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Health News - Ear, Nose and Throat

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)

Pitt team identifies cause of resilience to tinnitus, potential drug therapy
Researchers have identified in an animal model the molecular mechanisms behind resilience to noise-induced tinnitus and a possible drug therapy that could reduce susceptibility to this chronic and... (Medical News Today)

Link found between throat microbes and schizophrenia
Researchers have revealed that the microscopic organisms found in the back of the throats of people with schizophrenia are different to those found in healthy individuals. (Medical News Today)

Water covers 70 percent of the Earth's surface, but only a fraction is fresh
Technology and Innovation publishes new double issue with special section on waterFresh water--connecting and sustaining all aspects of life on Earth, including food and energy--is in great... (Medical News Today)

Researchers identify signature of microbiomes associated with schizophrenia
Studying microbiomes in throat may help identify causes and treatments of brain disorderIn the most comprehensive study to date, researchers at the George Washington University have identified a... (Medical News Today)

Closing the gap on developing a vaccine for middle ear infections
Researchers discover the molecular switch that controls a 'chameleon' bacteriaResearchers from Griffith University's Institute for Glycomics, together with the Nationwide Children's Hospital in... (Medical News Today)

Early evidence suggests hybrid cochlear implants may benefit millions with common form of hearing loss
Multicenter study led by NYU Langone Medical Center shows that device leads to major improvements in hearing and speech recognitionPeople with a common form of hearing loss not helped by hearing... (Medical News Today)

Scientists' silk structure is secret to process of regenerating salivary cells
Tissue engineering could help millions in the US with dry mouth due to Sjögren's syndrome, and radiation for head and neck cancerThe silkworm, which produces the essential ingredient for fine... (Medical News Today)

Nasal balloon could treat 'glue ear'
A simple procedure of blowing into a balloon through the nose can be an effective way to improve symptoms and avoid antibiotics in children with a a common middle-ear problem. (Medical News Today)

Simple procedure using a nasal balloon can help treat hearing loss in children
For children with a common middle-ear problem, a simple procedure with a nasal balloon can reduce the impact of hearing loss and avoid unnecessary and ineffective use of antibiotics, according to a... (Medical News Today)

Doctors testified against dying cancer patients for tobacco companies
A new study sheds light on the actions of a small pool of expert witnesses testifying against dying cancer patients filing lawsuits against tobacco companies. (Medical News Today)

Could electromagnetic pulses be used to treat tinnitus?
Researchers have found delivering electromagnetic pulses to patients with tinnitus could be an effective method of treating this disruptive symptom. (Medical News Today)

New findings hint toward reversing hearing loss
Unlike birds and amphibians, mammals can't recover lost hearing. In people, the cells of the inner ear responsible for detecting sound and transmitting those signals to the brain form during early... (Medical News Today)

From sticks to balls: The shape of bacteria is evolving to better adapt to the throat
It's no coincidence that the earthworm's slender shape makes it perfect for weaving through narrow tunnels. Evolution moulds the shapes of living creatures according to the benefits they offer. (Medical News Today)

Hearing test pinpoints middle-ear problems in newborns
Screening newborn babies who are in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) using a testing process called high-frequency tympanometry can help identify middle-ear problems earlier, according to... (Medical News Today)

Pitt scientists lead consensus guidelines for thyroid cancer molecular tests
University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI) scientists recently led a panel of experts in revising national guidelines for thyroid cancer testing to reflect newly available tests that better... (Medical News Today)

Could a 'sniff test' lead to early autism diagnosis?
Researchers find children with autism have different sniff responses to those without the disorder and suggest a 'sniff test' could be used to diagnose autism early. (Medical News Today)

Many patients with advanced form of larynx cancer not receiving recommended treatment
Results show significantly worse survival rates with chemoradiation compared to total laryngectomyDespite findings of previous studies and published guidelines, nearly two-thirds of patients with... (Medical News Today)

FDA takes action against unapproved prescription ear drop products
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced its intention to take enforcement action against companies that manufacture and/or distribute certain unapproved prescription ear drop products... (Medical News Today)

Fingerprinting our sense of smell
Each of us has, in our nose, about six million smell receptors of around four hundred different types. (Medical News Today)

Rare gene variant associated with middle ear infections
Many parents have heard the night-time cry of "my ear hurts." For some children, this might happen frequently beginning in infancy and even persist into adulthood. (Medical News Today)

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