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Health News - Ear, Nose and Throat

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)

Study examines medical professional liability claims related to esophageal cancer screening
An analysis of liability claims related to esophageal cancer screening finds that the risks of claims arising from acts of commission (complications from screening procedure) as well as acts of... (Medical News Today)

Scientists observe ragweed pollen at record levels in UK for the first time in forty years
Researchers at the University of Leicester have recorded a rare type of pollen that is a potent trigger of hayfever and asthma symptoms at record levels for the first time in four decades. (Medical News Today)

Second-line afatinib significantly improves progression-free survival in recurrent or metastatic head and neck cancer, phase III trial shows
The tyrosine kinase inhibitor afatinib significantly improved progression-free survival compared to methotrexate in patients with recurrent or metastatic squamous cell carcinoma of the head and... (Medical News Today)

Vitamin D deficiency widespread in thyroidectomy patients
A new study from researchers at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit finds widespread vitamin D deficiency among patients who undergo a thyroidectomy, potentially putting them at greater risk for... (Medical News Today)

Head and neck cancer groups and members of the European Parliament call on the European Commission to support early diagnosis strategy
The European Head and Neck Society (EHNS) and the European Cancer Patient Coalition (ECPC) reconvened in the European Parliament to call for the implementation of a Europe-wide head and neck... (Medical News Today)

Viral infection causes bacteria to colonize privileged sites like the middle ear
Influenza infection can enhance the ability of the bacterium Streptococcus pneumonia to cause ear and throat infections, according to research published ahead of print in the journal Infection and... (Medical News Today)

Neck surgery unnecessary for many throat cancer patients
Study shows that among those whose cancer was triggered by a virus, any lingering bumps after chemotherapy and radiation tend to be benign. (Medical News Today)

For recurrent head and neck cancers a combination of targeted radiation and drug therapy is less toxic
Patients with a recurrence of head and neck cancer who have previously received radiation treatment can be treated more quickly, safely and with fewer side effects with high doses of targeted... (Medical News Today)

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)

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