Rhinitis—inflammation of the nasal mucosa—has two main types: allergic (IgE-mediated) and nonallergic; together, they affect more than 50 million Americans.
ENTtoday: December 2007
Practice guidelines have recently been developed for patients with thyroid nodules and differentiated thyroid cancer.
With, reportedly, more than 40 million Americans uninsured and health care costs spiraling out of control, it’s no wonder that health care reform tops the list of domestic issues among the 2008 presidential candidates.
Until 1980, the primary technique for assessing patients with dysphagia was the modified barium swallow (MBS). It was then that fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing was added to the diagnostic armamentarium.
Presenters at several scientific sessions at the Combined Otolaryngology Spring Meeting (COSM) reported on their recent studies involving the use of botulinum toxin type A (Botox® [BTX]; Allergan, Inc., Irvine, CA) injections to treat adductor spasmodic dysphonia (ADSD) and chronic salivary aspiration.
Although steroids are effective for many patients with autoimmune inner ear disease (AIED), there are still challenges in diagnosing the condition, mysteries behind what happens to the inner ear, and controversy over whether intratympanic injections help.
As I was putting my thoughts together for this editorial, I read Peanuts in the Sunday comics, and found a great health care reform analogy.
Pay4Call: Economic, Ethical, and Quality Issues of Payment for Taking Call: Physicians Angry at Lack of Payment
In one of the first sessions at the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery annual meeting, otolaryngologists made it overwhelmingly clear that they believe they should be paid for being on call for emergencies and consultations.
Sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) is a major problem in children because it is associated with behavioral, cognitive, and emotional morbidity.