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Shocking Number of Americans Suffer From Hearing Loss — Health Check

Data examined over a seven-year period revealed 48 million Americans — about one in five — aged 12 and older suffer from some form of hearing loss, far exceeding previous estimates of 21 to 29 million people.

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Still Living With Your Parents as an Adult? Well, You’re Hurting the Economy

While many college grads are only too happy to fly their parents’ nest and get a place of their own, the dip in the economy has meant some can’t — or won’t — until they feel more financially able to do so comfortably. What does this mean for the economy? Unfortunately, nothing good.

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This Day in History for November 18 – Mickey Mouse Debuts and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1883 – American and Canadian railroads institute five standard continental time zones, ending the confusion of thousands of local times (More info)

1926 – George Bernard Shaw refuses to accept the money for his Nobel Prize, saying, “I can forgive Alfred Nobel for inventing dynamite, but only a fiend in human form could have invented the Nobel Prize” (More info)

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Ousting Occupy Wall Street Protesters From Zuccotti Park Was a Good Thing — Survey of the Day

New York police removed Occupy Wall Street protesters from their Zucotti Park in an early morning raid this week, and it seems the majority of everybody else couldn’t be happier. According to a telephone survey of 1,170 Americans from Poll Position, 54 percent of Americans agreed with New York’s decision to oust the protesters, who’ve been based in the park for the last two months.

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Video Games Might Be Warping Our Minds — Health Check

Is your kid hooked on video games? New research says simple brain-wiring may be to blame.

Brain scans conducted on 154 teenagers who played video games at least nine hours per week found the structure and activity in the part of the brain associated with reward processing was larger than in those who played less often.

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Getting a Flu Shot? Don’t Forget Your Dog — Health Check [VIDEO]

It’s cold and flu season again. While that means many people will be getting flu shots, there’s one member of the family you may not realize needs one too: your dog.

The H3N8 virus, identified in 2004 and commonly known as “dog flu,” has sickened thousands of dogs in 38 states. Currently there are outbreaks in the New York metropolitan area and near San Antonio, Texas, with other states like Pennsylvania and Colorado reporting epidemics throughout the year, as well.

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Why We Eat What We Eat – Stories Behind Traditional Thanksgiving Foods

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If you're like most Americans, your Thanksgiving dinner table will include at least a few basic items — turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and the like. But have you ever thoug

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Obama Seems to Think Crocodile Attacks Are a Legit Hazard in Australia

When Barack Obama arrives in Australia’s Northern Territory Thursday, the region’s chief minister Paul Henderson will greet and hand the American president a policy that insures him against a crocodile attack.

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Teacher Realizes ‘The Daily Show’ Is More Harmful to Students Than He Thought

Back in the day, high school classes would only show “how a bill becomes a law” videos, but Rhett Felix, a teacher at Eureka High school outside of Peoria, Illinois, tried to spice things up a bit. He used clips from Comedy Central’s ‘The Daily Show with Jon Stewart‘ to educate his students about current events, but the local school board placed him on paid suspension once word got out.

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This Day in History for November 17 – Suez Canal Opens and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1869 – The Suez Canal, linking the Mediterranean Sea with the Red Sea, opens in Egypt (More info)

1968 – Viewers of the Raiders–Jets football game are denied the opportunity to watch its exciting finish when NBC broadcasts the movie ‘Heidi’ instead, prompting changes to sports broadcasting in the US (More info)

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