July 18, 2011

One More Reason to Quit

1 Secondhand Smoke Doubles Risk of Hearing Loss

Exposure to secondhand smoke nearly doubles the risk of hearing loss in adolescents finds a new NYU study. The study, the first to link secondhand smoke to hearing loss, included 1500 adolescents, ages 12 to 19. Those exposed to secondhand smoke, measured by a metabolite in their blood, did worse on every sound frequency test including one that’s important for understanding speech. Researchers say 80% of the affected teens were unaware of a problem and termed their hearing loss as “mild.” However, children with mild hearing loss can have difficulty understanding what is being said in the classroom and consequently may be termed troublemakers or misdiagnosed with ADHD. The consequences of mild hearing loss, say researchers are “subtle yet serious.”

More at ScienceDaily.com | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Secondhand Smoke Could Be Tied to ADHD

Tags: ADHD, Hearing Loss, New York University, Secondhand Smoke, Secondhand Smoke and Hearing Loss

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Long Live Cheerful Teens

2 Happy Teens Make for Healthier Adults

Teenagers who stay happy during their teen years tend to have better general health as adults, find researchers from Northwestern University. That means teen angst may not only be annoying, but unhealthy too! The study was published in Journal of Adolescent Health. Researchers found that teenagers with high positive well-being had reduced likelihood of engaging unhealthy behaviors as they entered young adulthood. Young adults who were happy as teens had decreased risk of binge drinking, smoking, eating unhealthy foods and using drugs. Lindsay Till Hoyt, first author of the study, says that nurturing and promoting positive well-being for teens could be a promising method of improving long-term health.

More at Eurekalert | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Obese Teens More Likely to Have Headaches

Tags: Binge Drinking, Journal of Adolescent Health, Teen Smoking, Teen Angst, Happy Teens, Positive Teens, Healthier Adults, Teen Drug Use, Benefits of Good Attitude, Lindsay till Hoyt, Young Adult Behaviors

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96 Percent Reduction in Risk

3 Study Confirms HIV Drugs Prevent Infection

A study involving 1,763 heterosexual couples in Africa, Asia, South America and the United States demonstrated that giving antiretroviral drugs to the uninfected partner of someone recently diagnosed with HIV can cut the risk of transmission by 96 percent. These results come on the heels of two previous studies which showed the drugs Truvada (tenofovir) and Viread dramatically cut the risk of transmitting the virus in straight couples and previous studies have shown similar results in bisexual and gay men. Giving antiretroviral drugs to an uninfected partner is called pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). Individuals who engage in any type of high risk behavior in the U.S. may also benefit from PrEP but the challenge is figuring out who they are and getting them the care they need.

More at Yahoo! HealthDay | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Drug Prevents HIV Infection in Heterosexuals, AIDS Drugs Cut Down on Spread of Disease

Tags: AIDS, HIV, HIV in Africa, HIV Infection, HIV Infection in Heterosexuals, HIV Medications, HIV Prevention, HIV Transmission, Tenofovir, Truvada, Viread, Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, PrEP, HIV in the United States, HIV in South America, HIV in Asia

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