Research & Publications

How to Know If Your Child Has Dust Allergies?

When children return to school in August or September, they may pick up any number of illnesses from their classmates or their school building. Dusty classrooms and hallways can trigger allergies and you may see that the signs and symptoms begin to emerge a few weeks after school begins. Here is what you need to know about dust allergies.

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Nosebleeds: Why We Get Them and the Proper Way to Treat Them

Nosebleeds can be frightening, especially when your own child suffers one. However, most are not serious. Some will stop on their own; others will stop after administering a few simple first-aid steps. The American Academy of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery tells us that nosebleeds “…are most common in children aged 2-10 years and adults aged 50-80 years”.

If you or a family member suffer from nosebleeds, here is what you need to know.

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What Is the Sense of Smell and Why Do We Have It?

The sense of smell can vary from person to personIt could be said that some of the greatest joys in life are experienced through the sense of smell: the salty ocean, a rose, a newborn baby and for some the “new car” smell. But what exactly is the sense of smell and why do we have it? Here is some interesting information about how the sense of smell developed and the ways in which it impacts our lives.

A rose is a rose, but it may smell different to each individual
Scientists at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in Cambridge, UK have discovered that an individual’s unique sense of smell is the result of genes interacting with experience. In other words, where you live and how you live may determine how your nose and brain interpret different smells.

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Why Do We Yawn?

Why Do We Yawn?Have you ever wondered why you yawn? Have you ever started yawning the minute you see someone else doing it? Yawning is a common bodily function that we don’t pay too much attention to until we yawn at the wrong time or in the wrong place. To some extent yawning remains a mystery, but here is what scientists do know about it.

Yawning can be contagious. The mere suggestion of it – like reading this – may cause you to yawn, or you may do so when you observe another person yawning. (This well rested writer started yawning while writing this.) We’re not the only ones who do that. Chimpanzees and members of the wolf/dog family experience contagious yawning, too. Scientists think that yawning spreads because we feel empathy towards those we know – and those who are yawning.

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What is Swimmer’s Ear and What Do You Do About It?

For many of us, summertime means enjoying the water. We love to swim and splash around in rivers, lakes, the ocean and a variety of swimming pools. It can also mean contracting swimmer’s ear. Here’s what you need to know about this common infection and how to prevent and treat it.

Swimmer’s Ear (Acute Otitis Externa) is the name for an infection of the outer ear canal. Usually it is caused by water that becomes trapped in the ear and provides a breeding ground for bacteria that is found in water and soil. The bacteria is soaked up by the skin in the ear canal, causing an infection.

 
Swimmer’s ear is most commonly caused by two types of bacteria:

  1. Pseudomonas aeruginosa: This is considered a common bacteria that thrives in moist environments and easily causes infection. It exists in all areas of the world and is commonly found in water, soil and on human skin.
  2. Staphylococcus aureus: This is another common bacteria that is usually found on the skin and in the moist areas of the body including the respiratory system and the nose. In addition to swimmer’s ear, this bacteria causes infections like sinusitis, food poisoning and respiratory infections.

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How to Protect Yourself from Vocal Cord Damage and Hearing Loss During the Summer Months

Loud Fireworks Display at a Rock ConcertSummer brings lots of celebrations, activities, and outdoor sporting events that you want to attend and enjoy. The Fourth of July, with brilliant and loud fireworks displays, is one long celebration weekend as are the thousands of local weekend festivals held across the US. While you, your family and friends gather, cheer, and scream through the excitement of it all, it’s important to remember to protect your ears and throat.

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It’s Summer! How to Guard Against Swimmer’s Ear

Boy with Swimmers EarSummer has just arrived and with it comes lots of fun in and visits to pools. That got us thinking about swimmer’s ear and earaches in general.

Swimmer’s ear is an infection, irritation, or inflammation of the skin that covers that part of the outer ear that leads to the ear drum. Medically, it’s referred to as acute external otitis.

Causes are usually attributable to bacteria, i.e., streptococcus, staphylococcus, or pseudomonas, found in the water that gets caught or trapped in the ear. Infection can occur because the bacteria in the trapped water multiply.

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Childhood Obesity Can Cause Sleep Apnea

Childhood obesity can create many health problems for children. Some health problems include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, Type II Diabetes, hip problems, depression and livers that are fatty and fail to function properly.  Children can also suffer from depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem.

Another health problem is the development of ear, nose and throat problems. Obesity can cause a child to develop sleep apnea and there may be a relationship to middle ear infections, as well.

It’s important to recognize the impact that overweight and obesity is having on the health of children because, despite programs that encourage exercise and healthy foods, the rate of childhood obesity in the United States has doubled over the last twenty years.  More than 15 percent1 of children between the ages of 6 and 11 and more than 15 percent1 of those between the ages of 12 to 19 are overweight or obese.

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Sleep Apnea is Probable Cause of Hoboken Train Crash

Last Fall, we spoke a bit about sleep apnea and its potential role in the Hoboken (NJ) train crash that killed a woman standing …

How to Know If Your Child Has Dust Allergies?

When children return to school in August or September, they may pick up any number of illnesses from their classmates or …

Nosebleeds: Why We Get Them and the Proper Way to Treat Them

Nosebleeds can be frightening, especially when your own child suffers one. However, most are not serious. Some will stop …