Top Online Headlines in March
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- Parents might one day give their children a weekly treatment with a nasal spray of virus enzymes to prevent them from getting a severe middle ear infection, based on results of a study done in mice by investigators from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and The Rockefeller University in New York.
- In April, Bravo! and CNBC’s Health Journal Television Series, hosted by General Alexander Haig, features new technology from Vivosonic and Otologics.
- The American Academy of Audiology has announced Katheryn Beauchaine, Theodore Glattke, David Goldstein, Gyl Kasewurm, Sharon Lesner, Peter Blamey, Richard Seewald, Robert Margolis, and Frank Musiek as this year’s honorees for its annual achievement awards.
- A recent study by Douglas Hetzler, MD, an ENT at Sutter Health-affiliated Santa Cruz Medical Foundation, shows that patients suffering from the condition known as “surfer’s ear,” which is brought on by cold-water activities, can rapidly heal following a safe and effective procedure employing chisels to remove bone growths that have built up in the external ear canal. The study appears in the January 2007 issue of Laryngoscope.
- An article published in the February issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Audiology indicates that people with hearing loss who choose to wear hearing aids experience a better quality of life than those who do not wear hearing aids. A literature review committee found, on the basis of their systematic review with meta-analysis, that “hearing aid use improves adults’ health-related quality of life by reducing psychological, social, and emotional effects of sensorineural hearing loss, an insidious, potentially devastating chronic health condition if left unchecked.”
- Obituaries: Merle Lawrence, Stuart Gatehouse, and Preben Brunved.
- Scientists at University College London and Imperial College London have shown how the brain makes sense of speech in a noisy environment, such as a pub or in a crowd. The research suggests that various regions of the brain work together to make sense of what it hears. However, when the speech is completely incomprehensible, the brain appears to give up trying.
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