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July 2012 Briefing - Otolaryngology

Last Updated: August 01, 2012.


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Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Otolaryngology for July 2012. 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.

Anesthesia Regimen Linked to Post-Orthognathic Op Pain

TUESDAY, July 31 (HealthDay News) -- Patients undergoing orthognathic maxillofacial surgery experience more pain postoperatively if they receive anesthesia with propofol and remifentanil versus inhalational agents and longer-acting opioids, according to a study published in the Summer 2012 issue of Anesthesia Progress.

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Quality of Life Good After Salvage Nasopharyngectomy

FRIDAY, July 27 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with residual or recurrent nasopharyngeal carcinoma who undergo salvage nasopharyngectomy using a maxillary swing approach, postoperative quality of life is generally good, according to a study published in the Aug. 1 issue of Cancer.

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Pediatric Stem-Cell-Based Tracheal Transplant Viable

THURSDAY, July 26 (HealthDay News) -- Pediatric stem-cell-based, tissue-engineered tracheal transplant seems to be feasible, with positive outcome at two years of follow-up, according to a case report published online July 26 in The Lancet.

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Accurate Videos of Epley Maneuver Available on YouTube

MONDAY, July 23 (HealthDay News) -- Video-sharing Web sites such as YouTube accurately demonstrate the Epley Maneuver (EM), a simple treatment for benign paroxysmal positional vertigo of the posterior canal, according to a study published in the July 24 issue of Neurology.

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Most Doctors Satisfied With Electronic Health Records

THURSDAY, July 19 (HealthDay News) -- Although only 55 percent of physicians had adopted electronic health records (EHRs) in 2011, most are somewhat or very satisfied with their system and most report enhanced patient care, according to a July data brief issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).

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Poorer Patient Experience at Safety-Net Hospitals

THURSDAY, July 19 (HealthDay News) -- Safety-net hospitals (SNHs) perform worse on nearly every measure of patient experience, according to a study published online July 16 in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

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~12,000 Preventable Deaths in English Hospitals Annually

THURSDAY, July 19 (HealthDay News) -- Approximately 12,000 hospital deaths in England each year are preventable, according to research published online July 7 in BMJ Quality & Safety.

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Racial Disparity Exists in Larynx Preserving Surgery

WEDNESDAY, July 18 (HealthDay News) -- Racial disparities exist in the use of larynx preservation for locally advanced laryngeal cancer, most notably among black patients, according to research published in the July issue of the Archives of Otolaryngology -- Head & Neck Surgery.

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Social Network Analysis IDs Informal Physician Networks

TUESDAY, July 17 (HealthDay News) -- Informal networks among physicians who share patients demonstrate substantial geographic variability, while within networks, physician and patient characteristics are similar, according to a study published in the July 18 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Free Light Chains Identified in Chronic Rhinosinusitis

MONDAY, July 16 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) have increased free light chain (FLC) concentrations, particularly those with CRS with nasal polyps (CRSwNP), according to a study published online July 5 in Allergy.

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