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Archive for March 2013

Hard Knocks: College Football’s Wake-Up Call

Posted by Kerrie Denner

First off, let’s get one thing straight: college football isn’t going away. Neither is pro football, nor Pop Warner, nor high school. Football is America’s national pastime, baseball having flushed away decades of goodwill with the steroid era. College and pro football are both billion-dollar industries that fascinate us with fast-paced gameplay, dramatic storylines, and of course, those train-wreck hits. But it’s those same hits that have everyone from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to President Obama concerned about the game’s violence. And if it’s too dangerous for the pros, what does that mean for amateur college athletes?

Imprisoned in a spinning world: Suffering from acute dizziness and sickness

Posted by Kerrie Denner

WHEN the car in which 16–year–old Emma Ings was travelling hit a lamppost she felt lucky to escape with whiplash, a broken hand and a black eye. Yet four years later when she started suffering from dizzy spells her family began to wonder if they were linked to the smash.

Now 42 the cancer nurse from Hitchin, Hertfordshire, knows the dizziness was the first of many symptoms of Ménière's disease, a long–term progressive condition of the inner ear which affects balance and hearing and causes tinnitus and debilitating vertigo.

The Un-Comfort Zone with Robert Wilson: Change Please

Posted by Kerrie Denner

“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.”

These are the words of the woman who became the poster child for overcoming adversity. A woman who was isolated into the two dimensional world of touch and smell at the age of 19 months. Yet, she went on to inspire millions around the world. Sightless and deaf, Helen Keller resolved to make something of her life. She lived with a keen understanding that change is inevitable, but growth is intentional. Unwilling to give in to her blindness, she chose to strive for a normal life.

IS IT A STROKE OR BENIGN DIZZINESS? A SIMPLE BEDSIDE TEST CAN TELL

Posted by Kerrie Denner

Watch the video with David Newman-Toker, MD, PhD, explaining how the goggles work on the CBS Morning Show:  http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=50142278n 

Small Johns Hopkins-led study finds portable device diagnoses stroke with 100 percent accuracy

A bedside electronic device that measures eye movements can successfully determine whether the cause of severe, continuous, disabling dizziness is a stroke or something benign, according to results of a small study led by Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers.

Fear of Falling

Posted by Kerrie Denner

By Harley A. Rotbart, MD

My 84-year-old father-in-law is a “flogger.” That’s the moniker his son gave him because Dad keeps a written record of every fall my 83-year-old mother-in-law takes. She has Parkinson’s disease, and the “flog” (fall log) of her spills has helped her doctors monitor her disease progression and adjust her therapy. 

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