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Can Q-Tips Cause Permanent Ear Damage?

Whenever your ears feel stuffed or clogged, it feels like second nature to reach for a cotton swab. Like an errant hangnail or a song that’s stuck in your head, clogged ears are one of those little — and universal — annoyances in life. While your first instinct may be to use a cotton swab Read more

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Voice Hoarse? Follow These Tips From an Otolaryngologist

Here are the best ways to get your voice back to normal once it goes hoarse. Losing your voice is always an inconvenience, but especially so when you have something important, such as a job interview or your sister’s wedding, on your schedule. There’s no magical way to bring your voice back to normal speaking Read more

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Do you have snoring or sleep apnea? Find out what you can do about it!

Snoring can be more than annoying – it can signal health problems, including obstructive sleep apnea. Experts at the USC Sleep Medicine Program are studying the causes and treatments for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea, discovering new ways to help you get a good night’s rest. How do you know if you’re just snoring or Read more

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What Do You Do When Your Spouse Has Trouble Hearing You?

“Tuning out” is a frustrating habit that long-time couples develop over time. But what if your “selective hearing” actually signals a serious health condition? Are you constantly asking for others to repeat what they say? Hearing loss happens incrementally and can go unnoticed for some time. In fact, as we age, we expect to lose Read more

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Can Snoring Lead to More Serious Problems?

Snoring can leave you with a dry mouth or sore throat — not to mention a cranky sleep partner. But is it a signal of a larger problem? That depends. Almost everyone — from a newborn baby to a 70-year-old man — will snore at some point in his or her life; in fact, according Read more

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The Keck Effect: More Conversations

When Theresa Vitale began losing her voice for months at a time, she knew she needed help. Theresa Vitale’s initials are “TV,” so it’s only fitting that she found a career as a camera operator and director of photography for a television station. At only 33 years old, her credits with major networks are impressive: Read more

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The Keck Effect: More Life Empathy and Joy

When Dawn Fishback was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 1990, she never realized it would lead her to finding her life’s work. When Dawn was nine years old she told her father that she wanted to be a doctor just before he unexpectedly passed away. She started laying the groundwork to become a health Read more

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Symptoms of Thyroid Problems: Fluctuating Weight, Hair Loss and More

A small, butterfly-shaped gland tucked right underneath your Adam’s apple can have a huge impact on your health. Your thyroid produces hormones that control everything from digestion and heart function to muscle control and metabolism. When the thyroid produces too many or too few hormones, you can experience a wide range of health issues. If Read more

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