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Health News - Ear, Nose and Throat

Phase III data for nivolumab in head and neck cancer show biggest increase in survival for 20 years
Bristol-Myers Squibb has announced results from the pivotal CheckMate -141 Phase III clinical trial which showed that treatment with nivolumab, which is investigational in head and neck cancer... (Medical News Today)

Going to a rock concert? Remember to take your earplugs
Attending a rock concert or festival with loud music can lead to hearing loss and tinnitus, but wearing earplugs during the event can reduce the risk. (Medical News Today)

Diagnosing ear infection using smartphone
Researchers at Umeå University in Sweden have developed a method that simplifies the diagnosis of ear infections (otitis media), something which annually affects half a billion children worldwide. (Medical News Today)

Ear infections in babies falling, breastfeeding could be a reason
New study shows while ear infections are less common in American babies today, risks are higher in those who frequently get colds, are not breastfed and have bacteria in the nose. (Medical News Today)

New guideline addresses long-term needs of head and neck cancer survivors
Fourth in series of cancer survivorship care guidelines.A new American Cancer Society guideline provides clinicians with recommendations on key areas of clinical follow-up care for survivors of... (Medical News Today)

Increase in scarlet fever across England
Public Health England (PHE) has reported steep increases in scarlet fever notifications across England, with a total of 6157 new cases since the season began in September 2015. (Medical News Today)

Children know best whether an allergy spray works for them
A recent 14-day study that compared the efficacy of an allergy spray in 304 children aged 6-11 years with seasonal allergic rhinitis showed that the result depended on who assessed symptoms... (Medical News Today)

Sinus Infection Symptoms: Signs, Duration, Complications
Find out all about the symptoms of a sinus infection, also known as sinusitis. Sinus infection is one of the most commonly diagnosed infections in the US. (Medical News Today)

H. pylori infection may reduce risk of allergic esophageal condition
New research suggests that Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection of the stomach, which occurs in about half of the world's population and can cause peptic ulcers and stomach cancer in minority of... (Medical News Today)

Snoring in children can affect their health
Children commonly snore from time to time and that is often harmless. But children with frequent snoring and breathing problems during sleep have an increased risk of having trouble concentrating... (Medical News Today)

Endoscope-i: a pocket-sized game changer
Ear, nose and throat specialists are heavily reliant on endoscopy. A recent innovation allows medical professionals to take, share and edit images and videos with ease. (Medical News Today)

Cancer research UK launches trial for potential new drug that could help immune system fight cancer
Cancer Research UK's Centre for Drug Development (CDD), in partnership with Amgen Inc. (Medical News Today)

Cancer-causing gene found in plasma may help predict outcomes for head and neck patients
Researchers at the University of Cincinnati (UC) have discovered that a human cancer-causing gene, called DEK, can be detected in the plasma of head and neck cancer patients. (Medical News Today)

MD Anderson researchers propose new staging for HPV-related oropharyngeal cancer
Current staging system is inadequate; for the first time, research proves that staging based on nasopharyngeal 'N' categories offers more predictive value. (Medical News Today)

Conversion of head and neck cancer cells into radiation-resistant cancer stem cells depends on HPV status, UCLA-led study finds
Head and neck cancers that test positive for the human papilloma virus (HPV) are known to respond more favorably to radiation therapy than those that test HPV-negative, but an explanation for these... (Medical News Today)

Possible marker for recurring HPV-linked oropharyngeal cancers
A look-back analysis of HPV infection antibodies in patients treated for oropharyngeal (mouth and throat) cancers linked to HPV infection suggests at least one of the antibodies could be useful in... (Medical News Today)

Paediatricians continue to encourage watch-and-wait for ear infections
Paediatricians continue to encourage doctors to 'watch and wait' before treating most ear infections with antibiotics in healthy children over six months of age. (Medical News Today)

Medication shows effectiveness in treating nasal polyps for patients with chronic sinusitis
Use of the medication dupilumab resulted in improvement of nasal polyps in patients with chronic sinusitis and nasal polyposis not responsive to intranasal corticosteroids alone, according to a... (Medical News Today)

Virtual reality makes its best users the most queasy
In a twist of virtual fate, people with the best 3-D vision are also the people most likely to suffer from motion sickness while using virtual reality displays. (Medical News Today)

Brain's 'amplifier' compensates for lost inner ear function
Researchers from Massachusetts Eye and Ear/Harvard Medical School have described, for the first time, the adult brain's ability to compensate for a near-complete loss of auditory nerve fibers that... (Medical News Today)

More than 1 in 20 U.S. children have dizziness and balance problems
First large-scale, nationally representative survey finds issues slightly more common in girls, non-Hispanic white children.More than 1 in 20 (nearly 3. (Medical News Today)

Race, lower socioeconomic status linked with worse survival following esophageal cancer surgery
Researchers call for changes to reduce health care disparities.Poor black patients undergoing surgery for esophageal cancer are at higher risk for death than white patients and patients with... (Medical News Today)

Study examines associations of HPV types, risk of head and neck cancers
A new study suggests detection of human papillomavirus (HPV)-16 in the oral cavity was associated with 22-times increased risk of oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma. The study by Ilir Agalliu, M. (Medical News Today)

New knowledge on why patients with type 2 diabetes present smelling problems
In a study in type 2 diabetic rats, researchers at the Karolinska Institutet have identified alterations in specific nerve cells that are important for odor identification. (Medical News Today)

Tonsillectomy can improve quality of life
Adults suffering from frequent sore throats might find relief by having their tonsils removed: after undergoing tonsillectomy (surgical removal of the tonsils), people were found to have fewer... (Medical News Today)

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