Anaemia is associated with hearing loss in adults

Iron deficiency anaemia (IDA) has been found to be associated with hearing loss in adults by a study published in JAMA Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.

Using the electronic medical records of 305 339 adults aged between 21 and 90 years, researchers at Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine examined the association between IDA and sensorineural hearing loss (when there is damage to the cochlea or to the nerve pathways from the inner ear to the brain) and conductive hearing loss (hearing loss because of problems with the bones of the middle ear). IDA was determined by low haemoglobin and ferritin levels for age and sex.

BMJ Learning module: Club Drugs

Extract from BMJ Learning

A proliferation of new and often unknown recreational drugs has entered the UK market. These so called “club drugs” or “legal highs” are wide ranging but fit broadly into five categories: amphetamine related, GHB, canabinoid substitutes, ketamine, and plant based substances.

In a new audio module, the background of the drugs is discussed, how they are being used, and the associated harms. Click on the link to listen today:

Club drugs and legal highs
 
Additional popular modules on haematology for you to complete. They give an important update on a range of common dilemmas:

Anaemia in old age: common presentations
 
Malaria: an update on management in adults
 
How to reverse the effects of warfarin in hospital practice: an update

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