The Epley Maneuver

Benign Positional Vertigo (BPV) — the name is a mouthful, but it conveys a lot of information. A mild, if very annoying condition, BPV is truly benign. The symptoms are brief and intermittent, and they are invariably triggered by a change in head position. And the main symptom is true vertigo. BPV is the most common form of vertigo. It can strike people of all ages, but it typically targets those over 50. In BPV, dizziness is triggered by head motions such as turning over in bed, getting in or out of bed, bending over or straightening up, or craning the neck to look up. The vertigo may be severe, but it is short-lived, usually resolving in 15 seconds or less. Doctors can suspect BPV on the basis of its characteristic symptoms, and they can confirm the diagnosis with a simple test, the Hallpike-Dix maneuver. You'll be asked to sit on an exam table with your head turned 45 degrees to the side. Then you'll be tilted back so your head is hanging off the table. Your doctor will hold your head to one side for 30–60 seconds, then repeat the process with your head turned 45 degrees to the other side. If you feel dizzy during the test and your doctor detects a characteristic movement of your eyes called nystagmus, the diagnosis of BPV is established, and you won't need additional tests. (Locked) More »

The Heimlich maneuver

Use the Heimlich maneuver when someone is choking on something and cannot cough or speak — that means the person cannot breathe. Another sign is if the skin begins to turn blue. In these circumstances, the Heimlich maneuver can be lifesaving. Here's how to do it. For an adult who is standing or sitting: (Locked) More »

Our balancing act

As we get older, our balance tends to diminish. Exercise, in addition to its many other benefits, can help regain or maintain balance and control. (Locked) More »

A breathtaking experience

If a person who is choking is still able to speak, their airway does not have a significant obstruction, so the Heimlich maneuver should not be performed. (Locked) More »

By gum, it might be good for you

Studies suggest that chewing gum may help abdominal surgery patients recover more quickly, even if they are not yet ready to begin eating solid foods again. (Locked) More »

In Brief: Cigar smoke-filled rooms

Cigars are not typically smoked as frequently as cigarettes are, but the chemicals emitted in their smoke are more dangerous than those in cigarette smoke. (Locked) More »

In Brief: Video games aren't so bad

Playing video games creates the equivalent of a small amount of physical exertion in kids. Some games are being designed with a physical component to get kids moving around. (Locked) More »