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Migraine Sufferers Are Prone to BPPV at an Earlier Age, Study Finds News

Migraine Sufferers Are Prone to BPPV at an Earlier Age, Study Finds

Migraine predisposes individuals to developing benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) earlier in life than those without migraine, according to a UCSF study.
Louder for the Patients in the Back: Making the Most of New Hearing Aid Options Video

Louder for the Patients in the Back: Making the Most of New Hearing Aid Options

Hearing loss is associated with cognitive decline, so finding solutions that help patients stay socially connected is crucial.
The First Patient-Centered Sialadenitis Assessment Tool News

The First Patient-Centered Sialadenitis Assessment Tool

A new standardized measure of symptoms associated with salivary duct obstruction was recently developed by researchers, including UCSF otolaryngologists Jolie Chang, MD, FACS, and William R. Ryan, MD, FACS, and UCSF medical student Arushi Gulati.
Vestibular Migraine (and Conditions That Look Like It): Paths to Diagnosis and Care Video

Vestibular Migraine (and Conditions That Look Like It): Paths to Diagnosis and Care

In this guide to efficient diagnosis and effective therapeutics, otolaryngologic surgeon Caroline Schlocker, MD, walks providers through her rule-out process and clarifies criteria for vestibular migraine.
New Tinnitus Research Focused on Neural Networks Shows Promise for Precision Treatment News

New Tinnitus Research Focused on Neural Networks Shows Promise for Precision Treatment

Using advanced neuroimaging, UCSF researchers are exploring the root causes of tinnitus and developing novel treatments for this potentially debilitating condition, which affects more than 50 million Americans.
Custom Cochlear Implant Programming Shows Promise for Improving Music Perception News

Custom Cochlear Implant Programming Shows Promise for Improving Music Perception

A new clinical trial underway at UCSF, High-Resolution CT-Guided Cochlear Implant Programming, aims to improve speech and music perception for cochlear implant (CI) users.
3D Facial Analysis Shows Biologic Basis for Gender-Affirming Surgery News

3D Facial Analysis Shows Biologic Basis for Gender-Affirming Surgery

In order to validate surgical decisions for gender-affirming facial surgery, researchers from the UC San Francisco and the University of Calgary set out to quantify the effect of sex on adult facial size and shape through an analysis of three-dimensional (3D) facial surface images.
Novel Technique Improves Skin Color Match in Facial Reconstruction News

Novel Technique Improves Skin Color Match in Facial Reconstruction

A new procedure developed by UCSF facial plastic surgeons provides patients undergoing microvascular facial reconstruction with a more accurate skin color match than was previously possible.
New Laryngopharyngeal Sensitivity Test Could Transform Patient Care News

New Laryngopharyngeal Sensitivity Test Could Transform Patient Care

UCSF researchers have developed a first-of-its-kind technique to objectively evaluate laryngopharyngeal sensation.
When the Nose Doesn’t Know: Identifying Types of Smell Loss in the Time of COVID Video

When the Nose Doesn’t Know: Identifying Types of Smell Loss in the Time of COVID

In this guide to understanding the condition and counseling patients appropriately, rhinologist Jose Gurrola II, MD, covering types of smell loss, the impact on patients’ lives, when to order labs or imaging, expected recovery times for COVID patients, and therapies worth trying.
It’s Good to Hear Your Voice: Helping Patients With Vocal Fold Paralysis Video

It’s Good to Hear Your Voice: Helping Patients With Vocal Fold Paralysis

Otolaryngologist VyVy N. Young, MD, provides tools for assessing the problem, explains when a workup is needed, and describes treatment options that can make a big difference to patients.
Pass the Smell Test: How to Assess Olfactory Loss Linked to COVID and Other Conditions Video

Pass the Smell Test: How to Assess Olfactory Loss Linked to COVID and Other Conditions

