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Shocking Number of Americans Suffer From Hearing Loss — Health Check

Data examined over a seven-year period revealed 48 million Americans — about one in five — aged 12 and older suffer from some form of hearing loss, far exceeding previous estimates of 21 to 29 million people.

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Getting a Flu Shot? Don’t Forget Your Dog — Health Check [VIDEO]

It’s cold and flu season again. While that means many people will be getting flu shots, there’s one member of the family you may not realize needs one too: your dog.

The H3N8 virus, identified in 2004 and commonly known as “dog flu,” has sickened thousands of dogs in 38 states. Currently there are outbreaks in the New York metropolitan area and near San Antonio, Texas, with other states like Pennsylvania and Colorado reporting epidemics throughout the year, as well.

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Video Games Might Be Warping Our Minds — Health Check

Is your kid hooked on video games? New research says simple brain-wiring may be to blame.

Brain scans conducted on 154 teenagers who played video games at least nine hours per week found the structure and activity in the part of the brain associated with reward processing was larger than in those who played less often.

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Need More Veggies? Congress Says, ‘Have Some Pizza’ — Health Check

Members of Congress love pizza as much as any of us. So, when the United States Department of Agriculture threatened to take it off public school lunch menus, they did what many of us would have done in their position — they officially declared it a vegetable.

Earlier this year, the USDA proposed new standards that would’ve limited both sodium and potatoes for school lunch lines — moves some conservatives in Congress are fighting.

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Watch Out Guys, Birth Control May Be Causing Prostate Cancer — Health Check

Researchers discovered that countries with the highest numbers of women using oral contraceptives also have the highest rates of death from prostate cancer. What does this mean? They think estrogen from the urine of women who take birth control pills could be to blame.

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Smarter Kids May Be Experimenting More with Drugs — Health Check

A new study of 8,000 kids published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health finds those who had high IQs were more likely to use certain illicit drugs as they aged. Smarter girls in particular may tend to experiment with marijuana, cocaine, and other illicit drugs later on.

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Brushing Your Teeth Just May Save Your Life — Health Check

A multi-year study of more than 100,000 people by researchers in Taiwan found dental cleanings can be associated with a lower risk of heart attacks and strokes.

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Americans Are Divided on Flu Shots — Survey of the Day

With flu season upon us, 46 percent of Americans have received a flu shot, whereas 47 percent said they have not and will not.

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New Toyota Technology Could Help the Paralyzed Walk [VIDEO]

On November 2 in Tokyo, auto maker Toyota unveiled several robotic devices designed to help paralyzed people and the elderly walk.

These robots include sensors that detect the user’s posture, grasp and holding strength, and motor control technology that facilitates someone’s desired motion.

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End Of Daylight Saving Time Is Good for Your Health

Setting your clock back an hour early this Sunday morning may led to depressingly shorter days, but experts believe the end of daylight saving time is healthy in general.

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‘Movember’ Is Back To Raise Cancer and Mustache Awareness

Attention men: Have you always wanted to see if you could grow your mustache out to a Tom Selleck-level of awesomeness?

Well, now is your chance, as November is “Movember,” that time when men of shaving age let their lip sweaters go in order to raise funds and awareness for health issues that affect guys, in particular prostate and other cancers.

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Dog Can Smell When 3-Year-Old’s Blood Sugar Is Too Low [VIDEO]

Ruby isn’t one of those dogs that can just roll over or fetch — this four-legged doctor can actually detect when his owner’s blood sugar is too high or too low.

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