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Archive for October 2013

Kids' Concussion Symptoms May Mislead

Posted by Kerrie Denner

By Cole Petrochko, Staff Writer, MedPage Today

ORLANDO -- At least one concussion symptom was common in roughly two-thirds of pediatric sports medicine and orthopedic patients who had no history of the disorder, researchers reported here.

However, vestibular deficits -- common in roughly 81% of a separate sample of pediatric sports medicine clinic patients who did have concussions -- were not seen in this healthy group, according to research from Neil Khanna, BS, of the Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Ill., and colleagues.

Harnessing a Stress Response May Prevent Hearing Damage

Posted by Kerrie Denner

Too much noise can permanently damage your hearing, but in some cases, a little noise might be just what the doctor ordered. New research from the lab of Lisa Cunningham, Ph.D., at the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) hints at a new way to protect sensory hair cells in the inner ear from potentially damaging drugs: controlled noise exposure before the drug is administered.

Dizzying new perspectives of vertigo research

Posted by Kerrie Denner

By Béla Büki

In the last three decades vertigo science has been revolutionized by new examination techniques and improving understanding of physiological principles. It used to be the case that a great percentage of patients with vertigo and dizziness did not receive any definite diagnosis; today not only has this ratio improved dramatically but in the majority of cases an effective therapy may be started. This changed neurotology, a speciality bordering between ENT and neurology, from a field of frustrations to a source of success. This is valid even in general practice because many of the bedside tests and simple treatments are easy to learn and do not require any sophisticated, expensive apparatus.

Grateful boy dresses up as his doctor for Halloween

Posted by Kerrie Denner

SEATTLE -- A Seattle surgeon made such a huge impact on a second grader that the little boy decided to honor the doctor for Halloween.

Of all the costumes 7-year-old Landon Browne could have picked for Halloween, he didn't go for Spiderman, a fireman, a ninja or a warrior. Instead, he showed up to Seattle Children's Hospital on Wednesday dressed as Dr. Jay Rubinstein.

30 Years After the Orphan Drug Act: It Still Takes Too Long for People with Rare Diseases to Get an Accurate Diagnosis

Posted by Kerrie Denner

By Mary Dunkle

NORD recently posted the following question on its Facebook page: How long did it take you or a loved one to get an accurate diagnosis?

We were stunned at the response. Within the first few hours, we got 200 replies and 20% of those who responded had waited 10 years or longer to get an accurate diagnosis.

iOS 7.0.3 Update Arrives, Nixes Allegedly Vertigo-Inducing Animations

Posted by Kerrie Denner

Apple makes a necessary aesthetic concession.

By Matt Peckham @mattpeckhamOct. 22, 2013

Rejoice, iOS 7 naysayers (or iOS 7 lovers-but-animation-haters): Apple just stealth-dropped iOS 7.0.3, bringing with it a host of bug fixes and feature updates, including the option to disable those purportedly vertigo-inducing animations.

Making a Map

Posted by Kerrie Denner

By Elizabeth Oesterle, Ph.D.

This is the fourth article in a series about current projects under way in the Hearing Restoration Project (HRP). This piece explains “Supporting Cell Fate Mapping,” the project of HRP consortium members Albert Edge, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School; Stefan Heller, Ph.D., Stanford University; and Elizabeth Oesterle, Ph.D., University of Washington.

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