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Lupus and the role of Epstein-Barr virus

...cally mild childhood illness with a fever and sore throat to mononucleosis in teenagers or adults. After the initial infection, the virus settles into the cells of the immune system called B cells, where it remains for life, mostly dormant, with occasional bouts of reactivation and replication. Maintainin...

Nature provides inspiration for important new adhesive

...iated with some health problems, including eye and throat irritation. The chemical has been shown to be a human carcinogen, and in some circumstances it may be a concern in some residential building products. The other key advantage of the new adhesives is their superior strength and water resistance. "...

Adolescents not receiving health counseling, Stanford study shows

...oys' medical visits were most commonly due to sore throat or the need for a general exam. Teens don't visit doctors often compared with other age groups. Adolescents made almost 47 million outpatient visits in 2000 - 1.9 visits per capita, the lowest of any age group. Boys and ethnic minorities went least o...

Patients swallow 'camera-in-a-pill' to help doctors check for diseases of esophagus, GERD

...scope) is put into the mouth and advanced down the throat into the esophagus. It requires sedation and several hours of recovery. With the camera pill, we now have a revolutionary technology that offers a quick, easy, office-based test that may help many people avoid traditional endoscopy. It may also encou...

Patients with pituitary gland tumors are often misdiagnosed

...docrinologists, to neurosurgeons, to ear, nose and throat specialists and bridge institutional alliances. ... and/or drug therapy, Rosseau said. Ear, nose and throat surgeon Dr. Steven Becker, said that he is able to calm many anxious patients because surgical techn...

Low-dose MDCT 'better option' than x-rays for imaging children's sinuses

...DCT displays the whole region of the ear, nose and throat in one examination, which is not possible with conventional x-ray radiographs. The presence of adenoid hypertrophy and fluid in the middle ears is frequently seen in children with recurrent upper respiratory infections and this can be diagnosed at th...

FDA approves Boostrix a new US vaccine for adolescents against pertussis

... years of age. Symptoms may include malaise, sore throat and low-grade fever. As the disease progresses, a membrane can form over the airway and result in respiratory obstruction which can lead to death. Other complications may include heart failure and paralysis. Most cases of diphtheria occur among un...

PENN researchers use robotic surgery

...plication of the daVinci System to treat mouth and throat cancers will allow for complete tumor removal whil...roduce the robotic arms through the mouth into the throat and voice box." For head and neck tumors, treatments often involve a combination of surgery, radia...

Surgery to treat vocal-cord spasms shows high success rate

... cords, and then attaches a healthy nerve from the throat to maintain the vocal cords' muscle tone. Chhetri and his colleagues surveyed 131 patients at an average of four years post-surgery. Eighty-one patients completed the questionnaire. Of these patients, 91 percent expressed greater satisfaction wit...

Still have to swab those tonsils, Mayo Clinic study finds

ROCHESTER, Minn. -- Mayo Clinic ear, nose and throat surgeons hoped to find a more user-friendly test for strep throat than swabbing the tonsils directly, but instead discovered that the swab has to touch the tonsils to...

UCLA researchers find common gastrointestinal condition keeps patients up at night

...the esophagus. If the acid backs up as far as the throat and voice box, then the sleeper may wake up coughing and choking. If the acid only backs up as far as the esophagus, then the most common symptom is heartburn. 5 The symptoms most likely to wake them include persistent cough, pain, feeling of a hea...

Ultrasound-guided biopsies are safe alternative to endoscopic biopsies of the pancreas

.... When an endoscope is used, it is passed down the throat of the patient, through the patient's stomach and duodenum and then the pancreatic biopsy is performed. The patient is sedated for the procedure. The number of percutaneous ultrasound-guided biopsies has gone down because gastroenterologists are do...

Duke engineers develop new 3-D cardiac imaging probe

...nique entails inserting a probe down the patient's throat and behind the heart to capture ultrasound heart images. The images can reveal the condition of the heart chambers, valves, major blood vessels and heart tissue. TEE is a safe and fast diagnostic technique. However, current TEE systems can quickly ge...

Chronic sinus infection thought to be tissue issue, Mayo Clinic scientists show it's snot

...says lead researcher and Mayo Clinic ear, nose and throat specialist Jens Ponikau, M.D. "Instead we found th... Kern, M.D., both former Mayo Clinic ear, nose and throat specialists who now work at the University at Buffalo, also participated in the project. The team ...

Olive oil contains natural anti-inflammatory agent

...h extra-virgin olive oil irritates the back of the throat in a unique and unusual manner. "I had considerable experience swallowing and being stung in the throat by ibuprofen from previous studies on its sensory properties," explains Beauchamp. "So when I taste...

Post-stroke tests not used often enough, especially in women

...the body, while TEEs use a scope inserted down the throat to get a better look at the heart. Just over 70 percent of men had some form of test to evaluate their carotid arteries, either an ultrasound scan, an invasive X-ray exam called an angiogram, or an MRI carotid exam. By contrast, 62 percent of women ...

Brenner Children's Hospital pediatrician says one symptom no longer a clear sign of child abuse

...ed that a child would often go to an ear, nose and throat physician to be treated for oral or laryngeal wart...h canal. A person can get warts in their mouth and throat after having oral sex with someone who is infected. It is possible that warts can be transmitted by ...

Researchers question persistent cough treatments for kids

...h -- coughs that sound as if there is mucus in the throat or lungs -- Julie Marchant, M.D., of the Royal Children's Hospital in Brisbane, Australia, and colleagues found that a week-long course of antibiotics resulted in the cough's disappearance in one of every three children treated. The antibiotics kept ...

Mayo Clinic: Sinusitis is common yet often overlooked cause of chronic cough

... a patient should undergo a complete ear, nose and throat evaluation including rhinoscopy -- a nasal passage exam using a tiny flexible fiberoptic scope -- and/or a CT scan of the sinuses, according to Dr. Lim. "It is hard to make a diagnosis of sinusitis without looking into the nose or with a CT scan of t...

Aspirin & similar drugs may cut risk of esophageal cancer in people with Barrett's esophagus

...involves inserting a tube-like instrument down the throat to examine the esophageal lining and to take tissue samples that are examined for signs of cancer or precancerous changes. For the study, Vaughan and colleagues collected data between 1995 and 2003 from 350 people with Barrett's esophagus. Upon enter...

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