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August 2019 Briefing - Otolaryngology

Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Otolaryngology for August 2019. 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.

CDC: Mumps Outbreak Reported in Migrant Detention Facilities

FRIDAY, Aug. 30, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- There have been confirmed and probable mumps cases reported among adult migrants detained in facilities, according to research published in the Aug. 30 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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Certain Dietary Supplements Tied to Dysphagia, Choking in Seniors

TUESDAY, Aug. 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Most reports of swallowing problems caused by dietary supplements involve seniors taking multivitamins or calcium supplements, according to a research letter published online Aug. 20 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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GERD Associated With Chronic Temporomandibular Disorder

MONDAY, Aug. 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Symptomatic gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is associated with chronic temporomandibular disorder (TMD), and the correlation is partially mediated by somatization, anxiety, and undermined sleep, according to a study published online Aug. 19 in CMAJ, the journal of the Canadian Medical Association.

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Advertising Can Promote Interest in Health-Related Research

THURSDAY, Aug. 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Advertising current local health-related research using large TV monitors in emergency department waiting rooms can increase the short-term interest in health-related research, according to a study published online Aug. 1 in BMJ Open.

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CDC: Over One-Third of U.S. Youth Exposed to Secondhand Smoke

THURSDAY, Aug. 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- More than one-third of U.S. nonsmoking youth are exposed to secondhand smoke (SHS) from tobacco, according to an August data brief published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Health Statistics.

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Non-Hospital-Based Provider-to-Patient Telehealth Use Growing

TUESDAY, Aug. 13, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Use of non-hospital-based provider-to-patient telehealth grew almost 1,400-fold from 2014 to 2018, according to a FAIR Health White Paper.

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One-Third of Physicians Will Take 10+ Years to Pay Off Debt

MONDAY, Aug. 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly two-thirds of actively practicing physicians are still carrying medical school debt, according to the Medical School Debt Report 2019, published by the staffing firm Weatherby Healthcare.

Medical School Debt Report 2019

Hearing Loss Increases Risk for Dementia in Taiwanese Individuals

MONDAY, Aug. 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Taiwanese individuals between the ages of 45 and 64 years old diagnosed with hearing loss are at a greater risk for developing dementia than those without hearing loss, according to a study published online July 31 in JAMA Network Open.

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Delayed/Foregone Care More Likely for Cancer Survivors With HDHPs

FRIDAY, Aug. 9, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Cancer survivors with high-deductible health plans (HDHPs) are more likely to experience delayed or foregone care, according to a study published online Aug. 8 in the Journal of Oncology Practice.

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Sleep Apnea Traits May Predict Response to Oral Appliance Tx

FRIDAY, Aug. 9, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Quantifying obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) traits using clinical polysomnography may identify an endotype-based subgroup of patients that is responsive to oral appliance therapy, according to a study published online Aug. 9 in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society.

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No Evidence for Benefits of Opioids After Pediatric Tonsillectomy

FRIDAY, Aug. 9, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- For children undergoing tonsillectomy, having perioperative opioid fills is not associated with return visits for pain or dehydration, according to a study published online Aug. 8 in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.

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Medicare Spending on Essential Medicines Up 116 Percent From 2011 to 2015

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 7, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Spending associated with essential medicines grew substantially from 2011 to 2015 for Medicare Part D beneficiaries, according to a study published online July 17 in The BMJ.

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Education Emphasized in Guidelines on Sudden Hearing Loss

MONDAY, Aug. 5, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- For patients presenting with sudden sensorineural hearing loss, education about the condition and benefits and risks of medical intervention are emphasized in an updated clinical practice guideline published online Aug. 1 in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

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Brand-Brand Competition Has Not Cut Prices in Pharma Market

FRIDAY, Aug. 2, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Brand-brand competition in the U.S. pharmaceutical market has not lowered drug list prices, according to a review published online July 30 in PLOS Medicine.

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Trump Admin Announces Plan to Allow Drug Imports From Canada

THURSDAY, Aug. 1, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Americans could import less expensive prescription drugs from Canada under a plan being developed by the Trump administration.

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Many Hospitals Lack Sufficient Surgery Volumes

THURSDAY, Aug. 1, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Patients can achieve better outcomes by choosing a hospital and a surgeon with adequate, ongoing experience performing a specific surgery, according to a new report entitled Safety In Numbers: The Leapfrog Group's Report on High-Risk Surgeries Performed at American Hospitals.

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