Ringing in the new year shouldn't be a deafening experience, so protect your hearing, experts advise.
Loud music, fireworks, party horns, kazoos and other noisemakers can all help usher in 2020 with a blast, but can also cause ringing in your ears or even permanent hearing damage, according to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
Bacteria in the saliva of people with clogged arteries appears to be different from that of healthy people, according to a small study. The finding which could open the door for new strategies to fight heart disease.
The preliminary research, presented this week at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions, comes in the wake of past research showing oral bacteria is associ...
Large pills and dietary supplements can be tough for anyone to swallow, but new research finds they may pose a potentially dire risk to seniors.
A study from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration found that between 2006 and 2015, almost 4,000 people had trouble swallowing dietary supplements that was serious enough to report. Three people died after choking on them.
Got a stuffy nose? If you vape, that might be why.
Research in animals suggests vaping makes it harder to clear your nose of mucus, a new study reports.
Experiments in sheep showed electronic cigarette vapor can cause a condition called mucociliary dysfunction, which makes it harder to move mucus or phlegm. Sheep were chosen because their airways work like human airways.
Ear infections occur when fluid builds up behind the eardrum and gets contaminated. Though an ear infection can hurt and make it hard to hear, sometimes there are no symptoms and diagnosis can be difficult.
This app uses a smartphone's microphone and speaker and a piece of pa...
Most new mothers in the United States start out breastfeeding, but many stop sooner than recommended, a new federal government report says.
Of the nearly 4 million babies born in 2015, about 83 percent started out breastfeeding, but fewer than 36 percent were still breastfeeding at 12 months, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Unpleasant phantom odors haunt many older Americans, a new study finds.
Of more than 7,400 people over age 40 who took part in a federal health survey, 6.5 percent said they experience nasty odors -- such as burning hair or the reek of an ashtray -- from nowhere. That's 1 in 15 people.
As folks age, their ability to identify odors tends to decrease, but their detection of p...
Children who accidentally swallow button batteries should immediately be given honey to reduce their risk of serious injury and death, according to a new study done with pigs.
"Button batteries are ingested by children more than 2,500 times a year in the United States, with more than a 12-fold increase in fatal outcomes in the last decade compared to the prior decade," study co-princi...
Because vertigo can have many causes, treating it can be difficult, but researchers have identified a new type that may be effectively treated with medication.
"These conditions can be difficult to diagnose and quite debilitating for people, so it's exciting to be able to discover this new diagnosis of a condition that may respond to treatment," said Dr. Ji-Soo Kim, a researcher at Se...
If you suffer from allergies, you already know that pollen is in the air -- even in the parts of the United States with unseasonably cool temperatures. So what kind of allergy season can we expect this year?
Will we see a return of the pollen vortex? Might we have a blooming bombogenesis of pollen?
Don't scoff: There is some evidence that climate change and increasingly wa...
Cotton swabs might seem like handy tools for clearing wax from children's ears, but they just might do more harm than good.
In fact, each year roughly 12,540 injuries to children's ears stem from the use of cotton swabs, according to a study cited by Dr. Jay Shah, who specializes in conditions that affect children's ears, nose and throat. He's a pediatric otolaryngologist with Rainbow...
A pill-sized device that you swallow might help detect a change in the esophagus that can lead to a deadly form of cancer, researchers are reporting.
The esophagus is the tube that carries food from your mouth to your stomach. And the change that occurs in the esophagus, known as Barrett's esophagus, usually results from long-term reflux. Barrett's esophagus is considered a precursor...
Holding your nose and closing your mouth when you feel a sneeze coming on just might lead to serious trouble.
The journal BMJ Case Reports includes the story of a 34-year-old man who ruptured his throat after he pinched his nose and clamped his mouth shut in order to ward off a sneeze. He suffered significant pain and was barely able to speak or swallow.
Despite safety warnings from drug regulators, some U.S. children are still being given a risky painkiller after having their tonsils removed, a new study finds.
At issue is the opioid painkiller codeine. In 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a "black box" warning, advising doctors against prescribing codeine to children to control tonsillectomy pain.