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Monday, September 28, 2009

Increased risk of falls

Study finds balance issues are widespread in older people - The Boston Globe
In the new study, ear specialist Dr. Yuri Agrawal and her team examined government health data on more than 5,000 Americans ages 40 or older. They found - to their astonishment - that more than one-third (35 percent) had vestibular dysfunction, an inability of the delicate balance system in the inner ear to function properly.

Many people did not know they were at increased risk of falls because they had not yet experienced dizziness or suffered serious falls. Complications from falls are a major cause of death and disability in older people.