Mass. Eye and Ear in the News 2009
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A Winner In So Many Ways
Dec. 27, 2009 -- (Portland Press Herald) -- Dan Lucas is a husband, father, hockey coach and one more very important thing – cancer survivor. Dr. Daniel Deschler of the Head and Neck Oncology Service has assisted him in his battle to survive and thrive.
Mom's Gift: Sound of a Son's Voice
Dec. 20, 2009 -- (Boston Herald) -- Six-year-old Ian Muiruri can speak, thanks Dr. Christopher Hartnick and the Pediatric Airway, Swallowing and Voice Center, which is doing novel and life-saving work to treat the out-of-control tumor on his voice box.
Top Doctors 2009: Making the Rounds
December 2009 -- (Boston Magazine) -- Dr. Tessa Hadlock, director of Mass. Eye and Ear's Facial Nerve Center, is featured in this "Top Doctors" section in this month's issue of Boston Magazine.
Hospital Honors Knight for Lifetime of Philanthropy
Nov. 15, 2009 -- (Boston Globe) -- When a frightened 14-year-old Shavonne Richards was pulled from her burning home in Dorchester by firefighters Thursday, her lungs were full of smoke. She was treated with pressurized pure oxygen therapy in a hyperbaric chamber at the Mass. Eye and Ear, and she survived. While she was being treated, Norman Knight, the man whose donation brought that chamber to Boston, was at a ceremony in the city being honored for his lifetime of philanthropy.
Head and Shoulders (and Necks) Above the Rest
Nov. 13, 2009 -- (Lexington Minuteman) -- Dr. Daniel G. Deschler, M.D., director of the Division Head and Neck Surgery and a resident of Lexington, Mass., received the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) Distinguished Service Award at the opening ceremony of the 2009 AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO, in San Diego, Calif.
Flexible Microsystem Delivers Drugs Through the Ear
November 2009 -- (IEEE Spectrum Magazine) -- Mass. Eye and Ear and Draper Laboratory researchers are collaborating to develop an implant that deliver drugs directly to the ear. The project is described in this magazine cover story.
101 Pounds Lighter: Short-order Cook Defies the Odds
Nov. 10, 2009 -- (WBZ-TV, Channel 4) -- For more than a decade now, John McDermott has spent his days within spattering distance of sizzling sausage and the bubbling grease of the french fry vat. He's a cook in the cafeteria at Mass. Eye and Ear. And the reality is it's brutally hard to lose weight when your job is working the grill. But thanks to his colleagues and Weight Watchers at Work, visitors to the cafeteria are seeing a lot less of John these days.
Rare Surgery Restores Man's Hearing
Nov. 6, 2009 -- (WCVB-TV, Channel 5) -- Danny Sanborn, 35, is a die-hard Red Sox fan, whose Scituate home is decked out in the team’s colors, banners and paraphernalia. He also has NF-2, a disease that caused him to lose his hearing. He regained it a team of surgeons, including Dr. Daniel Lee, did the first Auditory Brainstem Implant in New England.
Baby Who Can't Cry Has Uncertain Future
Oct. 30, 2009 -- (ABCNews.com) -- From the moment Joshua Sutterfield's son was born, he knew that something wasn't right. One-week-old Devon has never cried, and now doctors can't tell him if Devon ever will. Dr. Chris Hartnick talks about why a baby might not be able to cry and why this is a problem.
Doctors Explain the Truth Behind 11 Popular Eye Myths
Oct. 27, 2009 -- (ABCNews.com) --Find out the truth about whether eating carrots is good for your eyes, whether squinting is bad for your eyes, and more. Mass. Eye and Ear ophthalmologist Dr. Kenneth Chang shares his expertise.
Plugging Into the Eye, With a New Design
Oct. 25, 2009--(New York Times)--Mass. Eye and Ear researchers are helping to improve the design of a retinal prosthesis that will help restore vision to people with retinitis pigmentosa and macular degeneration. Read what Mass. Eye and Ear physicians Drs. John Loewenstein and Joseph Rizzo, III, co-founder of the Boston Retinal Implant Project, have to say about this research.
