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Interview with Mr Vasant Oswal, Emeritus Consultant ENT H&N Surgeon

British Medical Laser Association (BMLA) held its 39th annual conference, the first in-person gathering following the COVID-19 pandemic, in the academic surrounding of the Surgeons’ Quarters of the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh. Chris Henson caught up with 87-year-old...

Globe trotter: Vasant Oswal launches memoir

Vasant Oswal was brought up in an era when public transport in India relied on horses. From humble beginnings in Pune in the western state of Maharashtra, he went on to become a pioneer in laser surgery in the larynx. He would also receive a Fellowship by Election at the Royal College of Surgeons, not to mention serving as Editor in Chief of ENT and Audiology News.

BLA Presidency transfers from Mark Watson to Guri Sandhu

The BLA welcomed Guri Sandhu as incoming President from 1 May 2021. Guri Sandhu is a founding member of the BLA and current President of the Laryngology & Rhinology section at the RSM. He is a Consultant Otolaryngologist and Head...

BLA Connections: A Clear Voice – BLA podcast celebrates its first anniversary with the launch of series 3

The British Laryngological Association's popular podcast, BLA Connections: A Clear Voice, is now a year old and continues to go from strength to strength. In May 2020, during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, the BLA launched its first...

BLA Cutting Edge Laryngology 2022

Are you a consultant laryngologist, paediatric, head & neck, or general ENT surgeon, speech and language therapist, respiratory and gastroenterologist, ENT and SLT trainee or allied health professional? Then this conference is for you – and you can join us...

Do intratympanic injections require local anaesthesia?

Intratympanic injections are becoming increasingly acceptable in the management of Meniere’s disease, tinnitus and sudden hearing loss. This is because they avoid the need for hospitalisation and can be performed as low-cost outpatient procedures. It is traditional to freeze the...

Thyroidectomy and hypnosis

This is a retrospective study comparing thyroidectomy under conventional general anaesthesia and surgery under hypnosis. Patients are interviewed and evaluated before the surgery and the process explained. During the surgery, they are induced into a hypnotic trance in a controlled...

BLA Annual Conference

On 24 September 2021, the British Laryngological Association hosted its virtual annual conference, with an international speaker line-up to review the latest evidence and trends in the field of laryngology. Unique insights were shared, including Chadwan Al-Yaghchi (Imperial College Healthcare)...

BLA Position Statement - Interview with Mark Watson

Author and interviewer: Stefan Linton, ENT Registrar, Manchester Royal Infirmary. We caught up with Mark Watson, President of the British Laryngology Association, to find out his thoughts on the BLA’s position statement on the use of Gardasil vaccination in the...

The British Laryngological Association celebrate five-year anniversary

“We’re extremely pleased with the progress the BLA has been able to make over the past five years and look forward to an exciting future working together with friends and colleagues - questioning conventional understanding and encouraging the best in...

Botulinum toxin and drooling – how much, how often and where?

This was an incredibly useful article covering all aspects of the use of botulinum toxin as a treatment modality in sialorrhoea. The article starts by outlining why treating sialorrhoea is important and describes the non-pharmacological and pharmacological options, highlighting that...

European Laryngological Society (ELS) meets British Laryngological Association (BLA)

The meeting of the European Laryngological Society in May is being held in London, and is co-hosted by the British Laryngological Association. The President of the ELS, Ricard Simo, and the Secretary of the BLA, Declan Costello, exchanged thoughts about...