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Knee replacement in elderly patients shown to improve balance
Total knee replacement (TKR) successfully relieves pain and improves function in patients with advanced knee arthritis, according to a study presented today at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). (2010-03-11)

Evidence base for exercise programs for older people still in the balance
After adding 62 new studies to the pool of data, researchers say that while some useful ideas are emerging, there is still a need for high quality evidence that can determine which types of exercise are the most effective. The results have just been published in the Cochrane Library. (2011-11-09)

Antiepileptic drugs may progressively impair balance
In a study of 26 twin and sibling pairs where one of each pair had received long-term antiepileptic drug therapy, participants who were taking these medications swayed more during static and dynamic balance tests compared with their siblings who were not taking antiepileptic medications. They also showed a greater deterioration in sway tests over an average interval of three years. (2015-11-03)

Perception of health and balance has direct impact on walking activity, new study says
New research out of the University of Pittsburgh indicates that patients' perceptions of their own health and balance have an impact on how much they walk. The study was originally published in Physical Therapy, the scientific journal of the American Physical Therapy Association. (2008-12-19)

Moderate drinking during pregnancy does not seem to harm baby's neurodevelopment
Moderate drinking during pregnancy -- 3 to 7 glasses of alcohol a week -- does not seem to harm fetal neurodevelopment, as indicated by the child's ability to balance, suggests a large study published in the online only journal BMJ Open. (2013-06-17)

Portable stimulator being tested on Parkinson's patients
Researchers at the University of Gothenburg have shown that a weak electric 'noise' can improve balance and motor skills in patients with Parkinson's disease. In cooperation with NASA, the research team has now developed a portable prototype that will be used in long-term studies of Parkinson's patients in their home environment. The work has been published online in Brain Stimulation. (2015-01-20)

Asthma symptoms could be aggravated by imbalance problems
Asthma patients could be at a higher risk of worsening symptoms due to problems with their balance, according to new research. (2012-09-01)

Building a better concussion test
Researchers from San Diego State University have developed an inexpensive, ultraportable balance board called BTrackS that provides fast, objective feedback on an athlete's balance disruption following a suspected concussion. Results from the team's first concussion detection study have revealed that it's about twice as effective as the most widely used balance test for concussion nationwide. (2016-04-02)

Landmark study to define work-life balance across cultures
Australian and international experts will contribute to the development of a practical measure of work-life balance for use by Australian industry and government. (2006-10-18)

Mind out of balance, body out of balance
New research from Tel Aviv University suggests a link between anxiety and balance problems in children. (2009-01-22)

Selective estrogen signaling key to postmenopausal risk of obesity
Although the hormone estradiol-17-beta is a key reproductive hormone, it also contributes to the regulation of energy balance and body weight. As a result, estrogen deficiency following menopause is associated with an increased probability of obesity. New research has generated data that suggest it might be possible to develop drugs that selectively reduce the risks of obesity and metabolic disturbances in postmenopausal women. (2011-01-18)

Virtual reality could improve your balance, study finds
Virtual Reality technology could become an efficient tool for older people with balance problems or for rehabilitation following injuries or illness that affect balance and movement. In a new study published in Scientific Reports, researchers from Lund University in Sweden have studied how the human balance system is affected by watching Virtual Reality videos. (2019-03-18)

Neural signature of balance
A study of young adults published in eNeuro demonstrates how the brain responds to disruptions in the body's balance. The research identifies a pattern of electrical activity that could be used to assess balance in patients with movement disorders such as Parkinson's disease. (2018-08-06)

Sensory cells of the balance organ can regenerate after injury
Research at Umeå University in Sweden shows that in the utricle -- which is one of the internal ear's balance organs in mammals -- epithelial cells can be regenerated, resulting in healthy sensory hair cells and surrounding supporting cells. (2016-09-08)

