Top Viewed Medical Stories for the Week of May 19th

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT)– Here are this week’s top viewed medical stories from our partners at Ivanhoe Communications.

1. Improve Cognitive Functions With Mental Arithmetic
(Ivanhoe Newswire) – Researchers at the University of Oxford have found that improving one’s ability to manipulate numbers in the head, which is a task that 20 percent of people have trouble with, could help improve cognitive and brain functions.

2. Say What!? The Invisible Hearing Aid
TUCSON, Ariz. (Ivanhoe Newswire) – Hearing loss is the third most common physical condition after heart disease and arthritis. Hearing aids used to be the only option for those with moderate to severe hearing loss, but now an invisible device is giving patients a new choice.

3. Knocking Out Neuropathy
OVIEDO, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) – About 20 million people in the United States, including more than half of all diabetics, suffer from neuropathy. It can cause weakness, numbness, and pain in hands and feet. Now, a new therapy is helping people back on their feet.

4. Smartphone App Improves Colonoscopy Preparation
(Ivanhoe Newswire) – Researchers at Arizona Digestive Health in Phoenix discovered that the use of a smartphone application, called the “Arizona Digestive Health app,” greatly improves patients’ preparation for a colonoscopy.

5. Scalpel-Free Facelift! – In-Depth Doctor’ Interview
Roger Bassin, M.D. with The Bassin Center for Plastic Surgery, talks about a new facelift procedure that doesn’t require a scalpel.

6.  Alternative Therapies for High Blood Pressure
(Ivanhoe Newswire) – A scientific statement from the American Heart Association says alternative approaches to lowering blood pressure, such as isometric hand grip exercises and resistance or strength training, are effective at reducing high blood pressure. The alternative therapies also have few health risks and side effects.

7. Macular Degeneration: Implantable Telescope Improves Vision
ATLANTA, Ga. (Ivanhoe Newswire) – Macular degeneration is the leading cause of severe vision loss in Americans 60 and older. Once it progresses there aren’t many treatment options, but now there is a high-tech way that doctors are using to help patients see better.

8. Kidney Stone Smarts: The Truth About Cola and Calcium
DURHAM, N.C. (Ivanhoe Newswire) – If a sharp pain hits your back or side, beware, it could be a warning sign of a kidney stone. Every year one million people in the U.S. are treated for them and there’s a lot of mis-information about the masses.

9. Having Skin Cancer Could Lower Alzheimer’s Risk
(Ivanhoe Newswire) – Researchers from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, NY, have found that people who have skin cancer are 80 percent less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than those who do not have skin cancer.

10. Dumbing Us Down
(Ivanhoe Newswire) – Smartphones: they allow us to listen to music, check our e-mail, browse the internet, and even track our daily calorie intake, but are we really smarter? New research out of the University of Texas at Dallas says multi-tasking rewires the brain, robs us of frontal lobe brainpower, and reduces our ability to make good decisions. We have more on how other parts of our daily life could be making us dumber.

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