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Health News - Ear, Nose and Throat

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)

Even children with higher IQs behave better when their sleep apnea is fixed
Many doctors will ask about quality of sleep when children have problems at school, but new research shows it's just as important to pay attention to how high achievers are sleeping. (Medical News Today)

Study details how good bacteria might help prevent middle ear infections and pneumonia
A new study from the Forsyth Institute is helping to shed more light on the important connections among the diverse bacteria in our microbiome. (Medical News Today)

Toxic secretions from intracranial tumor damage the inner ear
Researchers discover new mechanism of vestibular schwannoma that causes hearing loss, introduce new direction for therapy. (Medical News Today)

Immunotherapy and targeted therapy provide new options for difficult-to-treat head and neck cancer
Phase I trial reports that pembrolizumab is active in nasopharyngeal cancer.Afatinib is effective as second-line treatment in squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck in a Phase II study. (Medical News Today)

Immuno & targeted therapy provide new options for difficult-to-treat head & neck cancer
Phase I trial reports that pembrolizumab is active in nasopharyngeal cancer. Afatinib is effective as second-line treatment in squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck in a Phase II study. (Medical News Today)

Study: Emotion processing in the brain changes with tinnitus severity
Tinnitus, otherwise known as ringing in the ears, affects nearly one-third of adults over age 65. The condition can develop as part of age-related hearing loss or from a traumatic injury. (Medical News Today)

Cancer cell collaborators smooth the way for cancer cells to metastasize
At ASCB 2015, Vanderbilt researchers show how metastasizing tumors use non-cancerous fibroblasts to make a migration highway through surrounding extracellular matrix. (Medical News Today)

UCLA study finds advanced thyroid cancer rate in some California counties is well above national average
A team of UCLA researchers found that there are several parts of California where, in a high percentage of people with thyroid cancer, the disease is already at an advanced stage by the time it is... (Medical News Today)

Snoring: Causes, Remedies and Treatment
Snoring is noisy breathing during sleep due to vibrating airway tissue. Find out why snoring occurs and the ways in which you can prevent or reduce this disruptive condition. (Medical News Today)

Discovery of unique muscle fibers of upper airway in humans
Researchers at Umeå University in Sweden have discovered unique muscle fibers in the soft palate of the mouth in both infants and adults. (Medical News Today)

Depressed head and neck cancer patients three-and-one-half times less likely to survive, have higher recurrence risk
Depression is a significant predictor of five-year survival and recurrence in head and neck cancer patients, according to a new study from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. (Medical News Today)

A common mechanism for human and bird sound production
When birds and humans sing it sounds completely different, but now new research reported in the journal Nature Communications shows that the very same physical mechanisms are at play when a bird... (Medical News Today)

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)

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