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Health Tip: Feeling Dizzy? When to See Your Doctor

Posted 30 Aug 2018 by

-- Occasional dizziness should not be a major concern. But if you feel this way often and it begins to interfere with your daily life, you may have a balance disorder, the National Institutes of Health says. More than 40 percent of Americans will visit a doctor for an episode of dizziness at some point in their lives, the agency says. Common reasons for dizziness include ear infection, head ...

Cellphone Use Puts Pedestrians Off-Balance

Posted 15 Aug 2018 by

TUESDAY, Aug. 14, 2018 – Cellphone users blundering into signs, lampposts, other people and traffic have become a recurring sidewalk sight in many places. And now, new video analysis reveals the extent to which cellphones interfere with a person's ability to hoof it from here to there. Cellphone use drastically alters a pedestrian's balance, coordination and movement, said senior researcher ...

Virtual Reality Therapy Edges Out Fear of Heights

Posted 12 Jul 2018 by

THURSDAY, July 12, 2018 – Too terrified to scale a mountain peak or travel to the top floor of a skyscraper? Does even the sight of a tall ladder make you break out in sweat? The world of virtual reality might offer the perfect prescription for your fear of heights. In a new British study, researchers used a virtual reality coach to guide patients through exercises that provide safe exposure to ...

'Heading' Soccer Balls May Be Bad for Balance

Posted 11 Jul 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, July 11, 2018 – Balance problems may be more common in soccer players who "head" the ball more often than their fellow athletes, a small study found. The study included 20 soccer players, average age 22, who were given a balance test. The players also provided information about how often they headed the ball during games and practices. The number of headers ranged from 16 to 2,100 per ...

Newly Identified Form of Vertigo Responds to Treatment

Posted 24 May 2018 by

THURSDAY, May 24, 2018 – Because vertigo can have many causes, treating it can be difficult, but researchers have identified a new type that may be effectively treated with medication. "These conditions can be difficult to diagnose and quite debilitating for people, so it's exciting to be able to discover this new diagnosis of a condition that may respond to treatment," said Dr. Ji-Soo Kim, a ...

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 ...

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