Why is the Brain Deceived as if by Magic?
Oct. 20, 2009 – (USA Today) – They seem an unlikely match, but magicians and neuroscientists are pairing up to share their knowledge and learn more about the workings of the human mind. Mass. Eye and Ear Neuro-ophthalmologist Dr. Dean Cesari helps to explain the reasons behind the "illusion."
Say What? 8 Ways to Lose Your Hearing
Oct. 9, 2009 – (ABCNews.com) – Drugs, smoking and diabetes are just among the many things that impair hearing. Read what Dr. Steven D. Rauch has to say about hearing loss.
Ratio of Thyroglobulin to Serum Thyrotropin May Be Tumour Marker for Thyroid Cancer: Presented at AAO-HNSF
Oct. 9, 2009 – (Doctor’s Guide) – A study found that the thyroglobulin to serum thyrotropin ratio could be used as a supplemental marker for well-differentiated thyroid cancer (WDTC). See what Mass. Eye and Ear’s Dr. Michael N. Pakdaman has to say about thyroid disease.
How to Achieve ‘Planned Patienthood’
Oct. 8, 2009 – (CNN.com) – Dr. Paul Konowitz, an otolaryngologist at Mass. Eye and Ear's South Suburban Center, shares his perspective as a patient and as a physician.
Talking With a Surgeon Who Placed Telescopes in Eyes
Oct. 1, 2009 – (Singularity Hub) – A reporter talks with Dr. Kathryn Colby about CentraSight, an implantable miniature telescope that is awaiting FDA approval. She was a lead investigator in a clinical trial testing the device in people with age-related macular degeneration.
Glaucoma: Outcomes Following Open Globe Injuries
September 2009 – (EyeWorld Magazine) – The old adage “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is particularly true in the case of ocular trauma. To provide new insight into the nature and outcomes associated with open-globe injuries, a multidisciplinary team representing recently conducted a 10-year analysis of over 800 such injuries.
Study Finds Balance Issues are Widespread in Older People
Sept. 28, 2009 – (Boston Globe) – Keeping one's balance can get harder with age.
An Eye for a Tooth
Sept. 17, 2009 – (Greater Boston) – Dr. James Chodosh discusses a surgery which successfully restored one woman’s vision by fitting a lens to one of her teeth and implanting the tooth in her eye. View a video of the segment here.
Rachel Ray's Vocal Cords on the Mend
Sept. 17, 2009 – (ABCNews.com) – Celebrity chef Rachel Ray is cooking once again following a surgery to remove a cyst from her vocal cords. Mass. Eye and Ear's Dr. Ramon Franco talks about the procedure and follow-up vocal therapy that help people preserve their voices. He's medical director of the Mass. Eye and Ear Voice and Speech Lab.
Your Next Surgeon May be Trained by a Computer
Sept. 17, 2009 – (Newsweek.com) – A team of computer scientists are working on a computer simulator that can train surgeons to do ear surgery. Newsweek's Daniel Lyons visited Mass. Eye and Ear to learn more about this unique system to help medical residents learn how to work on the temporal bonewithout using actual bones.
Radical Surgery Uses Patient's Tooth to Restore Her Sight
Sept. 17, 2009 – (USA Today) – Doctors in Miami announced Wednesday that they had performed a vision-restoring surgery that used the 60-year-old patient's tooth. Mass. Eye and Ear's Dr. James Chodosh comments on the radical procedure and describes other more palatable options for those with blindness caused by corneaconditions and mentions surgery with the Boston K-Pro and Boston K-Pro II, both which were developed at Mass. Eye and Ear.
Chunk of Tooth Gives the Blind Sight
Sept. 17, 2009 – (ABCNews.com) – Doctors in Florida used a chunk of tooth to restore a woman's vision. Mass. Eye and Ear's Dr. James Chodosh comments on more options.
Drug-Dispensing Contact Lenses Could Replace Eye Drops
Aug. 12, 2009 – (Scientific American) – Researchers at Mass. Eye and Ear are investigating new biodegradable polymer lens materials that could ensure the proper delivery of medicine for treating glaucoma, chronic dry eye, corneal ulcers and other ocular ailments. Dr. Joseph Ciolino is a key member of this research team. Read what he and others say about this new use of contact lenses.
