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2-week course of sleep aid increases CPAP adherence in OSA patients at 6 months

ATS 2009, SAN DIEGONew research suggests that patients newly diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) who use a short-course of the sleep aid, eszopiclone, when beginning continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy, are more adherent with therapy in six months. The findings will be pr...

Patients with mild to moderate OSA may benefit from exercise

Practicing certain tongue and pharyngeal exercises may reduce symptoms of mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), according to new research being published in the second issue for May of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine . Although CPAP is the gold standard...

No difference in sleep of OSA patients studied in a hospital vs. a hotel-based sleep center

WESTCHESTER, Ill. A study published in the April 15 issue of the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine (JCSM) finds no significant difference in sleep parameters associated with the first-night effect in patients undergoing sleep studies in a hotel and a hospital-based sleep laboratory. Kimberly ...

Clinical guidelines for the manual titration of PAP in OSA patients published in JCSM

WESTCHESTER, Ill. Positive airway pressure (PAP) devices are used to treat patients with sleep-related breathing disorders, including obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Following the diagnosis of OSA, a polysomnogram (PSG), also known as an overnight sleep test, is conducted, during which PAP is adj...

Undiagnosed OSA patients have altered cardiovascular responses during exercise recovery

WESTCHESTER, Ill. A study published in the January 1 issue of the journal SLEEP finds that people with untreated obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) have altered cardiovascular responses during recovery from maximal exercise. These results suggest an imbalance in the autonomic control of heart rate du...

Transtheoretical model may help to identify OSA patients' level of intention to exercise

WESTCHESTER, Ill. Research has shown a strong relationship between weight and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Your neck gets thicker as you gain weight. This increases the level of fat in the back of the throat, making your airway more likely to be blocked. Because exercise reduces body weight,...

JCSM: CPAP therapy improves symptoms of depression in OSA patients

WESTCHESTER, Ill. Patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) who also suffer from depression often find that continued use of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) relieves them of symptoms of depression, according to a study published in the October 15 issue of the Journal of Clinical Sle...

AASM encourages those student-athletes at risk for developing osa to visit a sleep clinic

WESTCHESTER, Ill. For most children and teens, the beginning of a new school year is just around the corner. Not only will they be hitting the books again after a three-month-long summer break, but many of them will also participate in after-school activities. More research is emerging that she...

Patients With OSA at Higher Risk for Cardiovascular Disease

Researchers have found that patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) have higher levels of a type of dead cells (apoptotic cells) from the lining (endothelium) of their blood vessels circulating in their bloodstream than people who do not have OSA. The finding may help explain why those with OS...

NCPAP Decreases Cerebrovascular Risk in OSA Patients

Patients with sleep apnea having significantly higher serum levels of inflammatory markers, as well as lesions associated with silent brain infarction//, have an elevated risk of stroke, according to Japanese medical researchers. The results appear in the second issue for March 2007 of the Am...

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OSA in Biological Technology

SleepQuest Continues to Fight for Sleep Apnea Education

...ess of just how important sleep is in our everyday lives," said Lori Schulman, SleepQuest's Director of Contracting. "In time, we want doctors to view osa and other sleep disorders just as they do other chronic health concerns like asthma." Spreading awareness about home sleep testing and treatment ...

Controversial Study to Test Link Between Insomnia and Sleep Apnea

...eader in the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea, has awarded a $50,000 grant to co-sponsor the study in Albuquerque, NM to measure the occurrence of osa in Chronic Insomnia patients. "The Sleep and Human Health Institute has a history of groundbreaking work, and this study will be an important a...

SleepQuest Compliance Again Doubles Industry Average

...Contracting. "They focus on providing 1500 different products aimed at 150 different disease states, rather than providing comprehensive follow-up for osa patients." SleepQuest, in contrast, is a disease management specialist that has been a leader in home sleep testing and treatment of Sleep Apnea ...

SleepQuest to Open San Francisco Office

...tients and family members should give them a better understanding and higher comfort level for the testing and treatment process," Yu said. Although osa is mostly a middle-age condition, it can also affect small children. "We have a commitment to helping patients of all ages and by opening this office ...

IDF Urges Healthcare Providers to Address the Relationship Between Type 2 Diabetes and Sleep Apnea

...s such as sleep apnea." Recent studies show that osa is common in people with diabetes: estimates suggest that up to 40% of people with osa have diabetes[2,3]. However further research is ne...pectively[5], he estimated annual medical costs of osa are much harder to define. Professor Sir George ...

Medicare Approves in Home Sleep Apnea Testing

...SleepQuest's Chief Scientific Advisor and I applaud CMS's in-depth analysis of this topic, providing greater access and allowing the many sufferers of osa to benefit from treatment." While coverage has been approved, providers of in-home sleep testing are still waiting to hear the specific date that th...

Time For the Trucking and Heavy Machinery Industries to Wake Up!

...nd article that analyzed the legal ramification of osa in the transportation industry. The legal article ...ice in the future." The prevalence of undiagnosed osa has increased within the transportation industry. ...years, studies have shown significant awareness of osa within the trucking industry -- from employers and...

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