Posted 9:39 PM 4/20/2010
April 20, 2010 -- The sooner children with hearing loss receive cochlear implants, the better, according to new research in the April 21 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. Children who receive cochlear implants before 18 months of age are better able to hear, comprehend sound and music, and speak than are their counterparts who (More)
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Posted 4:59 PM 8/29/2008
Aug. 29, 2008 -- The body is a miraculous mechanism. Consider the once-lowly earwax. People used to try to remove it. Now, we now know that earwax has a job to do.
Think of it kind of like the oil in your car, except it doesn't ever have to be changed.
Earwax is created by a mixture of secretions from glands that line the ear canal, sloughed-off skin cells, and bits of hair.
Posted 11:56 PM 7/16/2008
Posted 11:28 PM 7/16/2008
Oct. 16, 2007 -- Doctors have found a bacterial strain that causes ear infections and resists all FDA-approved antibiotics for kids.
The bacterial strain also isn't targeted by the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine PCV7 routinely given to children.
Altering the PCV7 vaccine to cover the drug-resistant bacterial strain might be a solution. Tests of such a vaccine are under way, note Michael Pichichero, MD, and Janet Casey, MD.