A Tribute To Marion Downs

As many of you know, Dr. Marion Downs passed away recently. Here we post a nice tribute written by Dr. Jerry Northern that he shared with us.

Dr. Marion Downs Passes Away at Age 100 World-renowned Audiologist and Pioneer for Infant Hearing Screening

Dr. Marion Downs Passes Away at Age 100
World-renowned Audiologist and Pioneer for Infant Hearing Screening

Dr. Marion P. Downs, an innovator in the field of pediatric audiology and a tireless advocate for the early identification of hearing loss, passed away on November 13th, 2014. During her extraordinary career at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Dr. Downs developed and evaluated techniques for testing hearing in babies and young children and for fitting them with hearing aids. Dr. Downs created the first universal infant hearing-screening program in 1963 in Denver, CO. She relentlessly pursued making the identification and management of hearing loss in infants and children an important medical, educational, and public health issue. Her professional publications and lectures brought worldwide attention to the importance of early intervention for hearing loss. Today, in the United States, more than 96% of all infants born in the US receive a newborn hearing screening thanks largely to her efforts. Numerous international countries have followed her lead in establishing universal infant hearing screening programs. Continue reading

Are Duty Hour Restrictions Making Residents Feel Better or Worse?

By Evan J. Propst, MD, MSc, FRCSC co-author of Airway Reconstruction Surgical Dissection Manual

In 2003, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) mandated an 80 hour work week limit for residents. In 2011, this same body mandated a 16 hour shift limit for first year residents. Both of these mandates were introduced to reduce resident fatigue with an eye towards improving patient safety, resident education and resident wellbeing. These regulations are enforced throughout the US and institutions can be fined if residents are found to be working beyond these duty hour restrictions. Continue reading

Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week

Oral, Head & Neck Cancer Awareness Week

Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week®

The 16th Annual Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week® (OHANCAW), sponsored by the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance, is scheduled for April 14-20, 2013. OHANCAW is a weeklong series of events promoting awareness of oral, head, and neck cancer, highlighted by a day of free oral cancer screenings throughout the United States.

According to a brand new Harris Interactive survey, 71 percent of Americans say they have not been examined by a medical professional for oral, head, and neck cancer. Given the rise in oral cancers related to human papillomavirus (HPV), screening for early detection of this disease is more than important than ever. The Academy is urging you to participate by conducting a free screening at your medical practice, clinic, hospital or medical university. To find screening locations in your area, please visit the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance website, www.OHANCAW.com for more information.

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Our Featured Titles

Head and neck cancer is often easily treatable if detected early, but often it is not. For Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week we are featuring a few of our related titles. These selected books comprehensively address diagnosis, treatment and patient rehabilitation of head and neck cancers.

Cutaneous Malignancy of the Head and NeckCutaneous Malignancy of the Head and Neck: A Multidisciplinary Approach

Randal Weber, MD, FACS, Brian Moore, MD, FACS

For the first time, a true multidisciplinary approach to cutaneous malignancy of the head and neck is presented, as international experts in head and neck surgical oncology, dermatology, Mohs micrographic surgery, plastic and reconstructive surgery, radiation oncology, and medical oncology present state-of-the-art techniques and promising horizons in the treatment of cutaneous malignancy of the head and neck. Whether in primary care or a specialty practice, this text should prove invaluable to any practitioner who treats patients with skin cancer of the head and neck. This is the only textbook on this subject that comprehensively addresses patient management – from diagnosis, treatment (in all forms, including chemotherapy and radiation), and reconstruction.

 

Practical Head and Neck OncologyPractical Head and Neck Oncology

Edited by: Guy Petruzzelli, M.D., P.h.D.

Otolaryngologists-head and neck surgeons, plastic/reconstructive and oral/maxillofacial surgeons, radiation and medical oncologists, and other clinicians interested in caring for patients with tumors of the head and neck will find this text to be a concise resource providing critical and useful information for the systematic and efficient evaluation, diagnosis, and comprehensive treatment planning and monitoring therapy for patients with malignant head and neck tumors. Bringing together experts in the management of patients with malignant tumors of the upper aerodigestive tract, students and residents will find this text an excellent reference for preparing to care for these challenging and fascinating patients.

 

Head and Neck UltrasonographyHead and Neck Ultrasonography

Edited by: Lisa Orloff, M.D.

