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Weekend Doctor: Obstructive Sleep Apnea

By Tom Zhou, MD
ENT Specialists of Northwest Ohio

Snoring is a loud, harsh sound that occurs when the movement of air in the throat causes the throat tissues to vibrate, specifically during sleep when muscles relax and the throat narrows. While snoring itself does not typically cause medical problems, snoring is often associated with obstructive sleep apnea, which is a serious medical condition and is considered a "silent" killer.

Stroke Recognition and Prevention

Many people in our community and the surrounding communities know someone that has been affected by a stroke. Whether you are the caretaker, friend or stroke patient, it is important to understand the recognition and prevention of strokes.

Spinal Arthritis

According to the CDC, over 32 million people suffer from osteoarthritis. Arthritis is inflammation and soreness in your joints. Chronic pain caused by arthritis affects approximately one in four adults. This equates to over 15 million people. Spinal arthritis is a specific type of arthritis that focuses on inflammation of the facet joints that can be located throughout the whole spine.

Real estate auction on August 19

Siefker Real Estate and Auction. Co., Ottawa, will hold a public auction at 4 p.m., Thursday, August 19, on site at 10666 Thayer Rd., Columbus Grove. Preview is day of auction from 2 p.m. until the start of the auction.

Siefker Real Estate and Auction Co.


Although midwives have been around for hundreds of years, the term midwife is one that not many are able to clearly define. There is often confusion surrounding the many types of midwives and the span of roles a midwife might play. Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNM) are highly trained providers who first were educated and trained as registered nurses, then chose to attend accredited universities, followed by passing a midwifery board-certified examination. CNMs also must maintain their licensures every five years by completing a number of continuing education requirements. In Ohio, CNMs work in collaboration with physicians and deliver babies in hospitals and birth centers.

Working with Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn's Disease

Anyone that has suffered with any autoimmune gastrointestinal disease knows what it is like to work day in and day out with this horrible condition. We suffer in silence a lot because the subject is not pleasant to talk about with co-workers.

I have been dealing with this disease for 32 years and have some good days and some bad days. You can feel great one minute and then go the other way quite quickly. The only comparison is to the stomach flu when trying to describe it to anyone. The bad thing about this disease is that it not only affects the bowel. It can affect your eyesight, skin, joints and muscles. The side effects from all the medicine can also affect these symptoms.