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Health News - Ear, Nose and Throat

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)

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)

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