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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.
BUSM researcher highlights link between sleep conditions and cognitive impairment in older people

BUSM researcher highlights link between sleep conditions and cognitive impairment in older people

Oral devices improve sleep in OSA patients but may not reduce key heart disease risk factors

Oral devices improve sleep in OSA patients but may not reduce key heart disease risk factors

Combination assessment may rule out presence of OSA in children with Down syndrome

Combination assessment may rule out presence of OSA in children with Down syndrome

Physician explains how poor or low-quality sleep hinders common resolutions

Physician explains how poor or low-quality sleep hinders common resolutions

BGU researchers develop new system to assess OSA severity without overnight sleep study

BGU researchers develop new system to assess OSA severity without overnight sleep study

Obstructive sleep apnea can increase risk for PE recurrence

Obstructive sleep apnea can increase risk for PE recurrence

Sleep apnea can make lung cancer more dangerous by increasing tumor growth

Sleep apnea can make lung cancer more dangerous by increasing tumor growth

PAP therapy for sleep apnea may lead to positive outcomes among hypertensive patients

PAP therapy for sleep apnea may lead to positive outcomes among hypertensive patients

Home non-invasive ventilation for COPD: an interview with Dr Holger Woehrle

Home non-invasive ventilation for COPD: an interview with Dr Holger Woehrle

Review examines link between insomnia and alcohol dependence

Review examines link between insomnia and alcohol dependence

CPAP therapy may help improve nighttime acid reflux symptoms in patients with OSA

CPAP therapy may help improve nighttime acid reflux symptoms in patients with OSA

Noise levels in nightclubs may induce hearing loss

Noise levels in nightclubs may induce hearing loss

Implanted nerve stimulator shows promise in treating central sleep apnea patients

Implanted nerve stimulator shows promise in treating central sleep apnea patients

CPAP treatment offers no cardiovascular benefit in OSA patients with heart disease risk

CPAP treatment offers no cardiovascular benefit in OSA patients with heart disease risk

Obstructive sleep apnea and hypoxia linked to progression of NAFLD in obese adolescents

Obstructive sleep apnea and hypoxia linked to progression of NAFLD in obese adolescents

Report reveals staggering cost of undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnea in the U.S.

Report reveals staggering cost of undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnea in the U.S.

UCLA researchers develop noninvasive technique to treat breathing problems in premature babies

UCLA researchers develop noninvasive technique to treat breathing problems in premature babies

Sleep-disordered breathing promotes progression of pediatric NAFLD to NASH

Sleep-disordered breathing promotes progression of pediatric NAFLD to NASH

OSA patients face elevated risk of perioperative complications

OSA patients face elevated risk of perioperative complications

Sleep researchers call for new diagnostic criteria to treat OSA in pregnant women

Sleep researchers call for new diagnostic criteria to treat OSA in pregnant women