Court upholds FDA effort to curb marketing of ear candling

For decades, manufacturers and retailers have been promoting ear candles as an effective way to remove cerumen from the ear canal. This alternative medicine practice involves lighting one end of a hollow candle and placing the other end in the ear. Proponents say that the flame creates negative pressure, which sucks the heat-softened wax and…

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Using cotton swabs may rupture eardrums

CHICAGO–Hearing professionals have long been cautioning their patients not to use Q-tips or other small items  to clean their ear canals. Now a study by Henry Ford Hospital shows that their advice was well-founded.  The study, which was presented April 29 at the Combined Otolaryngology Spring Meeting in Chicago, found a direct association between the…

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