Weston Resident Receives 2010 Proctor Medal
Aug. 4, 2009--(Wicked Local)--Richard H. Masland, Ph.D., of Weston, Mass., director of the Howe Laboratory of Ophthalmology and associate chief for ophthalmology research at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, has been presented with the 2010 Proctor Medal, the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology’s (ARVO) highest honor.
Can a Tiny Fish Save Your Ears?
Aug. 4, 2009--(The Wall Street Journal)--Learn about the latest findings from hearing researchers such as Dr. Albert Edge of Mass. Eye and Ear's Eaton-Peabody Laboratories. Using zebrafish, they are looking for ways to restore hearing loss in humans.
Harvard Med Technology "Kpro" to Aid in Eye Health
July 30, 2009 – (Express News Service) – The L V Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI) brings good news for patients suffering from difficult corneal problems as they now have a chance at recovery of vision and better eye health. The procedure Boston Keratoprosthesis, known as KPro, implants a telescopic device in the eyes which do not benefit from conventional corneal grafting. Mass. Eye and Ear's Dr. James Chodosh shared his expertise with the Institute to help patients in India.
Patent Win Gives Mass. Eye and Ear Windfall
July 29, 2009 – (Boston Globe) – After a nine-year legal battle, the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary has received a patent-dispute payment that amounts to well over half of its annual patient revenue, the Boston hospital said yesterday. The money will fund new research and educational programs.
Balloon Procedure for Blocked Sinuses Stirs ENT Controversy
July 28, 2009 – (MedPageToday.com) – A nonsurgical procedure for opening blocked sinus passages has failed to win over many otolaryngologists, despite intense marketing efforts by its commercial developer. See what Mass. Eye and Ear's Dr. Ralph Metson had to say about this option for sinusitis.
Contact High: Lenses That Deliver Drugs
July 21, 2009 – (Wired.com) – Dry-eye sufferers and glaucoma patients may soon be able to trade their messy eye drops for a contact lens that delivers medication gradually over time. See what Mass. Eye and Ear co-inventor Dr. Joseph Ciolino has to say in this article about this marvelous new concept.
MTV Survey Cranks Up the Volume on Loud Music's Impact on Hearing
July 14, 2009 – (EmaxHealth) – Children and adults at risk of permanent hearing loss due to repeated exposure to loud music would turn down the volume or use ear protection if told so by a health care professional.
Linking Inflammation and Dry Eye
July 2, 2009 – (EyeWorld) – Dry eye research has taken its turning point. New lab studies have determined that inflammation is a cause for dry eye. Read what Dr. Reza Dana and his research team have discovered.
Do You Have to Rub Contact Lenses to Clean Them if Your Cleanser is 'No Rub'?
June 29, 2009 – (Boston.com) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising contact lens users to rub and rinse their contact lenses even if the cleanser is advertised as “no rub.” Read what Dr. Kathryn Colby of Mass. Eye and Ear has to say about contact lens debris.
Disorders of Taste and Smell
June 24, 2009 – (eMedicine) – Disorders of taste and smell are often overlooked in a basic examination. But imagine life without your sense of taste and/or smell. The loss of these specialized senses can decrease the enjoyment of everyday meals, impair the detection of spoiled food or of smoke in a fire. Read more about what Dr. Eric Holbrook of Mass. Eye and Ear and his colleagues discovered in a recent study.
Miniature Implantable Telescope May Save Eyesight for AMD Patients
June 23, 2009 – (DOTmed News) – The invention of an Implantable Miniature Telescope (IMT) may be the first treatment available for people suffering with severe macular degeneration. Dr. Kathryn Colby of Mass. Eye and Ear helped develop the surgical procedure used to implant the device.
New Warnings About Zycam
June 17, 2009 – (WBZ-TV) – The Food and Drug Administration has warned that Zycam nasal spray can cause loss of smell. See what Mass. Eye and Ear's Dr. Eric Holbrook of our Sinus Center has to say about Zycam affecting the sense of smell and what you should do if you experience sudden loss of smell.
