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Health briefs. Obesity and hearing loss

Listen up: Being obese, especially if you carry those extra pounds around your waist, might be linked to hearing loss, a new study suggests. Researchers tracked more than 68,000 women participating in the Harvard Nurses' Health Study every two years from 1989 to 2009. One in six women reported hearing loss during the study period, the researchers said. Those with a higher body-mass index (BMI) or larger waist circumference faced a higher risk for hearing problems compared to normal-weight women. BMI is a measurement of body fat based on a ratio of height and weight.


VIAGRA AS A REMEDY FOR CRAMPS

Women dealing with painful menstrual cramps may, in the future, receive relief from an unexpected source -- the little blue erectile dysfunction medication normally used by men. Sildenafil, the active ingredient in Viagra, appears to help women who are suffering from moderate to severe menstrual cramps, according to a small study funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health. Researchers found that administering the medication vaginally provided nearly double the pain relief compared to a second group of women who received a placebo. Dr. Richard Legro of Penn State said studies will be required to verify the results of this study.

-- HealthDay

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