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New research probes inner ear disease

In the most comprehensive study of Ménière’s disease to date, researchers at the European Centre for Environment & Human Health (ECEHH) at the University of Exeter Medical School, have been able to suggest what goes wrong in the body when people develop the disease, and provide an insight into factors that lead to its development.

Ménière’s disease can cause tinnitus, hearing loss, vertigo attacks and a feeling of pressure deep within the ear. Yet as a long term but non-fatal illness, it has received little attention from the scientific community – a disheartening fact for the 160,000 sufferers in the UK.

As such, reasons for why people develop the condition and how symptoms occur have so far remained unclear, making diagnosis and treatment a difficult task.

With funding from the UK Ménière’s Society and using data from the UK Biobank, the research team analysed records from 1,376 Ménière’s sufferers.

Read the full article on the ECEHH website (external link)

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