It is March 13, 2020 and I am sad, annoyed, a bit scared and unsure of what lies ahead. Having cancelled a work trip to Seattle and spring break vacation plans has given me plenty of time to sit in my office and reflect on the events of the past month. Some are calling this […]
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. […]
The number of head and neck cancer patients covered by insurance grew significantly following implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), according to a new study. “Overall, this study demonstrates an association between the ACA and increased insurance coverage for populations of head and neck cancer patients with historically limited access to care,” said the […]
General surgery residents encounter frequent mistreatment by patients as well as attending physicians that leads to burnout and suicidal thoughts. This is the finding of a cross-sectional national survey of general surgery residents, which found that more than 50% of general surgery residents report some form of mistreatment (N Engl J Med. 2019;381:1741-1752). Mistreatment included […]
In October, California passed the first law in the nation mandating later school start times for middle and high school students. Scheduled to be phased in over time, the law requires public middle schools to begin classes at 8 a.m. or later and high schools to start no earlier than 8:30 a.m. The later start […]
New research is homing in on what may underlie the vaping-linked lung disease that, as of December 4, 2019, has caused 2,291 hospitalizations and 48 deaths. When researchers at the Mayo Clinic reviewed lung biopsies of 17 patients with clinically suspected vaping-associated lung injury, they found that all suffered from an acute injury suggestive of […]
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA) is described as the most sweeping health care legislation passed in the U.S. since Medicare’s implementation in 1965. The health reform law is already changing the health care system, but the most profound modifications are yet to come. The law will affect otolaryngologists’ practices in many ways, both direct and indirect. Here are some areas of the law to consider.
Born in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Patrick Edgar Brookhouser, MD, grew up in Missouri Valley, Iowa, where he graduated valedictorian from the local high school. His intellect and natural curiosity earned him numerous academic awards, and he graduated from Creighton University summa cum laude and from Johns Hopkins Medical School as a member of Alpha Omega Alpha.