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2013-06-12 16:08:32

Mechanism offers potential for interventions that could save hearing A team of NIH-supported researchers is the first to show, in mice, an unexpected two-step process that happens during the growth and regeneration of inner ear tip links. Tip links are extracellular tethers that link stereocilia, the tiny sensory projections on inner ear hair cells that convert sound into electrical signals, and play a key role in hearing. The discovery offers a possible mechanism for potential...

Hearing Loss Gene Discovered
2012-10-01 05:38:50

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A team of researchers, led by members of the University of Cincinnati (UC) and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, have reportedly discovered a new genetic mutation that leads to deafness and hearing loss associated with a relatively rare condition. In a September 30 press release, lead investigator and UC assistant professor of ophthalmology Zubair Ahmed explain that he and his colleagues were "able to pinpoint the...

2011-11-21 23:12:05

Gene-therapy trial will attempt to restore hearing in deaf mice Researchers have found long-sought genes in the sensory hair cells of the inner ear that, when mutated, prevent sound waves from being converted to electric signals — a fundamental first step in hearing. The team, co-led by Jeffrey Holt, PhD, in the department of otolaryngology at Children´s Hospital Boston, and Andrew Griffith, MD, PhD, of the NIH´s National Institute on Deafness and other Communication...

2011-11-21 23:07:23

Discovery may accelerate advances in understanding and treating hearing loss National Institutes of Health-funded researchers have identified two proteins that may be the key components of the long-sought after mechanotransduction channel in the inner ear–the place where the mechanical stimulation of sound waves is transformed into electrical signals that the brain recognizes as sound. The findings are published in the Nov. 21 online issue of The Journal of Clinical Investigation....

2011-08-02 00:00:29

Morales and Other Celebrities Speak Out about Hearing Safety and ASHA's Listen to Your Buds Campaign Rockville, MD (PRWEB) August 01, 2011 Film/TV star Esai Morales is featured in the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's (ASHA) public service announcement (PSA) about the potential harm of personal audio technology on hearing. The PSA is part of ASHA's Listen to Your Buds campaign aimed to help youth prevent the devastating, lifelong effects of hearing loss. In the PSA, Morales,...

2010-07-01 10:18:00

NEW YORK, July 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Deafness Research Foundation (DRF), the leading national source of private funding for research in hearing and balance science, announced today that Andrea Boidman has been unanimously promoted to Executive Director. Andrea joined DRF in June 2007 as Chief Operating Officer. She will be responsible for all facets of the foundation, including fundraising and Hearing Health Magazine. (Photo:...

2010-02-23 10:00:00

NEW YORK, Feb. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In celebration of Better Hearing and Speech Month in May, Deafness Research Foundation (DRF) announces a drawing contest for children and tweens ages 5-7 and 8-12, and teenagers age 13-18. The theme of each drawing is "It's a Noisy Planet: What are you doing to protect your hearing?" This contest will raise awareness about the need to prevent hearing loss and how to protect hearing. Artwork must be received by April 16. Three finalists...


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  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
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This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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