Beautifully illustrated in full-color, Head and Neck Ultrasonography is regarded as the first, as well as the definitive, English-language textbook of head and neck ultrasonography by and for clinicians and surgeons. This book comprehensively and effectively addresses fundamentals of ultrasound physics, equipment, normal head and neck ultrasound anatomy, and technique. Individual chapters cover specific anatomy and pathology. Interventional ultrasonography and dynamic ultra-sonography is discussed and new directions and techniques in ultrasonography are presented. Head and Neck Ultrasonography is unique in both its thoroughness and in its relevance to the clinical setting, where ultrasonographic examination is a dynamic and interactive process between physician and patient. In addition to numerous valuable examples of still ultrasound images throughout the text, a CD-ROM with video clips illustrating both the process and the interpretation of specific examinations and procedures is provided with the text.

 

Head and Neck CancerHead and Neck Cancer: Treatment, Rehabilitation, and Outcomes

Elizabeth Ward, Ph.D., Corina van As Brooks, Ph.D.

A team of expert authors from the medical and allied health communities describe recent advances in the management of head and neck cancer through a greater understanding of cancer cell growth and mechanisms, as well as the expansion of rehabilitation strategies across the allied health profession. In addition to introducing new information, the book covers both the theoretical and clinical knowledge from an international perspective to support basic training of therapists in practice as well as graduate students, all illuminated with case examples – from swallowing disorders, through non-surgical voice restoration, to rehabilitation following total laryngeal surgery – on an accompanying DVD. As the first book in recent years to cover both current theory and clinical practice, this will prove an essential textbook and practical clinical reference for the H&N cancer rehabilitation team.

 

Meeting the Challenges of Oral and Head and Neck CancerMeeting the Challenges of Oral and Head and Neck Cancer: A Guide for Survivors and Caregivers, Second Edition

Co-Editors: Nancy Leupold, M.A., James Sciubba, D.M.D., Ph.D.

This volume has been expanded, updated, and polished and thus constitutes an even more comprehensive resource of valuable scientific, psychological, sociological, therapeutic, financial, and practical information for the patient afflicted with head and neck cancer and his or her family. Appreciation of these principles [in this book] and others too numerous to mention will soften the impact of the cancer and facilitate the care of, as well as the caring for, the patient afflicted with head and neck cancer. Concise, practical, and packed with information, Meeting the Challenges of Oral and Head and Neck Cancer: A Guide for Survivors and Caregivers, Second Edition is a valuable resource to assist those who need help overcoming the many difficult issues that confront them or their loved ones struggling with oral or head and neck cancer. This book has been helpful for parents and survivors; doctors often buy or recommend it for their patients.

 

Otolaryngology- Head and Neck SurgeryOtolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery: Clinical Reference Guide, Third Edition

Edited by: Raza Pasha, M.D.

The bestselling pocketguide – Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery: Clinical Reference Guide – is back in an extensively revised, up-to-date, and expanded third edition. Spanning the breadth of the entire field, this “high-yield” book retains a “by residents, for residents” feel, while also including expert content useful to accomplished physicians. Students, residents, attendings, and speech/hearing professionals will find the highly organized, outline format to be useful for clinical situations as well as a last minute cram for morning rounds. The guide has proven essential for board review as well as a quick source for primary care providers. In addition to all the great features that have made this sought after book a runaway success, the new edition features A comprehensive update featuring the latest diagnostic and treatment information A brand new sleep medicine chapter, providing critical information for this rapidly expanding subspecialty Expanded and revised information, notably in sections covering plastics; rhinology; otology/neurotology; H&N cancer; and general otolaryngology.

Coming Soon: New Book on Head and Neck Cancer

We are excited to announce that “Cutaneous Malignancy of the Head and Neck: A Multidisciplinary Approach,” is almost complete and will be available soon.   This book, edited by Drs. Randal Weber and Brian Moore will be in full color.

About the book: For the first time, a true multidisciplinary approach to cutaneous malignancy of the head and neck is presented, as international experts in head and neck surgical oncology, dermatology, Mohs micrographic surgery, plastic and reconstructive surgery, radiation oncology, and medical oncology present state-of-the-art techniques and promising horizons in the treatment of cutaneous malignancy of the head and neck. Whether in primary care or a specialty practice, this text should prove invaluable to any practitioner who treats patients with skin cancer of the head and neck.

You can pre-order and learn more at: http://www.pluralpublishing.com/publication_cmhn.htm