Research & Publications

It’s Summer – Should I Be Eating Ice to Cool Down?

It’s summer and during its hot days, we’ve all seen many people chew on ice to cool down. Our question is – is this a good idea?

Ice can keep your mouth cool and moist which helps combat dehydration. On the other hand, old wives’ tales say that chewing on ice will break your teeth and lead to a sore throat. Research shows that chewing ice may be ok – unless you crave ice all the time.
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How Your Children Can Avoid Getting Sick at Summer Camp

According to the American Camp Association, the illness rate for campers is almost double the injury rate despite rigorous training of camp staff to avoid it.

More than 10 million youngsters1 will attend more than 12,000 summer camps this year, so there is ample opportunity for each camper to catch some type of illness. The basic rule of thumb is to keep your child home if your he or she is sick. This may cause scheduling inconveniences but chances are your child’s health will get worse at camp, not better.

We want your children to remain healthy and happy this summer so here are some tips on how to stay well while enjoying summer camp.
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4 Signs That You May Have a Deviated Septum

The septum is the wall dividing the cavity in your nose into two halves. When that wall moves too far away from center, it’s referred to as a deviated septum.

80 percent1 of people have a deviated septum but most are asymptomatic. Those who are symptomatic find difficulty breathing, experience headaches, or suffer with chronic sinus infections.

How to know if you have a deviated septum

1: Nosebleeds
If a crooked septum is blocking air from flowing into your nose evenly, one or both sides of the nose cavity can dry out. When the membranes inside the nose are dry it can cause a nosebleed. It’s common to occasionally see a drop or two of blood when blowing your nose. However, if you see more than that, or if a nosebleed occurs every day or so, see your ENT doctor. It may be the result of a deviated septum.
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Burning Mouth Syndrome

If you think you have burned your tongue but it doesn’t seem to be getting any better, you may be suffering from burning mouth syndrome (BMS). Generally speaking, a burned tongue will recover in two weeks or less. However, if the symptoms continue for longer than that, it may be a good idea to check with an ear, nose and throat specialist to see if you are suffering from BMS.

What is burning mouth syndrome?
Burning mouth syndrome1 is described as a “burning, scalding, or tingling feeling in the mouth that may occur every day for months or longer.” It may also be accompanied by dry mouth. BMS occurs most commonly after the age of 60 and women are five times more apt to suffer from it than men. Other symptoms of the syndrome can include:

  • Numbness in the mouth that comes and goes
  • Pain in the tongue
  • Pain on the roof of the mouth, or throughout the mouth
  • Pain in the lips
  • A lingering metallic taste in the mouth
  • Altered sense of taste

The amount of pain caused by BMS and its frequency differs for each person. For some, the pain comes and goes while, for others, it is more constant and increases in intensity throughout the day. The pain can last for months or years.
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The Water Dehydration Pinch Test (and the Benefits of Drinking Water)

Woman holding a glass of water

 
We lose water daily through sweat, urine, stool, and even breathing. We can also experience above-average water loss in summer heat, in higher altitudes, and during exercise. Older adults are at risk of dehydration simply due to the fact that their sense of thirst is not as apparent to them as it was in younger days.

These water losses need to be replenished by, you guessed it, consuming water.

How much water? Well, there’s a simple do-it-yourself test for that which we’ll get to a bit later in this article. But, for now, just remember that your water intake must equal your water output. If it doesn’t, then you risk dehydration.

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Your diet should not be your kids diet

Diets have been around for centuries. In 1820, Lord Byron, an English nobleman and highly-regarded British poet, initiated the Vinegar and Water diet. In the 1930’s, eating grapefruit with every meal became popular and was referred to as, yes, The Grapefruit Diet (otherwise known as the Hollywood Diet). Other notable diets have included Weight Watchers (1963), Cooke Diet (1975), Slim Fast (1977), Scarsdale Diet (1978), Dexatrim (1979), Fit for Life (1985), Atkins Diet (1992), Zone Diet (1995), and the South Beach Diet (2003).

