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Nasal Surgery Relieves Chronic Headache in Some Patients

Headaches are common and can have a wide range of causes, which include chronic sinusitis.  A recent study form the University of Wisconsin reports that 85% of patients who underwent functional nasal surgery had at least partial improvement in their headaches (Plast Reconstr Surg. 2018; 142:1583-1592).  1,577 patients who underwent functional nasal surgery for treatment […]

  • Posted on: Feb 20 2019
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Hearing Loss is a Health Risk

Hearing loss affects more than 10 percent of the U.S. population.  More than half of the population in their 70s and 80 percent of those in their 80s have a least mild-moderate hearing loss. Recent studies indicate that untreated hearing loss is associated with increased risk of depression, dementia, accidental falls, and cardiovascular diseases.  The […]

  • Posted on: Jan 22 2019
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Let Children Cough

We are well into the cold and flu season, and with children back in school, upper respiratory infections are on the rise.  The most common symptoms are cough, runny nose, and sneezing.  While it is tempting to reach for an over-the-counter product to treat your child’s symptoms, the best medical advice is DON’T. The Food […]

  • Posted on: Nov 14 2018
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Hear Well to Think Clearly

There have been numerous reports confirming the association between hearing loss and cognitive decline.  Age related hearing loss is common and can affect interpersonal communication, independence, health and quality of life.  Hearing loss can lead to social isolation, depression, and cognitive impairment. It is recommended that all individuals older than 50 years be screened for […]

  • Posted on: Oct 18 2018
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Stop Coughing

Coughs are common, and not just limited to the winter season.  Coughing is a symptom, not a diagnosis.  Most coughs are caused by viral illnesses, and will resolve without treatment, although the cough often persists long after the illness has resolved.  Allergies are a common cause of coughing this time of year.  Persistent coughing may […]

  • Posted on: Jun 19 2018
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Age-Related Hearing Loss is a Risk Factor For Dementia

Dementia is an increasingly common problem in our aging population.  With advances in medical treatment, people are living longer, and are at increased risk of developing dementia.  Current pharmacologic approaches to treating dementia have demonstrated very limited success.  Strategies to prevent the onset of dementia would be more effective in reducing the associated costs and […]

  • Posted on: Mar 7 2018
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Why You Get Nose Bleeds

Nosebleeds are fairly common, approximately 15% of people will have a nosebleed(epistaxis) at some point in their lives.  During the winter season, nose bleeds are especially common, because of increased dryness.  The nose is lined with delicate mucous membranes which have a rich blood supply, and winter dryness causes the membranes to dry out, crack, […]

  • Posted on: Jan 22 2018
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Cancer Epidemic

When I was in training during the 1980’s, most of the head and neck cancers we encountered were ‘lifestyle’ related.  Typically the patients were smokers and many consumed alcohol on a regular basis as well.  Most of the cancers we diagnosed were in the voice box(larynx). Over the past several years, we are experiencing a […]

  • Posted on: Oct 24 2017
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Treating Reflux With Diet

Laryngopharyngeal reflux(LPR) is responsible for a number of throat symptoms in many cases.  Chronic cough, mucous sensation in the throat, throat clearing, hoarseness and a foreign body sensation in the throat may be caused by LPR, a condition in which the throat is exposed to the acidic contents of the stomach.  When LPR is suspected, […]

  • Posted on: Sep 26 2017
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Snoring May Be Dangerous to Your Health

Snoring is generally considered to be a nuisance problem for the sleep partners of the 40% of adults who snore.  Sleep is disrupted and relationships are strained.  More importantly, recent evidence suggests that snoring may be associated with cardiovascular health risks, even in the absence of obstructive sleep apnea. There are indications that the vibrations […]

  • Posted on: Aug 30 2017
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