According to a recently concluded research study published in the journal SLEEP  the researchers found that patients with moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) taking phentermine and topiramate extended-release capsules achieved significant improvements in key measures of OSA and cardiovascular risk factors along with weight loss during the 28-week trial.

OSA is a chronic and potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing is abnormally shallow (“hypopnea”) or stops altogether (“apnea”) for at least 10 seconds. These repetitive events are associated with collapse of the upper airway during sleep, and may occur 5 to 30 or more times per hour. Although many cases are unrecognized, symptoms may include snoring, fatigue or sleepiness during the day. Read the rest of this entry

Sleepapneadisorder/Press Release/New York, NY /While many oral appliance manufacturers from the US to Australia are experiencing cut backs and declines in revenue, New York based oral appliance company, Respire Medical continues to find growth in the fabrication of oral appliances used in the dental treatment of snoring and sleep apnea. Respire Medical continues to grow through partnerships and alliances including; appliance licensing, European expansion, and dental continuing education seminars with Sleep Group Solutions.

Respire Medical has consistently doubled product turnover each year in 2010, 2011 and now 2012. August 2012 (Q3 in general) marks the company’s largest growth in turnover, which is four times greater than the previous August in 2011. The company anticipates similar growth throughout 2013. “We had a solid year of growth. Q3 sales figures have exceeded expectation in a so called ‘down market’, so confidence is high going into Q4,” mentions David Walton, Co-founder of Respire Medical. Mr. Walton equates much of Respires growth to strict quality control, improvement in customer service, and continuing education. Read the rest of this entry

50% Women Have Risk of Mild-to-Severe Sleep Apnea

A recently concluded Swedish research study established that 50 % of the women who underwent the overnight sleep study turned out to have mild-to-severe sleep apnea.

The random population sample constituting 400 women were monitored while sleeping. Almost 50% of these women experienced at least five episodes an hour when they stopped breathing for longer than 10 seconds, the minimum definition of sleep apnea.

Among the obese and women with hypertension the risk factors for sleep apnea was recorded as high as 80 to 84 percent of occurrence.

Dr. Karl Franklin, the lead author of the study and a professor at Umea University in Sweden says,’ How important the mild sleep apnea is, we don’t know”. The study also recorded high occurrence of mild sleep apnea among the womenRead the rest of this entry

Chinese Children Get Least Amount of Sleep

A new research study concluded in China revealed that Chinese children below the age of six (06) years are among those who have the least amount of sleep, outdoor activities and quality time with parents compared to peers around the globe.

The report by Gymboree, an early childhood education service provider, is based on a survey conducted in early 2012 that polled some 7,500 families in 14 countries.

Findings of the survey revealed that the chinese children under the age of 6 sleep for an average of 9 hours and 15 minutes every day, lower than the global average of 10 hours and 9 minutes, ranking third last among the countries, which included Japan, South Korea, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States. Read the rest of this entry

A new research study concluded recently at the University of Colorado-Denver revealed that treating obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in children can improve attention and verbal memory.

“OSA is known to be associated with deficits in attention, cognition, and executive function,” said lead author Ann Halbower, MD, associate professor at the Children’s Hospital Sleep Center and University of Colorado-Denver. “Our study is the first to show that treatment of OSA in children can reverse neuronal brain injury, correlated with improvements in attention and verbal memory in these patients.” Read the rest of this entry

People with symptoms suggesting rapid eye movement (REM) sleep  behavior disorder, or RBD, have twice the risk of developing mild  cognitive impairment (MCI) or Parkinson’s disease within 4 years of  diagnosis with the sleep problem, compared with people without the  disorder, a Mayo Clinic study has found. The researchers published their  findings recently in the Annals of Neurology.

One of the hallmarks of REM sleep is a state of paralysis. In  contrast, people with rapid eye movement sleep behavior disorder appear  to act out their dreams when they are in REM sleep.

Researchers used the  Mayo Sleep Questionnaire to diagnose probable RBD in people who were  otherwise neurologically normal. Approximately 34% of people diagnosed  with probable RBD developed MCI or Parkinson’s disease within 4 years of  entering the study, a rate 2.2 times greater than those with normal  rapid eye movement sleep. Read the rest of this entry

RespCare, Coconut Creek, Fla, recently introduced the Aloha™ Nasal Pillow System. The Aloha is used with positive-pressure ventilation devices for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

The Aloha features proprietary Arced-Track™ technology, which allows users to adjust the angle of the Pillow Reservoir, and a Ball-and-Socket Elbow with Hi-Flex™ Tubing to accommodate various sleeping positions. The Aloha comes with three different pillow sizes and comes standard with headgear with Comfort Wraps™.

According to the company, the Aloha contains all of the components required to properly size the patient, eliminating the hassle of opening multiple products to get the right fit.

Source: RespCare

Dr. David Schor and Imagine Advanced Dental Arts, a New Jersey cosmetic dentistry practice focused on aesthetic, general, and restorative procedures, have recently announced the addition of sleep apnea treatment to their list of available procedures for patients who have difficulty with obstructive sleep apnea and snoring. Through a number of oral appliances and treatment techniques, Dr. Schor and his practice say they are prepared and excited to help patients sleep more comfortably and reduce future health risks associated with poor sleep and breathing.

As a New Jersey cosmetic dentist, Dr. Schor will now be offering dental treatment for sleep apnea and snoring at his practice, Imagine Advanced Dental Arts. According to the American Association of Respiratory Care (AARC), sleep apnea currently affects up to 18 million Americans, an estimated 10 million of which have not been diagnosed, and has been linked to high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke. Read the rest of this entry

Summer Silk Bedding and Pillows For Good Sleep

SleepApneaDisorder/Press Release/Charleston, SC /April 10, 2012/TrueMores.com, the luxury silk company, has decided to launch more summer silk bedding options. This in response to the National Sleep Foundations 2012 sleep study which revealed some shocking figures when it comes to people and their sleep quality.

“I knew inherently that sleep was a big issue these days, but having 25% of people say they rarely if ever get a good sleep… that was like a call to arms.” says Dan Boyle the founder of TrueMores.com. A quality sleep is so important to proper daytime function. Many people struggle during the summer to find the right bedsheets which is why TrueMores.com is releasing new silk sets built to match the way different people sleep.

The National Sleep Foundation recently wrapped up their 2012 sleep study. According to their survey results, 35% of people rated their sleep as “good” a few nights a week. 25% of people rated their sleep as “good” from never (3%) to only a few times a month (20%). And according to these same people over 87% said their bed sheets and pillows were two of the top three most important factors for a good sleep. Read the rest of this entry

Researchers have measured and confirmed the existence of a possible link between sleep apnea and post-surgical delirium.

“The association between sleep apnea and postoperative delirium is big news because it may offer us a way to control postoperative delirium which can be devastating,” said senior author Madan Kwatra, Ph.D., a research team member  at the Duke University Medical Center.

The study findings will be published in the April 2012 issue of journal Anesthesiology.

Delirium is not a minor consequence. The condition involves an acute and fluctuating consciousness and ability to understand, and is associated with health problems and higher risk of death right after surgery. Delirium is a strong predictor of mortality even 10 years after surgery. Read the rest of this entry

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