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Medical Team Publishes Clinical Findings of Reported Balance Disorder in US Diplomats in Cuba

“Objective testing showed evidence of a balance disorder that affects the inner ear and a unique pattern of cognitive and behavioral dysfunction,” said Dr Michael E. Hoffer, professor of otolaryngology and neurological surgery. “This cluster of auditory and neurological symptoms, along with associated psychological issues, does not resemble more classic traumatic brain injury (TBI) based on our team’s vast experience in this area.”

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NIDCD’s Mission Focuses on Hearing and Balance Research

According to Judith Cooper, PhD—acting director of the NIDCD and director of the NIDCD Division of Scientific Programs who is quoted in the article—NIDCD research is primarily focused on identifying hearing loss genes; determining barriers to treatment and evaluating new “service delivery and screening models,” and the application of cochlear implant technology in the development of “other neural prostheses.”

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Partial Hearing and Balance Restored in Deaf Mice Using New Gene-delivery Therapy

Using a novel form of gene therapy, scientists from Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts General Hospital have managed to restore partial hearing and balance in mice born with a genetic condition that affects both. The new model reportedly overcomes a long-standing barrier to accessing hair cells which have been notoriously difficult to treat with previous gene-delivery techniques.

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University Installs Balance Mobility Trainer to Reduce Risk of Falls

New balance mobility equipment on St. Augustine University’s Texas campus is the first to be easily accessible to patients in the Austin community who have balance problems from a stroke, spinal cord injury, spina bifida, multiple sclerosis, or traumatic brain injury, as well as geriatric patients who are at risk for injury from falls.

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