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Feb 20
2019

Posted by: Stephanie Faris

Listening to Music Through Headphones Could Be Damaging Your Hearing

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Listening to Music Through Headphones Could Be Damaging Your Hearing

Listening to music through headphones and earbuds is nothing new. But today’s headphones provide state-of-the-art sound, encouraging wearers to pump up the volume. Unfortunately, that behavior may be causing permanent damage to your hearing.

The U.N. Health Agency recently issued a warning to consumers about the risks of listening to music through electronic devices that don’t put a limit on volume levels. The risk is especially high for millennials, who are at an age where music is an important part of daily life. The warning comes at the same time the World Health Organization is urging manufacturers to put volume controls on audio players, including automatic volume reduction and parental volume control.

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Feb 19
2019

Posted by: Jim Lillie

Bidding for Parking Spaces?

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Bidding for Parking Spaces?

One way to solve a worldwide shortage of parking spaces would be to allow drivers to bid on them, particularly in areas where parking is already at a premium.

Researchers at Tel Aviv University (TAU) recently announced the results of a study showing a parking algorithm permitting drivers to name their prices for a curbside spot could ensure greater "uniform parking occupancy", resulting in filled spots in popular areas, thereby letting off some of the pressure in high-demand sections of towns and cities.

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Feb 18
2019

Posted by: Stephanie Faris

Board Games and Art Class May Be the Key to Couples Bonding

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Board Games and Art Class May Be the Key to Couples Bonding

When you think of a romantic evening, you likely picture candlelit dinners and long walks on the beach. But according to a new study, the road to happiness as a couple may involve something much simpler. Researchers at Baylor University found that a game night or art class more effectively brought a couple together than other types of dates.

The study asked 20 couples between the ages of 25 and 40 to participate in two different types of date nights. One involved playing board games, while the other had them taking an art class designed for couples. They each engaged in their assigned activity, which included other people, for one hour.

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Feb 16
2019

Posted by: Jim Lillie

Low Vaccination Rates Could Be Responsible for Measles Outbreak

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Low Vaccination Rates Could Be Responsible for Measles Outbreak

That appears to be the thinking in Washington state, where Governor Jay Inslee recently declared a state of emergency.

Near the end of January, 55 cases had been reported as confirmed for 2019, a great many of them in children under the age of 10 who had not received vaccines. The epicenter of the outbreak is said to reside in Clark County, a bit north of Portland, OR.

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Feb 15
2019

Posted by: Jim Lillie

There’s an App for Praying with the Pope

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There’s an App for Praying with the Pope

His Holiness recently introduced ClickToPray, an app for group prayer that's geared toward younger folks.

When Pope Francis introduced the app during his weekly address on Sunday, he noted that social media and the Internet amounted to "a resource of our time". As an associate held up a computer tablet, the Holy Father then said, "Here, I'll insert the intentions and the prayer requests for the mission of the Church".

After tapping the screen a few times, Francis reportedly needed to ask the associate whether his efforts were a success. Evidently, they were.

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Feb 14
2019

Posted by: Jim Lillie

What’s Underneath Those Melting Glaciers?

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What’s Underneath Those Melting Glaciers?

What gets covered by advancing ice must eventually be revealed when that ice retreats, or melts.

In the case of melting glaciers, that means discoveries that can date from the earliest periods of human history.

Unfortunately, the discoveries also indicate that the world's glaciers are melting much more quickly than it took to make them.

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Feb 13
2019

Posted by: Stephanie Faris

A Full Night’s Sleep Could Make You Less Sensitive to Pain

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A Full Nights Sleep Could Make You Less Sensitive to Pain

If you’re in pain, it can be difficult to fall and stay asleep at night. Yet a new study shows a catch-22 situation where lack of sleep actually makes you more sensitive to pain. It’s only the latest in a long list of health problems that may be exacerbated by a lack of sleep.

An estimated one in three adults don’t get enough sleep at night. At the same time, more than one in five Americans suffer from chronic pain. That doesn’t include the many consumers who have occasional pain or muscle soreness. Without enough sleep, the body is more sensitive to pain, according to new research published in the Journal of Neuroscience. The research states that lack of sleep actually numbs the natural pain-deadening response in the brain.

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