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Health News - Ear, Nose and Throat

Hearing protection: what are my options?
In this Spotlight, we test out a number of ear plugs designed to protect our ears and hearing from exposure to unsafe levels of noise in venues and clubs. (Medical News Today)

Simple recipe to make sensory hair cells in the ear
Scientists at the Molecular Medicine Institute in Lisbon, Portugal, and at the University College London Ear Institute, United Kingdom, have developed a simple and efficient protocol to generate... (Medical News Today)

New treatment for middle ear infection found in anti-stroke drug
Animal study shows that topical use of the anti-stroke drug vinpocetine clears middle ear infection - suppressing inflammation and overproduction of mucus and restoring hearing. (Medical News Today)

Seasonal allergies: tips and remedies
In this Spotlight, we investigate what causes seasonal allergies and what the best strategies are for avoid their debilitating effects. (Medical News Today)

Study examines treatment factors associated with oral cavity cancer survival
The surgical procedure known as neck dissection to remove lymph nodes and receiving treatment at academic or research institutions was associated with improved survival in patients with stages I... (Medical News Today)

Researchers sound out scaffolds for eardrum replacement
An international team of researchers has created tiny, complex scaffolds that mimic the intricate network of collagen fibres that form the human eardrum. (Medical News Today)

Treatment against seasonal hay fever should be initiated prior to season, Norwegian study shows why
Recently published findings from the University of Oslo show that allergen-specific T cells are resident in the mucosa outside the pollen season and react strongly to pollen extract, suggesting... (Medical News Today)

U-Michigan scientists observe deadly dance between nerves and cancer cells
In certain types of cancer, nerves and cancer cells enter an often lethal and intricate waltz where cancer cells and nerves move toward one another and eventually engage in such a way that the cancer... (Medical News Today)

An end to cancer pain?
U of T researcher finds the 'pain trigger'This is an image of TMPRSS2. Credit: D. LamA new study led by University of Toronto researcher Dr. (Medical News Today)

In search of tinnitus, that phantom ringing in the ears
About one in five people experience tinnitus, the perception of a sound--often described as ringing--that isn't really there. (Medical News Today)

Mortality risks of cigar smoking similar to that of cigarette smoking
Cigar smoking is associated with many of the same fatal conditions as cigarette smoking, according to research published in open access journal BMC Public Health. (Medical News Today)

Tonsillectomy in childhood to prevent tonsillitis may reduce the risk for HPV-related tonsil cancer
Undergoing prophylactic childhood tonsillectomy reduced the future risk for tonsil carcinoma diagnosis, according to the results of a study published in Cancer Prevention Research, a journal of the... (Medical News Today)

U.S. Marshals seize unapproved drugs from Florida distributor
At the request of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, U.S. (Medical News Today)

HPV vaccination of adolescent boys may be cost-effective for preventing oropharyngeal cancer
A new study indicates that vaccinating 12-year-old boys against the humanpapilloma virus (HPV) may be a cost-effective strategy for preventing oropharyngeal squamous cell cancer, a cancer that starts... (Medical News Today)

Calm acceptance may relieve stress of tinnitus, study finds
A novel approach to tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, a condition striking approximately 50 million Americans, may provide long-term relief, according to a study published in the journal... (Medical News Today)

New model could help identify root cause of swallowing disorder dysphagia
Findings may 'change the landscape' of dysphagia interventionNearly 40 percent of Americans 60 and older are living with a swallowing disorder known as dysphagia. (Medical News Today)

Erythropoietin combined with radiation therapy does not improve local-regional control in anemic patients with head and neck cancer
Long-term analysis of Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) 9903 demonstrates that the addition of erythropoietin (EPO) did not improve local-regional control for anemic patients with head and neck... (Medical News Today)

Oral pain specialists treat complex health issues, according to new survey
Andres Pinto, an orofacial pain and oral medicine specialist at Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine, often feels like the doctor in the television series House, who solves... (Medical News Today)

AAO-HNSF updated clinical practice guideline: Adult sinusitis
Experts update best practices for treating the 1 in 8 US adults suffering from sinusitisAn updated clinical practice guideline from the American Academy of Otolaryngology--Head and Neck Surgery... (Medical News Today)

'Virtual nose' may reduce simulator sickness in video games
Virtual reality games often cause simulator sickness - inducing vertigo and sometimes nausea - but new research findings point to a potential strategy to ease the affliction. (Medical News Today)

Study shows medication can improve hearing for children with viral infection
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Collaborative Antiviral Study Group has found that treatment with the anti-viral medication valganciclovir for six months improves hearing... (Medical News Today)

First study of its kind describes outcomes after thyroid surgery for professional singers
Research examines nerve monitoring affectsThis is the first ever study of its kind explores the outcomes of nerve monitoring on professional singers/voice users who have had thyroid surgery. (Medical News Today)

Researchers ID potential prognostic marker for recurrence of head & neck squamous cell carcinoma
Molecular profiling may be useful for early diagnosis and treatment decisions, according to study published in the American Journal of PathologyA new study provides the first evidence that the... (Medical News Today)

Engineered cells could help tackle the third most common cancer in Chinese males
Researchers at the University of Birmingham believe that a new method of genetically engineering immune cells could lead to improved treatment of Nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) patients. (Medical News Today)

Dogs could be 'noninvasive, inexpensive' diagnosis aids for thyroid cancer
Canine scent detection may be a noninvasive, inexpensive diagnostic technique for thyroid cancer, a new study claims, after a dog was able to detect the disease in human urine. (Medical News Today)

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