The American Cancer Society Research Efforts


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American Cancer Society

Focusing on head and neck surgical interventions since 1991, Dr. William B. Clark treats patients at ENT Associates of Northwest Florida in Pensacola. Active in charitable donations, Dr. William B. Clark gives to the American Cancer Society.

This community-based organization enlists the efforts of millions as it strives to wipe out cancer as a significant health threat. It launched its cancer prevention studies in the 1950s, searching over the long term for medical and behavioral factors in the onset of cancer. These efforts found links between smoking and cancer, obesity and cancer, and other connections.

The society has moved from studying tobacco use to curbing it. It is now investigating the economic aspects of controlling tobacco use in low- to middle-income populations.

The American Cancer Society has also been one of the first organizations to look into how psychosocial and behavioral habits play a role in controlling cancer. It seeks to learn the effects of quality of life, family life, and the medical care of survivors.

Finally, the society spends over $7 million annually in prevention research to determine the impact of vaccines, hormones, diet, and physical fitness.


How to Perform a Track Stand on a Bicycle

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Track Stand

Dr. William B. Clark owns and operates ENT Associates of Northwest Florida, where he and his associates treat ear, nose, and throat related ailments. When he gets time away from work, Dr. William B. Clark enjoys fine tuning his cycling abilities.

Executing a track stand allows a cyclist to stay balanced and upright on a bike while in a stationary position. Keep reading to learn how to perform this technique.

1. Pick a safe spot to practice. An empty parking lot or private driveway are both good options. A surface with a slight grade is preferable.

2. Find your balance. Avoid the temptation of looking down or at the front tire. Keep your center of gravity over the frame, not over the handlebars. While coasting, practice rolling slowly in this pose, keeping feet and pedals stationary.

3. Shift into a gear that allows you to put constant pressure on the pedals, and make sure your strongest foot is up and forward. To track stand, you will be balancing the forward force of your foot on the pedal with the light force of the brake. Practicing with a hill will help you learn not to rely too much on braking force to stand.

4. Ride parallel to the sloped surface. Coast slowly to a near stop, and turn your wheel smoothly but quickly uphill. In this way, you will be able to apply slight pressure to the pedal and move uphill, then remove the pressure and roll back. Moving back and forth, you can remain upright easily. Turn your front wheel small amounts for balance.

5. Practice rolling less and less until you can stand seemingly motionless in a perfect track stand.

How to Tell if Your Earache is From a Cold or an Ear Infection

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ENT Associates of Northwest Florida

Owner and practitioner at ENT Associates of Northwest Florida, Dr. William B. Clark has been providing high-quality ear, nose, and throat care to local residents for more than two decades. Specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of any related ailment, Dr. William B. Clark is experienced with such conditions as throat infections, earaches, and ear infections.

Earaches can be a troublesome condition, especially if you are uncertain whether your earache is caused by a basic cold or an ear infection. Both adults and children can experience an earache resulting from a cold. They are caused by trapped fluid in the ear that is putting pressure on the eardrum.

Typically, when an earache is caused by a cold, it creates a dull, burning, or sharp pain. It is also normally accompanied by a fever, trouble sleeping, and other cold symptoms. Since colds are generally self-limiting, an accompanying earache should go away on its own when the cold goes away.

Meanwhile, when infection is the root cause of the earache, symptoms and treatment are different. Sometimes earaches can start from a cold and turn into an infection; other times they simply are brought on by the infection itself. Most ear infections come on suddenly and they create earaches that are painful in the beginning.

As the eardrum stretches due to the pressure, the pain may dissipate. Ear infections can also create loss of appetite and dizziness, along with dulled hearing. Unlike earaches caused by colds, earaches caused by ear infections must be properly diagnosed and treated before they go away.

Special Olympics Florida Hosts Open Water Swimming Event

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Special Olympics Florida

Dr. William B. Clark is a head, nose, and throat surgeon based in Pensacola, Florida. Dr. William B. Clark supports several charities, including the Special Olympics.

