Latest by Eli Hendel, M.D.

Immigration and Tuberculosis: America's New Problem?

Illegal immigration was a huge focus in the 2016 presidential election and remains a flashpoint topic today. In response to the positions on this issue expressed by President-elect Donald Trump, officials in many cities and communities nationwide dec...

Is Sleep Deprivation Hurting Your Immune System?

You’ve likely heard about how sleep is crucial to your health. Studies have shown how sleep deprivation can contribute to obesity by decreasing levels of the hunger hormone leptin and elevating the hunger hormone ghrelin. It can raise the risk of dev...

Understanding the Sleep-Chronic Pain Connection

Pain, whether acute or chronic, disrupts sleep. Chronic pain specifically is a true sleep disruptor. In the presence of chronic pain, there are extended periods of poor quality sleep or insomnia and either of those situations results in extended heal...

Short Sleep and Poor Sleep Are Heartbreakers

When someone suggests that you re-think your lifestyle habits, you likely focus on your diet and exercise habits and maybe even your stress levels, as you make efforts to improve your health. Those are certainly areas in your life that directly impac...

The Serious Implications for Kids Who Smoke

How do children start smoking, given the huge public anti-smoking awareness campaign? Despite the widely publicized health dangers of smoking, there is an uptick in smoking habits among children and teenagers. It is very important to understand the u...

Telemedicine and Its Role in Sleep Medicine

In the United States, close to $3 trillion is spent on health care every year. In spite of this vast sum, there are serious questions about the actual value of the health care that each of us receives. Too many providers are in large cities with too ...

To Redefine Asthma Accurately

Many people at some point will have a respiratory event and will go to a clinic or urgent care center for evaluation. Typically, what may be found — wheezing sounds on the chest. The doctor will likely prescribe an antibiotic and an inhaler as treatm...

Can Vitamin D Reduce Asthma Attacks?

A review of studies published in September 2016 suggests that taking vitamin D supplements and maintaining specific levels of vitamin D may help to reduce severe asthma attacks. The Cochrane Review, a collaboration of an international network of rese...

Men Sleep Better Than Women (But That's Not the Whole Story)

A number of female patients have approached me over the years with the same general observation – or complaint.“My husband can fall asleep and stay asleep, or wake up and fall back asleep, while I am struggling to just get a few hours of sleep. Nothi...

Pneumonia: What It Is, How to Treat It

By the time Hillary Clinton almost collapsed in front of the cameras at the 9/11 memorial service in September 2016, she had been coughing for a couple of weeks and the “allergic symptoms” she complained of turned out to be pneumonia. This disclosure ...