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“It’s very unusual to have something get fixed instantly,” explained Foster. But Foster, associate professor of Otolaryngology at CU School of Medicine, developed the vertigo fix. In 2012, Foster showed us her Half Somersault maneuver. Using her daughter to demonstrate she explained, “Tip your head up to look at the ceiling.” You then put your head upside down like you’re going to do a somersault. “In that position, I want you to turn to face your left elbow,” Foster said. You wait for any dizziness to end then raise your head to back level. Wait again for dizziness to end, then sit back quickly. The Half Somersault maneuver has been a huge hit with about 5 million views on YouTube to date. “I get a ton of emails every day,” said Foster.
Change, however, could be coming. “The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists [ACOG] has begun to recognize that the postpartum course of evaluation after women give birth has been inadequate for most women,” says Dr. Julie Scott, a clinical associate professor of maternal fetal medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. “We’ve thought of pregnancy as three trimesters and focused all our care on getting a mom safely through pregnancy with a healthy newborn. [Now] they’ve realized that a lot of problems occur during the postpartum period.”
In seizing on rugby as a model, Atavus was choosing to highlight a sport in which tackling above the shoulder is not permitted; some players wear “scrum caps’’ but none wear the hard plastic helmets used in football; and the rate of concussions is lower than in football, according to Dawn Comstock, a sports injury epidemiologist at the Colorado School of Public Health.
“Any step they take is important for their health,” said Dr. Amy Huebschmann with the Center for Women’s Health Research at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Huebschmann researches methods to get people more active. Right now, she is studying 50 people with Type 2 diabetes. Half, including Glenda, get physical activity coaching by telephone. The others get a handout explaining the guidelines. “So far, our pilot data show that there’s more physical activity, as well as better function, better ability to do activities of daily living in the patients who receive the coaching,” said Huebschmann.
“There was once a time where we could say schools are the safest place for a child to be, and they would agree,” said Steven Berkowitz, a psychiatrist at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus who has worked with kids for 25 years. “They wouldn’t now, even though it’s still true. The perception of safety is no longer there.”
“There has just been a discomfort with the topic of firearm safety, in that many physicians didn’t know when they were supposed to talk about it, or didn’t know how to talk about it because they haven’t been trained,” said Dr. Betz, an AMA member who is deputy director of the Program for Injury Prevention, Education and Research at the Colorado School of Public Health. “Even if they wanted to talk about it, they weren’t sure when to do that, or how to do that.”