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August 17th, 2010
06:13 PM ET

Adolescent hearing loss on the rise in U.S.

Do you ever get the impression your teen is just not hearing you? Well, maybe he's not. Literally. According to a new study, more American adolescents may be suffering from early signs of hearing loss than previously estimated.

Researchers looking at hearing loss in people ages 12 to 19 found that when compared with data from the mid-1990s there has been a 30 percent increase in the development of minimal levels of hearing loss, and a 77 percent increase in more serious hearing problems – those where obvious communication difficulties can be observed.  About one in 20 children experienced hearing loss in 1994, and that number jumped to about one in 5, or an estimated 6.5 million adolescents, by 2006.

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August 17th, 2010
05:05 PM ET

What a throat tumor can mean

Actor Michael Douglas has a tumor in his throat, his representative revealed this week. It’s unclear from the statement what type of tumor or where, exactly, it is located. The 65-year-old actor will begin eight weeks of radiation and chemotherapy treatment, the rep said.

Cancer can develop in the lower or upper part of the throat, vocal cords, tonsils or various areas of the voice box.

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August 17th, 2010
03:24 PM ET

Report: Unplugging frees your mind

Do our brains work differently when we are freed from our email devices and cell phones? That’s one of the questions five neuroscientists set out to try to answer during what sounds like a great vacation.

They spent about a week rafting the San Juan River in Utah in May. Their preliminary work was reported in the New York Times as part of the newspaper’s “Your Brain on Computers” series.

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August 17th, 2010
02:24 PM ET

Eggs recalled over salmonella concerns

Wright County Egg of Galt, Iowa, is voluntarily recalling some of its eggs out of concern they may be tainted with salmonella bacteria.

After an uptick in salmonella infections, the Centers for Disease Control and the Food and Drug Administration, traced the source and determined it was most likely eggs from Wright County Egg.  The company says it is working to determine how the shell eggs are being contaminated.

Wright County Egg packages shell egg products under the following brand names: Lucerne, Albertson, Mountain Dairy, Ralph's, Boomsma's, Sunshine, Hillandale, Trafficanda, Farm Fresh, Shoreland, Lund, Dutch Farms and Kemps. The brands are distributed nationwide. The recall affects eggs packed in several different sized cartons, from a half dozen to 18-eggs.

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August 17th, 2010
11:36 AM ET

Dengue fever increases in Florida


The number of dengue fever cases, a mosquito-borne disease that can cause mild to serious symptoms and even death, has increased this month, according to the Florida Department of Health.

While dengue fever has not caused any deaths in Florida this year, health officials asked residents to take precautions such as wearing protective clothing, using mosquito repellents and draining still water near the home, like  the water in bird baths, to prevent the pests from breeding.

Dengue fever is common in the tropics and can cause symptoms like high fever, rash, severe bleeding and even death. The recent outbreak in Florida has puzzled local health authorities, who say the last outbreak occurred in 1934.

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August 17th, 2010
11:28 AM ET

Why is panic disorder a psychiatric condition?

Every weekday, a CNNHealth expert doctor answers a viewer question. On Tuesdays, it's Dr. Charles Raison, an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Emory University, and an expert in the mind-body connection for health.

Question asked by Chad of Richmond, Virginia

Why is panic disorder classified as just a psychiatric condition when there are so many physical symptoms (some painful) that arise during the attack? They would occur whether in good/bad mood, or even asleep.

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