Does Tonsillectomy Increase Your Risk of Infections?

One of the most common questions I get asked by parents is, “Don’t the tonsils and adenoids help to fight infections?” My usual response is that yes, they are part of the immune system, but only a small part. There are thousands of lymphoid tissues and glands spread throughout the body. However, if large tonsils […]

Increased Cancer Rates, Alcohol, And Sleep Apnea?

Here’s an interesting study which showed that drinking more than recommended amounts of alcohol can significantly increase your risk of certain types of cancer. Eight European countries enrolled over 250,000 people prospectively over 13 years and found that drinking too much alcohol could account for nearly 45 of cancers of the mouth, voice box and throat […]

Can Colon Cancer Be Caused By Sleep Apnea?

Colon cancer is usually thought to be due to hereditary causes, along with your diet and lifestyle factors, but a new study revealed that sleeping less than 6 hours per night increases your chances of getting colon cancer by 50%, compared with sleeping 7 hours per night. The study authors speculate that perhaps melatonin may […]

Hysterectomy Linked to Higher Risk of Renal Cell Carcinoma (via Sleep Apnea?)

I just happened to come across a study that showed that hysterectomy is associated with a higher risk of developing renal cell carcinoma. Furthermore, undergoing a hysterectomy at an earlier age increases your chances of renal cell carcinoma even more. There was also a small, but significant increase in the rate of bladder cancer. At first […]

Breast Cancer and the Sleep Apnea–Alcohol Link

I’ve been accused in the past of of trying to link everything to sleep apnea. While not everything is caused by sleep apnea (taxes, the weather, etc.), I can make a good argument that not breathing properly during the day and while sleeping can directly or indirectly affect every aspect of our state of health […]