Thanks to tobacco and alcohol use, rates of head and neck cancer are on the rise in the United States. In the past, lung cancer rates used to be extremely high, thanks to smoking cigarettes and other forms of tobacco. These days, however, as more and more people switch from smoking tobacco to smokeless or spit tobacco, the rates of mouth cancer have greatly increased. More than 55,000 Americans will develop cancer of the head and neck this year, and nearly 13,000 of them will die from it. Continue reading
Music is a beautiful thing – it unites people and has the ability to transcend language and cultural differences. People of all ages listen to music – some parents even play music for their babies that haven’t yet been born. However, with all the great things that music helps provide, could listening to it be detrimental to your health?
The larynx – commonly called the voice box – is an organ in your neck that is involved in breathing, sound production, and protecting the windpipe against food accidentally going down it. It is an extremely delicate and well-balanced set of muscles, and any abnormal nerve input can cause vocal cord paresis or paralysis. But what is the difference between paresis and paralysis? Continue reading
45 percent of normal adults snore at least occasionally, and 25 percent are habitual snorers. Only recently, however, have the adverse medical effects of snoring and its association with sleep apnea and Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome, been recognized. One of the ways to help alleviate some of the problems that come with snoring is Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP). Continue reading
Last week, we posted a blog entry about gastroesophageal reflux disease, often referred to as GERD. As a refresher, GERD occurs when acid from the stomach backs up into the esophagus. GERD is commonly characterized by the burning sensation known as heartburn. Laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR) is another reflux disease, albeit one that is not normally associated with heartburn. Continue reading