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Ear infection treatment recommendations revisited…again

  Writing on the Better Health Blog, Dr. Harriet Hall has a good summary of the current recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) regarding when to treat, or simply observe, a child with a suspected ear infection. As I've noted in a previous blog post, however, even the physicians at the AAP change their mind and a change

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Humming Can Relieve Sinusitis and Asthma

An article in the New York Times reported that humming can ease sinus problems and asthma. There is good evidence to show that this is true. Researchers in Sweden looked at airflow between the nose and sinuses and specifically, the amount of the gas nitric oxide made by the sinuses that can escape into the nose while humming. This is

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Are you addicted to nasal sprays?

Image courtesy of David Castillo Dominici at   Nasal congestion is a very common symptom and medical complaint.  It has many causes including chronic allergies, viral upper respiratory infections, sinusitis, anatomic blockage of the nasal cavity and unfortunately chronic nasal spray use.   Many nasal sprays can offer significant relief of nasal symptoms.  Nasal saline spray may be used

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ENT and Allergy Specialists Uses Innovative Sinus Stent to Help Patients Breathe Easier

For many people, it can seem like cold and allergy season lasts an eternity.  Sinusitis affects one in eight adults, and sufferers are often truly miserable, with intense facial pain and nasal congestion, loss of smell and taste, headache, fatigue, and even depression.  A Harvard study comparing the impact of chronic sinusitis with that of other chronic illnesses — including heart

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Do You Have Age related Hearing Loss?

New Studies Suggest Hearing Loss is associated with Dementia. Hearing Loss is associated with social isolation, falls and poorer overall health status, however recent studies by Dr. Frank Lin at Johns Hopkins University show that age related hearing loss is associated with the development of dementia and poorer cognitive function.  His study cites a 2-5 fold increased risk of developing

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Should I get allergy tested?

  If you or your child suffer from allergy symptoms such as nasal congestion, itching, sneezing, frequent sinus infections, skin rashes or eczema, or a history of food allergy, getting allergy tested can help you in ways that can improve your life. Allergy testing can be done through the skin or through blood work. For nasal allergy sufferers, identifying your

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