A new study from researchers at New York University in New York City found that oral cancer pain level at the primary site may help physicians identify which patients with occult metastases will benefit from neck dissection. The investigators, led by senior author Donna Albertson, MD, presented their results in a poster on September 13 […]
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) improves hearing recovery in patients with idiopathic sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSNHL), according to new research recently published in JAMA Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery (Published online ahead of print September 27, 2018. doi: 10.1001/jamaoto.2018.2133). The authors, led by Tae-Min Rhee, MD, from the National Maritime Medical Center in Changwon, South Korea, said that, according […]
A technique using umbilical cord blood stem cells could be a promising new approach for repair of cleft palate in infants
A new study from researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas found no major long-term differences in the effectiveness of radiation therapy versus surgery in treating oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma (OPSCC). Given these results, investigators suggest quality-of-life factors should help inform a treatment decision. The findings compared the effectiveness of definitive […]
Early intervention to treat sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea may help prevent or delay Alzheimer’s disease.
Researchers of a new study looked at the long-term health risks associated with removing tonsils and adenoids in children, and found that these procedures were associated with increased long-term risk of respiratory, infectious, and allergic disease (JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. Published online June 7, 2018. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2018.0614). The investigators analyzed data on nearly 1.2 million […]
A new vaccine for shingles is now recommended for adults aged 50 and older. Following the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of Shingrix in October 2017, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has issued its recommendation for Shingrix as the preferred vaccine for shingles over the 2006 approved shingles vaccine Zostavax (MMWR Morb […]
The FDA is alerting healthcare providers and facilities about the risk of cross-contamination with certain connectors that are used in gastrointestinal endoscopy. Endoscope connectors that are labeled for use with multiple patients over the course of 24 hours without reprocessing are known as 24-hour multi-patient use endoscope connectors. To date, the FDA has not received […]