Research

How much spin is there in medical research journal abstracts?

 

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As many as 56% of abstracts in psychology and psychiatry journals contain spin to boost their results, according to a recent study by Oklahoma researchers.

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The sex is in the spirals - the cochlea tells the difference in forensics breakthrough

 

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The human cochlea is sex-typed from an early post-natal age - this is the startling and welcome finding of a study that has delivered the first reliable method for sex determination, even in child skeletons and cases with missing or degraded DNA molecules.

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Aldosterone hormone fix for age-related hearing loss nears marketplace

 

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If the mice are right, there is a drug fix for age-related hearing loss just around the next bureaucratic corner: the hormone aldosterone, combined with anti-inflammatory medicine, can rejuvenate hearing, says the team behind the development.

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US burden of eustachian tube dysfunction higher than estimated, says study

 

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The number of US citizens with eustachian tube dysfunction (ETD), barring those with recent colds, was previously estimated at under 1%, but a new study puts the figure at 4.6%, some 11m people. And the researchers say their figure may underestimate the condition's true prevalence.

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Will tickling the ears of over-55s balance their nerves?

 

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It may sound like wily medieval quackery, but researchers from the UK's University of Leeds are suggesting that tickling the ear may open a gateway to the body's metabolic balance and lead to healthier ageing.

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Music-making improves language abilities, research suggests

 

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Audiologists and speech-language therapists should persuade parents of patients to build music activity into their children's programmes, claims a Marseille-based neuroscience researcher.

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Gene-editing fix for progressive hearing loss comes closer

 

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Progressive hearing loss is just one of around 5,000 diseases linked to single-gene changes, but geneticists have so far lacked the precision tools to stop us developing these conditions. A genetic cure for this kind of deafness just came a huge step closer.

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Children who say hand dryers ‘hurt my ears’ proved right by "real world" study

 

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A study in the journal of the Canadian Paediatric Society suggests that hand dryers in public washrooms may be damaging to children's hearing. The published research was carried out by a 13-year-old.

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Premature babies neurally lifted by snake-charmer music

 

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Swiss-based research suggests that a music-enriched environment for very premature babies can help build them brain architecture similar to that of full-term newborns.

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Is treatable neuroinflammation the trigger for tinnitus?

 

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Inflammation could be the mechanism driving tinnitus, suggests newly published US research. If so, it is more than likely treatable.

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