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Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a major heath problem. In the United States, at least 17 million people have moderate to severe OSA, which is characterized by heavy snoring, airway blockage and frequent awakenings during sleep. OSA is one of the major causes of severe daytime sleepiness, and is a major risk factor for automobile accidents and workplace injuries. If left untreated, OSA has been implicated as a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, including hypertension and heart failure, as well as stroke.

OSA is caused by collapse of the upper airway during sleep, and treatment for the disorder is based upon therapies that keep the airway open. The most common treatment for OSA is continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). At least 50% of patients with OSA find it difficult or impossible to use CPAP and are therefore candidates for surgery. However, current surgical options for these patients are very limited, particularly related to the tongue base.
Pulmonary rehabilitation treatment benefits patients with OSA syndrome

Pulmonary rehabilitation treatment benefits patients with OSA syndrome

Pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) treatment could be a valuable addition to comprehensive therapy in patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) syndrome, according to a new study. The study was presented at the 2015 American Thoracic Society International Conference. [More]
Patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention at higher risk for sleep apnea

Patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention at higher risk for sleep apnea

Patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), a coronary artery widening procedureused to treat heart disease, are at high risk for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), according to new research presented at the 2015 American Thoracic Society International Conference. [More]
Severe OSA, excessive daytime sleepiness linked to increased risk of depression in men

Severe OSA, excessive daytime sleepiness linked to increased risk of depression in men

Severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and excessive daytime sleepiness are associated with an increased risk of depression in men, according to a new community-based study of Australian men, which was presented at the 2015 American Thoracic Society International Conference. [More]
Itamar Medical provides comprehensive solution for obstructive sleep apnea to cardiologists

Itamar Medical provides comprehensive solution for obstructive sleep apnea to cardiologists

In light of the growing evidence of the link between cardiovascular disease and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), Itamar Medical Ltd. is expanding its business model by offering a comprehensive sleep apnea management solution to cardiologists, who seek to create a streamlined pathway for effective treatment. [More]
Mouth and tongue exercises can significantly reduce snoring frequency

Mouth and tongue exercises can significantly reduce snoring frequency

A Google search using the key words "snoring" and "treatment" yielded over 5 million results, but no standard treatment is available for primary snoring or snoring associated with a mild form of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). [More]
Study: Elevated upper body position may improve pregnancy-related obstructive sleep apnea

Study: Elevated upper body position may improve pregnancy-related obstructive sleep apnea

A study published on April 23 in the Online First section of the journal CHEST finds an elevated upper body position might improve respiratory safety in women early after childbirth without impairing sleep quality. [More]
UW develops new app to wirelessly test sleep apnea events using smartphone

UW develops new app to wirelessly test sleep apnea events using smartphone

Determining whether your snoring is merely annoying, or crosses the threshold into a life-threatening problem, isn't convenient or cheap. [More]
IUPUI researcher awarded NIH grant to study neuroscience underlying obstructive sleep apnea

IUPUI researcher awarded NIH grant to study neuroscience underlying obstructive sleep apnea

Sleep apnea affects an estimated 25 million adults in the United States and is associated with increased risk of hypertension, stroke, health attack and heart failure. [More]
CPAP use reduces atrial fibrillation recurrence in patients with obstructive sleep apnea

CPAP use reduces atrial fibrillation recurrence in patients with obstructive sleep apnea

The use of continuous positive airway pressure was associated with a significant reduction in the recurrence of atrial fibrillation in patients with obstructive sleep apnea, according to an analysis of data from past research published today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology: Clinical Electrophysiology. [More]

UAS therapy for OSA recognized with a Top 10 Clinical Research Achievement Award

Inspire Medical Systems, Inc., announced today that a scientific paper on its Inspire Upper Airway Stimulation (UAS) therapy for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), has been recognized with a Top 10 Clinical Research Achievement Award from the Clinical Research Forum. [More]
Study tracks long-term effects of weight loss on atrial fibrillation burden

Study tracks long-term effects of weight loss on atrial fibrillation burden

Obese patients with atrial fibrillation who lost at least 10 percent of their body weight were six times more likely to achieve long-term freedom from this common heart rhythm disorder compared to those who did not lose weight, according to a study presented at the American College of Cardiology's 64th Annual Scientific Session. [More]
Physicians develop new quality measures for treatment of childhood obstructive sleep apnea

Physicians develop new quality measures for treatment of childhood obstructive sleep apnea

A work group of physicians from leading academic medical centers across the country, including NYU Langone Medical Center, has developed new quality measures for the detection and treatment of childhood obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a potentially morbid, life-altering condition that affects hundreds of thousands of children and adolescents nationwide. [More]
AASM publishes new quality measures for common sleep disorders

AASM publishes new quality measures for common sleep disorders

Today the American Academy of Sleep Medicine published new quality measures for five common sleep disorders, which represents a landmark achievement in the promotion of high quality, patient-centered care in the medical subspecialty of sleep medicine. [More]
Cosmetic dentist to share modern dentistry techniques at one-day seminar

Cosmetic dentist to share modern dentistry techniques at one-day seminar

Cosmetic dentist Dr. Kevin Winters is among the most respected dentists in the region, and one of the longest-tenured instructors at the world-famous Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI). [More]
Stress about financial/economic issues is a leading factor that impacts people's sleep

Stress about financial/economic issues is a leading factor that impacts people's sleep

Royal Philips today released "Sleep: A Global Perspective," the first in a series of reports highlighting sleep trends and habits collected from a survey of nearly 8,000 people across 10 countries. [More]

Obstructive sleep apnea increases risk of motor vehicle accidents

A new study finds that obstructive sleep apnea is associated with a significantly increased risk of motor vehicle accidents, and this risk is reduced when sleep apnea is treated effectively using continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy. [More]
Sleep apnea prevalent in obese, pregnant Asian women with gestational diabetes

Sleep apnea prevalent in obese, pregnant Asian women with gestational diabetes

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is prevalent in obese, pregnant Asian women with gestational diabetes, even when their diabetes is controlled by diet, a new study from Thailand finds. [More]
Liraglutide may help obese adults achieve weight loss

Liraglutide may help obese adults achieve weight loss

Obesity guidelines recommend an initial weight loss goal of 5 to 10% of start weight to improve health. A recent study found that patients who received liraglutide 3.0 mg, combined with fewer calories and more physical activity, were more than twice as likely to achieve at least that level of weight loss, compared to patients on placebo who made similar lifestyle changes. [More]
FAA to issue new obstructive sleep apnea guidance for aviation medical examiners

FAA to issue new obstructive sleep apnea guidance for aviation medical examiners

The Federal Aviation Administration has announced that it will issue new guidance for aviation medical examiners (AMEs) regarding the screening and treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in commercial pilots. The new guidance, which hopes to treat pilots fairly while at the same time increasing aviation safety, was created and approved with input from the industry, Congress, and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). [More]
Patients battling sleep apnea find relief from Zzoma device

Patients battling sleep apnea find relief from Zzoma device

Thousands of patients in the U.S. and Europe battling positional obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) are finding relief from Zzoma, an FDA-cleared medical device designed by physicians at Sleep Specialists, LLC. [More]
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