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Vitamin D, Calcium May Reduce Recurrence of BPPV

There appeared to be greater benefit for those who were more deficient in vitamin D at the start of the study. Those who started with vitamin D levels lower than 10 ng/mL saw a 45% reduction in annual recurrence rate, while those starting with vitamin D levels at 10 to 20 ng/mL saw only a 14% reduction.

The American Academy of Otolaryngology Publishes Update to BPPV Treatment Guideline

The American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery Foundation published the Clinical Practice Guideline: Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (Update) March 1 in Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, the Academy announced in a release. The updated guideline reportedly provides evidence-based recommendations for healthcare providers on diagnosis and treatment of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) as well as answers to frequently asked questions about BPPV.

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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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Gene Therapy Used to Restore Hearing and Balance in Mice with Usher Syndrome

In a first-of-its-kind study published in the March 1, 2017 edition of Molecular Therapy, researchers from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine showed that gene therapy was able to restore balance and hearing in genetically modified mice that mimic Usher syndrome.

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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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