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Choking alert: Strategies for safe swallowing

Swallowing problems, known as dysphagia, can enable food or liquid to get into the lungs. This can cause pneumonia. Dysphagia may be age-related, or it may be caused by neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease; stroke; mouth or throat cancer; neck injury; or breathing problems. Warning signs include coughing and choking during meals, recurrent lung infections, shortness of breath when eating, and a gurgly sound in the voice. Swallowing therapy can help reduce dysphagia risks, as can strategies such as taking smaller bites, clearing the throat between bites, and tucking the chin to the chest while swallowing. (Locked) More »

Are you missing early warning signs of hearing loss?

When a person has hearing loss, the person’s spouse or partner may notice the problem first. Early warning signs include asking people to repeat themselves, thinking everyone is mumbling, and missing important sounds like alarms and doorbells. People who have such early warning signs may need a physical exam and a hearing test. For some people, a hearing aid will improve hearing. Many hearing aids now feature high-tech options, such as digital sound that can be programmed and adjusted using a smartphone, and the ability to wirelessly connect a hearing aid to a smartphone for calls. (Locked) More »

Inflamed sinuses: It's best to watch and wait

Sinusitis is caused by infection with a virus or bacteria. This inflames the lining of the sinus passages, producing copious mucus and symptoms such as stuffy head and facial pain. Antibiotics are usually not effective, since most sinusitis is related to viral infections, which antibiotics do not work on. Instead, it’s best to use saline rises, decongestants, and pain relievers to ease symptoms until the body heals itself. When sinusitis is prolonged, severe, or worsening, an antibiotic could be considered. More »

What to do about sinusitis

Sinusitis occurs when blocked sinuses cannot drain and the backed-up mucus gets infected. The simplest and often most effective treatment is daily nasal irrigation. It can also help to drink a lot of water, inhale steam, and sleep with the head elevated. More »


Millions of Americans get sinusitis each year. The key to a quick recovery is proper drainage, which is best achieved by staying hydrated, inhaling steam several times daily, taking decongestants, and sleeping with the head elevated. More »

Should I worry that I can feel a pulse above my ear?

Q. When I go to bed at night, I feel a pulsing in my head above my left ear. I never feel this when I am sitting or standing. I have high blood pressure and have had three bypasses. Is this something I should be worried about? A. The artery that passes in front of your ear and then above it is called the temporal artery. For reasons that aren't quite clear, atherosclerosis rarely develops in this artery, so you don't need to worry that it is being clogged up by the same kind of blockage as those that led to your bypass operations. (Locked) More »