• Sleep Apnea

    How can you tell if you have Sleep Apnea? Ask your spouse, family, or those around you. Here are some questions to ask: 1. Are you a loud, habitual snorer, disturbing your companion? 2. Do you feel tired and groggy in the morning? 3. Do you experience sleepiness and fatigue during the day? 4. Are you overweight? 5. Have you been observed to choke, gasp, or hold your breath during sleep? If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, you should discuss your symptoms with your physician. Blood oxygen saturation is reduced in the entire body during apnea -- sometimes producing serious irregular heartbeats and significantly reduced oxygen to the brain. Common symptoms of Sleep Apnea are a decreased ability to concentrate; loss of energy and/or fatigue; mild to marked depression; irritability; short temper; morning headaches; forgetfulness; anxiety; and, most frequently, excessive daytime sleepiness. Read More
  • Narcolepsy

    Narcolepsy, and related disorders, is typified by the inability to stay awake. Narcoleptics may suddenly fall asleep while they are engaged in an activity (for example, while waiting for a traffic light to change). Attacks are occasionally brought on by laughing, crying, and other strong emotions in a group setting. This illness often goes undiagnosed for years. Read More
  • Insomnia

    Insomnia is an inability to fall asleep or stay asleep. Attacks are often brought on by stress; worry; depression; another illness; persistent pain; and sleeping pill habits. Evaluating insomnia is important even if the condition seems temporary. Read More
  • Other Sleep Disorders

    Some people suffer from nightmares, night terrors, sleep walking, excessive body jerks, or uncontrollable leg movements. These people often get less than four and one-half hours of restorative sleep -something our bodies need. Even though a person spends ten hours in bed, they may only get two hours of restorative sleep. It is important to have your sleep analyzed if you find yourself waking up more tired than when you went to bed. Read More
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NEUROTOXICITY AND BEHAVIOR ABNORMALITIES IN A COHORT CHRONICALLY EXPOSED TO TRICHLOROETHYLENE

Bernad PG. Newell S, Spyker DA. Department of Neurology, George Washington University and Neurology Services, Inc.; University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI; University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA.

We examined 22 of a 28 persons cohort living in a Michigan town and exposed for 5-20 years to low levels of trichloroethelyne (TCE) via their well water (8-14 ppm). All patients completed a standard neurotoxicity questionaire, exam by a neurologist, and a computer controlled current perception threashold (CPT) measurement. CPT showed hyperesthesia in 21 of 22 patients tested.

For the 10 adults prevelent neurologic symptoms included fatigue, somnolence, lack of energy, numbness and tingling in 10/10, headache and dizziness in 8/10, and tremor in 4/10. Half (5/10) had been diagnosed as thoracic outlet syndrome and/or carpal tunnel syndrome (3 operated on), Bells palsy in 1/10, and 3/10 were also evaluated for cardiac arrhythmias.

Among the 12 children, 9 had major behavioral difficulties including poor learning (repeating grades), aggressive behavior, and poor attention span. One child was born with multiple congenital abnormalities.

We were impressed with abnormalities on standard tests but even more with general lack of well being in this group. These findings suggest low level chronic exposure to this ubiquitous solvent may pose a significant health risk and merit further study.

- Sept-Oct 1987 AACT/AAPCC/ABMT/CAPCC Annual Scientific Meeting Article 83