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MCW Otolaryngology News

Dr. Kerschner Comments on Study on Bacterial Resistance to Common Ear Infection Drugs

July 22 - Dr. Joseph Kerschner provides expert comment to Inside Science on a USC study that found that common ear infection drugs trigger bacteria to build defenses. Dr. Kerschner noted that most ear infections, including bacterial infections, get better based on the body’s immune system. Inside Science

Inaugural Best Evidence ENT conference planned for Aug. 2-5 at The American Club

July 21 - The Department of Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences is presenting the inaugural Best Evidence ENT conference Aug. 2-5 at The American Club in Kohler, Wisconsin.

FDA Awards Approval to Sleep Apnea Device Tested at Froedtert

May 20 - CBS-TV News reports that the Food and Drug Administration approved the Inspire Upper Airway Stimulation, a neurostimulator device similar to a pacemaker to treat sleep apnea. CBS News

Tinnitus Awareness Week is May 19-25

May 19 - May 19-25 is Tinnitus Awareness Week. Tinnitus is the perception of sound in the ears or head, and it affects up to 50 million Americans.

Why one man’s story should be motivation for prostate screening

May 12 - Fox 6 News profiled a local man whose prostate exam revealed cancer, and who received treatment at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin. Monday, May 12 is the annual free prostate screening at Miller Park. WITI-TV

FDA approves new treatment for sleep apnea

May 05 - A new surgically implanted device has been approved for use in some sleep apnea patients. WDJT TV

Dr. Woodson Discusses Impact of Snoring on Sleep and Good Health

Mar 26 - Dr. B. Tucker Woodson provides expert comment in the Huffington Post and Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s Everyday Health on the impact of snoring on sleep and good health. Everyday Health & Huffington Post

Dr. Campbell Expresses Concern over Unknown Risks of Electronic Cigarettes

Mar 18 - Dr. Bruce Campbell notes that there are still too many unknowns about the side effects and risks of exposure to carcinogens posed by electronic cigarettes. Today's TMJ4

Dr. Ebert Receives Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy Grant

Feb 25 - Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy announced that Allison Ebert, PhD, is one of eight scientists worldwide who will share in $600,000 in basic science research awards to study the disorder. Families of SMA

Dr. Kerschner Comments on Use of Topical Antibiotics to Treat Ear Tube-Related Infections

Feb 25 - In a New York Times article, Dr. Joseph Kerschner provides expert comment on a New England Journal of Medicine study that found that in children with ear tubes, topical antibiotics drops are more effective in treating leaky discharge caused by ear infection than oral antibiotics or observation. The New York Times

Study Finds Drops are Best Treatment for Ear Tube-Related Dripping

Feb 20 - The New York Times interviewed Joseph E. Kerschner, MD, Executive Vice President of MCW and Dean of the medical school, regarding a new study about how to treat children with ear tubes who have consistent discharge from the ears. New York Times

Dr. Campbell Authors Essay about Answering Machines

Feb 6 - Dr. Bruce Campbell , essayist for WUWM-FM, vents about answering machine messages. WUWM-FM

Dr. Woodson Discusses Sleep Apnea Clinical Trial Results

Jan 28 - Dr. B. Tucker Woodson discussed with WTMJ-AM the results of a sleep apnea clinical trial he led. 620 WTMJ-AM

Dr. Friedland Receives CTSI Grant to Study Vestibular Disorders

Jan 21 - Dr. David Friedland received a $25,000 grant from the Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin to develop a novel clinical care pathway for patients with vestibular disorders. WauwatosaNOW

Dr. Campbell Asks “Will What We Teach Now Be Relevant Later?”

