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Health News - Ear, Nose and Throat

The sense of smell uses fast dynamics to encode odors
Neuroscientists from the John B. Pierce Laboratory and Yale School of Medicine have discovered that mice can detect minute differences in the temporal dynamics of the olfactory system, according to... (Medical News Today)

More than three years after pulsed-KTP laser treatment, 96 percent of patients with early vocal-cord tumors are cancer-free
The first long-term study of a pioneering endoscopic laser treatment for early vocal-cord cancer, developed at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and previously shown to provide optimal voice... (Medical News Today)

Study suggests that more-experienced centers have better patient outcomes for head and neck cancer
When it comes to specialized cancer surgery, it's generally true that the more experienced the surgeon, the better the outcome. (Medical News Today)

Robotic surgery can now treat previously inoperable tumors
Head and neck cancer tumors previously unreachable can be treated with a groundbreaking new surgery method that is also minimally invasive. (Medical News Today)

VAXIMM reports positive follow-on data from oral cancer vaccine trial
VAXIMM AG, a Swiss-German biotech company focusing on oral cancer vaccines, announced today follow-on data from the first clinical trial of its investigational oral T-cell vaccine VXM01. (Medical News Today)

Long-term complication rate low in nose job using patient's own rib cartilage
Using a patient's own rib cartilage (autologous) for rhinoplasty appears to be associated with low rates of overall long-term complications and problems at the rib site where the cartilage is... (Medical News Today)

Survival differences seen for advanced-stage laryngeal cancer
The five-year survival rate for advanced-stage laryngeal cancer was higher than national levels in a small study at a single academic center performing a high rate of surgical therapy, including a... (Medical News Today)

Racial disparities in ear infection treatment may contribute to antibiotic overuse
Black children are less likely to be diagnosed with and less likely to receive broad-spectrum antibiotics for ear infections than white children are, a new study has found. (Medical News Today)

Expression of SIP1 protein indicates poor prognosis in pharyngeal cancer
The expression of SIP1 protein in pharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma tumours often indicates an advanced tumour stage, a high risk of recurrence and a poor prognosis, according to research from the... (Medical News Today)

Harnessing regenerative power of early supporting cells could lead to new strategies to combat many causes of deafness
There's a cast of characters deep inside your ears -- many kinds of tiny cells working together to allow you to hear. (Medical News Today)

Women's finer sense of smell may be due to more brain cells
A new study finds women have more brain cells dedicated to sense of smell and suggests this may explain their reported superior ability to sense, identify and remember odors. (Medical News Today)

Early stages of embryo development reconstructed
Researchers at the University of Cambridge have managed to reconstruct the early stage of mammalian development using embryonic stem cells, showing that a critical mass of cells - not too few, but... (Medical News Today)

Swallowing a sponge on a string could replace endoscopy as pre-cancer test
Swallowing a sponge on a string could replace traditional endoscopy as an equally effective but less invasive way of diagnosing a condition that can be a forerunner of oesophageal cancer. (Medical News Today)

Trial results reveal first targeted treatment to boost survival for oesophageal cancer
Patients with a specific type of oesophageal cancer survived longer when they were given the latest lung cancer drug, according to trial results being presented at the National Cancer Research... (Medical News Today)

Positive Phase II preliminary results of Validive for the prevention of severe oral mucositis in head and neck cancer patients
Onxeo S.A., an innovative biopharmaceutical company specializing in the development of orphan oncology drugs, has announced positive preliminary top-line results from its Phase II clinical trial of... (Medical News Today)

Clinical practice guidelines address multimodality treatment for esophageal cancer
The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) has released new clinical practice guidelines for treating cancer of the esophagus and gastroesophageal junction (area where the esophagus meets the stomach). (Medical News Today)

Self-reported cognitive difficulties better for patients with tinnitus in clinical trial
Using the medication D-cycloserine in conjunction with a computer-assisted cognitive training (CT) program to try to improve the bother of tinnitus (persistent ringing in the ears) and its related... (Medical News Today)

Child protection services failing one-third of foster kids returned to their families
One in three children who have been reunified with their families after being placed in foster care will be maltreated again, according to a study into Quebec's youth protection system by... (Medical News Today)

Multi-analyte test successfully identifies esophageal cancer patients who are extremely resistant to standard treatment of chemoradiation therapy
Castle Biosciences Inc. has announced that results from a second validation study of its proprietary multi-analyte test, DecisionDx-EC, confirmed the test's ability to identify which esophageal... (Medical News Today)

Noise-induced hearing loss restored in mice
By increasing production of a protein called NT3 - found to be crucial for communication between the ears and brain - researchers restored noise-induced hearing loss in mice. (Medical News Today)

Pitt/McGowan Institute team discovers stem cells in the esophagus
Despite previous indications to the contrary, the esophagus does have its own pool of stem cells, said researchers from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in an animal study published... (Medical News Today)

Post-tonsillectomy complications more likely in kids from lower-income families
Removing a child's tonsils is one of the most common surgeries performed in the United States, with approximately 500,000 children undergoing the procedure each year. (Medical News Today)

Study finds potential link between breast cancer genes and salivary gland cancer
The risk of developing cancer in a salivary gland might be higher in people with mutations in either of two genes associated with breast and ovarian cancer, according to a new study by researchers... (Medical News Today)

Tinnitus - American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery Foundation clinical practice guideline
The American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery Foundation has released the first ever mutli-disciplinary, evidence-based clinical practice guideline to improve the diagnosis and... (Medical News Today)

Is loss of smell a 'harbinger of death'?
A new study has suggested that being unable to identify odors could be a more effective indicator of mortality in older adults than cancer, heart failure or lung disease. (Medical News Today)

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