Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat

The eyes, ears, nose and throat are interconnected organs that are vital parts of several body systems. Discover how these organs work as well as conditions that can affect them.


Colorblindness affects around 300 million people worldwide. What is it and how can glasses help?

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

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

Maybe if you look at it with only one eye -- in the dark.

And it's not because of all that screen time.

Selfish humans act in our own self interest, but when it comes to cotton buds and ears we do exactly what science says not to. And yes, your doctor can tell.

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

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

Think your peepers are passé? Some cutting-edge cosmetic procedures can take your brown eyes to bright blue — with a few inherent risks.

Poetry is full of references to salty and bitter tears, but there's not much about bloody tears. Besides movie villains who weep blood, is this phenomenon real?

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?

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.

Earwax might seem like just another gross bodily substance, but it serves a very important function in the health of your ear canal.

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

As you're wiping away the crust from your eyes in the morning, do you ever ponder why it forms in the first place?

Any doctor will tell you not to stick a cotton swab in your ear, although most of us disregard the warning. Luckily, there are safer ways to remove earwax.

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.

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?

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?

The urge to sneeze can come upon you at the worst times — say during a funeral — but luckily there are ways to suppress it.

Picking your nose isn't something we do in public. And chowing down on what we find in there isn't just frowned upon -- it's pretty gross. But what happens if you do eat your own boogers? Is it dangerous? Or can it actually be good for you?

When you have a cold or allergies, your life revolves around tissues. Your nose feels like a nonstop spigot of mucus (not your best look, by the way). Why do you constantly have to blow your nose -- and what's going on in your schnozz when you do?

You're trapped in a quiet place and you feel a sneeze coming on. You try desperately to remember how to stop a sneeze, but it's too late -- ACHOO! Next time, try tickling the roof of your mouth with your tongue. Really!

Kids are pretty cute, right? Maybe not so much if you've ever watched one pick his nose and eat a booger — that chubby finger emerging with a treasure, quickly inspected and (ewww) shoved right into his mouth. Why do they do this?

Are you getting too up close and personal with your TV? Your eyes might think so.