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Dr. Armstrong featured in Richmond Times-Dispatch Article: ‘Simple procedure to treat sinusitis now covered by major insurers in Richmond’

Twelve years after it was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, a procedure that can help patients with sinusitis is finally accepted by all the major insurance carriers in Richmond. Anthem was the last insurer to begin considering balloon sinus dilation medically necessary earlier this month, said Dr. Michael Armstrong with Richmond’s Ear, […]

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Participate in our Swimmer’s Ear Clinical Research Study

Are you or your child currently experiencing symptoms of Swimmer’s Ear? Richmond Ear, Nose and Throat is seeking volunteers for a clinical research study to evaluate investigational medication for infants, children, and adults with Swimmer’s Ear. Participants may qualify for this study if they are: Are 6 months of age or older Have been diagnosed […]

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Balloon sinus dilation in the office shows proven benefit over traditional endoscopic sinus surgery

Quick relief is now available for many patients with chronic sinusitis.  Once considered a painful and messy surgical operation, the majority of blocked sinuses can be dilated in the doctor’s office under local anesthesia. A recently published clinical trial has proven that balloon sinus dilation is significantly less painful, less bloody, and offers faster return […]

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Secondhand Smoke Ups Babies’ Risk of Asthma, Study Says (via U.S. News)

Babies exposed to cigarette smoke are at increased risk for developing childhood respiratory diseases such as asthma, according to a new study. Researchers exposed smooth muscle cells from the airways of deceased 18- to 20-week human fetuses to various levels of cigarette smoke. The cells exposed to cigarette smoke showed changes that were similar to […]

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Tonsil Removal Not a Factor in Obesity (via MedPageToday)

Although children gain weight after tonsillectomy, they are not more likely to become overweight or obese after the surgery, a single-center study showed. The body mass index (BMI) percentile for age increased from 66.9 to 72.6 within 18 months following tonsillectomy (P<0.001), an increase driven by the change in children ages 2 to 4, according […]

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Tick in Man’s Ear Gives Him Tinnitus (via HealthDay News)

FRIDAY, Sept. 21, 2012 — When a 63-year-old man went to a hospital in Switzerland to report a buzzing in his ear, the staff got more than they bargained for when they looked inside. A tick was attached to his eardrum, and it possibly got there with the help of a friendly feline. The man […]

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Sneezing is a Biological Response to the Noses Blue Screen of Death

New research in The FASEB Journal suggests that sneezing is the body’s natural reboot and that patients with disorders of the nose such as sinusitis can’t reboot, explaining why they sneeze more often than others Who would have thought that our noses and Microsoft Windows’ infamous blue screen of death could have something in common? […]

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Richer white women more prone to melanoma, study finds

U.S. News & World Report has recently reported a six-fold increase in the lethal skin cancer melanoma among affluent young white women aged 15-39.  While a house at the river or a vacation in Mexico may seem like a wonderful indulgence for those who can afford them, the costs of excessive sun exposure may be […]

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Non-Surgical Facial Procedures Spike Dramatically in 2010

In a recent survery by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) it has been reported that three-fourths of the procedures performed by the Academy’s surgeons in 2010 were non-surgical procedures such as Botox, injectable fillers and laser skin resurfacing.  This data highlights a trend in which more people are choosing non-surgical […]

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