September 14, 1998 |
If your child's at the bottom of the class, the reason may be in his throat. A new study published in the journal Pediatrics found that removing a child's tonsils and adenoids can lead to better grades, presumably because the surgery allows for a better night's sleep. Enlarged tonsils and adenoids can lead to a condition called sleep apnea, in which breathing stops for short periods during sleep. Children in the study, who had been in the bottom 10 percent of their class and also had been diagnosed with sleep apnea, raised their grades from C-plus to B-minus in the year after their surgery, said David Gozal, a professor of pediatrics at Tulane University School of Medicine who conducted the research.
May 22, 1997 |
SAN FRANCISCO Report links snoring to auto accidents Men who habitually snore or have a hidden sleep disorder known as apnea get into three times as many auto accidents as the rest of the population, according to a major study released yesterday. And men and women with undiagnosed sleep apnea are seven times more likely to have multiple accidents, according to researchers at the University of Wisconsin. Alarmingly, the risk exists whether or not the person feels drowsy, said Terry Young, author of the study and a professor at the university's school of preventive medicine.
August 22, 1991 |
Philadelphians who can't get a good night's sleep have plenty of places to turn for help. Eight hospitals in the city and suburbs treat sleep disorders, as do about a half a dozen in South Jersey. But although sleep problems have been studied here since the late 1970s, many people don't regard them as a valid medical condition until a crisis arises. Doctors say patients often don't seek treatment until they've fallen asleep at the wheel of a car, or on the job, or until a spouse delivers an ultimatum.
June 13, 1991 |
Carrying a toothbrush and change of clothes, Charles Woodard of Stratford was ready for one of the most important evenings of his life. Before his wife read a magazine article on sleep laboratories, he never expected that there would be a medical explanation for his problem. According to Woodard, his family has complained for the last five years that his snoring is so loud that it keeps them awake at night and that during the day, he simply cannot keep his eyes open. "I've stopped driving because I fall asleep at the wheel," he told Eva Morozsan, respiratory care director at Kennedy Memorial Hospitals/Stratford Division, which opened in 1981 as the first sleep laboratory in South Jersey.
February 8, 1990 |
Rip Van Winkle he wasn't. No matter how early Uyless Bradford tucked himself into bed, he never got a good, long sleep. The Willow Grove man, 37, had all the classic symptoms of sleep apnea. He had fallen asleep so often in school that he had been referred to special education classes. But in one sense, he was lucky. He was on the maintenance staff at Abington Memorial Hospital, which opened the area's first sleep disorders center three years ago. Co-workers who witnessed his daytime naps directed him to the center, which diagnosed his problem.
February 8, 1990 |
For Charles Capella, a long-distance truck driver, sleeping on the job could be a dangerous practice. The Bristol resident, 43, learned to cope with his chronic drowsiness by pulling off to the side of the road for a nap. At home, he often dozed while watching television. Yet when he went to bed, he was restless. And when he slept, his snoring was so raucous that his wife had to move to another bedroom. "I was getting disgusted with him," Sandy Capella, his wife of 15 years, recalled recently.
January 21, 1990 |
A judge who kept falling asleep on the bench . . . a Catholic priest who constantly dozed off and began snoring while hearing confessions . . . a casino pit boss who was about to be fired because he would fall asleep while counting hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of chips. Not to mention a financial analyst who was about to lose his job because he would nod off over his computer, and a government official who was about to be canned because he couldn't stay awake at important meetings.
December 10, 1989 |
Jeanne Alper, mother of 2-month-old, dressed-in-pink Elizabeth Ann, doesn't mind when babies cry. "You know they're breathing when their screaming," said the Audubon mother with a rueful smile. While her comment might seem strange to outsiders, the group gathered recently at West Jersey Hospital-Voorhees knew exactly what she meant. They are parents of infants afflicted with apnea, a temporary cessation of breathing that can result in crib death. At West Jersey, parents meet twice a month to discuss their experiences and hear speakers.
September 23, 1987 |
Kevin McKenna shrugged. "I feel deeply for the parents," McKenna said, shaking his head. "You can see the fear in their eyes. You know they feel helpless. I admire their courage. " This was at Cooper Hospital / University Medical Center in Camden, where McKenna discussed studies of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) last week. McKenna, Cooper's chief sleep-lab technician, has conducted hundreds of studies on babies since 1982. He is also the inventor of a new sleep- monitoring device that hospital officials consider a breakthrough in the study of SIDS.