Can Sleep Apnea Cause Autoimmune Disorders?

Hand Of Woman Deformed From Rheumatoid Arthritis

In my book Sleep, Interrupted, which was published in 2008, I commented on the association between sleep-related breathing disorders and autoimmune conditions.  This was based on a revelation I had after reading Dr. Robert Sapolski’s book, Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers. He hypothesized that chronic stress due to any reason, can stimulate your immune and nervous systems […]

An Alternate Explanation For Strep Throat & Rheumatic Fever

KevinMD had a guest blogger who questioned the value of needing to treat one million strep throat infections with antibiotics to save one patient from rheumatic fever and heart disease. Typically, we only need to treat a particular strain of strep called Group A beta-hemolytic Strep (GABHS), which produces a particular type of toxin and […]

How Alcohol Is Linked To Psoriasis In Women

Women who drink 2 or more times per week, particularly nonlight beer, are found to have a higher risk of developing psoriasis. This study out of Harvard University showed that the risk increased by 1.72 times normal. One hypothesis that was proposed was that non-light beer is made from wheat products, and that wheat contains […]