Sleep and Adolescent Obesity By Craig Schwimmer, MD

May 10, 2013

A new study from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine looked at the relationship between obesity and sleep duration, and showed that teens who got more sleep had lower rates of obesity. This four year study of 1000 teenagers showed that, particularly for heavier teenagers, more sleep translates into lower body weight. Extrapolating their [...]

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What is Sleep Apnea? By Paul Fulmer, MD

April 30, 2013

It seems more and more in the media we are hearing about the increasing rise in Sleep Apnea!  Why is that?  What is Sleep Apnea?  Do I have it?  These are all questions that come to mind every time another commercial, news story or article touts the problems and cures for this condition. One of [...]

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The Magic Formula for Weight Loss By Craig Schwimmer, MD

April 11, 2013

This is a very interesting perspective on the comparative effect of diet versus aggressive surgical management. Seems like there really is a magic formula for weight loss: diet, exercise, and sleep! http://healthcare.dmagazine.com/2013/04/03/utsw-diet-as-effective-as-bariatric-surgery-for-diabetes-patients/#.UWVwMVEci2A.email

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A Kernel of Truth by Craig Schwimmer, MD

April 10, 2013

Over the years, I have found that even the most ridiculous health claims tend to stem from some small kernel of truth.  Take this “Overnight Diet”, whereby you lose weight just by sleeping, and are not required to exercise. In my opinion, this is just wishful thinking  - after all, wouldn’t it be amazing if [...]

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THAT ISN’T YOGURT…IT’S CAKE! By Craig Schwimmer, MD

March 6, 2013

Because weight plays such an important role in snoring and sleep apnea, I spend a fair bit of time counseling patients about weight loss. Yesterday, I saw a fellow for a three month follow up appointment. At his previous visit, we had discussed the need for a better diet and more physical activity, if he [...]

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Sleep Insufficiency is a Public Health Epidemic! By Craig Schwimmer, MD

February 22, 2013

 I spend a lot of time talking with patients about the importance of sleep. Sleep is a basic human need, and is essential to our health and well being. We know that Americans are alarmingly sleep deprived, and that this sleep deprivation takes a toll, not only as individuals, but also as a threat to [...]

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Sleep Disorders that can cause Violent Behavior in Sleep! By Paul Fulmer, MD

December 7, 2012

Are you sleeping with a “Wild Man?”  No really!  Does your partner tend to have erratic movements while sleeping?  There is a sleep disorder called, Rapid Eye Movement (REM) Sleep Behavior Disorder, which is characterized by people acting out their dreams while in REM sleep.  They can be mild, such as twitches and small leg [...]

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Steve Harvey! By Craig Schwimmer, MD

October 9, 2012

A few weeks back I received a call from a producer on Steve Harvey’s new TV show. Seems they had gotten a call from a young lady who was considering moving in with her boyfriend, but was reluctant to move ahead because of his snoring. Would I be interested in helping out, she wanted to [...]

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Women may have Sleep Apnea Too? By Dr. Paul Fulmer, MD

September 27, 2012

A new study out of Sweden (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/16/sleep-apnea-in-women-may-_n_1779127.html) shows an increasing number of women are developing sleep apnea.  What has often been thought of a man’s problem for years is now shifting to the female side of the equation. Karl Franklin from the Uppsala and Umea University looked at 400 women taken from a sample of [...]

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Bedfellows Have Health Benefits By Victoria S. Brkovich, MD

September 13, 2012

According to studies from the University of Pittsburgh, sleeping with your loved one (co-sleeping) may lead to better health.  The researchers found that couples who sleep together were less likely to awaken during the night and more likely to sleep soundly.  They also found that co-sleeping could actually help to lessen the levels of the [...]

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