Research

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Dizziness from swimming in cold water traced to caloric response in vestibular system

Dizziness from swimming in cold water traced to caloric response in vestibular system Dizziness from swimming in cold water traced to caloric response in vestibular system

Why do many triathletes report dizziness during and after the swimming leg of a triathlon? We now know it’s due to the interaction between coldness and the vestibular system; that system in the inner ear that reports spatial data to our brains. During Balance Awareness Week, it’s timely to look at dizziness in swimmers because […]

Loneliness and the brain: A reflection on being alone during Covid-19 and through the holiday season

Loneliness and the brain: A reflection on being alone during Covid-19 and through the holiday season Loneliness and the brain: A reflection on being alone during Covid-19 and through the holiday season. Photo by Adrien Olichon on Unsplash

I write a lot about the role of the brain in relation to dizziness and balance disorders but in the course of my research, I come across a range of interesting and helpful articles like this one about loneliness. How Being Lonely Affects Our Brains by Jarren Gan, ties together some interesting strands of research […]

Drive to fund research into the pathophysiology and therapy options of motion triggered Mal de Debarquement Syndrome aka MdDS

Drive to fund research into the pathophysiology and therapy options of motion triggered Mal de Debarquement Syndrome aka MdDS A picture of the Barany Conference 2018 with Dr.Dai (Assistant Professor Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai, NYC, USA), who we honour and remember after he sadly passed away last February. Dr.Dai has dedicated his life to research Motion Sickness and MdDS. It is because of his work that patients can access OKN treatment. On the right side of the picture are Dr. Mucci and Dr.Yakushin.

The Mal de d’barquement syndrome is a longstanding interest of mine. When I first read the work of Dr Dai and his colleagues, I was overjoyed they had developed a treatment for this syndrome, and more importantly had had successful outcomes. Prior to their work, there was no effective treatment which physiotherapists could offer these […]

Such changing times.

Such changing times.

We hope everyone is making the necessary adjustments that COVID-19 has thrust upon us. It has certainly been at the forefront of our minds from the start. We immediately implemented all the appropriate health actions as directed by WHO, the SA Health Communicable Disease Control Branch, and Federal government Health Department directives, as any medical […]

Trialling dizziness research success

An investigation into the diagnostic accuracy, reliability, acceptability and safety of a novel device for Continuous Ambulatory Vestibular Assessment (CAVA) John s. phillips1, Jacob L. Newman2 & stephen J. Cox2 Dizziness is a common condition that is responsible for a significant degree of material morbidity and burden on health services. It is usually episodic and […]