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REPOST: Tonsillectomy might be worth it for some adults

Steven Reinberg reports a new study about tonsillectomy and how it might be beneficial to adults who are experiencing recurrent sore throat. Read about it from this MSN article.


TUESDAY, April 2 (HealthDay News) — Adults with recurrent sore throats might benefit from getting their tonsils removed, according to a new study from Finland.

People tend to think of tonsillitis — sore and swollen tissues at the back of the throat — as occurring in childhood. However, many adults suffer from recurrent sore throats that result when tonsils are inflamed by bacteria living within.

These constant infections can lead to repeated courses of antibiotics and reduce a patient’s quality of life, experts say.

“Adult patients who had disabling pharyngitis [severe sore throat] involving the palatine tonsils more than three times per year benefited from tonsillectomy,” said lead study author Dr. Timo Koskenkorva, of the department of otorhinolaryngology at the Institute of Clinical Medicine at the University of Oulu.

“The rate of inflammation of the throat and number of symptomatic days were significantly lower in the tonsillectomy group than in the control group [study participants who did not have their tonsils removed], resulting in fewer medical visits and absences from school or work,” he said.

However, inflammation and sore throats prevented by surgery would likely have been mild and caused by a virus rather than bacteria, Koskenkorva noted. And the surgery does carry some risk and a need for recovery time.

Dr. Linda Dahl, an ear, nose and throat specialist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, said that adults who might consider a tonsillectomy are those who frequently get sick with sore throats. “No one ever regrets having their tonsils out,” she said. “It has an impact on lifestyle.”

In addition to not getting the infections, their body isn’t fighting the bacteria living in the tonsils, which can make them feel rundown, said Dahl, who was not involved in the new study.

The report was published April 2 in the CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).

To test the benefits of having a tonsillectomy, Koskenkorva’s team randomly assigned 86 patients to have the operation or not.

After five months, none of the patients who had a tonsillectomy had a severe sore throat, compared with 3 percent of those who didn’t have the operation, the researchers found.

Of those who had a tonsillectomy, 4 percent saw a doctor for a sore throat compared with 43 percent who didn’t have the procedure. In addition, 80 percent of patients who didn’t have their tonsils out had an acute sore throat compared with 39 percent who had had tonsillectomies, the researchers noted.

“Tonsillectomy resulted in fewer symptoms of pharyngitis, consequently decreasing the number of medical visits and days absent from school or work. For this reason, surgery may benefit some patients,” Koskenkorva said.

During the six-month follow-up period, people who had tonsillectomy had a lower overall rate of sore throats and significantly fewer days with throat pain, fever, cold or cough than participants who didn’t undergo the procedure, the study found.

However, the surgery prevented mostly mild sore throats, which were most likely caused by a virus, Koskenkorva said. So before having the surgery, which is done under general anesthesia, patients and their doctors should consider complications and whether the benefits outweigh the risk of the operation, he suggested.

One risk of tonsillectomy is bleeding. Dahl, the New York specialist, said that adults, because their tonsils tend to be very infected, can bleed more. “It’s just a little bit of a bloodier surgery,” she explained.

“There are less painful and less risky ways of doing the surgery now,” she added. These include shaving away the tonsils and laser procedures.

The recovery from traditional surgery can cause pain and difficulty swallowing for up to 10 days. Dahl said one patient told her “it’s worse than childbirth without anesthesia.” Recovery from other methods is shorter and less painful, she noted.

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The value of travel to quests for health and wellness


Traveling to faraway destinations has been regarded as a healthy activity that is, in many times, a necessity for people. Journeys have a way of changing people, and venturing out of one’s comfort zone does allow a person to broaden his perception of the world. And with that shift in perception, people also become better at managing their worries and their stress. No matter what the reason for the excursion is—relaxation, discovery, healing—the fact remains that travel is integral to the overall wellness of an individual.


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For many reasons, these notions have become even more relevant to people as more of them travel to places they’ve never been to before, all in the pursuit of health. While people continue with the hustle and bustle of daily lives, rushing from one task to another, their sacrifice of rest for an increase in productivity will ultimately take a toll on their health. The busy, tired, and stressed-out people of today undoubtedly have a need for a retreat in a distant location to recover, and to be well again.

In the past few years, the number of patients seeking treatment overseas has significantly grown. Not only can people find more affordable treatment for their illnesses, they also find a necessary respite from their everyday worries.



Travel options for health and wellness may not be a viable option for everyone, but for people with various afflictions that can be alleviated in a wellness facility somewhere overseas, the option remains appealing.

Satori World Medical offers complete and high-quality medical and travel services to its clients through it connections with some of the best hospitals and specialists in various countries around the world. Visit its official website for more information.

REPOST: Coffee drinkers less likely to die from oral cancers

Another discovery on the benefits of drinking coffee was shared in this Fox News article.


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It’s been proven that a daily cup of Joe has many health benefits – ranging from cardiovascular and skin protection to warding off certain diseases like Parkinson’s.

Now, a large-scale study from the The American Journal of Epidemiology has found coffee drinkers are less likely to die from oral cancer, the New York Times reported.

Scientists followed more than 900,000 healthy men and women, starting in the year 1982 – and 26 years later, only 868 people had died of oral or throat cancer.

Participants filled out questionnaires on their health and dietary habits. Researchers took into consideration factors such as smoking and alcohol consumption, but even with those factors in place, researchers found those who drank one cup of coffee had a 26 percent lower risk of death from oral cancers than those who did not drink coffee.
Coffee drinkers who consumed two to three cups daily had a 33 percent lower risk. Hardcore coffee drinkers – drinking at least four to six cups a day – had a 50 percent lower risk.
The one caveat: The coffee has to be caffeinated, and there is no correlation with a reduced risk of oral cancer for tea drinkers.

