*Editor’s Note: This interview has been edited for length and clarity. As the numbers of people infected and dying from COVID-19 grow, so do fear and apprehension about what lies ahead. Clear, effective communication to help patients navigate this unknown territory is critical. Dr. Alexander Chiu, ENTtoday’s physician editor, recently highlighted this in a commentary […]
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced on April 1 that it is immediately pulling all prescription and over-the-counter ranitidine drugs from the market. According to the agency, it is removing these drugs because of an impurity issue. Learn more here.
Article updated April 3, 2020. On March 27, President Trump signed into law the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) Act, which provides federal funds to individuals and businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) is now urging otolaryngology practices to take advantage of the loans […]
A new review paper accepted in March and published early on The Laryngoscope’s website contains COVID-19 demographic and safety information, and clinical and practice management recommendations for common procedures and care for at-risk patient populations. “COVID-19 and the Otolaryngologist – A Preliminary Evidence-Based Review” (Laryngoscope. 10.1002/lary.28672), by Neelaysh Vukkadala, MD, et al., examines practices implemented […]
If you have recently seen a patient who had a reduced or missing sense of smell or taste without having another respiratory disorder, you aren’t alone—and you may have encountered a COVID-19 carrier without realizing it. According to ENT UK, the professional membership body representing ear, nose, and throat surgery in the United Kingdom, and […]
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Physicians at the Stanford University School of Medicine and the Australian Society of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery are warning otolaryngologists that they may be at high risk for contracting COVID-19. In separate statements, both organizations have noted that otolaryngologists may become infected with the new coronavirus through droplet spread that occurs during nose and […]
Cannabinoids activate a major cancer-causing pathway, p38 MAPK, in patients with human papillomavirus-positive head and neck cancers, according to a study published in Clinical Cancer Research in January. When turned on, the pathway prevents apoptosis, which allows increased growth and invasion of cancer cells, the researchers reported. “I am cautioning patients with HPV-related head and […]
The American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) Foundation recently published a multidisciplinary clinical practice guideline on best practices in the diagnosis and treatment of nosebleeds. Nosebleeds affect up to 60% of people in the United States, accounting for o.5% of all ED visits and up to one-third of all otolaryngology-related ED visits, the […]
On February 1, the United States declared the novel coronavirus outbreak, first identified in Wuhan, China, in late 2019, a public health emergency and began mandating a number of containment measures. These include travel advisories, airport screenings, and quarantine requirements that reflect both the rapid spread of the virus and the uncertainties about its evolution. […]