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Health Outcomes & Policy
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MDU 4003
Michael Shapiro

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file:///C|/Documents and Settings/Matt Warren/Desktop/ENT-FactFiction.ht m Take our Fact or Fiction Quiz Otolaryngology - Fact and Fiction Test your knowledge of common ear, nose and throat disorders and their t reatment. 1. Cotton swabs are a safe and easy way to clean wax from inside your ea rs. Fiction! Remember, never stick anything smaller than your elbow in your ear! When you insert cotton-tipped applicators or tissues in your ear, the wax is just pushed deeper into t he ear canal. When wax begins to block your ears (and hearing), seek medical advice. Your doc tor may remove the wax, or suggest special wax-softening ear drops. 2. Reading in a moving car can cause motion sickness (make you "car sic k"). Fact! Motion sickness relates to your sense of balance and equilibrium. Your s ense of balance is maintained by a complex interaction of your inner ears, eyes, skin press ure receptors, muscle and joint sensory receptors, and the brain and spinal cord. Motion sickness can appear when the central nervous system receives conflicting messages from these four key bodily systems. When you read a book in a moving car, your inner ears and skin receptors detect the mo tion of travel, but your eyes see only the pages of your book. 3. Hay fever is not caused by hay and does not cause a fever. Fact! "Hay fever" is a commonly used term for seasonal allergic rhinitis, whic h can produce such symptoms as runny nose, itchy eyes and throat, uncontrollable sneezing, and sometimes itching of the skin. Some people have an over-active immune system which identifies normally harmless particles, such as pollens or animal dander, as dangerous. This causes a n excessive reaction that actually causes inflammation -- an allergy. The substances causing it ar e allergens. 4. Tonsils and adenoids filter bacteria out of what we swallow and breat he. Fiction! Any filter that could strain out microscopic material would not allow th e passage of any food particles and would make eating impossible. Tonsils and adenoids are str ategically located near the entrance to the breathing passages where they catch incoming infections. They "sample" bacteria and viruses and can become infected themselves. It is thought that they then help form antibodies to those "germs" as a part of the body's immune system to resist and fig ht future infections. file:///C|/Documents and Settings/Matt Warren/Desktop/ENT-FactFiction.ht m (1 of 3)4/24/2005 11:32:08 AM file:///C|/Documents and Settings/Matt Warren/Desktop/ENT-FactFiction.ht m 5. A person can be train
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