Prolonged Use of MP3 Players Harms Hearing

Children's Health, Parenting
Prolonged listening to MP3 players with ear buds at a loud volume leads to temporary and later irreversible loss, experts are now saying.  The bottom line? Keep your MP3 volume at a level where you can still hear conversation around you. In other words, if you can still hear what people are saying around you, you are at a safe level. Here are the details in a report from HealthDay News: People using MP3 players are leaving themselves open to temporary changes in hearing, which over time might result in permanent hearing loss, Belgian researchers suggest. Scientists already know that at work, exposure to harmful noise -- noise that is too loud or loud sounds that go on too long -- can eventually lead to hearing loss by damaging the…
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Historically black medical schools score highest in “social mission” rankings

Bioethics, Medical Economics
The Washington Post reports that "graduates of medical schools at historically black universities, such as Howard and Morehouse, are the most likely to practice the kind of medicine needed under the health-care overhaul, according to a study published" in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The Los Angeles Times "Booster Shots" blog reported that "researchers scored all US medical schools on their ability to produce doctors who will work in primary care and in underserved communities." The study found that "most of the schools with the finest reputations scored abysmally on the 'social mission' criteria." Meanwhile, "historically black schools, such as Morehouse College and Meharry Medical College, scored the highest in social mission rankings." Bloomberg News reports that "the rankings are based on how many of the schools' graduates practice in…
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Clinicians doing Pap test too often on women

Cancer, Woman's Health
I find that most of my female patients either are not aware of or do not understand the national recommendations concerning pap smears. Now, there are reports that physicians are not using these new guidelines either. The Los Angeles Times "Booster Shots" blog is reporting, "Despite a near-unanimous consensus among authorities that Pap smear testing for cervical cancer should be conducted only every three years, most physicians apparently prefer to do it at shorter intervals." And, according to a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine, "if you add in HPV screening, which makes the assays even more sensitive, even fewer doctors adhere to the recommended guidelines." The Time magazine "Wellness" blog reported that researchers from the CDC and the National Cancer Institute "asked more than 1,200 primary care physicians ...…
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