Jack Paradise

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Jack L. Paradise is a professor emeritus of pediatrics at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine[1] and a leading researcher of the placement of tympanostomy tubes in children with persistent otitis media.

Research[edit]

Paradise asserts that the common fear of developmental problems caused by persistent ear infections in children are unfounded. According to Paradise's research, for children up to 3 years old, "ear disease does not cause any developmental problems."[2] The research asserts that if the insertion of tympanostomy tubes into a child's ear is delayed, there is "no effect on a child's performance on language tests and speech tests."[3]

In otherwise healthy children ages 9 to 11 who have persistent middle-ear effusion, a study led by Paradise concluded that "prompt insertion of tympanostomy tubes does not improve developmental outcomes."[4]

Impact on medical community[edit]

According to the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, Paradise's studies have helped to promote the use of strict criteria for tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy. The 78% decline in pediatric tonsillectomies in the United States between 1971 and 1996 has also been largely attributed to his work.[5]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fluid In The Ear Does Not Impair Development In Children, Pittsburgh Ear Study Finds". Medical News Today. January 24, 2007. Retrieved 2009-02-15. 
  2. ^ Rowland, Rhonda (April 18, 2001). "Researchers urge caution in using ear tube surgery". CNN. Retrieved 2009-02-15. 
  3. ^ Emery, Gene (January 17, 2007). "Ear tubes do not aid child development:study". Reuters. Retrieved 2009-02-15. 
  4. ^ Paradise, Jack; Feldman HM, Campbell TF, Dollaghan CA, Rockette HE, Pitcairn DL, Smith CG, Colborn DK, Bernard BS, Kurs-Lasky M, Janosky JE, Sabo DL, O'Connor RE, Pelham WE Jr. (January 18, 2007). "Tympanostomy Tubes and Developmental Outcomes at 9 to 11 Years of Age". New England Journal of Medicine (Massachusetts: Massachusetts Medical Society) 356 (3): 248–261. doi:10.1056/NEJMoa062980. PMID 17229952. 
  5. ^ "Physician Profile: Jack L. Paradise, MD". Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. Retrieved 2009-11-27.