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A nationwide survey of 600,000 people found an uptick in the number of teens and young adults experiencing mental health problems. Specifically, researchers found a 50% increase in depressive episodes among kids ages 12 to 17 and a 63% increase in adults 18 to 25. The latter age group also reported a 70% increase in more serious issues such as suicidal thoughts.

The researchers suggest increased digital media use may be partly to blame, but more research is needed.

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When your eyes look right, your eardrums bulge to the left, and vice versa. And your eardrums move 10 milliseconds before your eyes do. The linkage highlights the interconnectedness of senses -- in this case, vision and hearing -- in making sense of external stimuli.

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According to the investment firm Fidelity, the average 65-year-old couple can expect to pay roughly $285,000 in out-of-pocket health care costs over the course of their retirement. The sum does not include long-term care expenses.

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13: Percentage that medical spending increased from 2012 to 2016 in 112 metro areas across the United States

17: Percentage that the use of medical services in those areas declined

Source: Health Care Cost Institute

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