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Archive for May 2014

Genetic Studies Lead the Way to Understanding EVA, a Childhood Hearing Disorder

Posted by Kerrie Denner

Andrew J. Griffith, M.D., Ph.D., scientific director of the NIDCD; Credit: Chris Gunn

By Kirstie Saltsman, Ph.D.

For several decades, researchers at the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) have been leading an effort to understand the genetic underpinnings of enlarged vestibular aqueducts (EVA), a condition associated with early hearing loss in children, and in some cases, thyroid problems in the teenage years.

Obama to tackle youth sports concussion issue

Posted by Kerrie Denner

By Darlene Superville

WASHINGTON (AP) — Concerned that too little is known about the effects of head injuries in young athletes, President Barack Obama is bringing representatives of professional sports leagues, coaches, parents, youth sports players, researchers and others to the White House to help educate the public about youth sports concussions.

New research probes inner ear disease

Posted by Kerrie Denner

A new study has shed light on the factors likely to lead to the development of a rare condition affecting the inner ear.

In the most comprehensive study of Ménière’s Disease to date, researchers at the European Centre have been able to suggest what goes wrong in the body when people develop the disease, and provide an insight into factors that lead to its development.

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