Recently, the Florida chapter of the Special Olympics hosted the first open water swimming clinic and competition in Miami. Open water swimming competitions happen in lakes, rivers, or the ocean where natural currents and deep water are added challenges for athletes. The sport debuted at the Athens, Greece Special Olympics World Summer Games in 2011 as a demonstration sport.

The clinic will give athletes an opportunity to familiarize themselves with open water swimming and learn the best techniques for training. The competition, held the following day, will include 800 meter, one mile, 5 and ten kilometer events and an awards ceremony will be held afterward.

The event is made possible with the collaboration of Swim Miami, which is an annual open water swimming event hosted by the H2O Foundation, an organization that aims to prevent drowning accidents and promote water safety in South Florida.

Types of Sinusitis Surgery

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endoscopic sinus surgery

Dr. William B. Clark leads as owner of ENT Associates of Northwest Florida. There, Dr. William B. Clark performs sinusitis surgeries and other procedures that address ear, nose, and throat conditions.

When the sinus cavity has become blocked and is failing to drain correctly, surgery may be the most effective way of opening the passages. It typically involves clearing the blockage and encouraging the draining of mucus, which in turn helps to clear infection. Traditionally, the process has required the surgeon to gain access to the sinuses via an opening through the mouth or face.

Thanks to advancements in surgical technique and equipment, however, many patients now have the option of undergoing endoscopic sinus surgery. This procedure uses a specially designed lighted metal scope, which passes through the nostril and into the sinuses. A tiny camera at the end of the scope allows the surgeon to visualize and remove blockages.

Patients who undergo any form of sinus surgery should be careful to follow all post-operative instructions. These typically include bed rest with head elevation, regular moisturizing of nasal passages, and the avoidance of exposure to upper respiratory infection.

Development of the American Board of Otolaryngology

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American Board of Otolaryngology

Dr. William B. Clark is the owner of ENT Associates of Northwest Florida, located in Pensacola. A graduate of the University of Tennessee, Dr. William B. Clark specializes in ear, nose, and throat diagnosis and treatment.

Otolaryngologists are doctors trained in the field of ear, nose, and throat concerns and diseases, such as allergies or sinus issues. In addition, they often manage issues surrounding the external neck and head.

In order to become an otolaryngologist, a doctor must undergo many years of medical training, and then be certified with the American Board of Otolaryngology (ABOto).

The ABOto developed out of a 1912 meeting of the Triological Society, a long-standing medical association. The society suggested the creation of a board responsible for otolaryngology certification. In 1924, the ABOto was tasked with developing the accreditation exam that would certify ear, nose, and throat specialists. The exam began as an oral test, with a practical component that included real patients suffering from related conditions.

Today, the ABOto administers a revised version of the multiple choice examination established in the 1970s.

Proper Lubrication for Your Bicycle

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Proper Lubrication Bicycle

The owner of ENT Associates of Northwest Florida, Dr. William B. Clark has been in practice for 25 years, treating ear, nose, and throat problems with surgical and non-surgical techniques. In his spare time, Dr. William B. Clark enjoys cycling.

One major component of cycling is proper maintenance, especially lubrication, which is essential to protecting moving parts from the elements. Without regular lubrication, parts will be vulnerable to corrosion, rust, and eventual failure.

The two most common types of lubricants for bicycles are grease and oil. Usually thicker than oils, greases are good for large-thread bolts and bearings, such as hubs and headsets. They are also useful for the connections between the pedals and the crank arms. Meanwhile, oil-based lubricants are best suited for the gear and brake assemblies and other parts that move frequently, such as the chain. Use bike oil for thin-thread bolts.

Though maintaining all components of a bicycle are important, keeping the chain regularly lubed is especially vital. In addition to lubing while it is attached, you should occasionally remove the chain from the bike and soak it in a solvent, being sure to re-oil it after you have finished. Regular spot-lubing can reduce the need for a solvent bath.

Braking and gear-changing components need equal attention. Brakes and levers require a few drops of oil. In wet conditions, oil brake and derailleur cables regularly, paying particular attention to the pivot points of the assemblies.

Consult with a bicycle dealer for details on which grade lubricant to apply. In rainy climates, more durable lubricants should be used more frequently. Drier weather calls for lighter weight oils that attract less dirt.