Volume 7 Issue 114
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 24-Apr-2005 
Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 25-Apr-2005

Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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About balance problems

As people grow older, they may have difficulty with their balance. Roughly 9 percent of adults who are 65 and older report having problems with balance. more  

Balance problems: Causes and prevention

People are more likely to have problems with balance as they get older. But age is not the only reason these problems occur; there are other causes, too. In some cases, you can help reduce your risk for certain balance problems. more

Balance problems: Symptoms and diagnosis

Some people may have a balance problem without realizing it. Others might think they have a problem, but are too embarrassed to tell their doctor, friends, or family. You can help identify a possible balance problem by asking yourself some key questions and, if necessary, having your balance checked by a doctor. more  

Balance problems: Treatment and research

A doctor can recommend strategies to help reduce the effects of a balance disorder. Scientists are studying ways to develop new, more effective methods to treat and prevent balance disorders. more

Balance disorders: Frequently asked questions 

A balance disorder is a disturbance of the inner ear that can make people feel unsteady or as if they were moving, spinning, or floating. Balance disorders are one cause of falls and fall-related injuries, such as hip fracture. more

QuickStats: Percentage of persons aged <65 years without health insurance, by age group and number of uninsured months --- United States, 2003  

Among the 16.5% of persons aged < 65 years who were without health insurance at the time of the interview, approximately one fourth had never had health insurance, and an additional one fourth had been without health insurance for >36 months. more

Pregnant women with epilepsy face dilemma: Continue treatment and risk birth defects?

An article in the journal Epilepsia reviewed recent data on the risks associated with continuation of medical treatment of women with epilepsy during their pregnancies. While the general consensus is that use of antiepileptic drugs is associated with increased risk for birth defects, physicians weigh this risk against that of uncontrolled epileptic seizures, which can be more harmful to the fetus than the actual drugs. more


Balance problems