Research

Hearing loss gene found in Chinese research breakthrough

 

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Researchers from Xiangya Hospital in China's Hunan Province have discovered a gene associated with hearing loss, a breakthrough that should help in diagnosis and treatment strategies.

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Apple conducts major hearing study as part of growing "democratisation" of research

 

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In a move that Apple claims will allow customers to contribute to medical discoveries, the phone and computer giant is to conduct three large-scale health studies, one of them into the impact of everyday sound exposure on hearing.

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Hearing is enhanced by vagus nerve stimulation paired with repetitive sounds

 

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Potential therapeutic benefits for a range of conditions including tinnitus have been glimpsed thanks to newly published research involving vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) in rats.

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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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