What are tonsils and adenoids

The tonsils and adenoids are masses of tissue that are similar to the lymph nodes or glands in the neck, groin or armpit. Tonsils are the two masses on the back of the throat. The adenoids are located in the upper part of the throat behind the nose and roof of the mouth (soft palate) […]

Tongue Tie

Most of us think of tongue-tie as a situation we find ourselves in when we are too excited to speak. Actually, tongue-tie is the non-medical term for a relatively common physical condition that limits the use of the tongue, ankyloglossia. Before we are born, a strong cord of tissue that guides development of mouth structures […]

Antihistamines Decongestants and Cold Remedies

Insight into recommended use and side effects What are the side effects of antihistamines? Who should not use decongestants? What are combination remedies? and more… Drugs for stuffy nose, sinus trouble, congestion and drainage, and the common cold constitute a large segment of the over-the-counter market for America’s medication industry. Even though they do not […]

How the Ear Works

 The ear has three main parts: the outer ear (including the external auditory canal), middle ear, and inner ear. The outer ear (the part you can see) opens into the ear canal. The eardrum (tympanic membrane) separates the ear canal from the middle ear. The middle ear contains three small bones which help amplify and […]

Cochlear Implants

A cochlear implant is an electronic device that restores partial hearing to individuals with severe to profound hearing loss who do not benefit from a conventional hearing aid. It is surgically implanted in the inner ear and activated by a device worn outside the ear. Unlike a hearing aid, it does not make sound louder […]

Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate

What is cleft lip and cleft palate? We all start out life with a cleft lip and palate. During normal fetal development between the 6th and 11th week of pregnancy, the clefts in the lip and palate fuse together. In babies born with cleft lip or cleft palate, one or both of these splits failed […]

Diet and Exercise Tips

Excessive body weight contributes to snoring and obstructive sleep apnea, in addition to being a major influence on general health and well-being. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs in about 50-60 percent of those who are obese. A recent report from the National Center for Health Statistics concludes that 35 percent of adults exercise regularly (more than […]

Smell and Taste

Insight into important senses How do smell and taste work? What causes loss of smell and taste? How are smell and taste loss diagnosed? and more… Problems with these senses have a big impact on our lives. Smell and taste contribute to our enjoyment of life by stimulating a desire to eat – which not […]

Bell’s Palsy

Insight into Bell’s palsy, including: What is Bell’s palsy? How is it treated? What if I don’t fully recover? What is Bell’s palsy? Bell’s palsy is a fast change to one side of your face resulting in weakness or complete loss of movement. It happens because of damage to the facial nerve of unknown cause. […]

Pediatric Food Allergies

Dust, mites, pet dander, and ragweed are not the only allergic threats to your child. Food allergies and sensitivities may cause a wide range of adverse reactions to the skin, respiratory system, stomach, and other physiological functions of the body. Determining what foods are the cause of an allergic reaction is key to treatment. Before […]