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After Disappointing Results on Phase 3 Trial of Meniere’s Drug, Otonomy Lays off Staff, Suspends Further Trials in 2017

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA — Following disappointing AVERTS-1 Phase 3 trial results of OTIVIDEX in Ménière’s disease patients, Otonomy, Inc., a US-based biopharmaceutical firm, announced that the company is laying off one-third of its noncommercial staff and will not initiate any further clinical trials through the end of 2017.  With the announcement, the timing for initiation…

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New Study Finds Common Prescription Ear Drops Linked to Perforated Eardrums

GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA — Researchers from the University of Florida found that children receiving commonly prescribed quinolone antibiotic ear drops (ex: Ciprofloxacin) following ear tube surgery, are 60 percent more likely to have eardrum perforations compared with those receiving neomycin ear drops. Additionally, when combined with steroids, the study suggests the risk of eardrum perforations may…

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Dutch Study: Earlier Onset of Acute Otitis Media Associated with More Frequent Recurrence

UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS — If a child’s first ear infection occurs at a young age, particularly before 9 months, the chances for recurrent acute otitis media (AOM) infection are increased, according to a new Dutch study. The findings were published last month in the Journal of Pediatrics.    Identifying Children at Risk for Recurrent AOM   Dutch children…

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Infrared Device Developed by MIT Researchers Could Significantly Improve Ear Infection Diagnosis

CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS — Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), along with a pediatric otolaryngologist at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, have developed a device that could significantly improve the ability of doctors to accurately diagnose ear infections (otitis media). The device, which is said to ultimately function much like a typical otoscope, utilizes shortwave infrared light…

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Concern over Antimicrobial Resistance is Growing

Three years ago the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) created a list of the 18 antibiotic-resistant microbes threatening the health of Americans. Given the relatively high prevalence of otitis media in children, which is often treated with antimicrobial drugs, the rise of antibiotic resistance is a cause for concern among healthcare professionals. Antibiotic-resistant infections affect…

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Childhood Ear Infections Becoming Less Common; Likely Due to Vaccinations and Breastfeeding, Suggests New Study

GALVESTON, TEXAS — In a newly published study in the journal Pediatrics, researchers from the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) have found that ear infection rates among young children in the US are on the decline.  The results, suggest researchers, are likely due to increases in vaccinations and breastfeeding. In the study, researchers followed more than 360…

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Dr. William F. House dies; otology pioneer developed the first cochlear implant

The following is based on the obituary provided by the House Research Institute.   AURORA, OR–William F. House, MD, who pioneered the cochlear implant, died at his home in Aurora on December 7, at age 89. “William House was considered the Father of Neurotology because of his pioneering development approaches for the removal of acoustic…

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