Patients with head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) who have no history of tobacco or significant alcohol use appear to be more likely to present with earlier disease and smaller initial T-stage, but have worse than expected outcomes.
ENTtoday: April 2006
This January, the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit, created by the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003 (MMA), took effect.
It is agreed that sudden single-sided deafness is an emergency that is typically treated with corticosteroids.
The use of positron emission tomography (PET) is not sensitive enough to warrant routine use in post-curative chemoradiation therapy diagnosis of patients with node-positive head and neck cancer, according to researchers in the field.
While chemoradiation is becoming more common for managing head and neck cancers, some patients should have surgery as an initial treatment
Diagnostic comfort and convenience, but cost and endoscopic placement complicate use
Dizzy patients are among the most challenging, time-consuming cases that are seen in otolaryngologists’ offices.
Sleep studies to detect obstructive sleep apnea can be performed in the patient’s home—although the convenience and lower costs for performing the tests outside the laboratory are offset by a loss of accuracy.
Several states have considered taxing cosmetic surgical procedures, and one has passed legislation requiring a 6% tax on such procedures.
In June of 2003, Maine enacted a law creating Dirigo Health, which is Maine’s attempt to provide free or heavily subsidized health insurance coverage for the estimated 136,000 citizens who do not have health insurance.
Spending growth has slowed, and docs are increasing practice volume and intensity to keep up
Focus shifted from infection to inflammation in new report and practice parameters