Research & Publications

Laryngopharyngeal Reflux (LPR) Causes and Treatment

Causes of and Treatment for Laryngopharyngeal Reflux

The scene repeats itself daily in my office: I have just informed the patient that I believe that reflux is the cause of his longstanding uncomfortable throat symptoms.

“Reflux?”, he asks. “Isn’t that from stomach acid? But I never have heartburn or indigestion! I never taste acid in my throat! My GI doctor even did an endoscopy and told me my esophagus is normal. How could this possibly be from reflux?”

Read more

ENT News Update | Summer 2013

Prevalence and Impact of Balance Disorders in the Elderly

Impaired balance and dizziness, among the most common chronic problems elderly people report to their physicians, can result from abnormalities in various organ systems, including the central and peripheral nervous vestibular, cardiovascular and cerebrovascular. Lin and Bhattacharyya from Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts, investigated balance disorder prevalence among the elderly population and its impact on activities of daily living (ADL). From the 2008 sample of the National Health Interview Survey, which is conducted annually by the US Census Bureau, data were extracted for 37.3 million people aged >= 65 years. The mean age of this population was 74.4 years; 56.9% were women. Of the total sample, 19.6% reported a problem with dizziness or balance in the preceding 12 months.

Read more

Is Snoring Keeping You Awake?

By Donald M. Sesso, D.O.

Donald Sesso Otolaryngologist Philadelphia

Sleeping with a snorer can take a toll on your health. While the health risks of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and snoring are widely discussed, less is understood regarding the consequences of sleeping with a snorer. According to the National Sleep Foundation, snoring affects 90 million adults, 37 million of them on a regular basis. Men are twice as likely as women to snore; however, that gap closes after menopause. Untreated OSA and snoring may pose serious health problems and can negatively impact one’s quality of life. OSA has been linked to high blood pressure, heart disease, dementia, depression, anxiety and death. Sleep-deprived people are subject to a higher risk of accidents, poor concentration, impaired work performance and strained interpersonal relationships. More recent research has shown that the bed-partners of snorers may have health risks as well. Thus, the number of patients and their bed-partners affected by snoring is staggering and poses a serious public health risk.

Read more

Your Sinuses: What They Do and How They Work

By Marta T. Becker, M.D.

When you are talking to your friend or family member about your stuffy nose, runny nose, or chronic post-nasal drip, you may find yourself telling them that you have a “sinus problem.” When non-doctors speak about these common problems, they often use the term “sinus” when they are really talking about their nose.

(download PDF version)

Snoring: What to Do About It

By Todd C. Morehouse, D.O.

Tossing. Turning. Pillow over your head. Wishing you could get back to sleep, but that noise has been keeping you awake for hours. At some point in our lives, we have all experienced the effects of “second hand” snoring. Perhaps your spouse snores, or a travel mate on a trip made you tired for the big meeting the next day.

(download PDF version)

Your Hoarse Voice

By Marta T. Becker, M.D.

Your voice has become scratchy and still isn’t normal. Why? The answer to this question can be as different as different people and may have to do with illness, voice-use habits, allergies, stomach acid, medications that you take, among many other possibilities. Sometimes several influences act together to produce the problem.

(download PDF version)

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 …