Heavy Smoking Found to Increase Dementia Risk—Through Sleep Apnea?

Heavy smokers were found to have more than twice the risk of developing dementia later in life. This study was published recently online in the Archives of Internal Medicine. Besides all the known detrimental effects of smoking in general, nicotine is known to relax the lower esophageal sphincter. This can lead to increased reflex, and […]

A Link Between Sleep Apnea and Oral Cancer?

You may be surprised to hear that there’s a link between sleep apnea and any type of cancer, but here’s a study that shows that either directly or indirectly, many types of cancer treatments can cause obstructive sleep apnea. Researchers in this study found that 93% of patients with oral cancer that underwent surgery were […]

Can Smoking Be Good For You?

Despite all the really bad known consequences of smoking, there’s one aspect of the act of smoking that may actually be beneficial. It’s been shown that it takes about 1-2 minutes for nicotine to go through the bloodstream and reach your brain which gives you that "relaxed" feeling. But what most smokers will tell you […]