Otolaryngology News & Journal Articles

 
 
  • COPD Now Afflicts More Women Than Men in US Barbara Bush’s case highlights that chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) — a disease linked to long-term smoking and traditionally considered a men’s disease — is now more prevalent among women.
  • CMS Missing the Mark on Bundled Payments, Experts Say Current measures for bundled payments miss the mark, authors write. They suggest a framework that answers three questions: Was the treatment appropriate? Did the patient improve? What did care cost?
  • Drop in Thyroidectomy Rates for Thyroid Carcinoma The rates of upfront total thyroidectomy and completion thyroidectomy for well-differentiated thyroid carcinoma (WDTC) have decreased since implementation of the updated 2015 American Thyroid Association guidelines.
  • Hospitalize Toddlers After Tonsillectomy Children who undergo tonsillectomy before age three are more likely to have complications afterward than kids who have the surgery when they're older, a U.S. study suggests.
  • The Lean Antibiotic Mantra Antibiotics -- while focusing on the right drug, the right dose, and the right duration, most important is to make the right diagnosis. Sometimes you may not even need the antibiotic.
  • Diagnosing Autism in Newborns: The 'Wave' of the Future?   Changes in ABR wave patterns can predict autism risk in most babies. Oren Miron talks about this research and his hopes for the future.
  • Allergen-specific Immunotherapy Reduces Medication Use in Pediatric Asthma Subcutaneous immunotherapy (SCIT) reduces long-term asthma-medication use in children with allergic asthma, according to a systematic review.
  • Acid Suppressors in Early Infancy Linked to Allergies Later Infants who received acid-suppressive medications and antibiotics during the first 6 months of life were at higher risk for allergic diseases later in childhood, a large study found.
  • People With Sinus Infections Stay on Antibiotics Too Long Most people prescribed antibiotics for sinus infections are on treatment courses of 10 days or longer even though infectious disease doctors recommend five to seven days for uncomplicated cases, a U.S. study suggests.
  • HPV Vaccine Coverage on the Rise, but Still Far From 2020 Goal The proportion of boys and young men in the U.S. receiving the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine has more than tripled since 2011, new research shows.
  • Tackling Amiodarone-Induced Hyperthyroidism What should be done in cases of amiodarone-induced hyperthyroidism? A conversation with Igor Tauveron and Boris Hansel.
  • Boston Hospital May Have a Solution to IV Bag Shortage One hospital's implementation of an oral rehydration protocol for adults with mild dehydration reduced IV fluid orders and provided additional benefits for patients.
  • Back to Basics: Barium Effective in Diagnosing Achalasia   Dr David Johnson on the continued high value of this readily available technology.
  • Localized Risk for Infection Transmission on Planes Only passengers sitting within 1 meter of an infected person are at substantial risk, a new study found. For the remaining passengers, the risk is quite low.
  • Coastal Waters Tied to Swimmers’ Risk of Infections Even relatively clean coastal waters are likely to harbor microbes that raise the risk of stomach aches, ear infections and diarrhea for those who venture in, according to a review of over 40 previous studies.
  • Management Strategies for Oral Potentially Malignant Disorders Clinicians involved in screening, diagnosing, referring, and/or managing patients with OPMDs should be well versed in the latest standards of care. Joel Laudenbach reviews a recent report.
  • Smoking Increases Risk for Hearing Loss Cigarette smoking appears to significantly increase the risk for hearing loss in a dose-dependent manner, results from a large, longitudinal study show.
  • Postop Hypothyroidism Ups Risk for Fistula After Laryngectomy For patients with cancer undergoing salvage laryngectomy, postoperative hypothyroidism is an independent predictor of wound complications, including fistula.
  • Cancer Survival Unaffected by England's National Cancer Plan Overall short-term cancer survival and socioeconomic inequalities seem to have been unaffected by a 5-year national cancer initiative in England to boost care delivery.
  • Stephen Hawking Dies at 76 Professor Stephen Hawking, the much loved and brilliant theoretical physicist and cosmologist, who managed to throw light on the mysteries of black holes, has died.