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Training people to avoid falls by repeatedly exposing them to unstable situations in the laboratory helped them to later maintain their balance on a slippery floor, according to new research from the Journal of Neurophysiology.
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More than 200 health professionals attended a 'fall awareness' event in Stoke-on-Trent. They were at Cobridge Community Centre, in Bursley Road, Cobridge, last month to discuss how to prevent older people falling.
Traumatic brain injuries due to falls caused nearly 8,000 U.S. deaths and 56,000 hospitalizations in 2005 among people 65 and older, officials said.
Elderly falls can cause fatal brain damage, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In the first large scale national study of escalator-related injuries to older adults, researchers led by Joseph Oâ€™Neil, M.D., MPH, and Greg Steele, Dr.PH., MPH, of the Indiana University School of Medicine, report that the rate of these injuries has doubled from 1991 to 2005. The results of the study are published in the March 2008 issue of the journal Accident Analysis and Prevention.
New guidelines developed by the American Academy of Neurology find certain neurology patients are at a high risk of accidental falls, and should be regularly screened to help prevent the high number of fall-related injuries and deaths in the United States each year.
Millions of years after our ancestors started walking upright, researchers are looking for better ways to keep us from falling down. And at this University of Pittsburgh lab, hundreds of volunteers have skidded their way into that effort.
A new gait-stabilizing device called the Yaktrax Walker has shown to reduce the risk of injurious falls during winter months in older adults who are fall-prone, reports a study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.
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