Archive for May 2013

Topol on Using Smartphones for Complex Diagnostic Challenges

Posted by Kerrie Denner

Dr. Eric Topol, Director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute and Editor-in-Chief of Medscape, speaks on the possibilities of accessing medical information through smartphones to better diagnose and/or treat patients.

Source: Medscape Today

Accessed 05/20/2013

Neuro Kinetics in Tech Transfer Licensing Deal With Oregon Health & Science University

Posted by Kerrie Denner

PITTSBURGH, PA - Medical device manufacturer Neuro Kinetics, Inc. (NKI) ( said today that it has licensed rights to patented diagnostic software developed at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) ( that enables medical researchers to perform Pulse-Step-Sine Rotation tests to better understand vestibular system abnormalities.

Sodium Levels Through the Restaurant Roof: No Reductions in Past Six Years

Posted by Kerrie Denner

Change might be coming, but it is coming slowly in terms of reducing sodium levels in processed foods. A new study published today showed that while the sodium content of processed foods declined from 2005 to 2011, the overall reduction was just 3.5%[1]. Restaurants, on the other hand, fared even worse, with researchers reporting that sodium levels actually increased by 2.6% over the same six-year period.

4 Tips to Reduce Your Risk of Falling

Posted by Kerrie Denner

The National Council on Aging reports that falling is the most common injury that leads to death in older Americans. Falling threatens a senior’s safety and independence. One-third of Americans aged 65+ falls each year. Falling, with or without an injury, has a significant impact on quality of life. A growing number of older adults are afraid of falling, so they limit their activities and social engagements to prevent this. Avoiding activities and social functions can contribute to depression, feelings of helplessness and physical decline.

BALANCING ACT Vestibular rehab helps correct balance disorders

Posted by Kerrie Denner

By Susan Bloom

In 1992, 56-year-old Middletown resident Michael Spratford had surgery to remove a malignant brain tumor. But while that problem is long behind him, the tumor left some lingering effects in its wake.

“Ever since the surgery, I’ve had problems with feelings of dizziness. I always feel like I’m falling forward and that I have to steady myself,” he said of a condition that led to his permanent disability from work as well as a string of visits to different neurologists. The medications they prescribed delivered limited success.

But since undergoing specialized therapy for his balance disorder at Crest Physical Therapy, “I’ve started doing things I wasn’t able to do in 21 years,” Spratford said.

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