Is coronavirus affecting your sleep?
These are strange times. We are schooling from home and working from home. One would think that would be helpful for sleep. It may be for some. It might not be for others. I think most of us can agree that the coronavirus pandemic has changed our schedules. Even if you are still going to work, your commute time is probably less because there are fewer people on the roads. How could your sleep be worse? Click here to read more.
My Child Doesn't Sleep
Several times a month I meet a very distraught parent for the first time with the complaint “my child just doesn’t sleep”. They are always accompanied by a child that is conscious and breathing. I reply that their child must be sleeping because if the child wasn’t sleeping at all they would be dead within two weeks. Click here to read more.
Choosing a CPAP Mask
There are hundreds of CPAP masks available in all shapes and sizes. Patients with sleep apnea frequently ask me which is the best one. If you ask 100 different patients you will probably get dozens of different answers so don’t make a decision based on what other people wear. Click here to read more.
Read this if you Cannot Sleep
The good news is if you think you cannot sleep you are probably wrong. It's not that you can't sleep - it's that you are not sleeping like you want or you are not getting the results from sleep like feeling refreshed that you expect. The reality is if you cannot sleep you die. Click here to read more.
The Future of Cancer Care
I will never forget the first child I saw die of cancer. I was a medical student tagging along with my dad who was attending on the general pediatric medicine service at Arkansas Children's Hospital. She was 3 years old sleeping peacefully in a crib. Click here to read more.
Medicine today is tough. The ultimate decision maker in your care is your insurance company - not me. In fact I have to spend considerable time arguing with insurance companies for testing and treatments that are the standard of care for sleep disorders and lung disorders.
Is it necessary to sterilize your CPAP?
I have been fielding a lot of questions lately about the new gadget on the market that sterilizes your CPAP machine. Patient's want to know if 1) the CPAP sterilizing machine works 2) if CPAP sterilizing machines prevent infection and 3)if health insurance plans pay for the machine.
One Way to Avoid Obamacare
The world is watching as the US healthcare system slowly implodes and our elected leaders do nothing to stop it. The cost of healthcare is climbing while the access to healthcare is declining. I am not talking about the access to health insurance. Click here to read more.
The Begining of an Epidemic
I am conservative when it comes to prescribing medication as a rule. I believe in using the least amount of medication necessary for the shortest amount of time to achieve the desired outcome. I favor non-pharmacological treatments over medicine whenever possible.
More Fake News
Politicians are not the only people who have to deal with fake news. Physicians deal with it on a regular basis as well. The source is the same - the main stream media and the internet. If you believed advertisements for supplements, FDA approved drugs and devices there would not be a need for physicians. Click here to read more.
How do Adverse Childhood Experiences Effect my Patients?
Poor socioeconomic status is blamed for a lot of healthcare disparities. Poor people are more likely to be sick. There are many theories as to why this happens. Poverty is cited as a risk factor for mental health issues, substance abuse, and obesity. Click here to read more.
This past week our congress once again failed to fix our broken healthcare system. The current system - referred to as Obamacare - has been described by both democrats and republicans as fatally flawed. Click here to read more.