Archive for July 2013

Diagnosing Tinnitus

Posted by Kerrie Denner

A hearing test should be the first step in an audiological evaluation of tinnitus, since about 90 percent of tinnitus cases occur with hearing loss.

Starting with a thorough medical exam, the proper diagnosis and evaluation of tinnitus are both critical for successful tinnitus management.

The Brain on Dizzy

Posted by Kerrie Denner

Gayatri Devi, M.D., Neurologist and Director of the New York Memory Services

Vertigo and Dizziness in Post Concussive Syndrome

Nellie is a 12-year-old girl hit by a sailboat boom a month ago. She did not pass out, but has persistent headaches, fatigue, dizziness and nausea. Read more about her initial injury in "Anatomy of a Concussion" and then about the treatment of her "Post Concussive Syndrome (PCS) and Headaches" here. Now, we will discuss the cause and treatment of Nellie's vertigo.

Turning Straw into Gold: Don’t Be Intimidated in the Doctor’s Office: Six Strategies

Posted by Kerrie Denner

If you’ve read How to Be Sick or my post, “The Stigma of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome,” you’ll know that I’ve had my share of unsuccessful experiences with doctors, including being intimidated by them. Yes, this former law professor can allow herself to get intimidated by doctors! But after twelve years of chronic illness, I’m happy to report that I’m doing better in this uncomfortable setting.

Here are six strategies to help minimize the odds you’ll be intimidated and to help ensure you make the most of the short time allotted to you with the doctor.

NIH Study Uncovers a Starring Role for Supporting Cells in the Inner Ear: Human Trials Planned to Probe the Cell’s Protective Powers

Posted by Kerrie Denner
Contact: Robin Latham
NIDCD Office of Health Communication and Public Liaison
(301) 496-7243

Researchers have found in mice that supporting cells in the inner ear, once thought to serve only a structural role, can actively help repair damaged sensory hair cells, the functional cells that turn vibrations into the electrical signals that the brain recognizes as sound.

10 Natural Depression Treatments

Posted by Kerrie Denner

By R. Morgan Griffin, Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD

Being depressed can make you feel helpless. You're not. Along with therapy and sometimes medication, there's a lot you can do on your own to fight back. Changing your behavior -- your physical activity, lifestyle, and even your way of thinking -- are all natural depression treatments.

Do you want to learn natural depression treatments that can help you feel better -- starting right now? Here are some tips.  


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