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Tailored Treatment for Head-and-Neck Cancer Mystery
Treatment TermsHead and Neck Cancer Overview Rob Vaughn found a lump on his neck that turned out to be cancer that had spread from somewhere else in his body. The trouble was, doctors couldn ’t find the original site of the cancer. That made his treatment decisions difficult -- until two Duke specialists offered him options, including the option for watchful waiting instead of extensive treatment. Hero Image20170914_robvaughn_neckcancer_083_herocrop.jpg Preview Image Content Blocks Header A Search for the Source of Cancer ContentVaughn, a Charlotte, NC, father of two, was 47 and in good health when he felt th...
Source: dukehealth.org: Duke Health News - September 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mf205 at duke.edu Source Type: news

Delaying child's tonsillectomy does not lower risk of developmental disorder
(Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health) Children under age 5 who underwent minor surgery requiring anesthesia had a 26 percent increased risk of later diagnosis with a mental disorder. However, the timing of the procedure did not affect this risk, according to a new study. Based on these findings, there is little support for delaying a minor procedure to reduce the potential neurodevelopmental risks of anesthesia in children. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 14, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

California judge: Girl deemed brain dead may still be alive
A California judge has ruled that a teen girl declared brain dead more than three years ago after a tonsillectomy may still be technically alive (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - September 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

California judge: Girl thought brain dead may still be alive
A Northern California judge says a teen girl declared brain dead more than three years ago after a tonsillectomy may still be technically alive (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - September 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

GWAS Identifies Variants Associated With Tonsillectomy GWAS Identifies Variants Associated With Tonsillectomy
Could recurrent tonsillitis have a genetic basis? The results of this GWAS investigation demonstrated that genetic variants in HORMAD2 are strongly associated with tonsillectomy.Journal of Medical Genetics (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - August 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pathology & Lab Medicine Journal Article Source Type: news

Family fights to get daughter ’s death ruling reversed
Jahi McMath, 13, was declared brain dead in 2013 after complications from routine tonsillectomy but kin say she still moves slightly on occasion (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - July 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Pressing Questions About Medical Procedures Aren ’ t Getting Attention: Reviewers Pressing Questions About Medical Procedures Aren ’ t Getting Attention: Reviewers
Thousands of studies have examined the value of tonsillectomies, but whether the benefits of the procedure outweigh the risks for a given patient still isn ’ t always clear, according to a commentary July 6 in JAMA Otolaryngology.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - July 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

What are Indications for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)?
DiscussionObstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) is defined as a “disorder of breathing during sleep characterized by prolonged partial upper airway obstruction and/or intermittent complete obstruction (obstructive apnea) that disrupts normal ventilation during sleep and normal sleep patterns.” It is different than primary snoring which is snoring without apnea, sleep arousals, or problems with gas exchange. OSAS symptoms include snoring (often with snorts, gasps or pauses), disturbed sleep (often frequent arousals) and daytime neurobehavioral problems. Sleepiness during the day can occur but is less common in...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - June 12, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

FDA Drug Safety Communication: Safety review update of codeine use in children; new Boxed Warning and Contraindication on use after tonsillectomy and/or adenoidectomy
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is updating the public about new actions being taken to address a known safety concern with codeine use in certain children after tonsillectomy and/or adenoidectomy (surgery to remove the tonsils and/or adenoids). (Source: FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research - What's New)
Source: FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research - What's New - May 25, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

FDA Drug Safety Communication: Codeine use in certain children after tonsillectomy and/or adenoidectomy may lead to rare, but life-threatening adverse events or death
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is reviewing reports of children who developed serious adverse effects or died after taking codeine for pain relief after tonsillectomy and/or adenoidectomy for obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (Source: FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research - What's New)
Source: FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research - What's New - May 25, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

When is Tonsillectomy Necessary
Tonsillectomy: When is it Necessary? (Source: eMedicineHealth.com)
Source: eMedicineHealth.com - May 24, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Tonsillotomy: Fewer adverse effects at first, but renewed inflammation/surgery possible
(Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care) In the short term, tonsillotomy is associated with less pain, as well as fewer swallowing and sleeping problems, than tonsillectomy. But regrowing tissue can lead to renewed inflammation. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 23, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Lingual Tonsillectomy Appears Effective for Pediatric OSA Lingual Tonsillectomy Appears Effective for Pediatric OSA
Lingual tonsillectomy appears effective for children with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) caused by lingual tonsil hypertrophy, researchers from Taiwan report.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines - February 28, 2017 Category: Surgery Tags: Pediatrics News Source Type: news

