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Archive for December 2012

Dr. William F. House dies at 89; championed cochlear implant

Posted by Kerrie Denner

Dr. William F. House also developed a successful surgery for an ear disease that had prevented astronaut Alan Shepard from returning to space.

By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times December 11, 2012, 8:01 p.m.

Dr. William F. House, a dentist-turned-ear specialist who 50 years ago defied the medical establishment and many advocates for the hearing impaired to champion an implantable device, now widely accepted, that made everyday sounds audible to the profoundly deaf, has died. He was 89.

When Antidepressants Don't Work, Give Counseling a Try

Posted by Kerrie Denner

Study found that patients were three times likelier to benefit from the addition of cognitive behavioral therapy

Friday, December 7, 2012  (HealthDay News) -- People suffering from depression who don't respond to antidepressants alone may find relief if they also undergo cognitive behavioral therapy, a new British study suggests.

Many of the two-thirds of those with depression who do not respond fully to antidepressants are three times more likely to improve with cognitive behavioral therapy, the researchers report.

Living With a Sound You Can’t Turn Off

Posted by Kerrie Denner

PERSONAL HEALTH Jane Brody on health and aging.

Shortly after my 70th birthday, a high-pitched hum began in my left ear. I noticed it only during quiet times but soon realized that it never went away.

An ear, nose and throat specialist (otolaryngologist) examined my ears and took a thorough medical history that included questions about noise exposure and drugs I take. An audiologist checked my hearing.

Don’t Just Sit There! Move for Your Health

Posted by Kerrie Denner

Had an exhausting day? Think you deserve to kick back and relax? You might want to think again. If you’re like most people nationwide, you’ve spent more than half of your waking hours sitting or inactive for long stretches of time—at work, at school, in the car or watching TV or another type of screen. Maybe it’s time to try standing up instead of putting your feet up.

Scientists estimate that Americans ages 12 and up now spend most of their time—about 8 to 10 hours a day—sitting and doing things that require little energy. The groups who sit the most are teens and older adults.

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