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Infant Ear Infections Becoming Less Common

Posted 28 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

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 46 percent of babies followed during 2008 to 2014 had a middle ear infection by the time they were 1 year old. But while the infections were common, those rates were lower when compared against U.S. studies from the 1980s and '90s, the researchers added. Back then, around 60 percent of babies had suffered an ear infection by their first birthday, the study authors said. The decline is not surprising, according to lead researcher Dr. Tasnee Chonmaitree, a professor of pediatrics at the ... Read more

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FDA Approves Otiprio (ciprofloxacin otic suspension) for the Treatment of Pediatric Patients Undergoing Tympanostomy Tube Placement Surgery

Posted 11 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

SAN DIEGO, Dec. 11, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Otonomy, Inc. (Nasdaq:OTIC), a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of innovative therapeutics for diseases and disorders of the ear, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Otiprio (ciprofloxacin otic suspension) for the treatment of pediatric patients with bilateral otitis media with effusion undergoing tympanostomy tube placement. Otiprio is a single-dose, physician-administered antibacterial and the first product approved by the FDA for this indication. "The approval of Otiprio, our first product, is a landmark moment in the history of Otonomy, and provides important validation for our proprietary drug delivery technology that combines a thermosensitive gel with drug microparticles to enable single dose treatment by a physician," said David A. Weber, Ph.D., ... Read more

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Nasal Balloon Can Treat Youngsters for 'Glue Ear'

Posted 27 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

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 parents seek medical help only when they notice that youngsters have hearing problems. Dr. Jordan Josephson is an ear, nose and throat specialist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. He said that kids are much more prone to glue ear because "the eustachian tube – which is the tube that connects the ear to the back of the nose – gets clogged," often during a sinus infection, allergy or even pollution-linked inflammation. Right now, treatments such as "antibiotics, antihistamines, decongestants ... Read more

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Prescription Eardrops Seem Best for Kids With Recurrent Ear Infection: Study

Posted 19 Feb 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 19, 2014 – An eardrop that combines antibiotics and steroids might be the best ear infection treatment for children who already have ear tubes because of recurrent infections, a new study finds. New research compared the eardrop treatment to oral antibiotics and to a wait-and-see approach. After two weeks, just 5 percent of children receiving the eardrops had continuing discharge from their ears. But 44 percent of those given oral antibiotics still had signs of infection, as did 55 percent of those managed with observation, according to the study. "Children treated with eardrops had a shorter duration of the initial episode, and a lower total number of days of ear discharge, and a lower number of recurrences during six months of follow-up than children treated with oral antibiotics or initial observation," said the study's lead author, Dr. Thijs van Dongen, a physician ... Read more

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Ear Tubes May Not Have Long-Term Benefits for Kids With Ear Infections

Posted 13 Jan 2014 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 10, 2014 – Ear tubes can improve hearing over the short term in children with a certain type of ear infection. But they don't help children's hearing, speech or language over the long term, according to a new review. Dr. Michael Steiner and colleagues at the University of North Carolina reviewed the findings of 41 studies that assessed the effects of implanting ear tubes in children with what doctors call recurrent or chronic otitis media with effusion. In this condition, there is fluid in the middle ear, but no signs or symptoms of acute ear infection. The fluid reduces middle ear function, resulting in temporary hearing loss and occasional pain, according to a university news release. Due to parental concerns about potential hearing loss and developmental delays, many children with the condition have ear tubes implanted to relieve pressure and fluid buildup. Up to 90 ... Read more

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