A high proportion of older people with hearing aids still report having trouble hearing

A high proportion of older people with hearing aids still report having trouble hearing

A high proportion of older people with hearing aids, especially those with lower incomes, report having trouble hearing and difficulty accessing hearing care services, according to a study from researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Two-thirds of U.S. adults over the age of 70 experience hearing loss,...

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10 percent of adults in the US have food allergy, and almost twice as many people believe they do

10 percent of adults in the US have food allergy, and almost twice as many people believe they do

More than 10 percent of adults in the United States—over 26 million—are estimated to have food allergy, and almost twice as many people believe they do, according to new research. “While we found that one in 10 adults have food allergy, nearly twice as many adults think that they are...

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Bottle feeding infants is associated with left-handedness

Bottle feeding infants is associated with left-handedness

Bottle feeding may play role in whether kids are left-handed, according to a new study. The study finds that the prevalence of left-handedness is lower among breastfed infants as compared to bottle-fed infants. The researchers identified this finding in about 60,000 mother-infant pairs and they accounted for known risk factors...

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Housing insecurity extends throughout all urban areas of the US

Housing insecurity extends throughout all urban areas of the US

The majority of renters in 25 US metropolitan areas experience some form of housing insecurity, research shows. The study, published in Housing Policy Debate, uses a new housing insecurity index with measures in four key dimensions: overcrowding, unaffordability, poor physical conditions, and recent experience of eviction or a forced move....

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A genetic variant predisposes people who have it to tuberculosis, maybe you have it yourself.

A genetic variant predisposes people who have it to tuberculosis, maybe you have it yourself.

Scientists have discovered a genetic variant that predisposes people who have it to tuberculosis. It’s surprisingly common—but if you carry it, you likely will never know. The research also revealed genetic mutations that rob the immune system of its ability to combat more ubiquitous germs of the same bacterial family,...

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Hair growth products? The hair follicles you have as an adult are the ones you were born with

Hair growth products? The hair follicles you have as an adult are the ones you were born with

Researchers have discovered how hair follicles emerge from seemingly uniform skin cells during embryonic development. The discovery could lead to strategies for regenerating lost hair follicles in adults. To gain insight into early hair follicle development, the researchers combined the study of genetically engineered mouse models with single-cell RNA methods...

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A common food additive could trigger celiac disease?

A common food additive could trigger celiac disease?

Myths about gluten are hard to bust. Intolerance, allergy, sensitivity, hypersensitivity. What is what? Celiac disease is none of these things. It is an autoimmune disorder, where gluten triggers the immune system to attack the gut. It is common, lifelong, and can seriously harm health – but nobody knows for...

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Why do not your children like math?

Why do not your children like math?

Characteristics related to openness, such as intellectual curiosity and confidence, may make children more adept at math and reading than characteristics that describe conscientiousness, such as diligence and perseverance, a new study shows. “Our findings provide additional knowledge on the complex set of skills that interact and give rise to...

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If you want to have more friends, you just have to tilt your head a little

If you want to have more friends, you just have to tilt your head a little

Every time we look at a face, we take in a flood of information effortlessly: age, gender, race, expression, the direction of our subject’s gaze, perhaps even their mood. Faces draw us in and help us navigate relationships and the world around us. How the brain does this is a...

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Is 2019 going to be the year in which you will definitely carry out your New Year’s resolutions?

Is 2019 going to be the year in which you will definitely carry out your New Year’s resolutions?

In order to keep your resolutions in 2019, consider these tips from Tim Bono, author of When Likes Aren’t Enough: A Crash Course in the Science of Happiness (Grand Central Life & Style, 2018) and lecturer in psychology at Washington University in St. Louis. Find your motivation: Identify an important reason...

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