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September 12, 2022

Detect 50+ Different Cancers with a Single Blood Test

Known as the Galleri Test , it is a multi-cancer early detection test. Unlike traditional cancer screening methods that specifically looks for only a single type of cancer, the Galleri test utilizes an array to detect any DNA that is shed by cancer into the blood, specifically, the methylation patterns of cell-free DNA. In cancer, abnormal methylation patterns and the resulting changes in gene expression can contribute to tumor growth. Therefore, certain DNA methylation patterns can serve as a…
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August 30, 2022

Azelastine Nasal Spray Now Over-The-Counter (Astepro Anti-Histamine Nasal Spray)

Azelastine nasal spray which previously was available only as a prescription (Astelin) is now available to purchase over-the-counter (OTC). Currently, the only one that is present OTC is called Astepro . Eventually, other generic brands should eventually become available. Azelastine nasal spray is a steroid-free anti-histamine nasal spray and is completely different from other allergy nasal sprays like flonase and nasacort which are steroid nasal sprays. Think of azelastine nasal spray as …
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August 15, 2022

Glaucoma, Cataracts, & Eye Floaters

Although I am an ENT, some common eye specific animations have been created with Dr. Stacy Smith , an ophthalmologist friend in Utah. I also have some personal stake in these eye conditions mainly because I have family members who have glaucoma and have undergone eye surgery for cataracts and Fuch's Dystrophy ( cornea transplant ). Check out the videos below! Furthermore I, along with many others, have eye floaters which I have learned to just ignore unless I actively look for them. I ne…
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July 23, 2022

Dry Eyes... Simple Problem, Complex Solution

Although ENT doctors are not eye specialists, dry eyes are a very common complaint we often hear. Although the problem sounds very simple, the treatment often is not as straightforward as you might think. In order to understand why dry occurs occur, as well as what treatments may help, normal tear creation must first be understood. Keep in mind that ENT doctors will typically check for Sjogren's Syndrome especially if there is concurrent dry mouth complaints. Lubricating eye drops ar…
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June 17, 2022

Which Harry Potter Actor Had a Tonsillectomy?

Did you know that one of the main Harry Potter actors had to undergo a tonsillectomy ? It was Rupert Grint who played Ron Weasley. This procedure was performed after filming for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 was completed. It is unclear exactly why he needed to have the procedure done, though it probably is due to recurrent tonsillitis . So it is not just muggles who get sick and need surgery... but also wizards! Media Report: ‘Harry Potter’: Rupert Grint Had to Wait for ‘Deathl…
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June 13, 2022

Facial Plastic Surgery Animations (Facelift, Blepharoplasty, Rhinoplasty)

I do not perform any type of facial cosmetic procedures in my practice, but believe it or not, these procedures are part of all general ENT training.  For those truly interested in facial cosmetic surgery, after 5 years of general ENT training, another 1 year of additional fellowship training is pursued to become a true expert in facelifts, blepharoplasties, skin rejuvenation, etc.  Because facial cosmetic surgery is part of the ENT world, I have made some medical animations related to ENT pl…
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