March 19, 2011

SoundBite via Jawbone

1 Dental Hearing Aid Approved in Europe

SoundBite, a new dental hearing aid approved in Europe, channels sound through the jawbone into the inner ear. According to BBC, the custom hearing aid is placed onto the upper right or left molars. SoundBite uses bone conduction, rather than air conduction, to increase the volume of sound moving through the air. The new hearing aid, made by Sonitus Medical, bypasses the middle and outer ear, sending sound directly to the inner ear. Yet, the dental hearing aid isn't as invisible as it may sound. Users must wear a network of mini microphones behind the impaired ear.

More at BBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Hearing Aids May Slow Down Dementia

Tags: Hearing Aids, Invisible Hearing Aid, Dental Hearing Aid, Implanted Hearing Aid

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Less Likely to Outgrow Allergy

2 Eczema in Kids Tied to Milk, Egg Allergies

Preliminary research is showing that kids who have severe eczema are more likely to still be allergic to milk and eggs. Over 500 children from 3months to 15 months old that were allergic to milk or eggs had their skin condition categorized as “none-mild” or “moderate-severe.” They were followed for two years and those 46 percent in the mild-none category outgrew their milk allergy compared to 25 percent considered moderate-severe. For children allergic to eggs, 39 percent with none-mild outgrew it while only 21 percent with moderate-severe eczema did. Researchers hope that doctors can use these result to better care for their patients and advise parents with children that have these allergies about the likelihood of outgrowing them.

More at Yahoo! HealthDay | Posted 7 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Atopic Dermatitis May Be Sign of Food Allergies

Tags: Eczema, Eczema in Children, Egg Allergy, Milk Allergy, Skin Conditions in Children, Outgrowing Allergies

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Not Seen with Aspirin

3 NSAIDs May Lower Risk of Bladder Cancer

A retrospective study suggests that taking certain painkillers may decrease their risk of developing bladder cancer, the sixth most common cancer in the U.S. according to the National Cancer Institute. Three studies that included over 500,000 people with an average age of 62 found that of the 2500 people diagnosed with bladder cancer, 0.54 percent of those who never took a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) like ibuprofen developed cancer compared to 0.41 percent who did more than two times a week. No link between aspirin and the risk of developing bladder cancer was observed. Researchers hypothesize that NSAIDs lower inflammation that viruses and bacteria cause which lead to mutations in DNA that can lead to cancer or that they inhibit bladder cancer cell growth.

More at Yahoo! Reuters | Posted 7 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Selenium Linked to Lower Bladder Cancer Risk

Tags: Bladder Cancer, Cancer Risks, Inflammation, National Cancer Institute, Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs, NSAID

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Mutated Chicken... and I Helped!

4 Churkey May Help Fight Hunger in Developing World

For those of you unfamiliar with this funny-looking fowl, the "Churkey" is a chicken from Transylvania with a unique mutation that prevents feathers from growing around its neck. Also known as the "Turken," researchers agree that the uncommon trait makes the Churkey potentially capable of thriving in warmer climates. The Churkey's naked neck could allow the bird to thrive in areas of the developing world where year-round hot weather is prevalent and poverty and devastating hunger are just two of countless other societal problems. Obviously, the birds would provide a much needed boost to the production of poultry in such areas. However, there are always unknown consequences of introducing a new species into a foreign land as no one knows how a delicate ecosystem could react.

More at Alltop | Posted 7 years ago by Brian Randles

Previously: Deli Turkey & Chicken Calorie Counter

Tags: Churkey, Turken, Developing World

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