The Courage to Live – And to See
June 14, 2009 – (Boston Globe) – The last thing Carmen Tarleton saw was the figure, garbed in black, standing in her daughter's bedroom holding a baseball bat. Two years after a vicious attack, this amazing woman is now able to see, thanks to an artificial cornea (keratoprosthesis) placed by Dr. Samir Melki at Mass. Eye and Ear. Carmen is also being helped by Dr. Aaron Fay, who has been working to reconstruct her eyelids. This is the story of a brave woman who won't let anything stop her from living life to the fullest.
Human Ear Inspires Universal Radio Antenna
June 8, 2009 – (MSNBC.com) – The human ear inspires the invention of a new universal radio antenna that can pick up any radio frequency. Learn what Mass. Eye and Ear’s Dr. Christopher Shera has to say about the new device.
An Estimated 4 Percent of Older U.S. Men Have Dry Eye Disease
June 4, 2009 – (Archives of Ophthalmology) – In a recent study published in the Archives of Ophthalmology titled, “Prevalence of Dry Eye Disease Among U.S. Men,” Dr. Reza Dana of Mass. Eye and Ear along with other researchers, found that an estimated four percent of older U.S. men have dry eye disease.
Laser Tonsil Surgery
May 22, 2009 - (ABCNews.com) - Tonsil surgery is often considered a routine operation. However, it still carries some risks. Dr. Donald Keamy, a pediatric otolaryngologist, outlines an important warning sign near the end of this story that all parents should read.
Five Home Remedy No-Nos
May 21, 2009 - (WebMD) - Some home remedies work just fine, but other do-it-yourself health techniques can spell trouble. Learn what Mass. Eye and Ear's otologist Dr. Jennifer Smullen, an ear specialist, has to say about one home remedy to remove ear wax and why "ear candling" is definitely not recommended.
iHuh? Research Shows iPods Can Cause Hearing Damage
May 18, 2009 - (Boston Globe) - How can loud music on iPods affect your hearing? Read about a new study on the topic and see what Dr. Sharon Kujawa, director of Audiology, has to say about the subject. Also read about what Dr. Ron Eavey, formerly of Mass. Eye and Ear, learned from his own study.
Hope in Sight for Lye Attack Victim
May 18, 2009 - (Concord Monitor) - A last-chance surgery has allowed Carmen Tarlten, who was horrifically scarred after an attack, to see the faces of her children once again. She had an artificial cornea implanted by surgeons in the same hospital that invented the sight-restoring device.
A New Vision for a Man After Oregon's First Corneal Transplant
May 13, 2009 - (The Oregonian) - An industrial accident 17 years ago rendered Ed Partyka blind. Now, thanks to the Boston K-Pro, an artificial cornea developed at Mass. Eye and Ear by Dr. Claes Dohlman, Ed can once again see the faces of his loved ones.
Domestic Violence Survivor Receives Free Surgery
May 12, 2009 - (WBZ Channel 38) - It's hard to imagine in these tough economic times anyone voluntarily working for free, but that's exactly what is happening at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston. The hospital and facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Jaimie DeRosa, are donating their services to a victim of domestic violence.
Eye Disease, Cognitive Decline Linked in Study
May 12, 2009 - (HealthDay News) - Dr. Demetrios Vavvas comments on a new study that shows seniors who perform poorly on tests of language, memory and concentration are more likely to be suffering from the early stages of age-related macular degeneration.
Study Shows Topical Bevacizumab Effective in the Treatment of Corneal Neovascularization
April, 2009 - (Archives of Ophthalmology) - A study conducted by a research team led by Dr. Reza Dana has found that use of topical bevacizumab (Avastin) can help reduce growth of blood vessels on the cornea that could lead to blindness.
Survey Shows Americans May Be Missing Direct Route to Head and Neck Care
April 23, 2009 - (PhysOrg.com) - Tens of thousands of Americans are diagnosed with head and neck cancer each year, but many are unaware that there are medical specialists who treat this disease. Dr. Daniel Deschler at Mass. Eye and Ear comments about this survey.
