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Drugs May Be as Good as Surgery for Chronic Sinusitis

Posted 29 Oct 2015 by

THURSDAY, Oct. 29, 2015 – If you struggle with chronic sinus infections and think surgery is the only way to end your misery, new research suggests that's not always the case. Sticking with treatments that can include nasal sprays, antibiotics and antihistamines may be as effective as surgery in helping some patients achieve a better quality of life, the small study found. Among 38 patients with chronic sinus infections who continued with medical therapy rather than have surgery, the annual cost of lost productivity dropped from more than $3,400 to about $2,700 over almost 13 months of treatment. Moreover, absenteeism was reduced from five days to two days and going to work sick was cut from 17 days to 15 days, the researchers reported. "Patients who have relatively minimally reduced productivity at work and minimally reduced quality of life from their underlying chronic sinusitis can ... Read more

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'Green' Public Housing May Help Families Breathe Easier

Posted 20 Oct 2015 by

TUESDAY, Oct. 20, 2015 – Low-income families living in "green" public housing may have fewer problems with asthma and other respiratory conditions, a new study finds. Researchers found that children living in Boston's newer, greener public housing had fewer asthma attacks, hospital visits and missed school days, compared with their peers in standard public housing. Adults, meanwhile, were less likely to report symptoms consistent with a condition called "sick building syndrome" – which include dizziness, headaches, nausea and eye irritation. The research, reported in the American Journal of Public Health, did not find a cause-and-effect link that proves green housing improves people's respiratory health. But it makes sense that it would, said lead researcher Meryl Colton, who was at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston when the study was conducted. It's known that ... Read more

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Health Tip: Coping With Sinusitis

Posted 12 Oct 2015 by

-- When you develop a sinus infection, it can take time for symptoms to subside. In the meantime, there are things you can do to get some relief. The Mayo Clinic suggests: Drink plenty of liquids, particularly water and juice. Avoid alcohol and anything caffeinated. Keep sinus cavities moist and warm. Take a hot shower, or apply a warm towel to your face while you sit over a warm bowl of water. Use a saline solution to flush your sinuses. Elevate your head while you sleep, allowing your sinuses to drain. Read more

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Sinus Surgery May Also Ease Sleep Apnea

Posted 10 Sep 2015 by

THURSDAY, Sept. 10, 2015 – Struggling to breathe with sinus troubles can keep you from getting a good night's sleep. But a new study suggests that surgery to deal with chronically stuffed sinuses can help people breathe and sleep better, including people with sleep apnea. The study found that 15 percent of people with chronically stuffed sinuses also had the sleep disorder obstructive sleep apnea. After surgery to clear the sinuses, people reported better quality of life and improved sleep, regardless of whether or not they had a sleep disorder. "Poor sleep, feeling tired, and fatigue are all frequent complaints of patients with chronic sinus disease," said study author Dr. Jeremiah Alt, an ear, nose and throat surgeon at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. According to Dr. Jordan Josephson, an ear, nose and throat specialist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, "Sinus and ... Read more

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Many Doctors Work While Sick, Survey Shows

Posted 6 Jul 2015 by

MONDAY, July 6, 2015 – Many health care professionals work when they are sick, putting their patients at risk for serious illness or even death, new research suggests. The danger is greatest for patients with weakened immune systems, and the study authors noted that these practices also increase health care costs. Since the consequences of these types of infections can be significant, the researchers wanted to know why health care professionals didn't stay home when they were ill. So, they surveyed doctors, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurse anesthetists and midwives. A team of researchers, led by Julia Szymczak of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, received anonymous responses from more than 500 health care professionals. The vast majority of those surveyed (95 percent) believed that working while sick put their patients at risk. Still, 83 percent admitted to ... Read more

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Health Tip: Why Is My Nose Bleeding?

Posted 22 May 2015 by

-- Nosebleeds can be frightening and uncomfortable, but are rarely serious. The Cleveland Clinic says possible nosebleed triggers include: Warm or hot, non-humid air that dries membranes inside the nasal passages. Sinusitis, a cold or allergy that triggers lots of sneezing and blowing of the nose. A facial injury. Sticking a foreign object in the nose, or picking the nose. High blood pressure, or taking a medication that thins the blood. Exposure to an irritating chemical. A deviated septum. Surgery involving the nose or face. Read more

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Health Tip: Warning Signs of Sinusitis

Posted 20 Jan 2015 by

-- Sinusitis, or inflamed sinuses, can be misdiagnosed as a cold or allergy. The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology explains these possible symptoms of sinusitis: Having postnasal drip. Excreting green or yellow nasal discharge. Feeling stuffy or congested. Having a headache in the front of the head and pain in the teeth. Developing a cough and bad breath. Running a fever and feeling tired. Read more

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Kids' Sinusitis Might Not Need Antibiotics, New Guidelines Say

Posted 24 Jun 2013 by

MONDAY, June 24 – Doctors don't have to automatically prescribe an antibiotic to treat children who appear to have acute sinus infections, according to new guidelines issued by a leading group of pediatricians. Instead, they can take a "watch and wait" approach if it appears the infection might clear on its own, according to the new American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines. "The practitioner can either treat immediately or consider waiting for a couple of days," said Dr. Ellen Wald, chairwoman of the academy's subcommittee on acute sinusitis. "If the kid doesn't look dramatically ill, you can wait an extra couple of days to see if they improve on their own." The previous guidelines, passed in 2001, recommended antibiotic therapy for all children diagnosed with acute bacterial sinusitis, which is defined as persistent signs of sinus infection lasting more than 10 days. Doctors now can ... Read more

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Some 'Super Tasters' Might Be Less Prone to Sinus Woes

