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August 2011 Briefing - Otolaryngology

Last Updated: September 01, 2011.

 

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Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Otolaryngology for August 2011. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal articles, as well as the FDA approvals and regulatory changes that are the most likely to affect clinical practice.

Loss of Jobs Means Loss of Health Coverage for Many in U.S.

MONDAY, Aug. 29 (HealthDay News) -- For American adults who lose their health insurance coverage when they lose their jobs, the majority remain uninsured, delay getting needed health care or prescriptions, and report financial difficulties paying medical bills, according to a report published online Aug. 24 by The Commonwealth Fund.

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Complementary Medicine Used More by Health Care Workers

FRIDAY, Aug. 26 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. health care workers, especially health care providers, are more likely to use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) than the general, employed U.S. population, according to a study published online Aug. 22 in Health Services Research.

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Pharmaceutical Ads Often Don't Adhere to U.S. FDA Guidelines

THURSDAY, Aug. 25 (HealthDay News) -- Physician-targeting pharmaceutical advertisements have low rates of adherence to U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidelines and provide inadequate information for safe prescribing, according to a study published online Aug. 17 in PLoS One.

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Distinct Features ID'd in Nasal Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma

MONDAY, Aug. 22 (HealthDay News) -- Nasal diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) has distinct clinical features and factors affecting prognosis, according to a study published online Aug. 11 in Cancer.

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Staphylococcal Biofilms Linked to Chronic Rhinosinusitis

FRIDAY, Aug. 19 (HealthDay News) -- The significant association between Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) biofilms and chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) is attributed to skewing of the T-cell response toward the T-helper2 pathway, independent of superantigen activities, according to a study published online Aug. 11 in Allergy.

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CDC: 2010/2011 Flu Vaccination Coverage Studied

THURSDAY, Aug. 18 (HealthDay News) -- Influenza vaccination coverage among health care personnel (HCP) and pregnant women in the 2010/2011 influenza season was similar to coverage for the 2009/2010 season, according to two reports in the Aug. 19 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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High Cumulative Malpractice Risk for All Physicians

THURSDAY, Aug. 18 (HealthDay News) -- Physicians in all specialties have a high cumulative risk of facing a malpractice claim by age 65; although most claims do not lead to indemnity payments, according to a study published in the Aug. 18 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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New Pressure Device Safe, Effective For Auricular Keloids

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 17 (HealthDay News) -- Overnight use of a new pressure device as an adjuvant therapy for the treatment of auricular keloids is safe and effective, with the potential for prophylaxis of recurrence, according to a study published online Aug. 15 in the Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery.

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Sleep Apnea Recurs Within Days of CPAP Withdrawal

MONDAY, Aug. 15 (HealthDay News) -- In patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) on continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), withdrawal of CPAP is associated with rapid recurrence of OSA and subjective sleepiness, according to a study published online Aug. 11 in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

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Compression Stockings Lessen Obstructive Sleep Apnea

FRIDAY, Aug. 12 (HealthDay News) -- In patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and chronic venous insufficiency (CVI), wearing compression stockings during the day attenuates OSA by reducing fluid accumulation in the legs and its overnight redistribution into the neck, according to a study published online Aug. 11 in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

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Sleep-Disordered Breathing Tied to Dementia in Older Women

TUESDAY, Aug. 9 (HealthDay News) -- Older women with sleep-disordered breathing have an increased risk of cognitive impairment and dementia, according to a study published in the Aug. 10 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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AHRQ: CPAP Highly Effective in Treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea

MONDAY, Aug. 8 (HealthDay News) -- Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines and mandibular advancement devices (MADs) are very effective in treating obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), but evidence supporting weight loss or surgery is not as strong, according to a report published Aug. 8 by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

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Short Time to First Cigarette Ups Head and Neck Cancer Risk

MONDAY, Aug. 8 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking the first cigarette of the day within 60 minutes of waking increases the risk of head and neck cancer and of lung cancer, according to two studies published online Aug. 8 in Cancer.

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Cost of Interacting With Payers Higher in U.S. Than Canada

FRIDAY, Aug. 5 (HealthDay News) -- Physician practices in the United States spend considerably more on interactions with health plans than Canadian practices, according to a study published in the August issue of Health Affairs.

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High Doses of Zinc Found to Reduce Common Cold Duration

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 3 (HealthDay News) -- In individuals with natural common cold infections, use of lozenges containing a daily zinc dose of over 75 mg significantly reduces cold symptoms, but use of a daily total of less than 75 mg shows no effect, according to a meta-analysis published online June 23 in the Open Respiratory Medicine Journal.

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