The Surfing Injury You Rarely Hear About: Surfer’s Ear

While every surfer has spun a tale or two about surf injuries—a board to the back of the head, a hand sliced on a fin, a dislocated joint after a particularly violent closeout—these injuries are actually rather rare.

There is a surf malady much more common, far less mentioned, and potentially considerably more dangerous: exostosis (aka surfer’s ear). It’s a problem that affects close to one out of every three surfers and, if untreated, can cause pain and severe hearing loss.

The condition is caused by prolonged exposure to cold water and affects both young and old surfers. When the ear canal is irritated over a long period of time, it responds by growing bone, effectively narrowing the canal and causing hearing loss.

Eventually, this bone growth becomes so pronounced that it can lead to total hearing loss and can be treated only

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‘There are no safe fireworks’ | Health Beat

Consider a firework-free Fourth of July weekend, with other patriotic festivities and fun. (For Spectrum Health Beat)

Fireworks are flying off store shelves and plans are percolating for backyard bonfires.

Health officials, meanwhile, are preparing for the worst and hoping for the best as the July 4 weekend quickly approaches.

With COVID-19 concerns canceling most municipal fireworks events and many people gearing up for their own backyard shows, experts worry there could be a spike in burn and explosion injuries.

In 2019, 21% of burn center patients requiring admission to the Spectrum Health Regional Burn Center had summertime related injuries.

That includes firework injuries, bonfire injuries, brush fire burns and injuries from gasoline fires, often when lighting bonfires.

So far in 2020, that percentage stands at 18%.

“These types of burns are common every summer and I’m worried we’ll see more this year,” said Amy Spencer, MD, medical director

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Quick dishes for crazy nights | Health Beat

Behold the egg, avocado, tomato and turkey bacon sandwich—fast, easy, healthy and delicious. (For Spectrum Health Beat)

We’ve all had those nights: You’re home late from work. Picking up the kids from various activities has thrown your schedule way back.

Or maybe you’re just all cooped up and you’re looking for a simple, creative meal that everyone will love.

Your stomach is growling. The kids are hangry.

The temptation is strong to swing by a fast food drive-through for a quick fix.

But deep inside, you know that’s not the best nutritional solution—and you’ll regret your decision as soon as the soda gurgles at the bottom of that paper cup.

While I generally encourage home-cooked meals, I understand the reality that our busy lives sometimes make this ideal difficult to achieve.

Here are some handy recipes you can throw together in a pinch to get a healthful meal on the

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