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Poor Balance Tied to Small-Vessel Disease, Cognitive Decline

Posted by Cynthia Ryan

The inability to stand on one leg for more than 20 seconds is significantly associated with cerebral small-vessel disease (cSVD), specifically lacunar infarctions and micro-bleeds, in healthy patients, results of a new study suggest.

Such postural instability was also linked to cognitive decline in the middle-aged to elderly patients included in the study.

Seasonality of Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo

Posted by Kerrie Denner

By Jeannette Wick | November 30, 2014

Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), an idiopathic condition for patients, occurs when otoconia of the utricular macula become dislodged and floating debris moves into semicircular canals.

Recently, researchers have noted patients with BPPV tend to have low serum vitamin D levels compared with controls. BPPV sufferers develop osteoporosis more often than people who do not have BPPV. BPPV also recurs more frequently in patients with osteoporosis compared with those with normal bone mineral density.

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