Donald Palmisano, Esq., MD, believes the key to curing the health care crisis in the U.S. involves respecting the sacredness of the doctor-patient relationship and capping the size of malpractice awards.
ENTtoday: March 2010
Electronic medical records (EMRs) are costly and require significant staff time to implement but have the potential to bring huge benefits to patients and doctors alike, said speakers at the Triological Society’s Combined Sections Meeting held here Feb. 4-7.
The title of this session at the Triological Society’s Combined Sections Meeting held here Feb. 4-7 asked a tough question: Why are otolaryngologists still talking about pediatric tonsillitis, otitis and sinusitis?
Although the worldwide incidence of allergic rhinitis has been on the rise, many experts debate whether that trend is due to mounting air pollution, indoor environmental factors, improved hygiene practices, genetics, geographic location or all of the above.
For better or worse, medical practices are experiencing change. While many physicians are looking to expand their practice, other physicians are seeking a divorce from their current group.
The genome project sequenced all three billion base pairs of human DNA, revealing the instructions cells need to build all the proteins in the body. But that was just a warm-up, according to Thomas C. Spelsberg, PhD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
Diana C. Ponsky, MD, assistant professor of otolaryngology-facial plastic and reconstructive surgery at Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio, went to medical school wanting to be a pediatrician. She happened upon otolaryngology “by accident, by scrubbing into a very fascinating cancer case. I was hooked,” she now recalls.
Does the size of the dehiscence in SSCD correlate with the size of the air-bone gap? Background: Patients with superior semicircular canal dehiscence (SSCD) present with a variety of symptoms that may include a low frequency conductive hearing loss on pure-tone audiometry. It has been postulated that this air-bone gap happens when the dehiscent superior […]
What can physicians tell patients about the shelf life of antimicrobial ear drops and when bottles might become contaminated after use in the infected ear canal? Background: Little evidence exists regarding the shelf life of antimicrobial ear drops after opening or when patients should discard the bottle. Additionnally, little is known about contamination after use […]
What type of in vivo tissue engineering construct best facilitates tissue regeneration after vocal fold scarring? Background: Vocal fold scarring is the cause of most cases of voice deficiencies after vocal fold injury. Current surgical and pharmaceutical interventions are often unsatisfactory and result in inconsistent short- and long-term outcomes. Study Design: Stability and compatibility of […]
What is the safety and efficacy of the OmniGuide handheld fiber for CO2 laser stapedotomy as compared to the handheld potassium titanyl phosphate (KTP) laser in patients undergoing stapedotomy for otosclerosis? Background: While both argon and KTP lasers can potentially have thermal effects on deep inner ear structures, CO2 lasers have been considered safer. However, […]
Is extracapsular dissection a better option for benign parotid tumors? Background: While a superficial or total parotidectomy is considered the gold standard surgical intervention for benign parotid tumors, the surgery risks intraoperative damage to the facial nerve. In fact, the rate of temporary paresis of the facial nerve is 15 to 25 percent after superficial […]
Are otolaryngologists underdiagnosing EVA? Background: Enlarged vestibular aqueduct (EVA) is the most commonly identified CT scan anomaly found in children with sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL). Current radiographic criteria for EVA (defined by Valvassori and Clemis in 1978, using hypocycloidal polytomography), is a vestibular aqueduct larger than 1.5 mm at the midpoint. A new criteria, the […]