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NIH Study Uncovers a Starring Role for Supporting Cells in the Inner Ear: Human Trials Planned to Probe the Cell’s Protective Powers

Posted by Kerrie Denner
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Researchers have found in mice that supporting cells in the inner ear, once thought to serve only a structural role, can actively help repair damaged sensory hair cells, the functional cells that turn vibrations into the electrical signals that the brain recognizes as sound.

NIDCD-Supported Researchers Close In on Identification of the Ever Elusive Mechanotransduction Channel in the Inner Ear

Posted by Kerrie Denner

Researchers at the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), one of the National Institutes of Health, working with scientists at Boston Children’s Hospital, recently identified two inner ear proteins that are critical for hearing. When certain genetic mutations harm these proteins, a type of delayed, progressive hearing loss may result. Results from the study were published in the July 18 online edition of Neuron.

SLC26A4 Gene Fix Leads To Restoration Of Hearing And Balance

Posted by Kerrie Denner

A research project at Kansas State University has potential to treat human deafness and loss of balance.

More than 28 million people in the United States suffer some form of hearing loss and mutation of the SLC26A4 gene, normally found in the cochlea and vestibular organs of the inner ear as well as in the endolymphatic sac, a non-sensory part of the inner ear, is implicated as one of the most common forms of hereditary hearing loss in children worldwide.

Maimonides Medical Center docs have eyes trained on stroke victims

Posted by Kerrie Denner

By Lore Croghan

They look like fancied-up swim goggles — but could save stroke victims’ lives.

Brooklyn Maimonides Medical Center is the first hospital in the city to obtain high-tech glasses which will make it easier for stroke teams in the emergency room to identify stroke victims who don’t have the usual symptoms.

Stem Cell Researchers Grow Key Sensory Cells of Inner Ear

Posted by Kerrie Denner

By Mark Hoffman

Stem cell researchers from Indiana University achieved a breakthrough by inducing mouse embryonic stem cells to grow functional inner ear structures in the laboratory. The discovery provides new insights into this sensory organ's developmental process and sets the stage for laboratory models of disease, drug discovery and potential treatments for hearing loss and balance disorders.

NIH Jumpstarts the Future of Neuroscience with the BRAIN Initiative

Posted by Kerrie Denner

On April 2, President Barack Obama announced a proposal for an ambitious new neuroscience research initiative called the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative. In addition to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the BRAIN Initiative will also include participation from the Department of Defenses’ Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and private foundations including the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Allen Institute for Brain Science.

Giving Gaze Instability a New Look

Posted by Kerrie Denner

By the time Mary Wisniewski came to Johns Hopkins for treatment, she’d already been through the medical wringer. Five years earlier, she had surgery to remove a tumor growing on her acoustic nerve, which was affecting her hearing. That was followed by another operation to repair leaking cerebrospinal fluid. Later, she had to have a shunt inserted to relieve fluid accumulating around her brain. Through all of this, she complained to her doctors many times that she was having problems with balance and dizziness, but her symptoms were continually discounted.

Giving Gaze Instability a New Look

Posted by Kerrie Denner

By the time Mary Wisniewski came to Johns Hopkins for treatment, she’d already been through the medical wringer. Five years earlier, she had surgery to remove a tumor growing on her acoustic nerve, which was affecting her hearing. That was followed by another operation to repair leaking cerebrospinal fluid. Later, she had to have a shunt inserted to relieve fluid accumulating around her brain. Through all of this, she complained to her doctors many times that she was having problems with balance and dizziness, but her symptoms were continually discounted.

Acute Migraines More Apt to Turn Chronic With Poor Treatment

Posted by Kerrie Denner

People who receive inadequate treatment for acute migraine headaches are more likely to develop chronic migraines, according to a new study.

Researchers looked at data from more than 4,600 people with episodic migraines (14 or fewer migraine days per month) and found that 48 percent of them received poor or very poor treatment.

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