Otolaryngologist Patricia A. Loftus, MD, discusses what’s known about smell loss in COVID patients as well as its general prevalence in our aging population.
Ranked No. 5 in the U.S. for ENT, UCSF to Host Conference on Latest Research and Treatments in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery News

Ranked No. 5 in the U.S. for ENT, UCSF to Host Conference on Latest Research and Treatments in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery

The UC San Francisco Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery is sponsoring the UCSF Otolaryngology Update 2021, taking place November 11 to 13, 2021.
New Guidance on Using Biologics to Treat Chronic Rhinosinusitis with Nasal Polyps, Led by UCSF Clinician News

New Guidance on Using Biologics to Treat Chronic Rhinosinusitis with Nasal Polyps, Led by UCSF Clinician

Approximately 25 percent of people with chronic rhinosinusitis have nasal polyps, a condition associated with significant morbidity and decreased quality of life.
Olfactory Loss from COVID-19 Infection: Cause and Treatments Studied at UCSF News

Olfactory Loss from COVID-19 Infection: Cause and Treatments Studied at UCSF

Complete (anosmia) and incomplete (hyposmia) smell sensitivity impairment are widely reported indicators among the many symptoms of COVID-19 infection. Quality of life can be substantially impacted by the loss of taste and smell, with possible effects including depression, loss of appetite, and safety risks from lack of awareness of gas leaks, smoke or spoiled food. The path to recovery of taste and smell varies widely among affected individuals.
The Sniff Test: How to Identify Chronic Sinusitis and Treat It Appropriately Video

The Sniff Test: How to Identify Chronic Sinusitis and Treat It Appropriately

Medical management of chronic sinusitis – a common, complex and costly disorder – often fails to bring patients relief. So, which treatments have value? Otolaryngologist Anna Butrymowicz, MD, FAAOA, presents an update, delineating diagnostic steps and therapeutic options, including when to consider surgery.
The Misery – and Consequences – of Seasonal Sneezing: How to Categorize and Care for Allergies Video

The Misery – and Consequences – of Seasonal Sneezing: How to Categorize and Care for Allergies

Otolaryngologist Anna Butrymowicz, MD, discusses the common – and growing – problem of environmental allergies, exploring reasons for the increase and looking at the impact allergies have on overall health and quality of life.
UCSF MD Link: Web-Based Communication Portal for Physicians Document

UCSF MD Link: Web-Based Communication Portal for Physicians

Our web portal allows referring physicians to securely access their patients’ entire electronic health record, make online referral requests and communicate with our physicians directly and securely.
Strategies for Head and Neck Cancer: What to Look, Feel and Listen For Video

Strategies for Head and Neck Cancer: What to Look, Feel and Listen For

UCSF specialist Chase Heaton, MD, presents a guide to identifying head and neck cancers, including steps, tools and tips for a comprehensive exam; alarm-bell statements from your patients; and the one assumption you want to make about any neck lump.
Neck Knowledge: Diagnostics and Care for Growths in Adults Video

Neck Knowledge: Diagnostics and Care for Growths in Adults

Dr. Patrick Ha, UCSF’s chief of head and neck surgical oncology, breaks down the neck’s complex anatomy and provides a case-based discussion of common growths – including developmental cysts, salivary gland disorders, thyroid masses and HPV-related cancers. Included is a useful diagnostic flowchart.
Incorporating Clinical Trials Into Patient Care: A Unique Approach to Treating Head & Neck Cancer Video

Incorporating Clinical Trials Into Patient Care: A Unique Approach to Treating Head & Neck Cancer

With the advent of immunotherapy, UCSF physicians are incorporating clinical trials into head and neck cancer patient care and changing the treatment paradigm.
Salivary Gland Transfer for Head & Neck Cancer Patients Video

Salivary Gland Transfer for Head & Neck Cancer Patients

Discover the surprising way a simple surgery can vastly improve quality of life for head and neck cancer patients after radiation treatment. How? By moving the submandibular gland out of the way of the most intense radiation to prevent xerostomia.