Archive for December 2014

Poor Balance Tied to Small-Vessel Disease, Cognitive Decline

Posted by Cynthia Ryan

The inability to stand on one leg for more than 20 seconds is significantly associated with cerebral small-vessel disease (cSVD), specifically lacunar infarctions and micro-bleeds, in healthy patients, results of a new study suggest.

Such postural instability was also linked to cognitive decline in the middle-aged to elderly patients included in the study.

Seniors group exercise help reduce risk of falls

Posted by Kerrie Denner

New research from a University of the Sunshine Coast PhD student has shown that seniors who exercise in groups are likely to have a reduced risk of falls later down the track.

Vaughan Nicholson, a 33-year-old physiotherapist of Ferny Hills in Brisbane, conducted a three-part study looking at the impact of group fitness on more than 100 adults aged 55-75.

His PhD in Sport and Exercise Science specifically analysed the benefits for seniors who participated in group BodyBalance and BodyPump classes over a 12 to 26 week period as well as an interactive virtual balance game.

Feeling Stressed? Stress Relief Might Help Your Health

Posted by Kerrie Denner

Winter holidays—do they fill you with joy or with worries about gift-giving and family gatherings? Do summer vacations leave you relaxed or fretful over travel and money? If you’re feeling stressed out over supposedly fun things, it might be time to reassess. Take a few moments to learn how stress affects your health and what you can do about it.

Seasonality of Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo

Posted by Kerrie Denner

By Jeannette Wick | November 30, 2014

Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), an idiopathic condition for patients, occurs when otoconia of the utricular macula become dislodged and floating debris moves into semicircular canals.

Recently, researchers have noted patients with BPPV tend to have low serum vitamin D levels compared with controls. BPPV sufferers develop osteoporosis more often than people who do not have BPPV. BPPV also recurs more frequently in patients with osteoporosis compared with those with normal bone mineral density.

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