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Date:10/28/2008

c murmurs on an MP3 player, while viewing posters with phonocardiograms of each sound. The audio files consisted of 200 repetitions of each of the five murmurs played during a single 30-minute session. All participants took a posttest consisting of the same murmurs played in a random order. The murmurs used in the training session were simulated heart sounds, while the murmurs used for both the pretest and posttest were human heart sounds. Participants' correct answers improved from 53.2 on the pretest to 78.9 on the posttest.

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SLOW-WAVE SLEEP YIELDS FEWER APNEA EVENTS
(Wednesday, October 29, 1:00 PM EST)

Slow-wave sleep (SWS) may have a protective effect for events related to sleep apnea. Researchers from Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC, analyzed the polysomnography results of 20 male and 10 female patients who were previously diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The analysis showed a significant decrease in incidence of apnea events in stages 3 and 4 of SWS when compared with stages 1 and 2 (t(28)=4.36, p<0.01). Researchers speculate that pharmacologically prolonging SWS may help alleviate some of the symptoms of OSA.

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RELIGION AND ETHNICITY HELP PATIENTS COPE WITH ILLNESS
(Wednesday, October 29, 1:00 PM EST)

Religious faith and ethnicity seem to have a positive effect on the perceptions of critically ill patients. Researchers from the Medical University of South Carolina surveyed 100 sequential medical ICU patients and/or their surrogate using five perception domains: timeline, consequences, control, illness coherence, and emotional representation. Demographics, illness severity, and survival status were obtained from the medical record and/or respondent self-report. Results showed that African-Americans tended to perceive the critical illness as less chronic and less serious, they felt more personal control and more confidence in treatments, and they felt less emotional impact fro
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American College of Chest Physicians
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