Jan 13 - Dr. Bruce Campbell, who also serves as essayist for WUWM-FM’s “Lake Effect,” questions whether some knowledge has an expiration date. WUWM-FM

NEJM Report Co-Led by Dr. Woodson Identifies Effective Sleep Apnea Device

Jan 13 - Dr. B. Tucker Woodson is co-primary investigator of a multi-center study reported in the New England Journal of Medicine that found that a surgically-implanted upper airway stimulation device reduced obstructive sleep apnea episodes by 70 percent. Health Canal

CTSI Grant to Fund New Assessment Tool for Vestibular Disorders

Jan 13 - David Friedland, MD, PhD, has been awarded a CTSI Innovations in Healthcare Delivery Pilot Model Grant to develop a clinical care pathway for patients with vestibular disorders. WauwatosaNOW

MCW team to implement new assessment tool for patients with vestibular disorders

Jan. 10 - The Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) of Southeast Wisconsin has awarded a $25,000 “Innovations in Healthcare Delivery Pilot Model Grant” to develop a novel clinical care pathway for patients with vestibular disorders. he vestibular system is a complex network involving the inner ears, eyes, brain, muscles and peripheral nervous system.

New device can reduce sleep apnea episodes by 70 percent, study shows

Jan. 09 - A surgically implanted upper airway stimulation device led to significant improvement in a majority of patients with obstructive sleep apnea in a national clinical trial. The findings are published in the New England Journal of Medicine. B. Tucker Woodson, MD, Professor of Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences and Chief of Sleep Medicine at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin, is the co-primary investigator of the multi-center study.

Dr. Robert Toohill, long-time faculty member, former Chair of Otolaryngology & alumnus, dies at age 78

Dec. 31 - Robert Toohill, MD, Chair of Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences from 1985-1996, died Dec. 29 of pancreatic cancer at the age of 78. Dr. Toohill was integral in helping grow the clinical and research efforts of the department, and served as a mentor to many otolaryngologists.

Essay by Dr. Campbell Addresses Limits of Physician Empathy

Dec 11 - WUWM-FM shared an essay by Dr. Bruce Campbell on the limits of physician empathy. WUWM-FM

October is National Audiology Awareness Month

Oct. 14 - Hearing loss is an increasing and preventable health issue, and doctors are encouraging people of all ages to get checked. More than half of the 36 million Americans who suffer from hearing loss are under the age of 65.

Dr. Kerschner Named Founding Secretary of International Society for Otitis Media

Sept 30 - Dr. Joseph E. Kerschner has been named the founding Secretary of the International Society for Otitis Media. TMCnet.com

Minor Electric Shocks Used to Treat Sleep Apnea

Sept 9 - An article in Medical Daily highlights a research study conducted by Dr. B. Tucker Woodson who grafted tiny probes to the tongues and lung nerves of patients with obstructive sleep apnea. Medical Daily

Shock Away Your Sleep Apnea?

Sept 5 - B. Tucker Woodson, MD, professor of otolaryngology and director of the Froedtert & Medical College Sleep Disorders Program, discusses a new tool to treat sleep apnea. Medical Daily

Dr. Kerschner and Dr. Kelly Report Pepsin Test is Better Way to ID Aspiration Reflux

Sept 4 - Dr. Joseph E. Kerschner and Dr. Elizabeth Kelly discuss their research findings that a molecular test that detects pepsin in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid was a more sensitive biomarker of aspiration-associated reflux disease in children with chronic pulmonary disease than the most widely used test. MedPage Today

Novel Pepsin Test Better to ID Aspiration Reflux

Sept 3 - Dr. Joseph E. Kerschner, and Dr. Elizabeth Kelly, Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences, discuss their research findings that a molecular test that detects pepsin in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid was a more sensitive biomarker of aspiration-associated reflux disease in children with chronic pulmonary disease than the most widely used test. MedPage Today

Dr. Woodson Discusses How Sleep Loss Impacts Cardiovascular System, Metabolism

Aug 2 - Dr. B. Tucker Woodson discusses how sleep deprivation can impact the cardiovascular system and metabolism in Health Matters with Dr. Sanjay Gupta. Everyday Health

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