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Health News - Ear, Nose and Throat

How do I smell? Much the same as how you see
A collaboration between researchers from the Institute for Medical Physics and Biophysics (IMPB) at the Charité in Berlin and the European Synchrotron (ESRF) in Grenoble has uncovered a new common... (Medical News Today)

Cancer Council publishes first Australian guidelines on Barrett's Oesophagus and oesophageal adenocarcinoma
Cancer Council Australia has published new clinical guidelines which will help provide greater consistency in the management one of Australia's fastest growing cancers and its known precursor... (Medical News Today)

Patients with head and neck cancers resistant to cetuximab may benefit from an investigational drug
The investigational drug alpelisib, previously known as BYL719, was able to overcome head and neck cancer resistance to the anti-EGFR treatment cetuximab, and combining alpelisib with cetuximab was... (Medical News Today)

How the nose perceives common class of odors
Biologists claim that humans can perceive and distinguish a trillion different odors, but little is known about the underlying chemical processes involved. (Medical News Today)

Viral infection in nose can trigger bacterial infection in the ear
The nose is home to many bacteria that normally cause no problem. Now, a new study shows that a virus can prompt some to travel to the middle ear and cause infection. (Medical News Today)

Unusual immune cell needed to prevent oral thrush, Pitt researchers find
An unusual kind of immune cell in the tongue appears to play a pivotal role in the prevention of thrush, according to the researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine who... (Medical News Today)

Middle ear infection can be triggered by viral infection in nose
Middle ear infections, which affect more than 85 percent of children under the age of 3, can be triggered by a viral infection in the nose rather than solely by a bacterial infection, according to... (Medical News Today)

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)

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