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Date:4/24/2011

rograms per deciliter were associated with increased odds of hearing loss, said study author Josef Shargorodsky, MD. "This is important given that the CDC lead action level in children is 10 mcg/dl, so we may be seeing associations with hearing loss well below the current recommended levels."

Overall, researchers found that the association between blood lead level >2 g/dL and hearing loss was larger among individuals from families living below the federal poverty limit (or 2.23, 95% CI 1.21-4.12), and those with no loud noise exposure (or 2.16, 95% CI 1.30-3.59), but the interactions were not significant (p>0.21). There was no overall association between quartiles of blood mercury, urine cadmium, or urine arsenic and hearing loss.


Plenary Session Presentation Tonsillectomy is an Effective Treatment for Pediatric Patients with Dysphagia and Tonsillar Hypertrophy

Presenter: Daniel Clayburgh, MD, PhD
Date: Saturday, April 30, 2011
Time: 8:56 9:30am

Chicago, IL Tonsillectomy is an effective treatment for oropharyngeal dysphagia with tonsillar hypertrophy.

It has long been believed that enlarged tonsils could obstruct swallowing in children, and that removing these enlarged tonsils would provide benefit. However, research shows tonsillectomy outcomes for dysphagia have not been studied well. Researchers found children's primary complaint is difficulty swallowing due to tonsillar enlargement, as well as children undergoing tonsillectomy for other reasons, tonsillectomy significantly improved symptoms related to difficulty swallowing.

"This study shows, for the first time, that tonsillectomy can provide significant symptomatic and overall health benefit to children with difficulty swallowing due to enlarged tonsils," said study author Daniel Clayburgh, MD, PhD. "Tonsillectomy also improved children's weight gain (children with swallowing problems are often underweight). This data provides scientific just
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