The brains behind skaters
A new study, using brain imaging technology, reveals structural adaptations in short-track speed skaters' brains which are likely to explain their extraordinary balance and co-ordination skills. The work by Im Joo Rhyu from the Korea University College of Medicine, and colleagues, is published online in Springer's journal Cerebellum. (2012-03-26)

OHSU researchers help develop portable device to assist those combating balance disorders
Researchers at Oregon Health & Science University's Neurological Sciences Institute and the University of Bologna have developed a portable (2005-07-13)

Vibrating insoles could improve balance for elderly people
US researchers report in this week's issue of THE LANCET that the use of vibrating insoles could improve the balance of elderly people--with implications for an eventual reduction in falls and consequences such as bone fractures. (2003-10-02)

Balance exercises may help people with multiple sclerosis
MINNEAPOLIS - A special program that involves balance and eye movement exercises may help people with multiple sclerosis (MS) with their balance problems and fatigue, according to a study published in the Jan. 31, 2018, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. (2018-01-31)

New mortgage design would minimize home foreclosures
With mortgage loan defaults on the rise yet again, two mortgage researchers are proposing a new type of mortgage contract that automatically resets the balance and the monthly payment based on the mortgaged home's market value. (2011-01-19)

Vestibular function declines starting at age 40
A new study led by researchers at Massachusetts Eye and Ear found that vestibular thresholds begin to double every 10 years above the age of 40, representing a decline in our ability to receive sensory information about motion, balance and spatial orientation. The report was published online ahead of print in Frontiers in Neurology. (2016-11-28)

Achieving asymmetry in the brain
In order to survive, stem cells must maintain a delicate balance between self-renewal and differentiation. Two independent papers in the December 15 issue of G&D lend new insight into how neural stem cells achieve this balance. (2006-12-14)

Stop or go: The cell maintains its fine motility balance with the help of tropomodulin
Tropomodulin maintains the fine balance between the protein machineries responsible for cell movement and morphogenesis. Disturbances in this balance are common in many diseases, for example, invasive cancers. (2020-02-17)

Foot-eye coordination: Visual signals trigger rapid step adjustments without falls
By measuring how people respond when a stepping stone suddenly shifts its position mid-step, researchers at the Institute of Neurology in London have shown that a powerful visual process controls the stepping foot - a process similar to that used for manual reaching, in which the hand is rapidly and automatically driven by visual information. This level of control may facilitate successful locomotion over unpredictable terrain; it must also be coordinated with balance, for example, when soccer players rapidly intercept a ball with their foot. (2005-01-25)

Carbon satellite to serve as an important tool for politicians and climate change experts
A new satellite that measures and provides detailed carbon balance information is one of the most important new tools in carbon measurement since infrared light, believe researchers from the University of Copenhagen. The researchers expect the satellite to be a valuable tool for the UN's work on climate change related to the Paris climate accord. (2018-05-08)

Patients with balance disorders benefit from integrative therapy
Over the last 25 years, intensive efforts by physicians, physical therapists, and occupational therapists have developed integrative rehabilitation regimens that can alleviate balance disorders associated with neurological disease, trauma or weightlessness. A special issue of NeuroRehabilitation: An Interdisciplinary Journal provides an up-to-date review of the underlying scientific principles and latest clinical advances in the treatment of vestibular problems commonly encountered in neurorehabilitation. The journal is celebrating its 20th anniversary of publication this year. (2011-11-28)

Why did the London Millennium Bridge 'wobble'?
A new study finally explains the Millennium Bridge 'wobble' by looking at how humans stay balanced while walking. (2008-12-16)

Researchers find diminished balance in those with poor vision
UC Davis Health System Eye Center research has found that visually impaired individuals and those with uncorrected refractive error -- those who could benefit from glasses to achieve normal vision but don't wear glasses -- have a significantly greater risk of diminished balance with their eyes closed on a compliant, foam surface than individuals with normal vision. (2013-06-06)