Medfield Native, Legally Blind, Running Boston Marathon
April 17, 2009 - (WickedLocal.com) - Medfield native Will McNamara joined Mass. Eye and Ear's marathon team to run the Boston Marathon to raise money for optic nerve research. He is legally blind.
Hernandez Teams Up for the Marathon
April 16, 2009 - (WickedLocal.com) - Joanne Hernandez is running the Boston Marathon for Team Eye and Ear. She feels connected to the hospital in more ways than one. She is a nurse in the pediatric unit and has a severe hearing loss.
Caffeine Delivers Focus and Energy to Runners
April 11, 2009 - (WBZ-TV Channel 4) - See what two members of Team Eye and Ear, Mass. Eye and Ear's marathon team, have to say about coffee and running.
Hispanic Children More Likely to Have Hearing Loss
April 3, 2009 - (MSNBC.com) - Based on the data available in various studies, it appears that in the Hispanic population and in low-income homes, there is likely a higher burden of pediatric hearing loss, said Dr. Donald G. Keamy, lead author of the hearing study and a surgeon at the Mass. Eye and Ear.
Implant Telescope for the Eye
April 2, 2009 - (Technology Review) - A miniature telescope implanted into the eye could soon help people with vision loss from end-stage macular degeneration. "This is one of the few options for people with end-stage macular degeneration," says Dr. Kathryn Colby, an eye surgeon at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, who helped develop the surgical procedure used to implant the device.
Hospital Removes Spreading Birthmark
April 1, 2009 - (WBZ-TV Channel 4) - Alicia Lokshin, now 17-months old, was born with a common birthmark known as a hemangioma that had grown to obstruct her vision. Mass. Eye and Ear's Dr. Aaron Fay helped give her a clear view of the world.
Otonomy Introduces Scientific Advisory Board
March 30, 2009 - (EarthTimes) - Otonomy Inc. introduced its scientific advisory board comprised of physicians and research scientists specializing in diseases and disorders of the ear. Mass. Eye and Ear's Dr. Charles Liberman was one member selected.
How Does Glaucoma Impact Life?
March 23, 2009 - (Eyeworld Magazine) - Glaucoma is relatively uncommon, affecting fewer than 2% of American adults over age 40, yet glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the U.S. Mass. Eye and Ear's Dr. Douglas Rhee gives his thoughts on why this is the case.
Can You Hear Me Now? Hearing Loss Not Well Documented in Electronic Medical Records
March 23, 2009 - (Health Medical Network) - Hearing loss is a common disorder that can cause significant communication problems. Mass. Eye and Ear's Dr. Halpin gives his thoughts on the subject.
Richard King Joins Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary as Compliance and Privacy Officer
March 18, 2009 - (Hospital Newspaper) - Richard H. King, Jr., CHC, CIPP, has joined the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary as Compliance and Privacy Officer.
Hypotony After Trabeculectomy in a Patient With Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis-Associated Uveitis
March 2009 - (Glaucoma Today) - Presented by Mass. Eye and Ear doctors Angela Turalba, MD, and Douglas J. Rhee, MD, a case presentation explains an 11-year-old girl presented to the clinic with glaucoma in her left eye secondary to juvenile idiopathic arthritis-associated uveitis.
Pediatric Transplantation Remains a Challenge
March 6, 2009 - (EyeWorld Magazine) - Technology and techniques used in adult corneal transplantation have a growing role in pediatric corneal transplantation, surgeons said. Dr. Kathryn Colby of Mass. Eye and Ear is quoted.
Easy Ways to Protect Your Eyes
March 5, 2009 - (CNN.com) - Good habits can keep your eyes healthy. "Doctors are diagnosing people in their 40s and 50s with diabetes in nearly epidemic numbers," says Scott Greenstein, M.D., an ophthalmologist at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and an ophthalmology instructor at Harvard Medical School.
