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2/19/09

HealthWise at 5 for 2.19

A Link Between Hearing & Cholesterol

Can cholesterol affect your hearing?  US researchers say yes- loud and clear.  Scientists manipulated cholesterol levels in fine hair cells in the inner ears of mice and then tested their hearing.  Results showed lower cholesterol levels caused a decline in hearing.  When cholesterol was added, the hearing of the mice actually improved for a short time.

Don't go changing your diet to help your hearing just yet.  The scientists did not find a link between eating habits and hearing in humans and say more research needs to be done.

Phoning in Weight Loss

Phone counseling may be just as good as face-to-face when it comes to fighting fat.  Researchers at the University of Florida studied a group of women who had just finished a weight loss program and were receiving phone counseling, face-to-face counseling, or no counseling at all.  After one year, the groups who had phone and face to face counseling kept the weight off, gaining back only about two and a half pounds.  The group with no counseling gained back about eight.

Caring for Your Eyes when you're Sick

The first thing when you're sick is find some chicken soup, right?  The second thing should be to take out your contacts.  Your eyes don't function the same when you're sick.  They tend to dry out, tear production is altered, and some people even develop eye infections, which can be aggravated by contacts.

Experts at the University of Alabama at Birmingham say you should stick to glasses or use daily wear lenses to help avoid infection while you're ill.

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