Conditions such as diabetes,  sleep apnea and depression that are well-controlled are “not a terrible risk,”  and people can get life insurance at reasonable rates.

It would be a good idea to shop around if you have a health  condition that makes getting life insurance a challenge.  Insurers have all  developed their own underwriting guidelines, and some are able to offer better  rates for applicants with certain medical conditions.

Guaranteed life insurance is another option if  you’re looking for coverage with no health questions asked and no physicals  required. But the amount of coverage offered is usually quite limited, the  premium will be very high, and if you die within the first year or two, your  loved ones will likely receive only the premiums you’ve paid and any interest  earned. Read the rest of this entry

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) today announced agreement (PDF) on important fatigue recommendations that were developed by a joint FAA-NATCA working group which was established under the 2009 collective bargaining agreement.

“The American public must have confidence that our nation’s air traffic controllers are rested and ready to work,” said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.  “We have the safest air transportation system in the world but we needed to make changes and we are doing that.”

The agreement reinforces existing FAA policy that prohibits air traffic controllers from sleeping while they are performing assigned duties.  The FAA will continue to provide air traffic controllers breaks on the midnight shift based on staffing and workload.  While on break, air traffic controllers are expected to conduct themselves professionally and be available for recall at all times. Read the rest of this entry

1 in 4 New Yorkers Is Obese

Two-thirds of adults in America — and nearly one-third of children and teenagers — are obese or overweight, and one in 4 New Yorkers is obese, according to an annual obesity report released Thursday by two public health groups.

The latest survey ranks New York 41st on a state-by-state obesity list, improving from a tie for 36th last year. The number of obese adults in New York has edged down to 24.7 percent of the population from 25.1 percent.

Thirty-eight states now have obesity rates above 25 percent. In 1995, no state had an obesity rate above 20 percent.

In New York, the combined obesity and overweight rate is 60.6 percent, up from 54.1 percent in 2001, the survey found. The diabetes rate has risen to 8.7 percent from 4.7 percent in 1995 and the hypertension rate to 27.1 percent from 22 percent. Read the rest of this entry

US medical giant ResMed buys UCD spin-out in all-cash deal

San Diego-headquartered medical device manufacturer ResMed has acquired UCD spin-out BiancaMed in an all-cash deal. Original investors including DFJ ePlanet Capital and Enterprise Ireland are believed to receive a significant premium on their €11m investment in the company.

BiancaMed is one of an emerging generation of young Irish medical device companies who are developing breakthrough technologies. It has developed a contactless, accurate device to measure sleep and breathing and combat deaths arising from the sleep disorder sleep apnea. Read the rest of this entry

Is your child overtired? Overscheduled?  Overstimulated? Is the home chaotic? Is your child getting enough sleep? Do they have a  routine before going to sleep at night?

It is most important to evaluate sleep problems. The ADHD symptoms could be the result of sleep  apnea or too much stimulation from electronics in general – but especially  before bed. (Electronic light exposure prior to bedtime can decrease melatonin  production, making it harder to fall asleep).

There are also a host of natural alternatives to  stimulants for ADHD. During  the day, kids showing symptoms of ADHD need extra, structured movement to help  normalize energy levels. Such activity can include a regimen of walking daily  for prolonged periods of time.

Parents should also avoid foods that rob the body of  magnesium, like soda and caffeine. It’s a good idea to plan a diet high in natural  magnesium, with at least one serving of a true dark green vegetable, like  spinach, and also a handful of nuts. (For young children, parents can consider  juicing spinach and/or slowly increasing the amount of dark greens in a soup or  introducing fruits juiced with ever increasing amounts of greens).[ Read Complete Post By Dr. Robert Tozzi At Fox News …   ]

DeVilbiss Healthcare recently sponsored a randomized, double-blind, crossover clinical study which confirmed the effectiveness of DeVilbiss SmartFlex Technology, a new exhalation pressure relief solution to enhance patient comfort.

Positive Airway Pressure (PAP) represents the gold standard in the treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). In recent years, pressure modification has become accepted as an important feature improving patients’ comfort and compliance. However, there has been some speculation that excessive pressure relief may compromise the effectiveness of therapy.

The study confirmed SmartFlex Technology to be equally effective to standard Auto-PAP therapy in that respiratory events and oxygen saturation during sleep were normalized among the participants. In addition, treatment with SmartFlex showed a lower leak rate, which likely contributes to the greater subject acceptance rates. As expected, both modalities resulted in improved daytime alertness, but improved daytime energy levels, ability to relax and nocturnal sleep were also demonstrated with SmartFlex Technology. Read the rest of this entry

SleepApneaDisorder/[ Press Release ]/ July05,2011/ Sleep Group  Solutions (SGS) is pleased to announce the widespread launch of, a home sleep  study interpretation portal. Home sleep testing has been among the fastest  growing segments of the sleep and medical market as it is a viable and cost  effective study, similar to the overnight PSG tests done in sleep labs.

Home sleep tests (HST), such as the Embletta  is the same home sleep test device used today in many hospitals, Sleep Disorders Centers, VA  and Kaiser Systems.  These home sleep tests are user friendly, and frequently  administered by primary care physicians, internal medicine physicians, dentists  and other specialties. Since Embletta supplies many sleep labs with sleep study  technology-sleep doctors are familiar with the data and diagnosing is seamless  when studies are uploaded to   Read the rest of this entry

One in five patients diagnosed with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) in the United States report symptoms for more than 2 years before diagnosis.

PAH is a progressive and fatal disorder, and the disease is often advanced when recognized, especially in younger patients.

Researchers from Intermountain Medical Center, the University of California, University of Pennsylvania, Baylor College of Medicine, Boston University, and Mayo Clinic studied 2,967 adult patients enrolled in the Registry to Evaluate Early Long-term PAH Disease Management (REVEAL), for an 18-month period. In 21.1% of patients, symptoms were experienced for more than two years before PAH was recognized.

History of obstructive airways disease and sleep apnea were independently associated with delayed PAH recognition.  Despite progress in understanding the cellular and genetic basis of PAH, researchers found that the onset of PAH before age 36 years was associated with the greatest likelihood of delayed disease recognition, especially in individuals with histories of common respiratory disorders. This article is published in the July issue of CHEST, the peer-reviewed journal of the American College of Chest Physicians: Chest. 2011;140(1):19-26.

Jeannine Gingras, M.D., a nationally and internationally recognized expert in sleep disorders, has opened Gingras Sleep Medicine in Charlotte and Concord, North Carolina.

Dr. Gingras treats infants, children, teens and adults and practices sleep medicine exclusively. She sees patients for all sleep disorders, including sleep apnea, insomnia, snoring, sleepwalking, restless legs syndrome, periodic limb movement disorder, narcolepsy, and excessive daytime sleepiness. Read the rest of this entry

Spanish researchers have revealed that continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) lowers the risk of cardiovascular death in elderly patients with obstructive sleep apnea.

Until now, almost all of the studies on the effectiveness of CPAP have been conducted on middle-aged individuals, despite the fact that sleep specialists are seeing a growing percentage of elderly patients, observes researcher Miguel Angel Martínez-García, M.D.

This is important because, as Martínez-García notes, elderly patients with severe, untreated sleep apnea have a higher cardiovascular mortality than those with mild to moderate disease, or those without sleep apnea. What’s more, CPAP treatment can lower cardiovascular mortality in elderly obstructive sleep apnea patients to levels experienced by individuals without the disease or with mild to moderate sleep apnea. Read the rest of this entry

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