Latest by Eli Hendel, M.D.

'Barrel Chest': An Explainer

The term “barrel chest” has been used frequently in medical literature, typically to describe a finding during a physical examination. It is also a term used in text books and clinical papers describing an attribute that is suggestive of a clinical p...

Pet Danger: Secondhand and Thirdhand Smoke

If you smoke, you don’t want your spouse, child, close friends, or co-workers exposed to the dangers of the smoke produced when you light up. After all, this is your habit or addiction, not theirs. But did you know that not only can you expose your d...

Is Napping Really Good for You?

Is there a real measurable benefit to napping? Here are some of the answers on the benefits (real and perceived) of different types of naps.

One Downside to Being a Baker: Baker's Asthma

This specific type of asthma occurs in workers who spend significant amounts of time in the baking areas - exposed to flour dust.

Dreams and Nightmares: What They Are, Why They Occur

Dreams are a normal part of sleep physiology. Nightmares, meanwhile, are essentially bad dreams associated with negative feelings such as fear and anxiety.

Is Melatonin Kid-Friendly?

Did you know that the popular sleep aid melatonin is not a drug or a medication?

The Prevalence of Asthma by Industry: Are You At Risk?

In a surprising state-by-state survey, researchers have now highlighted the top jobs that put a person at the highest risk for asthma. Could you be working at one?

GOLD Guidelines to Treat COPD Updated

Credit: Thinkstock In 2001, a consensus of professionals in the treatment of chronic pulmonary disease (COPD) released the first version of the Global Initiative for Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (GOLD), with the purpose of establishing a consistent ...

Can You Be Asleep When You're Awake?

You’ve got one amazing brain. It allows for states of being awake and asleep, with distinct phases during those two states. In fact, there are three states of consciousness: awake, REM, and Non REM. ’Mixed phases’ of sleep and wakefulnessThere is rea...

New Sleep Apps and How They Can Help

Many applications or apps today target health and fitness goals. Among these are apps developed to specifically help with sleep disorders. Most sleep apps have a way of differentiating sleep state from wakeful state. This technology is called “accele...