Tonsillectomies offer only modest benefits, studies find
Removing tonsils modestly reduced throat infections in the short term in children with moderate obstructive sleep-disordered breathing or recurrent throat infections, according to a systematic review. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - January 25, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

PodMed: A Medical News Roundup From Johns Hopkins (with audio)
(MedPage Today) -- This week's topics include coronary calcium scans and hypertension, a look at tonsillectomy, asthma in adults, and diabetes in China. (Source: MedPage Today Nephrology)
Source: MedPage Today Nephrology - January 21, 2017 Category: Urology & Nephrology Source Type: news

Tonsillectomy Shows Short-term Benefits for Apnea, Sore Throat Tonsillectomy Shows Short-term Benefits for Apnea, Sore Throat
Studies are needed to assess long-term benefit and characterize which patients will naturally outgrow recurrent throat infections vs those who need surgical intervention, new reviews showed.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines - January 18, 2017 Category: Surgery Tags: Pediatrics News Source Type: news

Kids' tonsillectomies make more sense for sleep apnea than strep throat
(Reuters Health) - Children who have their tonsils removed to treat chronic throat infections or breathing problems during sleep may get more short-term symptom relief than kids who don't get tonsillectomies, two recent studies suggest. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Tonsillectomy Improves Short-Term Health, Sleep Outcomes in Kids (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- But firm diagnosis called essential before procedure is indicated (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - January 17, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Should children get their tonsils taken out?
Tonsillectomies are effective in improving breathing during sleep and might reduce throat infections, two new papers suggest. But experts say more research is needed to weigh such benefits and surgical risks. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - January 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Should More Kids Have Their Tonsils Out?
TUESDAY, Jan. 17, 2017 -- Because of stringent tonsillectomy guidelines, some kids who could benefit from tonsil removal surgery aren't getting it, two new reviews suggest. To qualify for the surgery, a child must have many recurring throat... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - January 17, 2017 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Tonsillectomy improved throat infections in short-term, review finds
Children who had tonsillectomies to improve the number of sore throats or throat infections showed fewer clinician visits and fewer days of work or school missed in the year after surgery compared with children who did not receive surgery (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - January 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Tonsillectomy Beneficial in Short Term for Kids with Throat Infections (FREE)
By Deborah Lehman, MD Dr. Lehman is an associate editor with NEJM Journal Watch Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, from which this story was adapted. Full coverage is available at the link below.Tonsillectomy provides some short-term … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - January 16, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Girl, 9, DIES just 4 hours after getting her tonsils removed in routine operation
Anyialah Greer had her tonsils out at the Children's Hospital of Michigan in Detroit to cure sleep apnea. The 40-minute operation ended up taking two hours. She died hours after being discharged. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Pediatricians Say Codeine Is Not Safe For Children
Codeine is not safe to give to kids. The American Academy of Pediatrics issued a statement this week urging parents and doctors to stop giving children under the age of 18 both prescription and over-the-counter medications that include codeine, such as cough syrup and pain relievers.  “People have this very false misconception about codeine, thinking that it’s safer than other opioids,” Dr. Joseph Tobias, one of the study’s lead authors, told The Huffington Post. “Our whole push for writing this manuscript was to educate clinicians and push regulatory boards to pull codeine off the m...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - September 21, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Pediatricians Say Codeine Is Not Safe For Children
Codeine is not safe to give to kids. The American Academy of Pediatrics issued a statement this week urging parents and doctors to stop giving children under the age of 18 both prescription and over-the-counter medications that include codeine, such as cough syrup and pain relievers.  “People have this very false misconception about codeine, thinking that it’s safer than other opioids,” Dr. Joseph Tobias, one of the study’s lead authors, told The Huffington Post. “Our whole push for writing this manuscript was to educate clinicians and push regulatory boards to pull codeine off the m...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - September 21, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Doctors Strengthen Advice Against Codeine For Kids ’ Coughs, Pain
CHICAGO (AP) — The American Academy of Pediatrics has strengthened its warnings about prescribing codeine for children because of reports of deaths and risks for dangerous side effects including breathing problems. The academy’s advice, published in a report Monday in its medical journal, Pediatrics, mirrors warnings from the Food and Drug Administration about using codeine for kids’ coughs or pain. Studies suggest it is still commonly prescribed by doctors and dentists despite the risks and lack of evidence that it works to relieve coughs. Doctors and parents should choose another remedy when possible, i...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 19, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News codeine Source Type: news

