Tuesday July 16, 2019

Heart Surgery In Infants May Cause Deafness

The study suggested that children who undergo heart surgery should have their hearing evaluated by age 24 to 30 months, to increase their chances of receiving a timely medical intervention

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Toddler receives mother's kidney, part of liver in pioneering transplant. Pixabay

Children who have undergone heart surgery as infants may risk hearing loss by the age of four, in addition to poor language skills and cognitive problems, researchers have found.

Researchers discovered that around 21 percent of 348 pre-schoolers, who had survived cardiac surgery, suffered hearing loss. This rate was 20 times higher than that prevalent among the general population.

For the study, published in the Journal of Pediatrics, the researchers analyzed neurodevelopmental outcomes in these children. A total of 75 children were found to have developed hearing loss.

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Other factors common among the hearing loss cases were gestational age younger than 37 weeks, a confirmed genetic anomaly and longer postoperative length of stay. Pixabay

The study suggested that children who undergo heart surgery should have their hearing evaluated by age 24 to 30 months, to increase their chances of receiving a timely medical intervention.

“Children born with life-threatening heart defects require a great deal of sophisticated care before and after surgery,” said the lead author of the study Nancy B. Burnham, a nurse-practitioner in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. (IANS)

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People Who Suffer From Hearing Loss Before 50 More Likely to Misuse Opioids

For those whose health care providers know of their hearing loss, McKee suspects that the higher rate of prescription opioid use disorder may stem from a higher rate of being placed on controlled substances to quickly address pain issues

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People below 50 years who suffer from hearing loss are more likely to misuse opioids, alcohol and other drugs than their peers who have no such disorder, say researchers.

The findings showed adults under 35 years with a hearing loss were 2.5 times more likely to have a prescription opioid use disorder.

In addition, those between age 35 years and 49 years who had hearing loss were nearly twice as likely as their hearing peers to have disorders related to both prescription opioids and alcohol, said the study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

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For the study, the team included 86,186 adults.

“Hearing loss is connected with a variety of health problems, including mental and physical health, which may place these individuals at risk for pain disorders. Also, the marginalising effects of hearing loss, such as social isolation, may be creating higher rates of substance use disorders too,” said Michael McKee from University of Michigan in the US.

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For those whose health care providers know of their hearing loss, McKee suspects that the higher rate of prescription opioid use disorder may stem from a higher rate of being placed on controlled substances to quickly address pain issues, perhaps because of communication barriers. (IANS)