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Hospital-Based Practice Versus Physician Private Practice

The other day, an astute patient of mine asked what the difference is between a physician who works for a hospital (hospital-based practice) versus a physician run private practice.
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Dr. Chang a Washingtonian Top Doctor for 2012

Dr. Chang a Washingtonian Top Doctor for 2012 | Ear Nose and Throat Musings | Scoop.it
For 2012, Dr. Chang was selected as a Washingtonian Top Doctor in the field of otolaryngology. This year's list was published in the March 2012 issue of the magazine.
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Unnecessary Sinus Surgery

Unnecessary Sinus Surgery | Ear Nose and Throat Musings | Scoop.it
A well-respected ENT surgeon, Dr. Salah Salman, recently wrote a book, "Scrubbed Out," critical of the American health system with its links to corporation, powerful lobbies, administrators, and bureaucrats resulting in care driven by money rather...
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Rush Limbaugh Has a Cochlear Implant

Rush Limbaugh Has a Cochlear Implant | Ear Nose and Throat Musings | Scoop.it
Infamous conservative talk show host, Rush Limbaugh, suffered from a rare hearing disorder called Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease.
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If Computer Security Experts are Getting Hacked, Why are Hospitals/Doctors Expected to be Better?

If Computer Security Experts are Getting Hacked, Why are Hospitals/Doctors Expected to be Better? | Ear Nose and Throat Musings | Scoop.it
As anyone knows from reading the newspaper recently, major computer security firms like RSA and Verisign have been hacked. Even the pentagon!
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Best Drops for Earwax Removal

Best Drops for Earwax Removal | Ear Nose and Throat Musings | Scoop.it
It's about time, but some researchers actually put to the test to try and determine what is the best solution to dissolve/remove earwax.
The verdict was... WATER!
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TV Show SMASH Portrays Ivy With Vocal Issues

TV Show SMASH Portrays Ivy With Vocal Issues | Ear Nose and Throat Musings | Scoop.it
In last night's episode (Episode 106: Chemistry) of the new hit TV drama SMASH, the main character Ivy who plays Marilyn Monroe in the show developed laryngitis that affected her ability to sing clearly, especially in the high registers.
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Tongue Taste Map is a LIE!

Tongue Taste Map is a LIE! | Ear Nose and Throat Musings | Scoop.it
As children, we all learned about the 4 different taste qualities the human tongue can appreciate: salty, sugar, bitter, and sour. Savory or umami was added in 1985. "Calcium" has been proposed in 2008 as well as more recently, "fatty" taste.
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Recipe How to Make Snot Boogers

Recipe How to Make Snot Boogers | Ear Nose and Throat Musings | Scoop.it
British researchers are at it again!
The British Society for Immunology have developed a recipe to make your very own authentic-appearing snot of various colors of tan thru green.
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FDA Approves New Surgical Reflux Treatment

FDA Approves New Surgical Reflux Treatment | Ear Nose and Throat Musings | Scoop.it
On March 22, 2012, the FDA approved the LINX Reflux Management System to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Developed by Torax Medical, the "LINX system is composed of a series of titanium beads, each with a magnetic core, connected...
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FDA Approves New "Dry" Steroid Nasal Spray

FDA Approves New "Dry" Steroid Nasal Spray | Ear Nose and Throat Musings | Scoop.it
On March 26, 2012, the FDA approved of a new type of steroid nasal spray in the treatment of nasal allergies that puffs powder into the nose rather than a liquid.
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mytexasent's curator insight, December 27, 2013 4:25 AM

Due to harmful rays, pollution, disturb ecological balance had great effects on many people including every age group and directly effects our eyes, nose and ear. As ears, nose and throat form a network of interrelated systems in the human body, and factors that affect one often affect the others. That’s why all the three problems are treated by same physicians known as Otolaryngologist or simply as ENT Doctors. My Texas ENT specializes in disorders of the head and neck ranging from hearing loss to cancer. We are well known Dallas Snoring Center, ear nose and throat doctor Irving TX, Dallas Sleep Center to provide outstanding care within our specialty, utilizing the most sophisticated evaluation methods and state-of-the-art treatment options.

