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How earbuds and headphones could be contributing to hearing loss among adolescents and young adults

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Brian Nicholas, MDA significant increase in hearing loss among adolescents from age 12 to 19 has otolaryngologists concerned about the use of headphones and earbuds, says Brian Nicholas, MD, assistant professor of otolaryngology and communications sciences at Upstate Medical University. The type of hearing loss doctors are seeing is the type usually associated with aging. It is permanent, non-reversible hearing loss — but it can be prevented. Nicholas says the volume and the duration of sound contribute to hearing loss. So if you are going to listen to music with earbuds or headphones, play it at no more than 60 or 70 percent and for no longer than an hour between breaks.


Proper treatment of nosebleeds

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Jennifer Villwock, MDEarly intervention within the first 24 hours of a severe nosebleed can improve the outcomes, according to research by Jennifer Villwock, MD, a fourth-year resident in otolaryngology at Upstate Medical University. She studied more than 59,000 cases involving the treatment of epistaxis, the medical word for nosebleeds. In this interview, she talks about what causes nosebleeds and how best to treat them.


Medical mission to Ethiopia

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Richard Kelley, MDsam woods, mdUpstate otolaryngologists Richard Kelley, MD and Sam Woods, MD, talk about their recent trip to Mekelle, Ethiopia as part of a medical team to train Ethiopian ENT doctors how to safely perform ear, nose and throat surgeries. Ethiopia has a population of 85 million people, but only 20 ENT doctors, so supplies and training from the international community is essential.  Learn more: Hearing loss prevention in Ethiopia.


Electromagnetic navigational bronchoscopy (ENB)

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Birendra P Sah, MDBirendra P. Sah, MD talks about a new procedure that uses global positioning system (GPS) to target lesions called electromagnetic navigational bronchoscopy (ENB). Sah is assistant professor of Medicine, Pulmonary and Critical Care division at Upstate Medical University.



What you need to know about esophageal cancer

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Vanessa R Gibson, MDUpstate thoracic surgeons Barbara Robinson, MDVanessa Gibson, MD and Barbara Robinson, MD, help us understand cancer of the esophagus - a hollow tube that carries food and liquids from your throat to your stomach – including the risks, advances in detection and treatment options.  Read more about the Thoracic Oncology Program (TOP) at Upstate.


Hearing loss: its causes and possible solutions

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Upstate otolaryngologist Brian Nicholas, MDBrian Nicholas, MD, discusses hearing loss – the causes, types, and possible solutions – in children and adults. Nicholas is assistant professor in the Department of Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences at Upstate Medical University.


‘What’s Your Emergency?’ – Seasonal changes bring increase in difficulty breathing calls

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

Derek R Cooney, MD, FF/NREMT-P, FACEPUpstate’s Director of Emergency Medical Services and Disaster Medicine  Derek Cooney, MD explains why difficulty breathing calls increase as the seasons change, when to seek medical help, and what to expect from the paramedics en route to the hospital and when you reach the hospital.


2/26/12 How to help someone with swallowing difficulty

Friday, February 24th, 2012

Speech language pathologists Jenna Gardner and Kim Brown work extensively with patients who have had strokes or dementia related diseases who develop swallowing disorders.  They offer words of wisdom for how to help. 

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