The Value of Unplugging

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) — It’s no secret that we love our smartphones and other electronic devices for staying connected. Perhaps too much. According to one study on cellphone use by a mobile security company, 63 percent of women and 73 percent of men between the ages of 18 to 34 can’t go…

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Arthritis Can Strike Children

TUESDAY, Oct. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) — While arthritis is typically thought of as an older person’s disease, more than 300,000 American children have chronic juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), an expert says. Unlike age-related arthritis caused by cartilage and bone wear and tear, JIA has more to do with joint inflammation, but it’s not clear…

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Be Wary of Shopping for Pet Meds Online

TUESDAY, Oct. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) — If you get medications online for your pets, be careful, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration cautions. Some websites sell unapproved or counterfeit drugs, make fraudulent claims, sell prescription drugs without requiring a prescription, or sell expired drugs. As a result, you could buy drugs that are unsafe…

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Clues to How You Hear in a Crowd

TUESDAY, Oct. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Voice pitch plays a role in your ability to hear someone in a crowded setting, British researchers say. This process is called selective attention. It was known that selective attention occurs in a part of the brain called the auditory cortex, which processes speed information. But what triggers…

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Farsighted Kids Have Trouble Paying Attention

TUESDAY, Oct. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Farsightedness affects young children’s ability to pay attention in school, which could put them at risk of falling behind in the classroom, a new study suggests. “We knew from our previous work that preschool and kindergarten children with uncorrected farsightedness have decreased early literacy, and this new study…

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