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Car Crash Risk May Nearly Double in People Prone to Fainting

Posted 1 Mar 2016 by

MONDAY, Feb. 29, 2016 – People with a history of fainting may be almost twice as likely as others to get into a car crash, a new study finds. The researchers say the study results suggest officials should consider fainting among various risk factors when they decide who can or can't drive legally. "This risk is small but it raises important questions about policies towards driving," said study lead author Dr. Anna-Karin Nume, a graduate student with the cardiology department at Copenhagen University Gentofte Hospital in Denmark. The findings don't prove a direct connection between fainting spells and car crashes, and it's not clear who caused the accidents in the study. Still, a history of fainting raises the danger that a driver could lose consciousness on the road, experts say. According to Nume, an estimated 35 percent of people faint during their lives. "It is common in both young ... Read more

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YouTube Videos Might Help Ease Form of Vertigo

Posted 23 Jul 2012 by

MONDAY, July 23 – Videos posted on YouTube might come to the rescue of people suffering from a common cause of vertigo, a new study shows. Vertigo is the sensation that everything around you is moving or spinning, even though you're stationary. This study looked at benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), an inner ear disorder that is a common cause of this type of dizziness. It often goes untreated by doctors even though it's easily and quickly remedied with a simple technique called the Epley maneuver. BPPV occurs when loose calcium carbonate crystals move into the sensing tubes of the inner ear. The maneuver uses gravity to move the calcium crystals out of the sensing tube and into another inner chamber of the ear, where they do not cause symptoms. U.S. researchers found that accurate video demonstrations of the maneuver are readily available on YouTube, according to the study ... Read more

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Osteoporosis May Raise Risk for Vertigo

Posted 23 Mar 2009 by

MONDAY, March 23 – People with osteoporosis are much more likely to have vertigo than people with normal bone density, Korean researchers say. Vertigo is an inner ear disorder that's a common cause of dizziness. It's believed to be caused by loose calcium carbonate crystals in the sensing tubes of the inner ear. The researchers compared 209 people with benign positional vertigo with no known causes – such as ear surgery or head trauma – with 202 people with no history of dizziness. Compared to participants with normal bone density, those with osteoporosis (low bone density) were three times more likely to have vertigo and those with osteopenia (the stage before osteoporosis) were two times more likely to have vertigo. Among women, 25 percent of those with vertigo had osteoporosis, compared to 9 percent of those without vertigo, and 47 percent of those with vertigo had osteopenia, ... Read more

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