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Sudden Hearing Loss Can Be A Serious Health Problem

A clogged or ringing ear may belie a more serious health problem. On a cold summer evening in New York, Tom Gerety, then age 53, noticed something was up with his hearing. Over dinner with family, at a hotel in the Hudson Valley, he felt his right ear ringing and found himself straining to hear.

Gerety had spent the weekend swimming in a lake with his kids and at first thought, he had some leftover water clogging his ear canal. But after “several days of desperation” when jumping up and down, using a vacuum pump, and alcohol and cotton swabs failed to clear his ear he went to see his doctor.

The study was published in the journal JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.

Key Factor Involved In Heart Muscle Maturation, Study Found

Scientists around the world have been trying to replace damaged heart tissue using lab-made heart-muscle cells (cardiomyocytes), either injecting them into the heart or applying patches laced with the cells. But results to date have been underwhelming.

If you make cardiomyocytes in a dish from pluripotent stem cells, they will engraft in the heart and form muscle. But the muscle doesn't work very well because the myocytes are stuck in an immature stage. The study was published in Nature Communications.

Research Sheds A Light On Men's Bone Health

Two new studies released this week shine a spotlight on men's bone health which is often overshadowed by the focus on osteoporosis and fracture risk in women. The findings are being presented at the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) 2018 Annual Meeting in Montréal, the premier scientific meeting in the world on bone, mineral and musculoskeletal science