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Snoring may cause DNA damage

According to a recent post in Men’s Health, scientists in France have found that the telomeres(the ends of chromosomes that degrade as we age)of men with severe sleep apnea were shorter than the telomeres of men without sleep apnea.  Men with moderate sleep apnea had shorter telomeres as well. Telomere shortening is associated with increased […]


How much sleep do you need?

A recent post in the New York Times discussed the amount of sleep needed for optimal function.  Many people think the can “get by” or teach themselves to need less sleep.  Numerous studies have shown that people do NOT adapt to less sleep than needed.  Symptoms of sleep deprivation may be subtle and can include […]


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Removing tonsils and adenoids improves children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

A recent study evaluated the effect of adenotonsillectomy(removing the tonsils and adenoids) on the improvement of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder(ADHD) symptoms in children with adenotonsillar hypertrophy(enlarged tonsils and adenoids). The study evaluated 59 children aged 6-12 years with adenotonsillar hypertrophy and ADHD who underwent tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy.  Of 59 children, 51 had SIGNIFICANT improvement in […]


Cleaning your ears

Many people believe that ear cleaning is part of routine hygiene maintenance.  However, other than cleaning the outside of your ears with a washcloth, ears are best left alone. Ears are self-cleaning-they are the only part of the body in which the skin grows in a direction, and brings the wax and skin debris out […]


Avoiding ear pain on airplanes

It is common when flying to experience pressure in the ears, especially upon descent.  In some cases, the pressure persists, causing a clogged sensation and hearing loss.  In rare cases, there is severe pain in addition to the hearing loss. Ear discomfort when flying is called barotrauma.  It is caused by dysfunction of the eustachian […]


Sleep Improves after Sinus Surgery

Sleep dysfunction is common in patients with chronic sinusitis, whether or not they also have obstructive sleep apnea(OSA).  According to a recent medical report, sinus surgery confers substantial improvements in sleep quality(JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2015;141:873-881). Patients with chronic sinusitis describe fatigue and poor sleep quality even if they have not been diagnosed with […]


CPAP Failures

Obstructive sleep apnea(OSA) is a common condition, affecting 5% to 7% of the population. Long-term untreated OSA is linked to cardiac arrhythmias, hypertension, and stroke. For patients with moderate to severe OSA, treatment with positive airway pressure(PAP or CPAP) is usually recommended. Treatment with PAP can reduce morbitity and is the gold standard of treatment […]


Breathe

A recent column in The New York Times Magazine highlights the importance of clear nasal breathing. The author, Mark O’Connell, describes his nasal obstruction as a sense of “gradual asphyxiation”, and the negative impact it has on his ability to think clearly and write productively. “A blocked nose deadens the mind.” He enthusiastically describes the […]


Sinusitis Explained

The sinuses are a group of hollow spaces that surround the nose and above the eyes. Symptoms of a sinus infection include cloudy or colored runny nose with nasal blockage, and facial pain/pressure. Other symptoms include fever, headache, cough, sore throat, loss of energy, reduced sense of smell, tooth pain and ear fullness. Sinus infections […]


Much is lost with hearing loss

Hearing loss is very common, especially among older adults. Between 30 million and 48 million Americans have hearing loss that significantly impacts the quality of their lives. One in three of those older than age 60 is affected by hearing loss. Many people who have hearing loss are unaware of the loss, or do not […]