Directed antisense expression moderates feeding and weight gain
Rats receiving the hormone ghrelin as a direct injection into the hypothalamus respond with vigorous feeding and reduced fat metabolism. (2002-05-29)

How the brain senses nutrient balance
Now, a research study discovers intriguing new information about how dietary nutrients influence brain cells that are key regulators of energy balance in the body. The study, published by Cell Press in the Nov. 17 issue of the journal Neuron, suggests a cellular mechanism that may allow brain cells to translate different diets into different patterns of activity. (2011-11-17)

UMass exercise scientist studies how age affects upper-body motion and balance
UMass exercise science Professor Richard E.A.Van Emmerik is conducting research into how aging changes upper-body motion and the ability to maintain balance while walking. The research could have a major impact on efforts to reduce the risk of injury from falling among the elderly, says Van Emmerik. (2000-03-01)

Children with diplegic and hemiplegic cerebral palsy: Who can be paid more attention by rehabilitation physicians?
Improving standing balance in children with cerebral palsy is crucial to improve cognitive and motor functions. Studies have shown differences in sitting balance between children with cerebral palsy and normal children. Are there differences in standing balance between children with diplegic and hemiplegic cerebral palsy? (2013-10-30)

Headers may cause balance issues
Soccer players who head the ball may be more likely to experience short-term balance problems, suggesting that repetitive head impacts could have the potential to cause subtle neurological deficits not previously known, according to a preliminary study by University of Delaware researchers. (2018-07-12)

Research leads to successful restoration of hearing and balance
A research project at Kansas State University has the potential to treat human deafness and loss of balance. (2013-07-18)

A genetic tug-of-war between the sexes begets variation
In species with sexual reproduction, no two individuals are alike and scientists have long struggled to understand why there is so much genetic variation. In a new study published in Nature Ecology & Evolution, a team of researchers from the University of Uppsala in Sweden now show that a genetic tug-of-war between the sexes acts to maintain variation. (2019-11-18)

Computer kidney sheds light on proper hydration
A new computer kidney developed at the University of Waterloo could tell researchers more about the impacts of medicines taken by people who don't drink enough water. (2019-10-07)

Climate change should help Midwest corn production through 2050
Contrary to previous analyses, research published by Michigan State University shows that projected changes in temperature and humidity will not lead to greater water use in corn. This means that while changes in temperatures and humidity trend as they have in the past 50 years, crop yields can not only survive -- but thrive. (2018-05-16)

Stroke survivors improve balance with tai chi
A study led by UIC physical therapy professor Christina Hui-Chan of Hong Kong stroke survivors found they did better at balance control after practicing tai chi than did a control group doing more conventional exercises. Tai chi requires no equipment and can be practiced at home, making it an inexpensive form of therapy. (2009-03-23)

Brandeis and Smart Balance team up to advance heart-healthy research
Brandeis University has announced a multi-year $1 million sponsored research agreement with Smart Balance Inc. through its wholly owned subsidiary, the maker of Smart Balance buttery spread and other low-fat and fat-free foods that help lower cholesterol through a patented blend of natural vegetable oils. In addition, Brandeis and Smart Balance have entered into a collaboration and license to develop a second-generation heart-healthy fat for Smart Balance. (2008-11-06)

Improved stepladder design may decrease injuries
Stepladders, a household product used by thousands of people every day, are a surprisingly common cause of injury. In 2009, more than 187,000 Americans visited the hospital after sustaining stepladder injuries, many of which resulted from a fall. A recent human factors/ergonomics study explores how improved design and user behavior can decrease the likelihood of future accidents. (2011-06-28)

Can virtual reality help us prevent falls in the elderly and others?
Every year, falls lead to hospitalization or death for hundreds of thousands of elderly Americans. Standard clinical techniques generally cannot diagnose balance impairments before they lead to falls. But researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University have found evidence that virtual reality (VR) could be a big help - not only for detecting balance impairments early, but perhaps also for reversing those impairments and preventing falls. (2017-04-20)

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