Ventus Medical  revealed the results of a large, long-term study of its proprietary Provent® Sleep Apnea Therapy, an innovative, non-invasive treatment for  obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), were published in the November 2011 issue of the  Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, an official publication of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

“This study provides further validation that Provent Therapy is an effective  treatment for some OSA patients as it reduces daytime sleepiness, apnea hypopnea  index (AHI) and snoring associated with this prevalent condition,” said Meir  Kryger, M.D., of Gaylord Sleep Medicine and past president of the American  Academy of Sleep Medicine. “Patients reported wearing the device almost 90  percent of the nights, which represents very high compliance. The current gold  standard, continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is very effective but many  patients do not use it adequately. Provent represents an important new treatment  option for many obstructive sleep apnea patients.” Read the rest of this entry

Reportlinker.com announced its new market research report “Global Sleep Apnea Diagnostic And Therapeutic Devices Industry ”

This report analyzes the worldwide markets for Sleep Apnea Diagnostic and Therapeutic Devices in US$ Million by the following Product Segments: Diagnostic Devices (Fixed PSG, Ambulatory PSG, & Others (include Screening Devices)), and Therapeutic Devices (CPAP, Bi-Level PAP, Auto PAP, & Facial Interfaces (Masks and Humidifiers)).

The report provides separate comprehensive analytics for the US, Japan, Europe, and Rest of World. Annual estimates and forecasts are provided for the period 2007 through 2015. A seven-year historic analysis is also provided for these markets.

The report profiles 57 companies including many key and niche players worldwide such as Astro-Med Inc., Grass Technologies, Cadwell Laboratories, Inc., CareFusion Corporation, Compumedics Ltd., DeVilbiss Healthcare, Embla Systems, evo Medical Solutions, Inc., Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Limited, Itamar Medical Ltd., Invacare Corporation, Natus Medical Inc., Bio-Logic, Stellate Systems, Inc., Philips Healthcare, ResMed Inc., Teleflex Medical, Vital Signs Inc., and Weinmann Geräte für Medizin GmbH+CCo. KG. Market data and analytics are derived from primary and secondary research.

According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Strokes,  Sleep Apnea remains a growing health concern with an estimated 18 million  Americans suffering.  Sleep Group Solutions offers home sleep testing (HST)  devices (and interpretation), which have become a popular way to allow the  sufferer to get tested in the privacy of their own home, no over night stay in a  sleep lab needed.  The results are easily uploaded by the physician/practitioner  to InterpStudies.com for a quick diagnosis  of OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea).

Historically, an overnight sleep study in a sleep lab was the only way to  obtain a diagnosis of OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea).  Recent advancements in  technology has made its way directly into the consumers hands, creating an  increase in sleep apnea diagnosisRead the rest of this entry

Snoring:Causes ,Treatments and Tips

About one quarter of adults snore regularly. Almost half of normal adults snore occasionally. Men snore more than women. And snoring usually gets worse as we get older.As you fall asleep, your tongue, throat and the roof of your mouth relax. If they relax too much, they may partially block the flow of air to your lungs. Then the tissue at the back of your mouth vibrates, creating the sound of logs being sawed. As the airway narrows, the vibration intensifies and the snoring gets louder.

Common Causes Of Snoring

  1. A soft palate that is long and low restricts the opening from the nose into the throat. That triangular thingy hanging in the back of the palate is called a “uvula.” If your uvula is long, that creates wood-sawing, too.
  2. Overweight people have bulky neck tissue. Extra bulk in the throat narrows your airway.  Read the rest of this entry

Weight Loss Saves From Embarrassing Problems

Losing weight reduces the risk factors for many diseases, especially cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes and sleep apnea. Shedding just 10 pounds, for example, can lower blood pressure. Weight loss also lowers blood sugar and improves cholesterol levels.

Now, it looks like a new benefit can be added to the list. Losing weight can reduce urinary incontinence in women who are overweight or obese. In a randomized trial funded by the National Institutes of Health, moderate weight loss in a group of heavy women who undertook a six-month diet and exercise program cut the frequency of urinary incontinence episodes by nearly a half.

