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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.
Incidence and severity emerging CVD risk factors may differ between genders

Incidence and severity emerging CVD risk factors may differ between genders

The incidence and severity of both traditional and emerging cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors as well as the response to treatment may differ between genders. In this narrative review, several emerging CVD risk factors (i.e. inflammatory and haemostatic markers, endothelial dysfunction, homocysteine, lipid disorders, microalbuminuria/proteinuria, coronary artery calcium score, arterial stiffness, periodontitis, inflammatory bowel syndrome, obstructive sleep apnea, impaired glucose metabolism, metabolic syndrome and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease) are discussed in the context of gender differences. [More]
AASM officially launches new telemedicine system to increase patient access to sleep medicine

AASM officially launches new telemedicine system to increase patient access to sleep medicine

Today the American Academy of Sleep Medicine officially launched AASM Sleep, a new state-of-the-art telemedicine platform that will dramatically increase patient access to the expertise of board-certified sleep medicine physicians and accredited sleep centers. [More]
AliveCor Mobile ECG to be integrated into LifeWatch's remote cardiac monitoring service

AliveCor Mobile ECG to be integrated into LifeWatch's remote cardiac monitoring service

AliveCor, Inc., the leader in FDA-cleared ECG technology for mobile devices, announced today a strategic partnership with LifeWatch AG, a leading developer of medical solutions and remote diagnostic monitoring services to the digital health market. [More]
CUMC study reveals statins may help reduce heart disease risk in people with sleep apnea

CUMC study reveals statins may help reduce heart disease risk in people with sleep apnea

A new study conducted at Columbia University Medical Center has revealed some of the underlying mechanisms that may increase the risk of heart disease in people with sleep apnea. The study also found that statins -- the cholesterol-lowering medications commonly prescribed to combat heart disease -- may help reverse this process. [More]
Lower vitamin D levels do not increase severity of obstructive sleep apnea

Lower vitamin D levels do not increase severity of obstructive sleep apnea

A recent study of elderly men found no evidence that obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) increased in severity (or prevalence) as a result of vitamin D deficiency. [More]
New biobank initiative may help unlock some of the mysteries linked to Down syndrome

New biobank initiative may help unlock some of the mysteries linked to Down syndrome

Nationwide Children's Hospital and research advocacy group DownSyndrome Achieves have joined forces to create the first biobank in the country dedicated to collecting and managing blood samples from people with Down syndrome. [More]
Older men with sleep-disordered breathing at greater risk of developing atrial fibrillation

Older men with sleep-disordered breathing at greater risk of developing atrial fibrillation

Sleep-disordered breathing often predicts the development of atrial fibrillation (AF) in older men, according to U.S. researchers. [More]
Researchers discover unique muscle fibers of upper airways often present in sleep apnea patients

Researchers discover unique muscle fibers of upper airways often present in sleep apnea patients

Researchers at Umeå University in Sweden have discovered unique muscle fibers in the soft palate of the mouth in both infants and adults. The fibers seem to be present in greater number in snorers and sleep apnea patients. [More]
Study shows sleep-disordered breathing predicts AF development in older men

Study shows sleep-disordered breathing predicts AF development in older men

Sleep-disordered breathing often predicts the development of atrial fibrillation (AF) in older men, according to U.S. researchers. [More]
Psychological interventions may improve sexual health of men with sleep apnea

Psychological interventions may improve sexual health of men with sleep apnea

Burdens related to poor sleep may put men with sleep apnea at increased risk of erectile dysfunction. In a study of 713 male patients who visited Seoul National University Hospital for snoring and/or daytime sleepiness from 2006 to 2014, depressive symptoms and a low quality of life due to sleep problems were clearly linked to erectile dysfunction. [More]
Sleep apnea associated with evidence of early heart injury in women

Sleep apnea associated with evidence of early heart injury in women

Risk factors for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and the development of subsequent cardiovascular (CV) complications differ by sex, but it is not clear from prior research whether the effects of sleep apnea on heart disease is similar for men and women. [More]
Pitt investigators to lead $15 million federal initiative to manage breathing disorder clinical trials

Pitt investigators to lead $15 million federal initiative to manage breathing disorder clinical trials

The University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health and School of Medicine investigators will be leading a $15 million, five-year federal initiative to manage national clinical trials aimed at developing new treatments for breathing disorders. [More]
Bariatric surgery results in substantial weight loss in overweight children with Prader-Willi syndrome

Bariatric surgery results in substantial weight loss in overweight children with Prader-Willi syndrome

Obesity is a leading cause of complications and death in children suffering from Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS), yet there are few effective treatment options for these patients. In a new study published in Surgery for Obesity and Related Disease researchers found that bariatric surgery, specifically laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG), resulted in substantial weight loss with no apparent adverse effect on growth in a small group of severely overweight patients with PWS. [More]
Philips showcases latest patient-driven sleep and respiratory solutions at the European Respiratory Society International Congress 2015

Philips showcases latest patient-driven sleep and respiratory solutions at the European Respiratory Society International Congress 2015

Philips Respironics, a business of Royal Philips, will showcase its latest portfolio of sleep-disordered breathing and respiratory solutions September 26-29 at the European Respiratory Society (ERS) International Congress 2015 in Amsterdam. At booth 1.H_01, Hall 1, clinicians can experience the latest Philips sleep-disordered breathing solutions and new options for COPD management that connect and support the patient, clinician and caregiver to improve patient care and help patients to live active lives. [More]

Air Liquide Healthcare launches a website dedicated to sleep apnea

On the occasion of the ERS's (European Respiratory Society) annual international seminar, which is held in Amsterdam from 27 to 30 September, Air Liquide Healthcare is launching an innovative and educational information website dedicated to sleep apnea. [More]
CPAP therapy lowers depressive symptoms in people with obstructive sleep apnea

CPAP therapy lowers depressive symptoms in people with obstructive sleep apnea

A new study shows that depressive symptoms are extremely common in people who have obstructive sleep apnea, and these symptoms improve significantly when sleep apnea is treated with continuous positive airway pressure therapy. [More]
Latest ENT research to be presented at AAO-HNSF's annual meeting

Latest ENT research to be presented at AAO-HNSF's annual meeting

The latest research on hearing loss, head and neck cancers, sleep apnea and other otolaryngic topics will be presented in Dallas, TX, September 27-30, at the 2015 Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO? of the American Academy of Otolaryngology--Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNSF), the largest annual meeting of ear, nose, throat, head and neck physicians in the world. [More]
Simple test can lead to early detection of sleep apnea in hospitalized heart failure patients

Simple test can lead to early detection of sleep apnea in hospitalized heart failure patients

Researchers at Thomas Jefferson University showed that a simple questionnaire, evaluation and pulse-oximetry monitoring can lead to early detection of sleep apnea in patients hospitalized for congestive heart failure (CHF). [More]
Bedwetting symptom may help identify OSA in post-menopausal women

Bedwetting symptom may help identify OSA in post-menopausal women

The results of a new study suggest that nocturnal enuresis, or bedwetting, may be an additional symptom that doctors can look for when assessing post-menopausal women for obstructive sleep apnea. That condition left untreated can lead to serious medical problems, such as cardiovascular disease, as organs are undersupplied with oxygen. [More]
CPAP treatment restores brain stem function, reverses health changes linked to heart disease

CPAP treatment restores brain stem function, reverses health changes linked to heart disease

Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines are a commonly prescribed treatment for obstructive sleep apnea, a disorder in which muscles in the airways collapse during sleep, blocking breathing. [More]
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