As we age, our bones become more fragile. Our reflexes are no longer lightening-quick. If you are over age 65, having four or more of these risk factors will increase your risk of falling by 80 percent.
Dizziness is not a problem you should ignore. It can affect people differently, making you feel like you are spinning, light-headed, imbalanced, woozy, or it can cause a floating or rocking sensation. You may also experience nausea and visual problems, such as a decrease in focus, says vestibular therapist Janet Kucinic. She says it’s important … Read More
Falls are the leading cause of injury-related emergency department visits—and the main cause of accidental deaths—among Americans 65 and older. “Many falls are due to dizziness, or vertigo, which is a common medical problem,” says Judith White, MD, PhD, medical director of the new Balance, Dizziness and Fall Prevention Center at Cleveland Clinic’s Beachwood Family … Read More
Viral videos can be fun to watch but may be educational, too. A new study finds video sharing websites are being used for information on the Epley maneuver, which helps people suffering from a particular type of vertigo. Erika Woodson, MD, who treats vertigo at Cleveland Clinic says, “The one that is the most popular … Read More
Summer is the season of pool parties, fireworks, s’mores, and less delightfully, stinging insects that can cause a life-threatening reaction in 4 percent of the population. If you’re one of the estimated 2 million people in the United States who suffer from severe insect allergies, just setting foot outdoors during the warmer months can be … Read More
The summer months are fast approaching, and with that can come the increased risk of heat-related illness (HRI) ranging from heat cramps and exhaustion to heat stroke — especially for athletes. Signs and symptoms include headache, nausea, decreased urination, and in extreme situations can lead to delirium, coma and even death. It’s important for coaches, … Read More