Research & Publications

Head Lice Causes, Symptoms, and ENT/at-home Treatments

Child with head lice being treated by a nurseNo one wants their children to have head lice. Although it is common for school-age children to contract lice, it is troubling nonetheless for children and their families. Lice can be contracted whether the hair or the child’s environment is dirty or clean. Estimates show that 12 million people1 are infected with lice each year and the majority of them are children aged 3 to 12. Thankfully, lice do not carry illnesses, but they must be addressed immediately to prevent their spread through homes, schools and families. Adults can contract lice too, but children are more apt to because they play together, touch heads, share hats and head gear.

What are lice?
Head lice are tiny bugs that feed on the blood of the scalp. They grow fast and multiply quickly which is why it is so important to treat head lice aggressively. According to the Centers for Disease Control2, the life cycle of lice is as follows:

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What to Do if Your Child Can’t Concentrate, Lacks Energy, or Snores

If your child has trouble concentrating in school, lacks energy or is snoring while asleep, he or she may be suffering from sleep apnea. It’s estimated that one to four percent of children suffer from sleep apnea and many of them are between the ages of two and eight.1 An ear, nose, throat specialist can diagnose sleep apnea and prescribe effective treatments.

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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 Time to Get (Dead) Serious About Sleep Apnea

In November, 2016, a Hoboken (NJ) commuter train crashed into the station platform at double its allowable speed causing …

Sleep Apnea Linked to Alzheimer’s and Asthma

Asthmatics Have a 40% Greater Risk of Sleep Apnea According to the Wisconsin Sleep Cohort Study, those suffering with asthma …

Why Your Voice Ages and How to Protect It

Did you ever speak to someone on the phone and detect that they are older just by the sound of their voice? It’s not your …