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Kissing the Ear Can Cause Permanent Hearing Loss

Kissing the Ear Can Cause Permanent Hearing Loss | Ear Nose and Throat Musings | Scoop.it
MSNBC reported 3/29/12 about a phenomenon called cochlear ear-kiss injury. This condition is when hearing loss occurs after a person kisses someone else over the ear, usually a mom over a baby's or child's ear.
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How Does Cervical Spine Surgery Potentially Cause Voice and Swallow Problems? [video]

How Does Cervical Spine Surgery Potentially Cause Voice and Swallow Problems? [video] | Ear Nose and Throat Musings | Scoop.it
It is not unusual for an ENT surgeon to see patients with swallowing and voice difficulties after cervical spine surgery. In particular, the ACDF surgery (Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion).
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Hiccups and Laryngospasm

Hiccups and Laryngospasm | Ear Nose and Throat Musings | Scoop.it
So one day I was having some bad hiccups... you know, the obnoxious kind complete with strangled noise and chest jerks.
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Surgical Time-Out, circa Year 2050

Surgical Time-Out, circa Year 2050 | Ear Nose and Throat Musings | Scoop.it
In the year 2050, surgical time-outs have reached a new level of safety to ensure the utmost care and risk reduction for patients.
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Celine Dion Cancels Shows Due to Laryngitis

Celine Dion Cancels Shows Due to Laryngitis | Ear Nose and Throat Musings | Scoop.it
In late Feb 2012, Celine Dion who was to have performed in Las Vegas Feb 22, 2012, cancelled her show at the last minute at the Caesar's Palace due to laryngitis on the advice of her doctors.
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Pill Rather than Allergy Shots for Ragweed

Pill Rather than Allergy Shots for Ragweed | Ear Nose and Throat Musings | Scoop.it
If all goes well, in 2013 there will be a pill a patient can take rather than allergy shots to tone down the immune response to not only grasses (Grazax), but also ragweed.
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How to Make Sudafed from Meth

How to Make Sudafed from Meth | Ear Nose and Throat Musings | Scoop.it
Given the increasing difficulty in obtaining "over-the-counter" sudafed (pseudoephedrine) to the point where it is easier to obtain the illegal drug methylamphetamine, a chemist has written a paper describing how to make sudafed from meth using...
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Singer John Mayer Has Recurrence of Vocal Cord Granuloma

Singer John Mayer Has Recurrence of Vocal Cord Granuloma | Ear Nose and Throat Musings | Scoop.it
In September 2011, grammy-award winning singer John Mayer announced the cancellation of a number of concerts as well as an album due to the development of a vocal cord granuloma of his voicebox. Read a blog article about this.
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How Many Infections in a Child is "Normal" Per Year?

How Many Infections in a Child is "Normal" Per Year? | Ear Nose and Throat Musings | Scoop.it
Kids get a lot of infections... but at what point should a parent be concerned on how often these infections occur, particularly upper respiratory infections?
A German study went about to determine the answer to just that question...
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Government Sponsored Studies Not Getting Published

Government Sponsored Studies Not Getting Published | Ear Nose and Throat Musings | Scoop.it
Yale researchers published a study on whether NIH-funded studies get published after research completion.
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Celebrity Chef Grant Achatz With Stage 4 Tongue Cancer

Celebrity Chef Grant Achatz With Stage 4 Tongue Cancer | Ear Nose and Throat Musings | Scoop.it
Chicago news recently published a story about their very own celebrity chef Grant Achatz who suffered from Stage 4B squamous cell carcinoma of the tongue.
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How is a Hole in the Eardrum Repaired?

How is a Hole in the Eardrum Repaired? | Ear Nose and Throat Musings | Scoop.it
After a decision has been made to repair a hole in the eardrum (also known as tympanic membrane perforation), it is not uncommon for patients to get confused among the different surgical techniques used to fix it.
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Strong Sneeze Broke Woman's Neck

Strong Sneeze Broke Woman's Neck | Ear Nose and Throat Musings | Scoop.it
Fox News reported yesterday about an Australian woman, Monique Jeffrey, who sneezed SO hard that she broke her neck... literally.
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Why Does My Voice Sound Different on Recording and Treatment Options

Why Does My Voice Sound Different on Recording and Treatment Options | Ear Nose and Throat Musings | Scoop.it
Every so often, I have a patient who presents to my office with a complaint that their voice sounds different on recording than what they themselves hear.
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