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Take away tonsils for better behavior?

When you hear the term “sleep apnea,” chances are you picture an overweight, middle-aged man. But children can also suffer from the condition, which causes frequent, brief interruptions in breathing. Not surprisingly, these sleep-deprived kids often experience learning disabilities, attention disorders, anxiety and depression, and may exhibit hyperactivity and aggressive tendencies. But some studies suggest that removing the tonsils and adenoids of affected children not only cures the apnea but calms their behavior problems, too.