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How tests fail to detect ‘hidden hearing loss’

Common hearing tests may not detect subtle kinds of hearing loss, particularly those that make hearing in noisy rooms or loud crowds difficult. This type of …

Is soda making your brain age faster?

New research suggests that excess sugar—especially the fructose in sugary drinks—might damage your brain. Researchers using data from the Framingham Heart …

How salty food makes us hungry, not thirsty

We tend to think salty food makes us thirsty, and that’s true in the short-term. But within 24 hours of increasing salt consumption, your body starts to …

Jello shows how hit to skull wobbles our brain

Engineers are taking a closer look at the brain’s “suspension system” and their insights could provide a way to limit or even prevent traumatic brain …

A quick round of steroids may bring big risks

Every year, millions of Americans get short-term prescriptions for steroids, such as prednisone, often for back pain, allergies, or other relatively minor …

How 30 opioid pills for surgery turn into a habit

A small number of people—about 6 percent—who had not been taking opioids before an operation, but got them to ease post-surgery pain, are still taking …

Good times with friends really can fight depression

People with symptoms of depression may not feel like socializing, but doing something fun with friends can improve mood, a new study shows. “It’s the …

A bunch of new drugs show up in hair samples from festivals

Hair analysis can be an effective way to get information about drug use, both intentional and unintentional. And it can help identify substances emerging in …

Does gum disease boost death risk after menopause?

Gum disease and tooth loss may be associated with a higher risk of death among postmenopausal women, according to a new study. The research also links loss of …

Cigarettes may raise risk of drug relapse

Continuing or initiating cigarette use after stopping the use of illicit drugs is linked to an increased likelihood of substance use relapse, research shows. …

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