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Meningitis not on GP's diagnostic radar, inquest hears
Kate Pierce was misdiagnosed with tonsillitis and suffered severe brain damage. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - September 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Kate Pierce's brain damage after meningitis misdiagnosis
Kate Pierce died in 2013 seven years after a doctor misdiagnosed her meningitis as tonsillitis. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - September 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

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

Teen with suspected tonsillitis was battling leukaemia
Ayisha Green, from Blackpool, lost half her body weight and her family suspected an eating disorder. It took six visits to a GP before she was finally diagnosed with the rare form of cancer. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News 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

Sore throat (acute): antimicrobial prescribing
This DRAFT guidance advises that acute sore throat (including pharyngitis and tonsillitis) is self-limiting and usually triggered by a viral infection of the upper respiratory tract. Complications are rare, and withholding antibiotics is unlikely to lead to complications. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Home strep tests save time and money
A new study, performed at MIT Medical, shows that most parents were able to successfully perform the Streptococcus (“strep throat”) test on their children. [Image from MIT]Parents could save time and money by testing for strep throat at home as opposed to going to the doctor, according to a new study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center researchers also collaborated on the study. Streptococcus, also known as strep throat, causes a sore, red throat that is sometimes accompanied by swollen tonsils, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. It is contagious...
Source: Mass Device - July 6, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Danielle Kirsh Tags: Diagnostics Pediatrics Research & Development Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Massachusetts Institute of Technology MedTech mit strep throat Streptococcus Source Type: news

Medical News Today: What causes white spots on the tonsils?
Several conditions can cause white spots to appear on the tonsils, including strep throat, oral thrush, and tonsillitis. Learn more in this article. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - June 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Ear, Nose and Throat 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

What are tonsil stones? THIS natural cure could get rid of problem - and bad breath
TONSIL stones are hard deposits which can form on the the tonsils, in the back of the throat. The formations are sometimes called tonsilloliths. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - June 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News 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

My Recent Firsthand Lesson: Understanding Challenges Of People With Disabilities
By Rich Sloane UCF Forum columnist I’ve had lots of minor scrapes and bumps in my 73 years, but nothing of consequence in the way of health-related problems, and certainly nothing that needed surgery – excluding having tonsils taken out at the tender age of 5 and a few skin cancer excisions later in life. I was fortunate. Then it happened. Two hips decided to go south on me about the same time, and for the first time in my life I experienced what I’d only read about and seen from a distance: being disabled. In November, my left hip was replaced and 4.5 months later I had the right hip done. The technical ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - May 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News 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

Cases in Tonsillitis: From the Routine to the Serious Cases in Tonsillitis: From the Routine to the Serious
Four short cases illustrate the key points of evidence-based diagnosis and management of tonsillitis and related concerns.Medscape Family Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - May 23, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Article Source Type: news

Cases in Tonsil Disease: From the Routine to the Serious Cases in Tonsil Disease: From the Routine to the Serious
Three short cases illustrate the key points of evidence-based diagnosis and management of tonsillitis and related concerns.Medscape Family Medicine (Source: Medscape Internal Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Internal Medicine Headlines - May 23, 2017 Category: Internal Medicine Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Article Source Type: news

Focus on: emergency hospital care for children and young people: what has changed in the past 10 years?
This report draws on emergency hospital admissions data and finds that the number of babies and young children admitted to hospital in an emergency has grown by almost a third over the past decade. The analysis reveals that many children are being admitted to hospital for conditions like asthma and tonsillitis – admissions that could potentially have been avoided with better care and support out of hospital. The report raises questions about where children and young people can access high quality treatment outside of the hospital emergency care setting (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - April 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Emergency admissions in young children rise a third in 10 years
GP workforce problems have contributed to growing levels of emergency hospital admissions for children with asthma, tonsillitis and epilepsy, researchers have warned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - April 27, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Clinical News Source Type: news

Throat Cancer Increasing; Doctors Urge Vaccination to Prevent It
Doctors are diagnosing more throat cancers caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV also causes other cancers, such as cervical, but throat cancer is quickly becoming the most common. The good news: the HPV vaccination, if people receive it early enough, can prevent most of these cancers, which are found in the tonsils and base of the tongue. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - April 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News 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