The study’s lead author, Janet S. Hildebrand of the American Cancer Society, said the study is still unclear as to whether the coffee drinkers are less likely to develop oral cancers, or just more likely to survive it.
But, whatever the reason, it most likely has to do with the fact that coffee contains helpful compounds to ward off cancer and antioxidant benefits.

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Placentophagy: Are there benefits to eating the placenta?

The placenta, an organ that connects a fetus to the mother’s uterine wall to facilitate nutrient, oxygen, and waste transfer via the mother’s bloodstream, has been used in various rituals and ceremonies for centuries. Among these rituals is placenta eating.


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Some countries see placentophagy, or placenta eating, as a celebration of the miracle of childbirth. In Vietnam and China, the placenta is seen as a life-giving force. Thus, some people in these countries add dried and ground placenta to their food in order to increase their energy and improve their health.

There is certain logic to the placenta being the perfect after-birth food, as throughout the pregnancy, it facilitates the transfer of food and nutrients from the mother’s body to the baby. This is why some mothers in western countries are opting to eat their placenta after childbirth and why there are some websites that sell encapsulated placenta that mothers can take every day to improve their well-being.


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January Jones, an actress who starred in the widely acclaimed TV series Mad Men (2007), is an advocate of placenta eating. She claims that after eating her placenta, she never felt depressed or lacked energy.

However, despite the presence of placentophagy advocates claiming that the placenta has nutritional value, placenta eating should be taken with a grain of salt, as there is no proof that eating the placenta has nutritional benefits.


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Wellness travel trends for 2013

In the previous year, healthcare industry observers saw a significant rise in the number of patients who traveled abroad for medical treatment. Without a doubt, medical travel has become more and more popular as an option due to the rising costs of health care in the US.


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Throughout 2013, observers have also noted some wellness travel trends that can contribute to the positive image that the industry has achieved among consumers, and might make travel for wellness more appealing to people who have remained unconvinced about its merits.

Some of the improvements to expect this 2013 are the following:

– Many airports are undergoing renovations that are geared toward increasing comfort. Wellness has become a top consideration in many airport designs, and there are many terminals that are undergoing changes to create an atmosphere of relaxation for airline passengers.



– Hotels are also starting to do their part in ensuring the health and wellness of their guests. Many have gone beyond the usual spa, gym, and pool offerings, and have taken steps to ensure a more comfortable stay with rooms designed to induce better sleep, and air conditioning systems that eliminate bacteria and allergens in the air.

– Many companies are also planning to increase the incentives given to employees who participate in health improvement programs.


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– Apart from medical procedures, the non-religious spiritual practices for healing are also gaining more attention. Mental health is also an important aspect to wellness, and various forms of meditation and yoga are part of many medical travel packages.

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Incontinence and inebriation: What really happens after weight loss surgery

When diet and exercise no longer do the job, people resign to the idea of losing weight by going under the knife. In the US, 35.7 percent of adults are said to be obese. This huge percentile gives people an idea on why bariatric surgery is considered as one of the most famous surgical procedures of all time, despite its downturn in numbers in the past few years.


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Bariatric surgery is considered a standard procedure in various medical institutions and is one of the elective medical procedures commonly considered under an insurance plan. Commonly known as weight loss surgery, it is designed to help people lose weight – be it for aesthetic purposes or health considerations. The process involves the reduction of the stomach’s size by inserting a special medical device inside the body or by removing a portion of it.

To date, many speculations and studies have been made on the effects of bariatric surgery. Recently, the news about weather forecaster Al Roker’s embarrassing incident at the White House made headlines. Roker’s personal experience is one of the most common things that happen to people who underwent weight loss surgery.


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Fecal and urine incontinence is common among obese people, especially those who are in the critical stages of obesity. The National Institutes of Health asserts that bariatric surgery reduces the severity of urine incontinence, but the same effect doesn’t apply to fecal incontinence for some unknown reason. In fact, studies show that over 50 percent of those who have undergone this surgery observed that their fecal incontinence worsened.

Aside from experiencing fecal incontinence, people who underwent weight loss surgery consume more alcohol two years after their procedure, as reported by Reuters. The report furthers that it may have something to do with the effect of the resized stomach on alcohol tolerance. Another possible reason is that people may find themselves substituting drinks for food. This effect of the surgery is still under clinical observations and is subject to in-depth studies. However, people who had weight loss surgery are advised to monitor their alcohol intake, and consult with their doctor if there is a change in their drinking habits.


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Is fear of traveling keeping Americans from medical travel?

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The Deloitte Center for Health Solutions states that “Americans are the least likely to go outside their home country for health care” and “only 3 percent of Americans would definitely consider traveling outside the United States for either necessary or elective care; only 1 percent had actually done so in the past year.”

Since the benefits of medical travel far outweigh its disadvantages, lack of interest in medical travel might not be the problem. After all, if medical travel offers high-quality health care at a fraction of the cost and is being promoted as an enjoyable way to see the world, then why aren’t more people opting for medical travel?

Is doing the actual traveling putting off most Americans from medical travel?

There are three possible reasons why people would be afraid of traveling:

They are afraid of flying. This is one of the most common fears people have, and since medical travel usually involves the patient getting on a plane, this can be a big problem.



They can’t afford to travel. Many people have the perception that traveling is expensive. It can be, but with proper research and preparation, it doesn’t have to be.

It’s not safe. This is one of the main reasons why people are too reluctant to travel to another country, especially with all the news about unrest in some countries.

Realistically, most of these fears are illogical. The likelihood of dying in a plane crash is 1 in 1.7 million to 1 in 29.4 million, according to, and visiting another country, as long as it isn’t war-torn, is totally safe.


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