Posted 9 Oct 2012 by

TUESDAY, Oct. 9 – A person's ability to taste certain bitter flavors is directly related to their ability to fight off chronic sinus infections, according to a new study. The finding might someday lead to new ways to diagnose and treat patients with chronic sinus conditions, according to the researchers. Up to 25 percent of people cannot taste certain bitter flavors (non-tasters), 25 percent can taste extremely small quantities of bitter flavors (super-tasters) and the remainder of people are somewhere between the two extremes. This study found that a bitter taste receptor (T2R38) that functions in the upper airway detects molecules secreted by a certain class of bacteria. "These molecules instruct other bacteria to form a biofilm, which helps harbor the bacteria," study senior author Dr. Noam Cohen, director of the Rhinology Research Lab at the University of Pennsylvania in ... Read more

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'Superpowered' Bacteria May Lurk Behind Sinus Infections

Posted 12 Sep 2012 by

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 12 – A small new study offers insight into the germ warfare that goes on inside the heads of people with chronic sinus infections. Harmless bacteria become superpowered and create trouble in the sinuses of affected people, the findings suggest. The research doesn't seem likely to immediately help relieve long-lasting sinus infections, which can be extremely difficult to treat and cause intense misery in sufferers. But the study could open the door to greater understanding of the disease, said study co-author Susan Lynch, an associate professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. "This may be why some patients never recover," she said. "There's promise of maybe having an alternative approach to treatment." Sinus infections are defined as chronic when they last for more than three months. Bacteria can cause them, often after a cold, and they lead ... Read more

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Steroids Won't Ease Most Sinusitis Attacks, Study Finds

Posted 7 Aug 2012 by

TUESDAY, Aug. 7 – Despite their increasing popularity as a treatment for sinusitis, corticosteroids do not seem to ease the symptoms of this common infection, a new Dutch study suggests. "This condition can considerably impair daily functioning, and its unpleasant symptoms may have a negative influence on the quality of life," said study author Dr. Roderick Venekamp, a postdoctoral researcher and general practitioner trainee in the department of otorhinolaryngology at the University Medical Centre Utrecht. "As a consequence, patients' needs toward an effective therapy are often high. This might explain the high antibiotic prescribing rates in daily practice," Venekamp said. "However, previous studies revealed that the vast majority of patients with mild to moderate acute rhinosinusitis do not benefit from antibiotics." "Nowadays, intranasal corticosteroids – anti-inflammatory drugs – ... Read more

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Steroid Nasal Sprays Show Small Benefit for Sinusitis: Study

Posted 15 May 2012 by

TUESDAY, May 15 – Corticosteroid nasal sprays apparently are not a silver bullet when it comes to symptom relief for acute sinusitis patients, a new review suggests. The British analysis of six prior studies found that the sprays confer only a small degree of benefit, and only after being taken for three weeks at relatively high doses. The disappointing observation comes amid growing public health concerns that the more common use of antibiotics for short-term sinusitis symptoms is both ineffective and potentially dangerous because the drugs contribute to bacterial resistance. "Looking at all the trials together, we found that nasal steroids seem to give a small benefit for patients with acute sinusitis," said study co-author Matthew Thompson, a senior clinical scientist in the department of primary care health sciences at the University of Oxford, in England. "In fact, they work about ... Read more

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Antibiotics Useless for Most Sinus Infections, Experts Say

Posted 21 Mar 2012 by

WEDNESDAY, March 21 – Most sinus infections are caused by viruses and should not be treated with antibiotics, which target bacteria and are useless against viruses, new expert guidelines state. About 14 percent (one in seven) of people are diagnosed with a sinus infection each year, and sinus infections remain the fifth leading reason for an antibiotic prescriptions. However, between 90 percent and 98 percent of the infections are caused by viruses, which are not affected by antibiotics, according to the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), which released the new advisory on Wednesday. IDSA noted that the inappropriate overuse of antibiotics is encouraging the development of tough-to-treat, drug-resistant bacteria or "superbugs." An inability to determine which germ is behind a particular case of sinusitis often leads to inappropriate prescribing, one expert said. "There is ... Read more

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Alternative Medicine May Help Ease Chronic Sinusitis

Posted 21 Mar 2012 by

WEDNESDAY, March 21 – When used in tandem with standard Western treatments, alternative therapies such as acupuncture, acupressure and dietary changes may spell significant relief for patients battling chronic sinusitis, a new pilot study suggests. The authors say that their study is the first to explore the potential of combining Western medicine with Eastern therapies among these patients, who experience swollen and inflamed sinuses, facial pain, headaches and impaired breathing. "Our study was small, looking at a handful of patients who were not benefiting that well from standard treatment," acknowledged study author Dr. Jeffrey Suh, an assistant professor of rhinology and skull base surgery in the department of head and neck surgery at the University of California, Los Angeles. "And my take on alternative treatments is that Western medicine is effective for the majority of ... Read more

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Antibiotics Don't Help Most Sinus Infections, Study Finds

Posted 14 Feb 2012 by

TUESDAY, Feb. 14 – Treating a sinus infection with antibiotics doesn't speed recovery, new research shows. "We did a randomized clinical trial among adults with a clinical diagnosis of acute sinusitis, and found no benefit from the antibiotic compared to the placebo for the treatment of acute sinusitis," said study author Dr. Jane Garbutt, a research associate professor of medicine and pediatrics at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Still, one in five antibiotic prescriptions for adults in the United States are written for sinus infections, according to the study. "Acute sinusitis is a miserable disease. People want something to make them feel better, and there are not very many treatment options, so patients ask their doctors for antibiotics. But, we think most of the time, acute sinusitis is a viral infection, so antibiotics won't help," said Garbutt. Results of ... Read more

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