AMA Suggests New Ways to Encourage the HPV Vaccine

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American Medical Association
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Dr. William B. Clark owns Pensacola-based ENT Associates of Northwest Florida, where he diagnoses and treats afflictions of the ears, nose, and throat. Dr. William B. Clark maintains active membership with multiple professional organizations, including the American Medical Association (AMA).

Founded in 1847, the AMA focuses on the development and advancement of medicine within the United States by, among other things, establishing standards in medical education and promoting both medical ethics and scientific advancement.

The AMA recently reported that the number of people electing to receive the human papillomavirus vaccine is quite low. To increase patient participation, the AMA has suggested altering the delivery requirements for the vaccine; instead of asking the parents of minors if they are interested in having their child vaccinated, physicians are being encouraged to presume and address objections with a strong recommendation. Suggested for adolescents between the ages of 13 and 15, the vaccine is administered in three doses.

Ear, Nose, and Throat 101 – Ear Ventilation Tubes

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ear ventilation tubes

 

An ear, nose, and throat (ENT) physician and former lieutenant commander in the US Navy, Dr. William B. Clark is the owner of ENT Associates of Northwest Florida. Dr. William B. Clark performs a full range of ENT procedures, including the placement of ear ventilation tubes.

One of the most common procedures performed by ENT physicians, ear ventilation tubes are typically used to treat chronic infections of the middle ear. When fluid becomes trapped behind the eardrum, bacteria may take advantage of the ideal growing environment and cause an infection. Left untreated, middle ear infections can lead to permanent hearing loss.

The procedure itself involves a small incision in the eardrum and placement of a tube in the opening, allowing fluid to drain out. Adult tubes can be placed in office, while children generally require anesthesia. Ear infections can still occur with the tube in place, however, and treatment usually involves antibiotic ear drops rather than systemic antibiotics. Ear tubes remain in place for approximately one year, at which point they fall out on their own.

ACS Releases Fourth Edition of Its Cookbook

 

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American Cancer Society
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The owner of ENT Associates of Northwest Florida, Dr. William B. Clark primarily focuses on the surgical treatment of a wide range of ear, nose, and throat issues. Throughout the course of his work, Dr. William B. Clark has interacted with and provided support for numerous charitable organizations such as the American Cancer Society.

Containing up to 120 recipes that are touted by the American Cancer Society, the fourth edition of the ACS’s New Healthy Eating Cookbook can now be found on bookstore shelves. All of the recipes contained in the cookbook have the stamp of approval from ACS’s nutrition experts.

Jeanne Besser is the cookbook’s author, and she has drawn upon a wide variety of different cuisines to provide culinary offerings to readers that are suitable for differing eating occasions: soups, salads, breakfasts, main dishes, and desserts.

The New Healthy Eating Cookbook can currently be obtained in print or as an eBook, and is available for purchase wherever books are sold.

FDA Approves Expanded Use of Orkambi in Young Cystic Fibrosis Patients

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Orkambi
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A physician and surgeon focused on ear, nose, and throat issues, Dr. William B. Clark treats patients through ENT Associates of Northwest Florida, a practice he owns. Outside of his professional life, Dr. William B. Clark has provided support to various nonprofit organizations, including those working to fight cystic fibrosis.

An additional 2,400 children who have cystic fibrosis now have a new treatment option available to them. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently gave its approval for the expanded use of Orkambi, also known as lumacaftor/ivacaftor, for children age 6 to 11 who have two copies of gene mutation F508del. Factoring in this new cohort, nearly 11,000 children in the country are now eligible to be treated with the drug.

Vertex Pharmaceuticals is behind the drug’s development, which was aided by considerable funding and support from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The company is currently in the third phase of a clinical trial that it hopes will allow for the use of the drug by patients from 2 to 5 years old.

Ear Tubes to Treat Chronic Childhood Ear Infections

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Chronic Childhood Ear Infections
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An expert in treating nose, ear, and throat conditions, otolaryngologist Dr. William B. Clark practices in northwest Florida. As well as evaluating patients’ symptoms, Dr. William B. Clark performs surgeries such as the insertion of ear tubes to relieve pressure.

The majority of kids have experienced a viral or bacterial ear infection before they turn five. In many cases, these common conditions resolve themselves on their own. However, sometimes they become a chronic problem and cause ongoing ear pain and difficulty hearing. As a result, these children might experience trouble sleeping, difficulties in school, or behavioral issues. Trouble with speech or balance may also occur.

If a child is experiencing these symptoms, a doctor might recommend that the child get ear tubes, which can decrease the likelihood of future infections as well as the risk of hearing loss. The procedure, which over a half million children receive each year, typically takes about fifteen minutes while the patient is under general anesthesia. Afterward, the patient usually experiences little discomfort, and hearing issues caused by fluid in the middle ear go away right away. However, other problems, such as problems related to speaking and maintaining balance, may take a few weeks or months to resolve. A doctor can provide more information on the ear tube insertion procedure, as well as its potential benefits and risks.

Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run Program

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Law Enforcement Torch Run Program
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The owner of ENT Associates of Northwest Florida, Dr. William B. Clark regularly contributes to health-oriented charities. One organization that Dr. William B. Clark supports is the Special Olympics, which hosts athletic events for athletes with disabilities and raises funds to improve their lives through sport.

One of the largest fundraising and awareness activities the Special Olympics sponsors is its Law Enforcement Torch Run®. Over the course of the event, officers and athletes team up to move the organization’s Flame of Hope to various competitions, including state and national events.

More than 85,000 law enforcement personnel participate in the event each year, which spans more than 46 countries and every American state. The run has raised millions of dollars since it was created more than 30 years ago. Started by a Kansas police chief, the event encompasses a variety of other fundraising vehicles. Special small events and T-shirt and merchandise sales help the run grow and bring awareness of disabilities and athletic achievement to a broad audience.

Precision Medicine Offers New Hope for People with Cystic Fibrosis

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Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
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Dr. William B. Clark concentrates his medical practice on surgery of the head and neck at ENT Associates of Northwest Florida. Outside of his practice, Dr. William B. Clark donates to charities such as the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

A genetic disease, cystic fibrosis (CF) causes lung infections that hinder breathing. It creates a thick mucus that affects the pancreas as it tries to absorb essential nutrients and the lungs as they try to supply the body with oxygen.

Having CF in her early 30s, longer than thought possible, Emily Kramer-Golinkoff has stepped forward as an advocate for the foundation. Telling her story in many media appearances, she was honored as a Champion of Change by President Obama for raising some $1.5 million for CF research.

Emily Kramer-Golinkoff has been pushing for a philosophy of care known as precision medicine. This innovative concept emphasizes treatment of patients as they are: individuals with unique lifestyles, environments, and genetic traits. It enables medical care providers to better comprehend the complexities of each patient’s circumstances. The possibilities it holds for creating better, targeted treatments are just beginning to be realized.