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Amer Khan, M.D.

Entries by Amer Khan, M.D.

Humans Evolving Back to Basics

(1) Comments | Posted February 11, 2013 | 1:34 PM

Click here to read an original op-ed from the TED speaker who inspired this post and watch the TEDTalk below.

I watched Deb Roy's TEDTalk: "The birth of a word" with fascination and heart-pounding realization. Deb's observations at first made me think of my childhood and...

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'My Mind Seems to Wake Up When It Is Time to Sleep!'

(1) Comments | Posted November 21, 2012 | 4:53 PM

By conservative estimates, 7-10 percent of patients visiting sleep clinics for insomnia actually have a circadian rhythm (or sleep-wake cycle) sleep disorder.

The commonest type of sleep-wake cycle disorder is called a "delayed sleep phase syndrome." The difference between insomnia and this problem is a...

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Snore, Snore, Alarm, Alarm, No One Listening?

(1) Comments | Posted November 16, 2012 | 7:26 AM

A very common reason for consultation offered by patients in my sleep medicine practice is, "My [bed partner] is complaining about my loud snoring."

"He/she is frightened when I snore, then gasp or choke in sleep."

The best-kept family secret is often let out during the discussion that ensues:...

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Will I Sleep Better Now That the Election Is Over?

(0) Comments | Posted November 8, 2012 | 7:20 AM

Why has the election fever affected my sleep? Really, why?

Is it because I was worried about my favorite candidate losing the election? Was I worried that the wrong candidate getting elected would affect my family's future and quite possibly the whole world's?
Was it the barrage of...

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Travel Travails (Not) of a Sleep Doctor

(1) Comments | Posted October 9, 2012 | 9:36 AM

Business people and vacationers alike know well the bipolar nature of travel across time zones. You hope to get much accomplished, see the world, have an adventure or just relax, but struggle to cope with your body adjusting to a different time zone. The test of our bodies' coping mechanism...

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Is It Macho to Make Bad Decisions?

(26) Comments | Posted September 27, 2012 | 12:52 PM

Imagine, for a few seconds, powerful businessmen and women sitting in a boardroom taking tough decisions; stock traders trading away busily; politicians discussing the nation's future; military leaders deciding on the best strategy. Now visualize a physician operating on you, in a critical life or death situation. Who amongst this...

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