Why UARS is Harder to To Treat Than Sleep Apnea

Almost routinely, I see patients who repeatedly stop breathing at night but don’t have any significant apneas on sleep studies. Jennifer was told by her husband that she choked multiple times at night with frequent arousals. But her apnea hypopnea index (AHI) on her in-lab sleep study was 1.0, well below the 5.0 threshold needed for […]

An Out-Of-The Box Explanation For Chronic Stress

Here’s a very good story about one of my past guest interviewees, Dr. Avram Gold. Sleep Review Magazine published an interesting article that reviews Dr. Gold’s controversial work on functional somatic syndromes (depression, anxiety, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, insomnia, Raynaud’s syndrome, RLS, hypothyroidism, IBS, etc.) and upper airway resistance syndrome.  It’s a fascinating discussion about how […]

Hypothyroidism in Pregnancy Goes Largely Undiagnosed

Researchers combed through 117,892 Quest Diagnsotics records and found that about 15% of women tested positive for gestational diabetes. Based on this finding, they estimate that as many as 483,000 women with gestational diabetes may go undiagnosed every year. Asian women had the highest rates of being tested and being positive for this condition, and […]

Newborn Screening vs. Sleep Apnea Screening

I recently came across an article that touted the importance of newborn screenings, such as for PKU,  hypothyroidism, galactosemia, and sickle cell disease. The rationale for these tests is that if detected, simple treatments can prevent serious health problems, or even death. Just out of curiosity, I looked up the incidence of these four conditions […]

Does Oprah Have Sleep Apnea?

Oprah’s recent revelation in her magazine that she’s back above the 200 pound threshold made a lot of headlines recently. She was quoted as saying that rather than falling off the wagon, the wagon fell on her. Oprah attributes her weight problem to an ongoing thyroid condition. An excellent detailed description of her thyroid condition can […]