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SmellTaste 2019

Report by: Katherine Haugh People affected by smell or taste disorders from around the world joined clinicians, scientists and patient advocates at SmellTaste2019 in Gainesville, Florida, in May 2019. Hosted by the University of Florida Centre for Smell and Taste...

Why does music move us? Music as auditory signals of emotion

Music forms an integral part of the lives of people in all known cultures around the world. In this article Dr Sandra Garrido explains that in fact, our response to music is largely innate and is related to the evolutionary...

Laryngology: past, present and future

Two laryngological authorities trace the history of laryngology, from ancient Rome to the modern day. The structure of the vocal folds was a matter of conjecture until the renaissance when anatomists such as Andreas Vesalius and Julius Casserius demonstrated the...

Thoughts on war: von Clausewitz revisited

We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; For he to-day that sheds his blood with me Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile, This day shall gentle his condition: And gentlemen in England now a-bed Shall...

Winter Meeting of the Midland Institute of Otorhinolaryngology

By Edwin Halliday, ST6 Otolaryngology, Birmingham Children’s Hospital. The Winter Meeting of the Midland Institute of Otorhinolaryngology (MIO) took place over Zoom on 15 January 2021. The meeting, normally held biannually, had been cancelled in the summer due to the...

'If music be the food of love, play on'

Christopher Aldren Consultant Otolaryngologist, Wexham Park Hospital, UK. Chris playing at Cambridge garden party 2003. Chris with wife and sons Tom and Alex in family quartet. Chris leading the Doctors Orchestra at the Cadogan Hall in London. Christopher Aldren, Consultant...

Evidence based practice in paediatric audiology

Audiology, like most of the health sciences professions, has been working on integrating evidence-based practice principles since the mid-1990s [1]. Professional organisations and regulatory colleges have produced evidence-based clinical practice guidelines, disseminated them to audiologists and collaborated with practitioners to...

BAA Awards 2020

In a year with a whole new set of challenges for everyone, the BAA Award nominations show the continued difference people make to both patients' and colleagues’ lives. The BAA 2020 Award winners are as follows: BAA Student of the...

IOS 2022

L to R: Professor Rory McConn Walsh, Dublin; Neil Bailie, Toronto; Richard Irving, Birmingham; Professor John Rutka, Toronto; IOS President Robin Adair, Belfast; IOS Secretary Keith Trimble, Belfast. The Irish Otorhinolaryngology/Head and Neck Society Annual Conference 2022 was a jam-packed...

What’s new in genetic testing for hearing impairment?

Often the first question following the diagnosis of a hearing loss is ‘why?’ In this article Ali Danesh explores the advances made in uncovering ‘why’ from a genetics perspective. Ali describes the panel of genetic tests now commercially available to...

75th Annual General and Scientific Meeting of the New Zealand Society of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery

The 2022 NZSOHNS Conference and AGM was bittersweet. Hosted in Christchurch, the home town of our most recent President Duncan (Scott) Stevenson, the society was shaken by his death just one week before the conference following a brief period of...

Why do some people get their smell back so quickly after a COVID infection whilst others don’t?

Of course, we are all too familiar with the effect that COVID-19 infection has on our sense of taste and smell, but why do most patients get better whilst, for many, the misery lingers on and on? This paper looks...