Snoring: Not So Benign

Here's a study that confirms that snoring should always be taken seriously: Researchers showed that snoring children had lower IQ/test scores compares with children that didn't snore. Not too surprising, knowing what we know about snoring.  Even if you don't have obstructive sleep apnea, snoring is a sign that you're partially obstructed, and in most […]

Seizures And Sleep Apnea, Revisited

I just came across an article in the NY Times that described a condition called SUDEP (sudden unexplained death in epilepsy), where people with seizures can die in their sleep. It’s throughout to be due to loss of protective reflexes and possibly obstruction. This article brought back memories of the time I was on my […]

Sword Swallowing and Sleep Apnea

Here's a bizarre anatomic factoid that you may find interesting (or disgusting). One of the most common diagnostic surgical procedures that ENT surgeons are trained for is rigid upper endoscopy, where long, rigid tubes are passed into the esophagus or trachea to not only visualize the anatomy, but also for biopsies or laser treatment.  Dr. […]

Weight Loss Helps With Hot Flushes In Menopause – Really?

  Here's another menopause-related study that may have an alternative explanation. Researchers found that in overweight and obese menopausal women, weight loss significantly improved symptoms of hot flushes. They didn't give any conclusive or plausible explanation for the reason why.  It's clear that if you're overweight or obese, a significantly higher number of women will […]