Doctors confirm inner-ear damage among U.S. diplomats from Cuba
The New York Times summarized results of a study on U.S. diplomats who reported a mysterious illness while serving in Cuba. Link. The subjects were determined to have inner-ear damage, according to doctors conducting the examinations. Instrumental in their assessment was I-Portal® technology including I-PAS™, referred to as the ‘concussion goggle’, although the doctors found that it was unlikely that those affected had suffered traumatic brain injuries, of which concussion is a subset. The study by the University of Miami included support from the University of Pittsburgh and is published in the journal, Laryngoscope Investigative Otolaryngology. Study link. While the study does not offer any theory as to what caused the injuries, importantly, lead author Dr. Micheal Hoffer, University of Miami, who specializes in concussions, said he now felt confident that doctors can screen for the condition — and treat it.