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2009-06-01 07:50:51

Infants and young toddlers with obstructive sleep apnea and sleep disordered breathing experience significant improvement following surgical treatment of the ailment, according to an invited article in the June 2009 issue of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.The study evaluated 73 cases in which children younger than two years old were treated for obstructive sleep apnea through the removal of the adenoids, tonsils, or both (adenotonsillectomy). Those treated through surgery experienced...

2009-06-01 07:26:38

The world's largest ear, nose, and throat professional medical association, the American Academy of Otolaryngology "“ Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS), today released a manual detailing best practices for the creation of new clinical practice guidelines. The manual is published as a supplement to the June issue of Otolaryngology "“ Head and Neck Surgery.Clinical practice guidelines are created to help direct decisions and criteria regarding diagnosis, management, and treatment in...

2009-04-30 11:44:42

Invited article urges wider adoption of under-the-tongue treatment for allergiesSublingual immunotherapy for the treatment of allergy symptoms caused by a wide variety of environmental inhalants has been effectively used in Europe. It should be employed to further treatment of allergies in the United States, where allergic symptoms are largely undertreated, according to an invited article in the April 2009 issue of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. A response to the article, published in...

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2009-03-02 07:33:35

Young children are especially vulnerable to severe dog bites in the head and neck areas, and there is a correlation between cases of dog bites and rising temperatures, according to new research published in the March 2009 issue of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. In an evaluation of 84 cases of dog bites in children over an eight-year period, the authors found that most injuries were caused by family pets (27%), with a high frequency of injuries occurring during the summer months. While...

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2009-01-20 07:30:00

According to researchers, an increasing number of children in the U.S. are developing head and neck infections due to bacteria called methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA. Researchers have called on doctors to be careful in prescribing antibiotics for MRSA, which has been labeled a drug-resistant "superbug." "There is a nationwide increase in the prevalence of MRSA in children with head and neck infections that is alarming," Dr. Steven Sobol of Emory University told Reuters....

2009-01-01 15:20:55

Pre-operative screening of patients for methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) may be an effective way to reduce infection rates following otolaryngic surgeries, according to new research published in the January 2009 issue of Otolaryngology "“ Head and Neck Surgery. The study, conducted by researchers at the Massachusetts Ear & Eye Infirmary, is the first to review otolaryngic procedures, and reviewed the medical records of 420 patients. Of the 241 non-pre-screened...

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2008-08-29 15:35:00

New guidelines issued by the American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNSF) state that people who suffer from excessive build-up of ear wax should consult their doctor and seek treatment. For some 12 million Americans, the ear wax can accumulate inside the ear to the point where it causes symptoms including hearing loss, ringing, pain or a feeling of fullness in the ear. The new guidelines are the first published to address the matter, and state that...

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2008-02-27 17:00:00

A pair of Johns Hopkins and government scientists have discovered that when jazz musicians improvise, their brains turn off areas linked to self-censoring and inhibition, and turn on those that let self-expression flow.The joint research, using functional magnetic resonance imaging, or fMRI, and musician volunteers from the Johns Hopkins University's Peabody Institute, sheds light on the creative improvisation that artists and non-artists use in everyday life, the investigators say.It...

2005-12-23 12:16:31

By Megan Rauscher NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Orally disintegrating tablets, which dissolve on contact with saliva without the need for water, may help people with swallowing difficulties take their pills, researchers report. The team studied 36 adults with dysphagia, or problems with swallowing, while they downed conventional tablets or "RapiTab" quick-dissolving tablets, in a crossover fashion. While the subjects swallowed the pills, they underwent endoscopy looking at their...

2005-10-05 14:41:01

Large tumors that block the sinuses can be removed endoscopically through the nose rather than through big incisions in the face, a new study finds. The endoscopic approach worked well not only to remove large inverted papillomas in 18 patients ages 36 to 74 but also to watch for regrowth of the tumors that have a high recurrence rate and a small chance of becoming cancer. Patients were treated as outpatients and 56 percent remained disease-free at 29 months. "If there is a chance to cure...


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