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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.
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

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]
Sleep apnea may cause some cases of osteoporosis

Sleep apnea may cause some cases of osteoporosis

The daily rhythm of bone turnover is likely important for normal bone health, and recent research suggests that sleep apnea may be an unrecognized cause of some cases of osteoporosis. Sleep apnea's effects on sleep duration and quality, oxygen levels, inflammation, and other aspects of health may have a variety of impacts on bone metabolism. [More]
Morphine after tonsillectomy may be life threatening for children

Morphine after tonsillectomy may be life threatening for children

Treating post-operative pain with morphine can cause life-threatening respiratory problems in some children who have had their tonsils and/or adenoids removed, new research has found. [More]
Study finds that asthma may increase obstructive sleep apnea risk

Study finds that asthma may increase obstructive sleep apnea risk

Participants in a sleep study who had asthma had an increased risk for developing obstructive sleep apnea, with this association stronger with having had asthma longer, according to a study in the January 13 issue of JAMA. [More]
New study finds that poor sleep may lead to dementia

New study finds that poor sleep may lead to dementia

People who have sleep apnea or spend less time in deep sleep may be more likely to have changes in the brain that are associated with dementia, according to a new study published in the December 10, 2014, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. [More]
Obstructive sleep apnea associated with impaired exercise capacity

Obstructive sleep apnea associated with impaired exercise capacity

A new study shows that obstructive sleep apnea is associated with impaired exercise capacity, which is an indicator of increased cardiovascular risk. [More]
People with sleep apnea have lower peak oxygen uptake during aerobic activity

People with sleep apnea have lower peak oxygen uptake during aerobic activity

People with moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea may have an intrinsic inability to burn high amounts of oxygen during strenuous aerobic exercise, according to a new study led by researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. [More]
Sleep disorders increase risk of motor vehicle accidents, poor health status among firefighters

Sleep disorders increase risk of motor vehicle accidents, poor health status among firefighters

Sleep disorders are independent risk factors for heart attacks and motor vehicle crashes, which are the two leading causes of death for firefighters in the United States. [More]
FDA approves ImThera Medical's investigational device exemption for pivotal study

FDA approves ImThera Medical's investigational device exemption for pivotal study

ImThera Medical, Inc., a privately held global medical device company, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved an investigational device exemption (IDE) for its THN3 Clinical Study. [More]
Study: Tonsil removal for children with sleep apnea decreases asthma severity

Study: Tonsil removal for children with sleep apnea decreases asthma severity

Surgical removal of the tonsils and adenoids in children suffering from sleep apnea is associated with decreased asthma severity, according to the first large study of the connection, published in the journal PLOS Medicine. [More]
Insomnia contributes to deaths caused by motor vehicle crashes, other fatal injuries

Insomnia contributes to deaths caused by motor vehicle crashes, other fatal injuries

New research suggests that insomnia is a major contributor to deaths caused by motor vehicle crashes and other unintentional fatal injuries. The results underscore the importance of the "Sleep Well, Be Well" campaign of the National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project. [More]
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