Cleaning Your Kid’s Ears with a Cotton Bud could be Dangerous: Study

The common perception that both adults and children need to clean their ear canal regularly, has been head-on challenged by a recent study, which has estimated that about three dozen children are admitted to hospital’s emergency wards every day in the U.S. Though cotton-tipped swabs have been in use for nearly a century, the reports of related injuries are being noted only now.

Toddlers More Prone to Cotton Swab Injury
One of the senior author of the study is Dr Kris Jatana, who is a pediatric ear, nose, and throat surgeon at the National Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Dr Jatana frequently encounters cases caused by cotton-tipped applicators, more so in children below three years than adults who have a stronger resistance. The study has concluded that about 40 percent of injuries is among the children below three years of age, while children below 8 years constitute 67 percent of the cases. The study has evaluated that 263,338 children under the age of 18 have been admitted to ER across the U.S. between 1990 and 2010 for cotton-tipped ear cleaning tools and nearly two-thirds of these injuries happened at home.

Perforated Eardrums Most Severe Injury
Tympanic membrane perforations as it is technically known, broken eardrums constitutes about 30 percent of the injuries, says the study, identifying the feeling of a foreign body in ear as most common case but broken eardrums as more severe complication. Soft tissue injuries caused 23 percent of the cases. Temporary hearing loss, which is similar to the feeling of having noice-canceling ear plug in the ear, is the most common case, typically caused by wax pushed too deep into the ear canal.

Ear canals are self-cleaning, the study assures, unless some medical condition or wax is pushed in with cotton-tipped swabs.

Rise in Use of Mobile Computing Devices behind Advent of Telemedicine

San Francisco, California, May 10, 2017: The global market for telemedicine is the focus of analysis of a recent market research report by TMR Research. The report is titled “Telemedicine Market – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Trends, Analysis, Growth, and Forecast 2017–2025.” The capability of telemedicine practices to provide medical assistance to patients living in remote locations, where essential healthcare services are not available or are difficult to reach, is one of the key factors driving the global Telemedicine Market.

Intervention of governments across the globe through funds and incentives aimed at extending the reach of essential medical services across remote locations, increased use of mobile computing devices, and rapid rate of technological advancement of healthcare infrastructure across the globe are some of the chief drivers of the market. Some of the most popular services provided by the telemedicine market are medical education, specialist referral services, and provision of medical and health information to consumers.

Telemedicine is increasingly becoming one of the key segments of the conventional medicine and healthcare market. In the next few years, the market is expected to exhibit an excellent CAGR across developed as well as developing economies.

From a geographical standpoint, the market for telemedicine is presently gaining the most traction and promising growth opportunities in developed economies across North America and Europe. The North America market presently leads and is expected to retain dominance over the report’s forecast period as well. Technology advanced healthcare infrastructures, technologically well-versed population, excellent telecommunication networks, and the presence of a large number of some of the world’s leading companies in the telemedicine field are expected to continue to drive the North America market in the near future.

Over the report’s forecast period, Asia Pacific is expected to present vast growth opportunities to the telemedicine market. The thriving telecommunications industry, rapid rate of technological advancement of the healthcare infrastructure across developing economies, and the vast population will contribute to the growth prospects of the Asia Pacific telemedicine market in the near future.

The vendor landscape of the global telemedicine market is fragmented owing to the presence of a large number of regional as well as international players. Companies in the market are focusing on expanding their geographical reach and offering innovative solutions to attract more consumers to sustain in the highly competitive market. Some of the leading vendors in the market are CISCO Systems, Inc., ARDIOCOM, LLC, Agfa HealthCare NV, CAMD Global Telemedicine, Inc., LifeWatch AG, McKesson Corporation, Polycom Corp., Honeywell HomMed LLC, OBS Medical Ltd., Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, Inc., Medtronic, Inc., F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd., InTouch Technologies, Inc., and McKesson Corp.

Rising Geriatric Population Drives Global Tinnitus Incidence

San Francisco, California, May 09, 2017: TMR Research estimates the future of the global tinnitus market with a thorough analysis of the forces governing the market. The report, titled “Tinnitus Market – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2017 – 2025,” is a comprehensive take on the strengths bolstering the growth of the overall market and the restrains acting as an impediment. According to the research report, the global tinnitus market is likely to be driven by the growing pool of geriatrics across the globe. The report aims to be a trustworthy account of the milestones the global market has achieved to help the readers understand its trajectory.

Tinnitus refers to the constant ringing sound inside the ears and it is known to affect a large percentage of the population owing to age and deterioration of hearing abilities. Thus, an exponentially rising population of the aged is likely to be an instrumental factor in defining the soaring revenue of the global market. Some of the other causes that lead to tinnitus are ear infections, multiple sclerosis, oxidative stress, wax increase, emotional stress, presence of foreign substance in the ear, nasal allergies, exposure to deafening sounds, and circulatory system disorders.

The increasing awareness of the disease, improving accessibility to healthcare, and rising expenditure on healthcare have collectively influenced the global tinnitus market in positive ways. Additionally, presence of several treatments and drugs for treating tinnitus has also boosted the market growth.

From a geographic point of view, the global tinnitus market is segmented into North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and the Middle East and Africa. The report states that North America held a leading position in the global market, which was closely followed by Europe. The high prevalence of tinnitus in the region and better healthcare infrastructure are expected to keep North America in the forefront. On the other hand, Asia Pacific is also expected to emerge as a promising region. The region boasts a huge population with vast and unmet medical needs. The improving economic condition of the regional market and the rising affordability of the people in Asia Pacific are projected to play an important part in the growth of this regional market.

Some of the leading players operating in the global tinnitus market are Abbott Laboratories, Inc., Autifony Therapeutics Limited, Auris Medical AG, Bayer AG, Dr. Willmar Schwabe GmbH & Co. KG, Merz Pharma GmbH & Co. KGaA, MSE Pharmazeutika GmbH, NeuroSystec Corporation, Orasi Medical, Inc., Novartis AG, Sound Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and GlaxoSmithKline PLC. The research report provides an in-depth understanding of the competitive landscape present in the overall market. Furthermore, the analysts have also described the research and development activities undertaken by these players in the global market.

“Gray Death” U-47700 that killed Prince Continues to Claim More Lives

Since opioid and related drugs are illegal, how can one be sure of what chemical compound they are buying out on the street and consuming, until repercussions unfold? Among the pills found at the estate of singer and performer Prince, where he was found dead in April 2016, contained U-47700, a category drugs that is rated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration as most dangerous of all.

U-47700 is a lethal opioid combination
Gray death as it is nicknamed, looks like a concrete mix while varying in consistency of chunky and hard material to fine powdered stuff. Gray death is essentially a mixture of a number of opioids that have been linked to four-figure fatal overdoses in the U.S. in the past two decades including heroin, fentanyl, and carfentanil, which is at times used to tranquilize elephants! Users of gray death swallow, inject, snort, or smoke it, although the officials believe that this strong drug with much higher potency than heroin can even put you at risk merely by touching it as it can be absorbed through the skin.

Number of casualties continues to escalate
Prince’s death brought it to the forefront of news stories but gray death has been around for quite some time now, with investigators founding frequent cases in the states of Alabama, Ohio, and Georgia. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has had nearly 50 gray death overdose cases in the past three years, primarily from Atlanta area. In 2015, Ohio state health officials had to send for CDC scientists to help in escalating number of Fentanyl-related deaths. More than 33,000 people succumbed to opioids related cases in the U.S., with Ohio accounting for the maximum 3,050 drug overdose deaths in 2016.