One mom ’s insights: Navigating care for children with behavior differences
Diba Jalalzadeh, now 12, paces energetically around the waiting room. She has been coming to Boston Children’s Hospital since she was a baby. She sees plastic surgeon Dr. John Mulliken for her craniofacial condition, known as Crouzon syndrome. But he’s just one of her many doctors. Diba is followed by Dr. Linda Dagi (Ophthalmology), Dr. Bonnie Padwa (Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery), Dr. Mark Proctor (Neurosurgery), Dr. David Coulter (Neurology), Dr. Laurie Ohlms (Otolaryngology) Dr. John Emans (Orthopedic Surgery), Dr. Carolyn Bridgemohan (Developmental Medicine), Dr. Dascha Weir (Gastroenterology and Nutrition...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - August 17, 2016 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Nancy Fliesler Tags: Parenting autism Autism Spectrum Center child life Crouzon syndrome Dr. Bonnie Padwa Dr. Carolyn Bridgemohan Dr. Dascha Weir Dr. David Coulter Dr. John Emans Dr. Laurie Ohlms Dr. Linda Dagi Dr. Mark Proctor Dr. Roger Breitbart Source Type: news

Adenoidectomy
Title: AdenoidectomyCategory: Procedures and TestsCreated: 12/31/1997 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 8/16/2016 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Kids Health General)
Source: MedicineNet Kids Health General - August 16, 2016 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

Removal Of Tonsils, Appendix May Affect Fertility
BOSTON (CBS) – Could there be a link between having your appendix or your tonsils removed and your fertility? Some people have worried that if a woman has her appendix removed that she might have a harder time becoming pregnant. The theory is that scar tissue formation after surgery could affect her reproductive organs. But according to a new study out of the United Kingdom, women who had either their appendix or their tonsils removed had higher pregnancy rates than women who didn’t, and the rates were even higher among women who had had both surgeries performed. It’s important to point out that this was ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local CBS Boston Dr. Mallika Marshall Women's Health Source Type: news

Is Appendix, Tonsil Removal Related to Fertility?
Women Who've Had Appendix or Tonsils Removed Have Higher Pregnancy Rates: Study (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - August 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Women without tonsils, appendix are 'more fertile,' study says
Stephen FellerDUNDEE, Scotland, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Woman with their appendix or tonsils removed are more likely to get pregnant, report researchers at the University of Dundee and University College London. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - August 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Health Highlights: Aug.3, 2016
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Women Who've Had Appendix or Tonsils Removed Have Higher Pregnancy Rates: Study Women who've had their tonsils or appendix removed are more... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - August 3, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Pregnancy rates higher for women who have had tonsils, appendix removed
A new study suggests women who underwent surgical removal of the appendix or tonsils when younger are more likely to become pregnant. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - August 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Fertility Source Type: news

Women without tonsils or appendix may be more fertile
A new 15-year study has found that women who had their tonsils or appendix removed are more likely to get pregnant, and sooner, than the normal population. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - August 2, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Women without appendix 'more fertile'
Women who have had their appendix or tonsils removed appear to be more fertile, a 15-year study of more than half a million British women suggests. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - August 2, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Limits of Google: How Patients Can Find Out What Works In Medical Care
This report increased the likelihood that patients who might benefit from the drug will have it covered by their insurance. ICER calculates a fair benchmark price to the manufacturer, the payer, the patient and the overall health system, so that these decisions can be made collaboratively in full view of you, the patient. These decisions have always been made behind closed doors, so the fact that cost is being addressed and discussed openly provides patients with a significant advantage. Still, when it comes to considering costs, some patient advocacy groups get nervous when the subject comes up. I would not be fair if I...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - July 27, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Hemostatic Matrix to Reduce Bleeding After Tonsillectomy Hemostatic Matrix to Reduce Bleeding After Tonsillectomy
An absorbable, flowable gelatin-thrombin hemostatic matrix (GTHM) may reduce secondary bleeding after tonsillectomy in children, researchers from Turkey report. Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Pathology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pathology Headlines - July 25, 2016 Category: Pathology Tags: General Surgery News Source Type: news

Tonsillectomy: When is it Necessary?
(Source: eMedicineHealth.com)
Source: eMedicineHealth.com - June 9, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Some Kids Having Tonsil, Adenoid Surgery Should Be InpatientsSome Kids Having Tonsil, Adenoid Surgery Should Be Inpatients
A large proportion of pediatric patients undergo tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy in ambulatory settings, including some who should be treated in the hospital, according to researchers from Stanford University in California. Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - March 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pediatrics News Source Type: news

