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Complications of tube insertion in ears not worse for kids with cleft lip/palate
Children with cleft lip and/or palate (CLP) have no worse complications from ventilation tube (VT) insertion in their ears to treat otitis media with effusion (OME, a buildup of fluid in the ear)... (Medical News Today)

Surgery associated with better survival for patients with advanced laryngeal cancer
Patients with advanced laryngeal cancer appear to have better survival if they are treated with surgery than nonsurgical chemoradiation. (Medical News Today)

Tinnitus less common in women who drink more coffee
A long-term US study of over 65,000 women finds the more coffee women drink, the less likely they are to report symptoms of tinnitus or ringing in the ears. (Medical News Today)

Biomarker for head and neck cancers identified
Although mutations in a gene dubbed "the guardian of the genome" are widely recognized as being associated with more aggressive forms of cancer, researchers at the University of California, San Diego... (Medical News Today)

Protein discovered that fuels repair of treatment-resistant cancer cells
Imagine you're fighting for your life but no matter how hard you hit, your opponent won't go down. (Medical News Today)

Mysterious esophagus disease achalasia is autoimmune after all
Achalasia is a rare disease - it affects 1 in 100,000 people - characterized by a loss of nerve cells in the esophageal wall. (Medical News Today)

Could a high-fat diet lead to reduced sense of smell?
Researchers from Florida State University found mice that developed obesity by eating a high-fat diet only had 50% of the brain cells responsible for encoding odor signals. (Medical News Today)

Pathogen behavior influenced by communication between nostril/skin microbiome bacteria
A team of scientists has made an important discovery about the molecular interactions that occur between generally benign species of Propionibacterium bacteria and the pathogenic bacterium... (Medical News Today)

Next-generation hearing aids emulate fly's ability to pinpoint sound
A fly's hearing can focus on a single sound without amplifying background sound. Now, a team has emulated this in a tiny hearing aid that uses a low power source. (Medical News Today)

Polysialylated glycoprotein marker of neural stem cells found in adult inner ear
Researchers at UC Davis School of Medicine have for the first time shown that a polysialylated glycoprotein that regulates neurodevelopment exists on the surface of cells in the adult inner ear. (Medical News Today)

Link between antibiotics, bacterial biofilms and chronic ear infections in children
Researchers from the University of Southern California and the Oak Crest Institute of Science have discovered the link between antibiotics and bacterial biofilm formation leading to chronic lung... (Medical News Today)

Human evolution in the headlines following discovery of Neandertal trait in ancient skull
Re-examination of a circa 100,000-year-old archaic early human skull found 35 years ago in Northern China has revealed the surprising presence of an inner-ear formation long thought to occur only in... (Medical News Today)

Tinnitus affects processing of emotions
Patients with persistent ringing in the ears - a condition known as tinnitus - process emotions differently in the brain from those with normal hearing, researchers report in the journal Brain... (Medical News Today)

Hearing restoration may be possible using inner ear stem cells
Spiral ganglion cells are essential for hearing and their irreversible degeneration in the inner ear is common in most types of hearing loss. (Medical News Today)

Experience with soccer-related facial fractures reviewed by Brazilian surgeons
Fractures of the nose and other facial bones are a relatively common and potentially serious injury in soccer players, reports a Brazilian study in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery-Global... (Medical News Today)

Gene discovery identifies molecular pathway to potential preventive treatment for strep throat
An international team of scientists, led by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, have identified the genes encoding a molecule that famously defines Group A... (Medical News Today)

Study finds public awareness of head and neck cancers low
Public awareness of head and neck cancer (HNC) is low, with few Americans knowing much about risk factors such as tobacco use and human papillomavirus (HPV). (Medical News Today)

Exposure to secondhand tobacco or cooking smoke in childhood increases pain and complications after tonsillectomy
New research presented at this year's Euroanaesthesia meeting in Stockholm shows that children exposed to indoor coal-burning stoves and/or second-hand tobacco smoke are much more likely to suffer... (Medical News Today)

If strep throat suspected, re-check negative rapid test results with lab culture
Clinical guidelines conflict on testing teens and adults whose symptoms point to a possible strep throat. (Medical News Today)

Early clinical study of intensity modulated proton therapy shows positive outcomes; quality of life benefits for head and neck cancer patients
In a small study, researchers from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center found that 93 percent of head and neck cancer patients treated with multi-field optimization intensity modulated... (Medical News Today)

Voice-Care®: a new low-cost device developed for voice monitoring
A new device to monitor voice professionals as well as to track vocal changes that are due to chronic diseases and physical or psychological stressFunctional dysphonia is the nightmare of... (Medical News Today)

Esophageal cancer test identifies patients who are resistant to standard pre-surgical chemoradiation therapy
Castle Biosciences Inc. announced that data from two clinical validation studies of its DecisionDx-EC multi-biomarker test were reviewed in an oral presentation at the Digestive Disease Week (DDW)... (Medical News Today)

Experienced surgeons means fewer splenic injuries in operations for esophageal cancer
Patients operated on for esophageal cancer by surgeons who often perform such operations run a lower risk of splenic injury during the operation and of needing to have their spleen removed, an... (Medical News Today)

Low transmission rates of oral cancer linked to HPV among long-term partners
Partners of patients diagnosed with human papilloma virus (HPV)-positive oropharyngeal cancer (OPC) were no more likely to test positive for oral HPV infection than people in the general population... (Medical News Today)

For patients with locally advanced head and neck cancer, hyperfractionated radiation therapy may improve local-regional control
Patients with locally advanced squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck treated with hyperfractionated radiation therapy (HFX) experienced improved local-regional control and, with patients... (Medical News Today)

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