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London Underground noise could damage hearing, says academic

London Underground noise could damage hearing, says academic By Gareth Furby BBC Inside Out, London 29 January 2018 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionIs travelling on the Tube damaging your hearing? Parts of London Underground are “loud enough to damage people’s hearing”, the BBC has been told. An academic says the Victoria Line service is on average the loudest while other noisy sections of the Tube equate to “being at a rock concert”. Parts of the Northern and Jubilee lines are so loud they would require hearing protection if they were workplaces. Transport for London (TfL)...

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Struggling to Quit Smoking? Try These Tips

SUNDAY, Jan. 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) — If your New Year’s resolution was to quit smoking, it’s probably time to consider ways to improve your chances of success. For starters, list your reasons for wanting to quit, suggest experts from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Want to improve your health? Save money? Smell and taste food better? Those are common reasons smokers cite for wanting to kick the habit — something that nearly 70 percent of adult smokers say they want to do, according to the FDA. Reviewing your reasons for wanting to quit can help you when you get the urge to smoke. Also, don’t be too hard on yourself. Quitting smoking can be difficult so you might have to try a few times before you’re successful. Research has shown that trying but failing to quit can lead to more attempts in the future, and that it often takes multiple attempts to finally quit smoking. The agency also notes that there are a number of FDA-approved products that can help you quit smoking. These include nicotine replacement therapy products. They provide controlled amounts of nicotine, to reduce smoking withdrawal symptoms and cravings. Two types are available by prescription — a nicotine nasal spray and a nicotine inhaler. Three types can be bought over-the-counter — nicotine gum, skin patches and lozenges. Their effectiveness can vary, but these products...

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Death Brings Wisdom to Dying Patients

SATURDAY, Jan. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) — With terminal illness comes newfound, and profound, wisdom, researchers report. They uncovered this silver lining of terminal illness as people in their final months tried to strike a balance between accepting their fate and making the most of the time they had left. “The end of life presents a unique perspective,” explained senior study author Dr. Dilip Jeste, senior associate dean at the University of California, San Diego’s Center of Healthy Aging. “This is an extremely challenging time, a confluence of learning to accept what’s happening while still striving to grow and change and live one’s remaining life as best one can,” Jeste said in a university news release. “It’s this paradox that, if embraced, can lead to even greater wisdom while confronting one’s own mortality.” The study, funded in part by the U.S. National Institutes of Health and the American Cancer Society, involved 21 men and women between the ages of 58 and 97 who were in the final six months of their lives and receiving hospice care. About half of the patients were dying of cancer. The researchers asked these people opened-ended questions about wisdom, such as “How do you define wisdom?” and “What experiences have influenced your level of wisdom?” The patients were also asked if their illness had altered their understanding of wisdom. Each of the interviews was...

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Second-hand toys could harm children, scientists discover

Second-hand toys could harm children, scientists discover By Katie Silver Health reporter, BBC News 27 January 2018 Image copyright Andrew Turner Image caption The researcher analysed 200 used plastic toys from the south-west of England Plastic used in some second-hand toys could pose a health risk for children as they don’t meet the most up-to-date safety guidelines, a study has found. Scientists tested 200 used plastic toys they found in nurseries, thrift shops and homes across England’s south-west for nine hazardous elements. Twenty toys had traces of all nine elements, with some concentrations high enough to fail European standards....

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US flu outbreak is worst since 2009 swine pandemic

US flu outbreak is worst since 2009 swine pandemic 26 January 2018 Image copyright Reuters Image caption An emergency room nurse (R) treats a hospital patient for flu this month in Escondido, California More Americans are seeking medical care for flu than at any time since the “swine” pandemic of nearly a decade ago, say US health officials. Thirty-seven children have died and nearly 12,000 patients have been admitted to hospital nationwide. The outbreak could surpass 2014-15 when 34 million Americans fell ill, says the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In that season, 710,000 people were...

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