Outpatient Tonsillectomy May Be Safe in Younger ChildrenOutpatient Tonsillectomy May Be Safe in Younger Children
Children 36 months and younger may not require inpatient tonsillectomy, according to results from a retrospective medical record review. Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines - February 13, 2016 Category: Surgery Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Tonsillectomy can improve quality of life
(Deutsches Aerzteblatt International) Adults suffering from frequent sore throats might find relief by having their tonsils removed: after undergoing tonsillectomy (surgical removal of the tonsils), people were found to have fewer cases of sore throat, fewer missed working days, and an improved quality of life. Götz Senska and coauthors analyzed the long-term effects of tonsillectomy based on patient surveys, recently published in Deutsches Ärzteblatt International. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 15, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

DR ELLIE CANNON: Does my son need tonsils out to fix his bad breath? 
The Mail on Sunday's brilliant GP answers questions on whether a teenager's tonsils should be removed and reveals what benefits the new pneumonia vaccination has. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 19, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Patient 'heard and felt' everything while having his tonsils removed in Sydney
A Sydney man undergoing surgery to have his tonsils removed ‘heard and felt what has happening’ after an anaesthetist failed to turn on the machine to administer desflurane, a general anaesthesia. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 8, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Kaleb’s journey: Treating C-diff with fecal microbiota transplantation
Bath time and bubbles, snuggling with Mom and playing hockey with his big brother are just a few of Kaleb’s favorite things. But for the bright-eyed three-year-old from Massachusetts, things weren’t always so carefree. Kaleb’s health changes: Battling ear infections and diarrhea As an infant, Kaleb was a healthy baby boy. He was eating well and growing by leaps and bounds. At six months, his health began to change. Multiple ear infections followed by numerous antibiotic treatments became a painful part of Kaleb’s young life. As his first birthday approached, a second, unrelated condition emerged. Bo...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - October 27, 2015 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Maureen McCarthy Tags: All posts Diseases & conditions Center for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) fecal transplant gastroenterology George Russell Mark Volk Poop pill Source Type: news

What is a Tonsillolith?
Discussion Tonsillolith or tonsil stones are calcified structures that form in the palantine tonsillar crypts. The calculi are made up of calcium and other salts, along with microorganisms and other unidentified material (oral debris), that are likely caused by chronic irritation of the tonsil. Tonsilloliths often cause no problems and are an incidental finding on physical examination, but they can cause irritation, local pain, referred pain (to the ear), foreign body sensation, abscess and halitosis. Bacterial metabolism can cause volatile sulfur compounds and gases to be produced, thus causing oral halitosis. Tonsillolit...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - October 26, 2015 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

The Big See: Living With Metastatic Breast Cancer
I was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in April of 2011. I had effectively sidestepped medical drama my entire life (I'm not counting a tonsillectomy at age 7 or the time a door slammed on my index finger and the top had to be reattached or even the time a fish hook lodged itself in the roof of my mouth when I was little and my grandparents were fishing from their porch in Atlantic City). I held no truck with medical drama. And then, well, cancer. Or, as I have come to call it, The Big See. I was in my 50s, working a hugely stressful job, taking care of everything except myself as per usual, as had been the case my ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - October 14, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

One Fifth of Kids Have Complication After TonsillectomyOne Fifth of Kids Have Complication After Tonsillectomy
Nineteen percent of children had a postoperative complication after adenotonsillectomy, with 9.4% having respiratory compromise, the most frequent complication, and 2.6% having secondary hemorrhage. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - September 23, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pediatrics News Source Type: news

Tonsillectomy for Sleep Apnea Carries Risks for Some Kids: Study
Though the surgery is a primary treatment for sleep disorder, breathing problems can occur afterwards (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - September 22, 2015 Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: webmaster at doctorslounge.com Tags: Neurology, Nursing, ENT, Pediatrics, Pulmonology, Surgery, News, Source Type: news

Tonsillectomy for Sleep Apnea Carries Risks for Some Kids: Study
Though the surgery is a primary treatment for sleep disorder, breathing problems can occur afterwards (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - September 21, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Tonsillectomy for Sleep Apnea Carries Risks for Some Kids
Though the surgery is a primary treatment for sleep disorder, breathing problems can occur afterwards Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Children's Health, Sleep Apnea, Tonsils and Adenoids (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - September 21, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news