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Health News - Ear, Nose and Throat

How cells in the developing ear 'practice' hearing
Before the fluid of the middle ear drains and sound waves penetrate for the first time, the inner ear cells of newborn rodents practice for their big debut. (Medical News Today)

Certain factors may help identify patients for surgical procedure for obstructive sleep apnea
Patients with more severe obstructive sleep apnea are more likely to receive greater benefit from the surgical procedure known as maxillomandibular advancement, according to a study published... (Medical News Today)

Scientists grow working vocal cord tissue in lab
By growing functional vocal cord tissue in the lab, scientists bring closer the day when people whose vocal cords have been lost to cancer or injury can get their voice back. (Medical News Today)

Sound deprivation leads to irreversible hearing loss
Researchers show that chronic conductive hearing loss leads to cochlear degeneration. (Medical News Today)

Wisconsin scientists grow functional vocal cord tissue in the lab
University of Wisconsin-Madison scientists have succeeded in growing functional vocal cord tissue in the laboratory, a major step toward restoring a voice to people who have lost their vocal cords to... (Medical News Today)

Decreased sense of smell may indicate early dementia
Loss of sense of smell could help to detect onset of Alzheimer's and other kinds of dementia; neurological changes reflect this effect. (Medical News Today)

Suicide rate significantly higher for patients with head and neck cancer
Patients with head and neck cancer have more than 3 times the incidence of suicide compared with the general population, with rates highest among patients with cancers of the larynx and... (Medical News Today)

Taste bud biomarker forecasts better post-surgery results for some sinusitis patients
Genetic taste tests may enhance treatment-selection process, Penn study suggests. (Medical News Today)

Mouth cancer now the tenth most common cancer in men
Oral cancer is now the tenth most common cancer in men according to new figures* released by Cancer Research UK. (Medical News Today)

New project to help tackle tinnitus
Anglia Ruskin teams up with Swedish university to develop online programme Anglia Ruskin University has launched a new internet-based project to help people suffering from a distressing and... (Medical News Today)

Nerve cells warn brain of damage to the inner ear
Some nerve cells in the inner ear can signal tissue damage in a way similar to pain-sensing nerve cells in the body, according to new research from Johns Hopkins. (Medical News Today)

Protein movement of hair bundles in the inner ear may preserve hearing for life
Hearing is made possible when hair bundles protruding from the tops of hair cells capture the energy of sound waves, converting them into electrical signals that stimulate the auditory nerve to the... (Medical News Today)

Robotic worm for head surgery can cut around corners
Removing tumors from within the inner ear is a very delicate matter that typically requires surgeons to remove the entire mastoid bone. (Medical News Today)

Inner ear gene discovery offers clues about restoring hearing, balance
A gene study of mice gives new clues to suggest it may be possible to regenerate hair cells in the inner ear, loss of which impairs hearing and balance. (Medical News Today)

Carry out this self-check from the Mouth Cancer Foundation on a regular basis and safe guard your future health
The Mouth Cancer Foundation is using November's Mouth Cancer Action Month to encourage people to Bite Back at Mouth Cancer, a simple head and neck cancer check which can be carried out by anyone at... (Medical News Today)

Woman who sniffs out Parkinson's inspires new study
By sniffing worn t-shirts, a 65-year-old British woman was able to detect which people had Parkinson's disease with 100% accuracy, inspiring further investigation. (Medical News Today)

Babies' babbles reflect their own involvement in language development
Infants are motivated by hearing themselves'Dada' is a first word for many babies. (Medical News Today)

Scientists develop genetic blueprint of inner ear cell development
Two studies in mice use new technique to provide insight into cell development critical for hearing, balanceUsing a sensitive new technology called single-cell RNA-seq on cells from mice... (Medical News Today)

Scientists identify proteins crucial to loss of hearing
Almost 40 million Americans suffer from hearing loss. Right now, there is no way to reverse this condition, largely because auditory hair cells, which sense sound and relay that information to the... (Medical News Today)

New computer program predicts cochlear implant success in hearing-impaired children
A new computer program that analyzes functional brain MRIs of hearing impaired children can predict whether they will develop effective language skills within two years of cochlear implant surgery... (Medical News Today)

Primary surgery is associated with survival benefit in patients with advanced cancers of the throat
Patients with cancers of the mid- and lower throat may have higher survival rates if their initial treatment includes surgery, according to new research presented to the 2015 European Cancer... (Medical News Today)

Study links hearing impairment to increased risk of death
New research finds that the risk of death is increased as a result of hearing impairment in the over-70s, for those with mild as well as more severe hearing loss. (Medical News Today)

Surgery improves quality of life for patients with chronic sinus infection, sleep dysfunction
Patients with chronic rhinosinusitis (sinus infection) and obstructive sleep apnea report a poor quality of life, which is substantially improved following endoscopic sinus surgery, according to a... (Medical News Today)

Genetic testing reveals new drug targets in esophageal cancer
Nearly all advanced esophageal cancers harbor genetic mutations that can be targeted with emerging drug therapies, according to a new study published in The Oncologist. (Medical News Today)

Closer to a treatment for eosinophilic esophagitis the 'asthma of the esophagus'
Scientists from the D'Or Institute of Research and Education (IDOR), the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and the Yale University School of Medicine have elucidated the chemical process... (Medical News Today)

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