Utilizing Physician Assistants for In-Office procedures in Outpatient Otolaryngology Clinic
Tiffany E. Heikel, PA-C and Jessyka G. Lighthall, MD, FACS
Article Type: Commentary | First Published: October 29, 2021
Physician assistants (PAs) as medical providers have evolved since 1967 when the occupation was first established. Utilization of PAs has expanded to include procedures in multiple subspecialties. There is controversy over PAs performing in-office procedures but we propose a training paradigm to obtain competency and perform in-office procedures in Otolaryngology outpatient clinics. Consideration for state laws and facility or institution protocols is required prior to starting proctoring. Howev...
Validation Study: Evaluating Phenotypic Expression of Bitter Taste Receptors
Mohamed A Taha, MD, Colin J Shortess, BS, Mackenzie J Noonan, BS, C Chambliss Harrod, MD, Mary JR Barham, Rowda R Mousa, PE and Henry P Barham, MD
Article Type: Research Article | First Published: October 25, 2021
Bitter taste receptors (T2Rs) have shown to play a role in sinonasal innate immunity against SARS-CoV-2. A taste strip test kit has been used in prior COVID-19 studies (prototype version), and has shown significant results. This study addresses the validity of this test kit for assessing the genotype/phenotype correlation of T2R expression, with emphasis on the importance of performing phenotypic testing, rather than genotype testing, as a measure for T2R function as a part of innate immunity ag...