TTIMES WORLD: Health News Report

Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Washington, DC, USA


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What is Presbycusis
How Does This Affect Your Hearing

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Hearing Loss From Advancing Age:

Presbycusis is the loss of hearing that gradually occurs in most individuals as they grow older. Hearing loss is a common disorder associated with aging. About 30-35 percent of adults between the ages of 65 and 75 years have a hearing loss.

It is estimated that 40-50 percent of people 75 and older have a hearing loss. The loss associated with presbycusis is usually greater for high-pitched sounds. For example, it may be difficult for someone to hear the nearby chirping of a bird or the ringing of a telephone.

However, the same person may be able to clearly hear the low-pitched sound of a truck rumbling down the street. There are many causes of presbycusis. Most commonly, it arises from changes in the
inner ear of a person as he or she ages, but presbycusis can also result from complex changes along the nerve pathways leading to the brain. Presbycusis most often occurs in both ears, affecting them equally. Because the process of loss is gradual, people who
have presbycusis may not realize that their hearing is diminishing.

Sport and Injuries
What You Need To Know

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Statistics on Sports Injuries
You Need to Know Before your Children Participates in Any Sports


The top three reasons: adults, coaches and parents.
Among athletes ages 5 to 14, 28 percent of percent of football players,

25 percent of baseball players, 22 percent of soccer players, 15 percent of basketball players, and 12 percent of softball players were injured while playing their respective sports.

Study also found that 70 percent of athletes said they had practiced or played with an injury, compared with 33 percent of non-athletes. Forty percent of athletes were diagnosed with osteoarthritis after college, compared with 24 percent of non-athletes.

A 2007 study found that, in high school and college football, there are an average of 7.23 catastrophic head injuries per year: there were 0.67 injuries per 100,000 high school players and 0.21 injuries per 100,000 college players.

In the U.S., about 30 million children and teens participate in some form of organized sports, and more than 3.5 million injuries each year, which cause some loss of time of participation, are experienced by the participants. Almost one-third of all injuries incurred in childhood are sports-related injuries.

Two Sucide Deaths in 8 days
At A Bronx, New York Hospital

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Two patients at Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, N.Y., killed themselves in the span of eight days, according to the New York Daily News.



One 76-year-old man killed himself in the bathroom of his room early Tuesday morning, and on March 21, a 77-year-old man was found with a rope around his neck on the hospital's seventh floor, according to the report.

"We are deeply saddened by these recent events and our hearts go out to the affected families and staff," the hospital said in a statement to Becker's. "In the wake of these two unrelated events, staff and family members are being offered grief counseling services. We will continue to monitor and support the families and our associates through this difficult time."

Suicide was the fourth most common sentinel event in 2016, according to The Joint Commission, with 87 reported to the accrediting organization.

Drug Overdose Increasing
At an Alarming Rate in the US

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Cause of death of Americans under 50
Overdoses are now the leading cause of death of Americans under the age of 50.

According to preliminary data compiled by The New York Times, deaths last year likely topped 59,000 -- 19 percent more than the year before.
In Ohio, they were up even more.

On May 26, Cleveland Police Sgt. Timothy Maffo-Judd's body camera was running as he approached a man slumped in his car. It turned out that the man was minutes from a fatal drug overdose.

Three applications of Narcan -- the anti-overdose drug -- and the victim finally started coming around.

Maffo-Judd says it's become a grim routine, and he's even encountered the same person twice. "That's pretty common," he says.

There were 11 overdoses on Monday night alone in Cleveland -- two of them were fatal.

At least 4,100 people died from unintentional drug overdoses last year in Ohio-- a 36 percent increase from the past year.

Kentucky, West Virginia and New Hampshire have also experienced shocking increases, along with the East Coast.

Most of it is tied to heroin or prescription painkillers, often laced with a powerful synthetic opioid known as fentanyl.

In Ohio alone, nearly four billion opioid pills were prescribed across Ohio

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