Saturday, 8 April 2006

tonsils, sleep, and behaviour

A random fact I read today in the paper: Scientists in Michigan have found that children behave better after their tonsils are removed. "What kind of strange connection is this?" I thought. A quick search led me to the New York Times article which said that ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) can in some children be linked to a sleep disorder. And sleep disorders are treated in part by removing the child's tonsils. In a study about children having their tonsils removed, half of the ADHD patients were no longer classed as ADHD after the surgery. Wow! What an idea. I guess the connection between tonsils and behaviour is not as random as I thought. If only I was dual-trained in teaching and tonsil removal!

2 comments:

Kevin & Sonya said...

Sare, did you have your tonsils out as a child... if not this could explain some things? :) :)

S.

David said...

In other news, children with small knee caps have higher IQs. I always wonder about methods when I read this stuff. Will be interesting to see if the results can be replicated. If it's true, ritalin makers aren't going to be happy. :P