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CASE NOTES
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Tuesday 21:00-21:30
Repeat Wednesday 16:30
Dr Mark Porter gives listeners the low-down on what the medical profession does and doesn't know. Each week an expert in the studio tackles a particular topic and there are reports from around the UK on the health of the nation - and the NHS.
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Tuesday 22 May 2007
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The Nose

In this week's edition of Case Notes, Dr Mark Porter discusses the nose.

Noses are important to us. They sit at the centre of our faces, and they are both sensory organ and cosmetic appendage. Without a nose, we wouldn’t be able to smell.

But noses are also important psychologically, to the extent that each year thousands of us choose to have our noses reshaped.

Mark’s studio guest is Julian Rowe-Jones, a Consultant Rhinologist & Nasal Plastic Surgeon at the Nuffield Hospital in Guildford.

In the programme, Mark discusses three aspects of the nose.

He talks to Hugh Wheatley, an ENT consultant at the Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, about broken noses. Hugh describes how broken noses are assessed and treated.

Mark also talks to two young people who have had reconstructive surgery on their noses.

He then discusses anosmia, a condition where people lose their sense of smell.

He hears from a range of people who, for different reasons, have lost their sense of smell and talks to an anosmia expert, Christopher Hawkes. Christopher is a Consultant Neurologist and Director of the Smell & Taste Research Unit at Queen’s Hospital, Romford.

He describes the anosmia, who is affected by it and how it’s diagnosed. Christopher also discusses ongoing research that suggests a link between the loss of smell and the onset of degenerative conditions like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease.

Finally, Mark talks to Dr Mike Thomas, a GP and researcher, who is studying the links between allergic rhinitis and asthma. Research suggests that up to a quarter of patients with asthma also suffer from allergic rhinitis. Mike argues that the conditions should be treated together, not separately. When they are, outcomes for asthma are markedly improved.
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