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December 2008 Briefing - Otolaryngology

Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Otolaryngology for December 2008. 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.

Children with Asthma, Sick Parent Miss More Days of School

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 31 (HealthDay News) -- Children with asthma may be absent from school more often if they have a parent with a chronic disease, researchers report in the January issue of Pediatrics.

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Anatomical Landmarks Found for Optic Nerve Surgery

TUESDAY, Dec. 30 (HealthDay News) -- Identification of anatomic landmarks surrounding the ophthalmic artery is an important basis for optic nerve localization and prevention of ophthalmic artery injury during transsphenoidal optic nerve decompression surgery, according to a report published in the November issue of the Journal of Craniofacial Surgery.

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Nasal Obstruction Linked to Snoring, Daytime Sleepiness

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 17 (HealthDay News) -- Nasal obstruction contributes to snoring and excessive daytime sleepiness regardless of whether a person has allergic rhinitis, and this and other forms of sleep-disordered breathing are associated with resting energy expenditure, according to two reports published in the December issue of the Archives of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery.

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Homocysteine, Folate Linked to Laryngeal Cancer Risk

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 17 (HealthDay News) -- Metabolic changes in the levels of homocysteine, folate and vitamin B12 may play a role in laryngeal cancer, researchers report in the December issue of the Archives of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery.

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Medical Students Have Low Head and Neck Cancer Knowledge

TUESDAY, Dec. 16 (HealthDay News) -- Although medical students become more familiar with head and neck cancer as they progress through school, graduating students are still deficient in knowledge regarding head and neck cancer-specific risk factors, screening and examination guidelines and techniques, according to an article published in the December issue of the Archives of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery.

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Increased Risk of Bleeding Linked to Dexamethasone

TUESDAY, Dec. 9 (HealthDay News) -- Dexamethasone decreases the risk of nausea and vomiting, but is associated with an increased risk of postoperative bleeding in children following tonsillectomy, according to research published in the Dec. 10 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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