Fear Response Fueling Postural Tachycardia Syndrome?

Some patients with symptoms of postural tachycardia syndrome (POTS) may be experiencing a fear response caused by previous fainting episodes, new research suggests. Investigators compared adult patients with POTS symptoms with healthy controls and found that patients with POTS had higher somatic vigilance and more anxiety. They also had more pronounced anticipatory tachycardia immediately before … Read more

Time to Stop Using Benzodiazepines for Vertigo?

Antihistamines are superior to benzodiazepines for the immediate treatment of vertigo, results of a new systematic review and meta-analysis suggest. But antihistamines and benzodiazepines are no better than other medications for the acute treatment of vertigo, nor for treatment at 1 week or 1 month, the analysis showed. Dr. Benton Hunter Given that the study … Read more

Most COVID Long-Haulers Suffer Fallout for More Than a Year

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Most COVID-19 long-haulers continue to have brain fog, fatigue and compromised quality of life more than a year after the initial infection, results from the most extensive follow up to date of a group of long COVID patients show. Most patients … Read more

How Can We Help Refugees With Posttraumatic Stress Disorder?

This article was originally published in Italian on Univadis . The arrival of Ukrainian refugees in Italy, and especially the arrival of women and children coming from the cities most affected by the attacks, has made local medical services the first point of contact for the diagnosis and care of the psychological effects of war. … Read more