Shocking: Strep throat responsible for Michigan man's quadruple amputation
(Natural News) Most people are familiar with Streptococcal pharyngitis, or Strep throat, causing a sore throat, fever, and swollen tonsils. Though it typically goes away via antibiotics or home remedies, one man in Michigan almost lost his life after Strep traveled to his stomach. Kevin Breen, a 44-year-old from Alto, MI, a suburb in Grand Rapids,... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - March 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News 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

New Topic Page: Tonsillitis
Visit the new MedlinePlus Health Topic page on Tonsillitis. Tonsils are lumps of tissue at the back of the throat. There are two of them, one on each side... (Source: What's New on MedlinePlus)
Source: What's New on MedlinePlus - February 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health 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?
Research suggests looser surgical guidelines might be warranted for sore throat, sleep problems (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - January 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Should More Kids Have Their Tonsils Out?
Research suggests looser surgical guidelines might be warranted for sore throat, sleep problems Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Children's Health, Tonsils and Adenoids (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - 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

Should More Kids Have Their Tonsils Out?
Title: Should More Kids Have Their Tonsils Out?Category: Health NewsCreated: 1/17/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/17/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Kids Health General)
Source: MedicineNet Kids Health General - January 17, 2017 Category: Pediatrics 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

From strep throat to RSV: Winter health cheat sheet
According to this study published in Pediatrics, vapor rub can be effective in decreasing nighttime cough. Please note that some children may experience skin irritation. Vapor rub is not recommended for children under the age of 2. Keep the nasal passages as clear of excess mucous as you can. Elevate the head when sleeping to help support comfortable breathing. Keep a close eye on your child’s breathing. Notify your pediatric health care providers of any changes in your child’s condition. You should notify your pediatrician or call 911 immediately if your child displays signs of respiratory distress such as:&n...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - January 12, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Meaghan O'Keeffe Tags: Health & Wellness Parenting Croup RSV strep throat whooping cough 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

Medical News Today: Tonsil Stones: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment
What are tonsil stones? Are they dangerous? Learn how to treat tonsil stones, if they can be prevented, and other conditions that may affect the tonsils. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - January 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Ear, Nose and Throat Source Type: news

Reducing radiation successfully treats HPV-positive oropharynx cancers and minimizes side effects
Human papillomavirus-positive oropharynx cancers (cancers of the tonsils and back of the throat) are on rise. After radiation treatment, patients often experience severe, lifelong swallowing, eating, and nutritional issues. However, new clinical trial research shows reducing radiation for some patients with HPV-associated oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinomas can maintain high cure rates while sparing some of these late toxicities. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - December 27, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Bacterial infection: illustrated
Presentations of infections including an infected sebaceous cyst, tonsillitis, a dental abscess, mycoplasma pneumonia and mastitis. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - November 28, 2016 Category: Primary Care Tags: Infections and infestations Source Type: news

Cancer Research UK says poor diets, drinking and smoking cause mouth cancer rates to soar
Some 11,400 people are diagnosed with oral cancer in the UK each year – including cancer of the lips, tongue, mouth, tonsils and the middle part of the throat. The disease kills 2,300. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 25, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cancer Research UK says fatty foods, drinking and smoking cause mouth cancer rates to soar
Some 11,400 people are diagnosed with oral cancer in the UK each year – including cancer of the lips, tongue, mouth, tonsils and the middle part of the throat. The disease kills 2,300. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 25, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Ulcers in the mouth or unusual bleeding? Symptoms could indicate deadly mouth cancer
MOUTH cancer occurs when a tumour develops in the mouth, glands that produce saliva, the tonsils at the back of the mouth, and the part of the throat connecting your mouth to your windpipe. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - November 21, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Teenager thought she just had a sore throat, found out her body was actually rotting away
(NaturalNews) A British teenager who thought she just had tonsillitis nearly died before doctors discovered that she had a raging blood infection that was systematically poisoning all of her internal organs.Jess Lewin, 19, of Plymouth, was diagnosed with sepsis, also known as... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - November 14, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news