness can’t really be good for you, can it? And what about the saturated fat in chocolate? Doesn’t the presence of saturated fat negate all the health benefits of...

Tech and Organs, Advances That Could Change Everything

Modern medicine has been progressing in leaps and bounds. Some of the technological advances we’re seeing in organ research would have been considered science fiction just a decade ago. From innovations in organ preservation and drones whisking them between hospitals to researchers working toward fully functioning 3D-printed organs, advances in human medicine could soon change transplants forever. Quick Read: Recent advances...

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How to Break Your Own Worst Health Habits

When it comes to changing bad habits, humans tend to fall short. A mere 8 percent of people who set New Year’s resolutions actually...