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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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March 20, 2024

Uncorrected Hearing Loss Can Increase Risk for Dementia!

Research out of Johns Hopkins indicates that individuals with untreated hearing loss face a significantly higher risk of developing dementia compared to those with normal hearing. According to estimates, uncorrected hearing loss, even if mild, can double if not triple the risk for dementia. The mechanism behind this correlation is complex and is discussed in the  video  above.  Check you hearing using this free online hearing test ! If you live near Warrenton, VA, we do offer hearing tests in …
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February 18, 2024

Man Dies from Nose and Mouth Bleeding During Airplane Flight

On Feb 9, 2024, media reported on a passenger who died during a Lufthansa flight from Thailand to Germany on Feb 8, 2024. Eyewitness reports provided the following facts: • 63 years old male. • Passenger was ill-appearing even before boarding the airplane. • Profuse bleeding occurred from the nose and mouth. • Litres of blood was lost with splattering to the walls of the airplane. • Flight attendants tried to resuscitate the passenger for 30 minutes before he died. There are only a few things …
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