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Health Capsules: Bye-bye bedbugs

A woman who is immune to bedbug bites has enabled scientists to figure out what attracts the insects to human skin, and as a result, bedbug traps should be available sometime this year.

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Mature Focus: News and Notes

A researcher at the University of Missouri-Columbia (MU) has found a rather simple way to improve older adults’ satisfaction with hearing aids.

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Finding your way to fitness

Joining a gym, signing up for an exercise class, hiring a personal trainer or committing to an at-home fitness regimen all are great ways to kick-start a healthy new year, but will you still be sticking with it by the time spring break rolls around?

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Health Capsules: Infant and child safety warnings

The rate of toy-related injuries to children rose nearly 40 percent from 1990 through 2011, a study from the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital found. Much of that increase occurred after a new type of foot-powered scooter became popular in 2000, researchers said.

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Mature Focus: News and notes

Sleeping in dentures Elderly people who wear their dentures to bed at night are putting themselves at increased risk for coming down with pneumonia, a recent study found. Because poor oral hygiene is a known risk factor for pneumonia in the elderly, researchers in Japan investigated various oral health behaviors and incidences of pneumonia among more than 500 adults aged 85 and older. In a three-year period, 48 cases of pneumonia were identified among the study participants, and those who wore their dentures overnight had a little more than double the risk of contracting pneumonia than those who removed their ...

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Health Capsules: Good news for runners

Good news for runners Runners are not at increased risk of developing knee osteoarthritis and may even be at a lower risk than the general population, according to research presented this month at the American College of Rheumatology Annual Meeting. Osteoarthritis (OA) is a painful disease involving progressive damage to joint cartilage. Known risk factors for knee OA, which is common, include age, being overweight, injury or stress to joints and a family history of the disease. Speculating that regular running might contribute to OA but noting also that runners typically have a body mass index (BMI) on the lower ...

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