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Ten percent of children in the USA are diagnosed with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or its cousin Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD.) ADHD is characterized by developmentally inappropriate levels of inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity. The treatment often requires medications, which has a number of side effects. Growing research is searching for other contributing factors to ADD/ADHD. For example, treating enlarged tonsils
It is a question asked ever since the first passengers shared a long flight. Can flying in an airplane lead to more colds and sinus infections? While this is a hard question to answer in a scientific way, a group of researchers affiliated with John’s Hopkins University tried to look into the subject. In the largest study of its kind,
Millions of Americans suffer from allergy problems. For some, the symptoms are mild and easily managed with an occasional antihistamine such as loratadine (Claritin) and or a steroid nasal spray. Nasal saline rinses are beneficial for many of these patients. But for some, medicines and sprays do not work, and they continue to suffer symptoms such as nasal congestions, itchy/watery
Tonsillitis refers to inflammation of the pharyngeal tonsils (glands at the back of the throat, visible through the mouth). The inflammation may involve other areas of the back of the throat, including the adenoids and the lingual tonsils (tonsil tissue at the back of the tongue). There are several variations of tonsillitis: acute, recurrent, and chronic tonsillitis, and peritonsillar abscess.
Why Is Early Childhood Hearing Screening Important for Your Child? Approximately two to four of every 1,000 children in the United States are born deaf or hard-of-hearing, making hearing loss the most common birth disorder. Many studies have shown that early diagnosis of hearing loss is crucial to the development of speech, language, cognitive, and psychosocial abilities. Treatment is most
Insight into complications and treatment What are the symptoms of swallowing disorders? How are swallowing disorders diagnosed? How are swallowing disorders treated? and more... Difficulty in swallowing (dysphagia) is common among all age groups, especially the elderly. The term dysphagia refers to the feeling of difficulty passing food or liquid from the mouth to the stomach. This may be caused
Insight into tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy What conditions affect the tonsils and adenoids? When should I see a doctor? Common symptoms of tonsillitis and enlarged adenoids and more... Tonsils and adenoids are the body’s first line of defense as part of the immune system. They “sample” bacteria and viruses that enter the body through the mouth or nose, but they sometimes
It is important that patients understand their access to allergen immunotherapy is at great risk under the USP’s proposed changes to Chapter 797. To spread the word and allow patients to voice their concern to USP, the American Academy of Allergy Asthma Immunology (AAAAI) has set up an online petition that patients can sign. The petition is available at: https://www.change.org/p/united-states-pharmacopeia-save-patient-access-to-allergy-shots
Every day, those of us in health care see patients who think, or were told, they have a Penicillin allergy. Once your chart has Penicillin listed as an allergy, it takes an act of congress to have it removed. It is set in stone. Most people who are told they have a penicillin allergy simply accept this as a fact
Millions of Americans suffer from sinus pain, often described as facial pain and pressure over their nose, under their eyes and into their cheeks. This leads to millions of visits to their primary care provider or urgent care, where they are often diagnosed with sinusitis and given antibiotics. But…what if they actually did not have a sinus infection? What if