Whether they work(ed) or not depends on who you ask but one thing remains true for all – diets like these  – the ones intended for adults – are not healthy or intended for children. As the World Health Organization1 states in its training program for health professionals, “Children are not little adults.” They have very special nutritional needs and feeding them an adult’s diet could result in malnutrition, illness or worse.
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Have a Cold? Best to Avoid Afrin

Overuse of Afrin Spray Can Cause More Swelling Of Nasal TissuesPeople begin using Afrin for one reason only; their nose is obstructed.

Why does this occur?
Acute infections or allergy attacks cause swelling of the nasal membranes leading to a temporary obstruction. However, in those individuals who already have an underlying structural problem, such as a deviated septum, this can lead people to use – and overuse – Afrin spray.

The nasal septum is the cartilage and bony midline partition wall in the nose separating the two breathing tunnels. If it is deviated or deformed, it can cause a permanent obstruction which narrows your nasal airway. This is what causes you to have obstructive symptoms.

If the side wall tissues, known as the turbinates, become swollen with an infection or because of an allergic reaction, this can be the double whammy. Two or three days of taking Afrin spray (or other similar decongestant sprays) might be helpful in alleviating discomfort and mouth breathing. But, if you take it any longer than 2-3 days, you will experience a rebound effect which causes the tissues to swell more after the initial relief. This leads to more frequent need and usage of Afrin which can cause an addictive condition known as rhinitis medicamentosa.

In most cases, the patients that I see with this problem have been overusing and abusing sprays for years!

Treatment with detox nasal medicine followed by correction of the underlying nasal anatomical deformities may be necessary.

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Can e Cigs (eCigarettes) Cause Cancer?

Man Smoking an e Cig (e-Cigarette)e-cigarettes and vaping have risen to popularity in recent years because many people thought they were safer than smoking traditional cigarettes. It turns out they are not.

In 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) extended the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act to cover e-cigarettes in order to control the sales and marketing of them. The American Lung Association1 has been sounding the alarm on e-cigarettes for some time now and reported a 900 percent increase in teenager’s use of e-cigarettes between 2011 and 2015. They are far from alone. There are numerous studies showing the high risks of e-cigarettes and vaping.

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When You Burn Your Tongue, What Gets Burned and How/Why Does It Get Better?

If you have ever burned your tongue you know how aggravating it can be. It’s the only thing you can think about until it has healed. It hurts, it prevents you from eating and drinking normally, and it may last longer than you think it should. It’s possible to burn your tongue on any food or drink if you underestimate its temperature. But what occurs physically when you burn your tongue and why does it hurt so much? Here are the facts.

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It’s Time to Get (Dead) Serious About Sleep Apnea

Passengers on subway platform as train passes byIn November, 2016, a Hoboken (NJ) commuter train crashed into the station platform at double its allowable speed causing falling debris and the unfortunate death of a woman standing on the platform. About 100 were injured. Just prior to the crash, the train reportedly sped around a curve at over 80 mph. The speed limit was 30 mph.

A few months later, a train on the Long Island Railroad crashed into the end of a track at the Atlantic Terminal Station in Brooklyn causing 108 injuries and over $5 million in damages.

 
In 2013, a few years prior, a Metro-North Railroad Hudson Line train (New York City) crashed into a curve at a speed 3x the allowable limit causing 4 fatalities, 61 injuries and $9 million in damage.

 

The cause of all three train crashes was sleep apnea.

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It’s Summer – Should I Be Eating Ice to Cool Down?

It’s summer and during its hot days, we’ve all seen many people chew on ice to cool down. Our question is – is this …

How Your Children Can Avoid Getting Sick at Summer Camp

According to the American Camp Association, the illness rate for campers is almost double the injury rate despite rigorous …

4 Signs That You May Have a Deviated Septum

The septum is the wall dividing the cavity in your nose into two halves. When that wall moves too far away from center, it’s …