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Health News - Ear, Nose and Throat

A surprise advance in the treatment of adult cancers
A team of researchers at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) has found an epigenetic modification that might be the cause of 15% of adult cancers of the throat... (Medical News Today)

Strep spreads by harnessing immune defenses of those infected
The bacteria that cause most cases of pneumonia worldwide secrete a toxin that helps them jump from one body to the next - with help from the hosts' immune defenses. (Medical News Today)

Cancers evade immunotherapy by 'discarding the evidence' of tumor-specific mutations
Discovery could explain widespread acquired resistance among patients treated with immune checkpoint blockade drugs. (Medical News Today)

Advances in reconstruction of congenital deformities of the ear
Ear reconstruction for microtia, or underdeveloped ears, remains a clinical challenge for plastic and reconstructive surgeons. (Medical News Today)

Tonsil Stones: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment
What are tonsil stones? Are they dangerous? Learn how to treat tonsil stones, if they can be prevented, and other conditions that may affect the tonsils. (Medical News Today)

Study sheds light on esophageal cancer, offers insight into increasingly common disease
A comprehensive analysis of 559 esophageal and gastric cancer samples, collected from patients around the world, suggests the two main types of esophageal cancer differ markedly in their molecular... (Medical News Today)

Anemia and hearing loss: Is there a link?
Evidence is mounting of a relationship between iron deficiency anemia and hearing loss. New research takes a fresh look and bolsters the connection. (Medical News Today)

Preventing and treating earwax buildup: New guidelines issued
The American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery have updated their guidelines on the best ways to prevent and treat the buildup of earwax. (Medical News Today)

Ability to smell 'asparagus pee' driven by genetic variations
Researchers have identified genetic variations in people who are unable to smell the pungent aroma present in urine after consuming asparagus. (Medical News Today)

Shortened treatment for middle ear infection is less effective than standard course
Abbreviated treatment also fails to reduce antibiotic resistance threat.A five-day antimicrobial treatment regimen for middle ear infections in young children is inferior to the standard 10-day... (Medical News Today)

Smell test for Alzheimer's diagnosis steps closer
Researchers reveal how a smell test significantly boosted the accuracy of diagnosis for mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease. (Medical News Today)

Predicting throat cancer recurrence with a blood test
A new study suggests the possibility of predicting at its earliest stages when a type of head and neck cancer will come back. (Medical News Today)

Psoriasis in the Ears: Symptoms and Treatment
(Medical News Today)

Intelligible speech produced by a synthesizer from vocal tract movements
Research could help restore speech from thoughts for patients with severe paralysis.A new speech synthesizer converts vocal tract movements into intelligible speech. (Medical News Today)

Memory recall, fear response influenced by breathing
Breathing is not just necessary for oxygen. New research finds inhalation synchronizes brain activity linked to memory recall and fear response. (Medical News Today)

Reversible disappearance of taste buds after blocking Hedgehog signaling may explain taste loss in patients treated with pathway inhibitors
The pathway is required to maintain and replenish taste buds and taste papillae in mouse models. (Medical News Today)

Severe dizziness treated with steroid injections into the eardrum
Injections of steroid into the ear are an effective treatment for a common form of severe dizziness, suggests a new study. (Medical News Today)

Making sense of scents and their emotional power
Certain aromas can send our minds hurtling back to childhood. How does this happen? Here we discuss the biology of odor detection and its link to emotion. (Medical News Today)

Cough Variant Asthma: Symptoms, Triggers, and Treatment
What is cough variant asthma, how does it differ from other types of asthma, and what are its causes? Learn about the diagnosis and prevention of CVA here. (Medical News Today)

Sense of smell may predict Alzheimer's risk
Using four tests to assess older adults' sense of smell, researchers were able to predict which individuals were at increased risk of Alzheimer's disease. (Medical News Today)

How to Get Rid of a Stuffy Nose: Eight Possible Treatments
Nasal congestion is quite common but there may be accompanying symptoms to look out for. Learn what causes a stuffy nose and what treatments are available. (Medical News Today)

Why Is There a Metallic Taste in My Mouth?
Learn about the origin, diagnosis, available treatments, and if there should be concern if an unexplained metallic taste is present in the mouth. (Medical News Today)

Deaf awareness: Communication made simple
Deaf awareness is not complicated, but it is important. Without a solid understanding, deaf and hard-of-hearing people can be excluded and become isolated. (Medical News Today)

'Only drink water when thirsty,' study suggests
Researchers have discovered a swallowing mechanism that makes drinking excess water difficult, suggesting we should only drink when we are thirsty. (Medical News Today)

Why you smell better with your nose than with your mouth
Researchers probe the difference between odors picked up when breathing or chewing. (Medical News Today)

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