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Today's Top Medical Stories for Monday, February 10, 2014

New technology could soon offer hope to the deaf…and how scientists are helping premature babies develop language.

Preterm infants who listen to adult conversation in the hospital have better language skills later in life. That's  according to research in Pediatrics.
Researchers recorded the words adults used at a Rhode Island hospital when speaking to preemies at 32 and 36 weeks.
Scientists found the children who were exposed to the greatest number of words had more advanced cognitive and language skills at 7-months, and then at 18 months, were better able to express themselves.

Another study in the Journal Pediatrics says American children are finding more places to get caffeine.
Researchers say kids are drinking less carbonated soda but more energy drinks and coffee.
Still overall, they say the amount of caffeine consumption among children has stayed steady.

Scientists at MIT and Harvard say they've developed a new, low-power microchip that could take the place of a traditional Cochlear implant.
The Cochlear implants give limited hearing to people who might otherwise by deaf, but patients have bulky hardware around the outside of their ears, including a transmitter, wire and microphone.
Scientists say the new microchip needs nothing external and patients can power their implant wirelessly with an adapter and a cell phone charger.

(Teri Okita for CBS News)

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