Nasal polyps are usually your body's reaction to an adverse event that manifests themselves as bulges in the lining of the nasal tissue. Polyps pose several problems but most often are associated with reduced airflow through the nose when you take a nasal breath or they may swell and block the sinuses from draining properly. While they can often be treated with sprays and/or medications, in some situations, surgical intervention is necessary to remove the polyps.
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How do nasal polyps affect the sinuses?
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What causes protruding ears?
Arthur Perry, MD, Plastic/reconstructive Surgery, answeredProtruding ears are one of the most common abnormalities at birth. No statistics are available that fully define the occurrence of this deformity. It would be difficult to figure out, because there is no solid definition of what is normal and what is too much protrusion.
In 1881, the first operation to correct protruding ears was performed in New York City. In 2005, 27,000 otoplasties were performed in the United States, with 40% of the patients being men. Many men have this procedure because their hair doesn't hide their ears in the way women's hair does.
The framework of the ear is made of cartilage, a plastic-like material that can bend to the point of complete folding without breaking. During fetal development the cartilage of the ear folds into its final shape. In babies born with protruding ears, the portion of the ear known as the antihelix is not folded properly.
The ear cartilage of babies is very malleable. Just as we can mold the ears of a dog, it is possible to tape and shape human protruding ears. This molding must be performed within the first three months of life to be effective.
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Can the human voice shatter glass?
Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answeredThe human voice is very powerful, but enough to shatter glass? Find out as Dr. Oz and scientist Bill Nye conduct an experiment pitting the human voice against a wine glass in this video.
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