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People Get Dizzy By Hearing Certain Sounds

Researchers estimated that some people, certainly sounds like a trumpet blowing a particular tone can make them dizzy, and it's not because they're giddy from a Wynton Marsalis melody. It has been estimated that 1 in 100 people around the world has a congenital inner ear condition known as semicircular canal dehiscence, a thinning of the bone enclosing the inner ear that can lead to vertigo in response to certain sounds, changes in atmospheric pressure or coughing.

It is a condition in which a person can feel the same imbalance effects of being drunk just by hearing certain tones, even from the sound of someone's voice or a musical instrument. The study was published in the Scientific Reports.

Hormone Testosterone Is Effective At Cachexia In Cancer Patients

Researchers showed that the hormone testosterone is effective at combatting cachexia in cancer patients and improving quality of life. Many cancer patients suffer from a loss of body mass known as cachexia. Approximately 20% of cancer-related deaths are attributed to the syndrome of cachexia, which in cancer patients is often characterized by a rapid and/or severe loss of fat and skeletal muscle. 

Efficacy Of An Psychological Therapy Reduces Fear Of Heights

Researchers have tested the efficacy of an automated cognitive intervention for fear of heights guided by an avatar virtual coach in VR and delivered with the latest consumer equipment. Psychological therapy delivered by a virtual reality coach can help people with a clinically diagnosed fear of heights overcome their fear. The study was published in the journal Lancet Psychiatry.