Urinary incontinence affects more than 13 million women in the United States. It not only causes inconvenience and emotional stress, it also raises the risk of falls, fractures, and nursing home admissions. Obesity has long been associated with urinary leakage in women, but until now, there’s been little research to confirm that losing weight would help reverse the problem — or to suggest how much weight loss would be needed. Read the rest of this entry

Tips On Choosing The Best Mask For CPAP

The American Sleep Apnea Association has recognized CPAP or Continuous Positive Air Pressure as one of the most effective and reliable therapeutic options for the management of mild to moderate sleep apnea. For restoration of normal breathing, choosing the best mask for CPAP is the most critical concern area, especially for patients who are put on this therapy for the first time.

It involves pumping in pre-measured pressurized air directly in to the lungs. One of the most important components of the equipment set is the mask, also known as the sleep apnea masks, since they carry the pressurized air into the lungs generated by the machine.

Reasons why this component should be purchased carefully

– Comfort and ease of use of the item is of paramount importance. Any discomfort can mean discontinuation of therapy.

– Air leakage can mar the efficacy of the therapy. Therefore the item should be bought only after seriously considering various aspects of usage. This is the only way the user can continue with the therapy and enjoy the benefits. Read the rest of this entry

SleepView:New Portable Home Sleep Testing Monitor

SleepApneaDisorder/ [  Press Release  ]/ Versailles, Ohio /October 17, 2011/ Sleep Apnea: A Growing Health Concern According to the National Institute  of Neurological Disorders and Strokes, an estimated 18 million Americans have  sleep apnea. However, few of them have had the problem diagnosed.

Sleep apnea is the repeated interruption of normal breathing during sleep.  Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common type of breathing-related sleep disorder. In patients with OSA, the airway collapses, temporarily restricting  airflow to the lungs. This partial airway obstruction causes the upper airway  tissue to vibrate and produce the sound of the classic snore.

As OSA develops, it has a cumulative effect, meaning that the longer the  disease goes untreated, the greater the negative side effects and associated  health risks. According to numerous  research studies, if sleep apnea remains untreated, other health conditions  may emerge or current health problems may worsen, including: Read the rest of this entry

Snoring With OSA Lead Your Children In Real Trouble

Snoring is among the common sleep problems in adults, especially in middle-aged men. And children and kids are equally prone to this most uncomfortable sleep disorder.The effects of snoring upon the overall health of children is established to be detrimental up to great extent.

Association of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA among kids and children has now become a more common occurrence. Across the globe occurrence of persistent snoring on most nights has been reported in 8-12 percent of children.

The incidence of OSA (with significant upper airway obstruction leading to   oxygen desaturation and/or sleep fragmentation) is 2-3 percent in children under the age of 10. Read the rest of this entry

New Sleep Apnea Clinic in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

GLOBAL Doctor’s Specialist Centre in Mont Kiara, Kuala Lumpur, now offers its first Sleep Apnea Clinic offering sleep diagnostic testing with the Philips Alice 5 Diagnostic Sleep System, a fully-integrated sleep laboratory system. The launch of the clinic highlights Philips and Global Doctors’ commitment to improving the awareness of common sleep disorders, such as Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) in Malaysia.Nearly 7% of the adult population or 1.9 million people in Malaysia are affected by Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).According to the findings of attitudinal study of Malaysians’ perceptions of their health and well-being, the Philips Index, suggested that 17% of Malaysians do not get enough sleep. The study results also revealed that their perceived lack of sleep negatively impacted on how they felt about their physihecal and mental health. Read the rest of this entry

Sleep Apnea Leads To Sexual Health Problems

Sleep apnea generally causes obstructive breathing in the middle of the night for more than 12 million Americans. Fatigue, high blood pressure and weight gain are just a few of its symptoms.

Several researches concluded during recent past have established that sleep apnea can be a drain on intimacy, causing erectile dysfunction in men and loss of libido in women.

Scientists suspect this may have to do with sex hormones like testosterone, which rise with sleep and fall when there is a lack of it. Because it causes intermittent waking and chronic sleep deprivation, apnea may directly drive down levels of these hormones, causing sexual dysfunction. Read the rest of this entry

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