Hyperbaric Treatment Saves Local Man's Legs
March 6, 2009 - (TheBostonChannel.com) - Dr. Daniel Deschler of Mass. Eye and Ear explains how hyperbaric treatment can save lives. As proof, patient Tom Dinges tells his story how the treatment saved his legs.
Vitamin B, Folic Acid Linked to Lower Risk of Eye Disease
Feb. 23, 2009 - (Boston.com) - Dr. Evangelous Gragoudas comments on a study about vitamin B and folic acid and age-related macular degeneration.
Surviving Loud Noise
Feb. 19, 2009 - (Advance) - By tweaking a system in the ear that limits how much sound is heard, a global team of researchers has discovered one alteration that shows that the ability of the ear to turn itself down contributes to protecting against permanent hearing loss.
True Love Looks Under the Skin
Feb. 14, 2009 - (Boston Globe) - Read the Valentine's day love story of a courageous woman who Mass. Eye and Ear surgeons helped face the world with pride.
Built-in Volume Control Helps Protect Auditory Nerve Against Loud Sounds
Feb. 12, 2009 - (Science Daily) - Researchers at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School, have found that auditory nerve cells temporarily reduce the expression of a key neurotransmitter receptor on their surfaces when exposed to loud noise, and they wanted to know why.
Bruins' Ryder to Miss 2-3 Weeks After Facial Surgery
Feb. 10, 2009 - (The Boston Chanel) - Boston Bruins right wing Michael Ryder will miss the next two to three weeks after undergoing successful facial surgery.
Medical Record Documentation of Patients’ Hearing Loss by Physicians
Jan. 29, 2009 - SpringerLink - Mass. Eye and Ear doctors Chris Halpin, Lisa Iezzoni and Steven Rauch report their findings on hearing loss. Anecdotal evidence suggests that hearing loss often is underreported by patients and not documented by physicians.
In the Spotlight - Dr. Janey Wiggs, MD, PhD, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
Jan. 30, 2009 - (Insider Medicine) - Dr. Janey Wiggs, MD, PhD, discusses her research into finding the genes that are responsible for glaucoma.
If I Had - A Cataract at Age 70 and Had Blurred Vision - Dr. Scott Greenstein, MD, FACS, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School.
Jan. 28, 2009 - (Insider Medicine) - Dr. Scott Greenstein discusses what he would do if he were 70 years old and had blurred vision.
Dohlman Chair Begins with Scientific Vision
Jan. 23, 2009 - (Harvard Medical School FOCUS) - Jeffrey Flier, dean of the Faculty of Medicine, opened the Dec. 8 celebration of the Claes H. Dohlman Professorship in Ophthalmology at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary HMS praising Dohlman as the founder of modern corneal science.
In the Clinic - Dr. Leila Mankarious, MD, Harvard Medical School; Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
Jan. 21, 2009 - (Insider Medicine) - Dr. Leila Mankarious reviews the indications for, and benefits of, cochlear implantation.
If I Had - A Newborn Who Had Difficulty Feeding - Dr. Leila Mankarious, MD, Harvard Medical School; Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
Jan. 15, 2009 - (Insider Medicine) - Dr. Leila Mankarious discusses what she would do if she had a newborn who had difficulty feeding.
Cancer Fight Took Courage and Humor
Jan. 15, 2009 - (The Ellsworth America) - Cancer may have taught Katie Harlan a few things, but she’s not glad she had it. The 22-year-old college student jokes that if the disease was a gift, “I’d be looking for the receipt.
Jury Finds in Favor of Mass. Eye and Ear Infirmary in Visudyne Case
Jan. 13, 2009 - (Newswise) - The Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (Mass. Eye and Ear) announces that yesterday the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit affirmed a lower court’s decision in favor of Mass. Eye and Ear on claims of unjust enrichment and unfair trade practices against QLT Inc
Family Treasures Visit from Santa
Jan. 9, 2009 - (Salem News) - Ann Crowley had to grab the camera. Santa, a 12-year-old orphan visiting their home from Latvia, had accomplished a feat no one else in the family had ever managed. She got the dog and two cats, who hate each other, to fall asleep in the same bed with her.