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Medical Mysteries: Doctors puzzled by woman’s dizziness and amplified body sounds

Posted by Kerrie Denner

By Sandra G. Boodman, Washington Post, November 24, 2014

‘That’s it — I’m done,” Rachel Miller proclaimed, the sting of the neurologist’s judgment fresh as she recounted the just-concluded appointment to her husband. Whatever was wrong with her, Miller decided after that 2009 encounter, she was not willing to risk additional humiliation by seeing another doctor who might dismiss her problems as psychosomatic.

Otonomy obtains rights to data to support development of a treatment for tinnitus

Posted by Kerrie Denner

Otonomy, Inc. (Nasdaq: OTIC), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of innovative therapeutics for diseases and disorders of the inner and middle ear, and Ipsen (Euronext: IPN; ADR: IPSEY), a global specialty-driven pharmaceutical company, today announced that they have entered into an exclusive licensing agreement enabling Otonomy to utilize Ipsen's gacyclidine data in the development and registration of OTO-311.

Reimbursement for Vestibular Testing is Decreasing

Posted by Kerrie Denner

By  Alan Desmond, AUD, November 4, 2014

Over the past few years on this blog I have discussed on several occasions the reductions in reimbursement for vestibular testing. I have also made the statement that clinical practice is often driven by reimbursement, and that changes in reimbursement eventually affect the way people practice.

Detection of Autoimmune Reactions and Diagnostic Biomarker Candidates in Meniere's

Posted by Kerrie Denner

Abstract

Meniere's disease is an inner ear disorder that can manifest as fluctuating vertigo, sensorineural hearing loss, tinnitus, and aural fullness. However, the pathologic mechanism of Meniere's disease is still unclear. In this study, we evaluated autoimmunity as a potential cause of Meniere's disease.

Pediatric Concussion and Other Traumatic Brain Injuries

Posted by Kerrie Denner

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a significant problem in the US pediatric population. Although some TBIs are mild, others can be more serious, even severe. Are you familiar with the signs and symptoms of TBI? How can you most efficiently determine the type and severity of injury and initiate appropriate treatment?

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Concussion increases risk for vision problems

Posted by Kerrie Denner

SAN DIEGO — Nearly 70% of children diagnosed with concussion had at least one vision problem, according to data presented here.

Christina L. Master, MD, of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in Philadelphia, and colleagues assessed visual symptoms, visual acuity, eye alignment, near point of convergence, vergence amplitude/facility, accommodative amplitude/facility and saccadic eye movement speed and accuracy among 100 children diagnosed with concussion. Study participants had a mean age of 14.5 years.

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