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Vidyya Medical News Service For 11-October-2000:

Twenty million Americans have sensorineural hearing loss, but only 4 million of the those individuals actually use hearing aids. Hearing aids are the main form of treatment for this condition. An unprecedented clinical trial comparing the effectiveness of three types of commonly used hearing aids shows that all three provide substantial improvement for individuals with bilateral sensorineural hearing loss.

As the population of the US rapidly ages, hearing aids and questions about them will become more prevalent. Hearing aids receive sound through a microphone, which then converts the sound waves to electrical signals. The amplifier increases the loudness of the signals and then sends the sound to the ear through a speaker. Help your patients get the information they need when faced with choosing a hearing aid with this informative handout.

In research news, gene alterations known to cause the inherited disorder cystic fibrosis (CF), which is characterized by mucous membrane abnormalities in the lungs, appear also to contribute to chronic sinus problems in some people, according to a report in today's Journal of the American Medical Association

In pharmaceutical news, novartis pharmaceuticals is writing to health professionals to inform them of post marketing reports of seventeen cases of severe acute hypersensitivity reactions, including anaphylaxis, occurring in patients following the administration of Simulect (basiliximab). The onset of these reactions occurred within 24 hours following initial exposure and/or following re-exposure to Simulect.

And to wrap up this issue, an item that can be classified as "food for thought." A new study conducted by a team of Harvard researchers links diets rich in tomato-based foods and carrots to reduced risk of lung cancer. Each year in the United States, over 150,000 men and women die of lung cancer -- more than any other cancer. Could V-8 be the answer?

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