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Nose & Throat

The nose serves dual functions as the organ for the sense of smell and as an entry to the respiratory tract. The throat is a passageway connecting the back of the mouth and nose to the esophagus and to the windpipe. Discover conditions associated with the nose and throat.


A Human's Sense of Smell Is Actually as Good as a Dog's

Although we've often been told that dogs have a superior sense of smell to people, a new report says there's little difference. See more »

If Sunlight Makes You Sneeze, You're Not Alone

Is this you? This is totally you. Why do some people burst into violent sneezing fits when they encounter bright sunlight? Check your genetics. See more »

An Historic Sneeze, a Disgusting Sneeze Cloud

We dig into the science and history of those delightful respiratory explosions we call sneezes, including one that's copyrighted. See more »

How Vocal Fry Works

Does vocal fry signal the most annoying end of times? Or is it just part of a natural language progression? See more »

Can holding in a sneeze kill you?

In some settings, you just can't heave a giant sneeze. If you hold back during a meeting or date, you're exhibiting decorum. Could you also be making a death wish? See more »

What is mucus made of?

It's hard to imagine being thankful for mucus when you've got a nose full of it, but if it all went away you'd really be in trouble. See more »

How do boogers form in your nose?

Boogers are more than an annoyance. Your body makes them for a very specific purpose — and it's not to gross out other people. See more »

Is there a health benefit to picking your nose?

They say there are two types of people who pick their nose – those who do and those who lie about doing it. Would you be more prone to admit it if you found out it might be good for you? Let's see if it is. See more »

Why do we have boogers?

Your mom always told you not to pick them, but you really have no idea why. So what's up with the nasty, snotty invaders camping out in your nose? See more »

Is it dangerous to stifle a sneeze?

Sneezing at the wrong moment can be downright dangerous — they've even been blamed for car accidents. But could stifling a sneeze be just as bad? See more »