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Health Tip: Relieve Ear Pressure While Flying

Posted 17 Oct 2017 by

-- The feeling of pain or popping in your ears during a flight is a common reaction to altitude-related changes in cabin air pressure. The air in the middle ear passes to the Eustachian tube. This connects the nose with the middle ear and allows your body to maintain a proper balance of air pressure on both sides of the ear drum. The National Sleep Foundation suggests frequent yawning and ...

'Microbiomes' May Hold Key to Kids' Ear Infections

Posted 13 Sep 2017 by

TUESDAY, Sept. 12, 2017 – Recurrent ear infections are the bane of many children – and the parents who have to deal with their care. Now, research suggests that naturally occurring, "helpful" bacterial colonies in the ear – called "microbiomes" by scientists – may help decide a person's vulnerability to these infections. "The children and adults with normal middle ears differed significantly ...

Decline in Kids' Ear Infections Linked to Pneumococcal Vaccine

Posted 7 Aug 2017 by

MONDAY, Aug. 7, 2017 – American kids' ear infections dropped threefold over 10 years, compared to the 1980s, largely due to pneumococcal vaccines that protect against one type of bacteria that causes them, a new study suggests. However, the study, which tracked more than 600 children from 2006 to 2016, also found a shift in the bacteria now triggering greater numbers of ear infections. The ...

Common Post-Op Ear Drops Tied to Eardrum Perforations in Kids

Posted 30 Mar 2017 by

THURSDAY, March 30, 2017 – Children who suffer through multiple ear infections are often candidates for ear tube surgery. But a new study finds that the use of one type of ear drops – quinolones – after these surgeries may raise a child's risk for a perforated eardrum. Children who received post-surgical quinolones were 60 percent more likely to suffer eardrum perforations than those who ...

Short Course of Antibiotics Not Best for Kids' Ear Infections

Posted 22 Dec 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 21, 2016 – A shorter period of antibiotic treatment for ear infections in young children does more harm than good, a new study finds. About three-quarters of children have ear infections in their first year of life. These infections are the most common reason why children are given antibiotics, the University of Pittsburgh researchers noted. "Given significant concerns regarding ...

Study Suggests Genetic Link to Middle Ear Infections

Posted 7 Oct 2016 by

FRIDAY, Oct. 7, 2016 – Researchers say they've found a potential genetic link to a child's higher risk of middle ear infections. These painful infections are the most frequent reason kids are given antibiotics, according to the researchers. They said the new discovery could lead to more effective treatments. The analysis of DNA samples from 13,000 children revealed a link between middle ear ...

Balloon Device Approved for Eustachian Tube Problems

Posted 16 Sep 2016 by

FRIDAY, Sept. 16, 2016 – A small device inflated inside the tube that helps regulate pressure inside the ear has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The Aera Eustachian Tube Balloon Dilation System is designed to treat Eustachian tube dysfunction (ETD), a condition that leads to sensations of pain, pressure or clogging inside the ear. The Eustachian tube is a valve-like ...

Gel Antibiotic: An Easier Ear Infection Treatment Someday?

Posted 14 Sep 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 14, 2016 – A single application of an antibiotic gel into the ear might one day offer kids and parents an easier way to treat bacterial ear infections, new animal research suggests. So far, this experimental therapy has been tested only in chinchillas. But it did cure 100 percent of the animals' ear infections. Whether the therapy will work in children is still unknown. Middle ...

Infant Ear Infections Becoming Less Common

Posted 28 Mar 2016 by

MONDAY, March 28, 2016 – Painful ear infections remain a scourge of childhood, but fewer American babies are getting them now compared with 20 years ago, new research shows. The study didn't dig into the reasons for the decline. But experts say the credit likely goes to certain childhood vaccines, rising rates of breast-feeding and the drop in Americans' smoking rate. The new research found that ...

Nasal Balloon Can Treat Youngsters for 'Glue Ear'

Posted 27 Jul 2015 by

MONDAY, July 27, 2015 – A simple procedure using what's known as a "nasal balloon" can treat hearing loss in children with a common middle-ear problem, preventing unnecessary and ineffective treatment with antibiotics, according to a new study. Many young children develop a condition in which the middle ear fills with thick fluid – so-called "glue ear." Often, children have no symptoms and ...

Unapproved Ear Drops Targeted by FDA

Posted 1 Jul 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, July 1, 2015 – The prescription drops your child is using for ear pain could be among 16 unapproved medications targeted this week by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. These drugs, prescribed and sold for years to relieve ear pain and swelling, have not been evaluated for safety, quality and effectiveness, the agency said Wednesday. The agency notified the drugs' makers to stop ...

Health Tip: Preventing Ear Pain During Air Travel

Posted 22 Jun 2015 by

-- The changes in air pressure that occur during plane travel can lead to ear pain and discomfort. To help prevent these symptoms, the American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery recommends: Swallow frequently during air travel, especially during takeoff and landing. Chew gum or suck on a hard candy to stimulate swallowing. Yawning should help open the Eustachian tube. Do not sleep ...

Ear Infections Common, But Often Missed, in Infants

Posted 12 Apr 2015 by

FRIDAY, April 10, 2015 – Although most babies will have at least one ear infection before they reach the age of 1, the infections can be hard for parents to recognize. Identifying and treating ear infections in babies is important because they can lead to other problems, according to Dr. Andrew Hotaling, a pediatric otolaryngologist at Loyola University Health System in Chicago. "Hearing ...

Race, Income Affect Care for Ear Infections: Study

Posted 1 Nov 2010 by

MONDAY, Nov. 1 – Black and Hispanic children with frequent ear infections are less likely to have access to health care than white children, say U.S. researchers. They analyzed 1997 to 2006 data from the National Health Interview Survey and found that each year about 4.6 million children have frequent ear infections, defined as more than three infections over 12 months. Overall, 3.7 percent of ...

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