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Relationship Between Iron Deficiency And Hearing Loss

The body needs the right nutrients in the right amounts to support its overall function and to ensure that everything is working as it should. But is it possible that the deficiency of one important nutrient can put you at risk for hearing loss. According to researchers, iron deficiency and anemia during childhood may affect your hearing later in life.

The study was published in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and followed 305 339 adults between the ages of 21 and 90.

Astronauts Risk Of Kidney Stones In Space Reduced By Ultrasonic Management

Bone demineralization, dehydration, and stasis put astronauts at an increased risk of forming kidney stones in space. The incidence of kidney stones and the potential for a mission-critical event are expected to rise as expeditions become longer and immediate transport to Earth becomes more problematic.

At the University of Washington, we are developing an ultrasound-based stone management system to detect stones with S-mode ultrasound imaging, break stones with burst wave lithotripsy (BWL), and reposition stones with ultrasonic propulsion (UP) on Earth and in space.

This review discusses the development and current state of these technologies, as well as integration on the flexible ultrasound system sponsored by NASA and the National Space Biomedical Research Institute.

Critically Ill Delirium A Growing Concern

Since intensive-care units (ICU) were created in hospitals more than a half a century ago, there’s been a steady decline in death rates for individuals who are critically ill and require life support.

That’s significant and meaningful progress, and it’s thanks to the pioneering work of doctors, nurses and researchers who have discovered better ways to liberate patients from life support so they can leave the hospital functioning on their own.