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July 12, 2024

Double Rain Barrel in Response to Fauquier County Drought and Water Restrictions

On June 26, 2024, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) issued a drought warning for Fauquier County based on the presence and severity of hydrologic drought. This resulted in  mandatory outdoor water restrictions including prohibition of lawn irrigation systems.  As my wife is an avid gardener, this has resulted in exclusive hand watering of our home's vegetable and flower gardens using the rain barrel we installed in 2018 which has worked great... But a single rain bar…
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June 17, 2024

Dr. Chris Chang Ranked in the Top 75 Most Influential Otolaryngologists in the World on Twitter (Ranked #22)

There was a  research paper published in June 2024 that ranked the most influential otolaryngologists on Twitter. Dr. Chris Chang was ranked #22 in the world on Twitter! Pretty neat when Twitter (or X) is not my main social media focus. ( YouTube is instead.) But, you can follow me on Twitter (or X)  here . The full ranking can be found here  (Table 1) or partial list shown in image.
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June 09, 2024

2 Kids Die after Tonsil and Adenoid Surgery (T&A) at Children's Hospital

This month, it was reported that 2 children died after tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy (T&A) surgery at McMaster Children's Hospital in Canada. One died in May 2024 and the other in June 2024. No details have been provided in terms of age, surgeon, or circumstances other than one died the day after surgery and the other 9 days after surgery. A third child "almost" died during this same time period at the same hospital in a separate report . Death after T&A surgery is exc…
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May 09, 2024

Lip Bump (Mucocele) Treatment

A small, painless intra-oral bump may appear on the lip, cheeks, or floor of mouth known as an oral mucocele. In the video above , the cyst happens to be on the visible part of the lip. In the video below , the cyst is located in the inside part of the lip.  The mass itself is soft when pressed. Most commonly found on the lower lip, this cystic mass is caused by the accumulation of mucous secretions, often provoked by traumatic injury or habitual lip biting. Mucoceles are prone to rupture and…
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May 03, 2024

March 25, 2024

Mouth Bacteria a Possible Risk Factor for Colon Cancer Development

There is a type of bacteria typically found in the mouth called Fusobacterium nucleatum that is associated with 50% of all colon cancers (see references below). This germ is mainly found in periodontal disease, but can be found in tonsillar infections as well as abscesses of the mouth and throat.  This bacteria is rarely found in the intestines of normal, healthy individuals. However, this microbe can be found in high concentrations in colon cancer which has led to concern that it may be a c…
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