An advanced, completely non-invasive treatment modality is making waves in the field of oncology by extending the lives of patients with glioblastoma multiforme, a highly aggressive form of brain cancer that has long resisted efforts to improve treatment outcomes. This innovative technology, called Optune®, was developed by Novocure and is now available locally at The Toledo Clinic Cancer Centers.
Q: My daughter’s friend is pregnant and is suddenly experiencing ringing in her ear coupled with difficulty hearing. She has been told this can happen due to her pregnancy. Is this true?
A: Thank you for bringing this question to us this month as we are happy to review this subject with you. As we all know, pregnancy is a special and exciting time for a woman to experience. With pregnancy, however, comes many changes, physical and emotional. These changes can lead to excitement, but also potential complications. Hearing loss can be a potential side effect of pregnancy during these months. The complication of hearing loss may lead to other symptoms such as tinnitus (ringing in the ear), pressure in the ear, otalgia (ache or pain in the ear), secretion in the ear, otosclerosis (abnormal growth of bone in the ear), and/or sudden sensorineural hearing loss.
Iwanted to go, and I didn’t want to go.
My friend Sharon was celebrating a significant birthday—a “doughnut” birthday, one with a “0” at the end of the number. The gathering of friends was at Sharon’s home on a Friday after work. It had been pouring rain all day, and it still was raining. A miserable day, indeed.
Otosclerosis is the abnormal growth of bone in the middle ear that can cause hearing loss. According to the American Academy of Otolaryngology, the term otosclerosis is derived from the Greek words for “hard” (scler-o) and “ear” (oto). The abnormal bone growth occurs around the stapes bone, one of the tiny bones in the middle ear. It’s important for the stapes bone to move freely for the ear to work properly and hear well.
Though hormone replacement therapy is sought year-round by men and women who want to boost their energy level and feel younger than their years, this treatment is surprisingly popular in summertime. Dr. Wade Banker—who provides hormone replacement therapy at Luxe Laser Vein & Body Center in Maumee—offers a possible explanation for this phenomenon:
More than 37 million Americans suffer with chronic rhinosinusitis, a persistent inflammation of the nasal cavity and paranasal sinuses that causes a wide range of unpleasant physical symptoms, such as headache, facial pressure and pain, sinus drainage, nasal congestion, reduced sense of smell and taste, tooth pain, bad breath, and fatigue. These recurrent symptoms can significantly interfere with daily activities and diminish one’s quality of life.
Can we really “think” ourselves back to health? Does being a “Debbie Downer” lead to increased risk of disease? It has been known for a long time that the mind has a powerful impact on the body’s function. In fact, drug companies have to take into account the powerful placebo effect when testing new drugs. Some patients just improve with sugar pills because they “think” they are taking a powerful drug.