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CU Researchers May Have Discovered a Plan to Disable Meniere's Disease

Posted by Kerrie Denner

Researchers at University of Colorado School of Medicine may have figured out what causes Meniere's disease and how to attack it. According to Carol Foster, MD, from the department of otolaryngology and Robert Breeze, MD, a neurosurgeon, there is a strong association between Meniere's disease and conditions involving temporary low blood flow in the brain such as migraine headaches.

NIDCD 25th Anniversary

Posted by Kerrie Denner

NIDCD Celebrates 25 Years of Supporting Research that Improves the Lives of People with Communication Disorders

October 28, 2013, marked the 25th anniversary of the founding of the NIDCD, and 25 fruitful years of funding research in its mission areas of hearing, balance, taste, smell, voice, speech, and language. During these years, NIDCD-supported scientists have made astonishing advances and numerous discoveries that have had a powerful impact on the health and quality of life of the American people. Here are some highlights of the past 25 years.

Stop the World from Spinning

Posted by Kerrie Denner

Imagine walking down the street when you suddenly hear a roaring in one ear and everything around you begins to violently spin. You might drop to your knees, unable to control the overwhelming dizziness and nausea that is likely to keep you confined to a dark, quiet room for several hours or more until it gets better. Even worse, now that it has happened, you will never know when, or if, it will happen again.

Concussion injuries linger after symptoms subside

Posted by Kerrie Denner

Months after concussion symptoms such as dizziness, headaches and memory loss fade, the brain continues to show signs of injury, a new study suggests.

Comparing 50 concussion patients with the same number of healthy people, researchers found that the brains of those suffering concussions showed abnormalities four months later. This happened despite the fact that their symptoms had already eased to some degree.

The findings may sway conventional thinking about when it's safe to resume physical activities that could produce another concussion, the study authors said.

New strategy lets cochlear implant users hear music

Posted by Kerrie Denner

For many, music is a universal language that unites people when words cannot. But for those who use cochlear implants – technology that allows deaf and hard of hearing people to comprehend speech – hearing music remains extremely challenging.

University of Washington scientists hope to change this. They have developed a new way of processing the signals in cochlear implants to help users hear music better. The technique lets users perceive differences between musical instruments, a significant improvement from what standard cochlear implants can offer, said lead researcher Les Atlas, a University of Washington professor of electrical engineering.

Daily walk cuts dementia risk, studies show

Posted by Kerrie Denner

By Marni Jameson, Orlando Sentinel

Everyone knows walking is good exercise, but it has another benefit: a daily 20-minute walk can also cut the risk of dementia by 40 percent, studies show.

Taking those findings a step further, neurologists at Jacksonville's Mayo Clinic are studying whether getting patients immobilized by disease to walk can also help stave off mental decline.

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.

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