Complex Sleep Apnea Syndrome

Complex sleep apnea syndrome (CompSAS) is a form of sleep apnea specifically identified by the presence or emergence of central apneas or hypopneas upon exposure to continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) or a Bi-level positive airway pressure (BIPAP) device when obstructive events have disappeared.

These patients have predominantly obstructive sleep apnea or mixed sleep apnea during the diagnostic sleep study occurring at greater than or equal to 5 times per hour. Read the rest of this entry

EU Probes To Keep Privigil Out Of Market

[Associated Press ] /European Union antitrust regulators said Thursday they are investigating whether drugmakers Cephalon and Teva were working to keep a generic version of sleep-disorder drug Provigil out of the European market.

Cephalon Inc., based in Fraser, Pa., and Israel-based Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., one of the world’s largest generic drugmakers, in 2005 settled patent disputes relating to Provigil — which is also known as Modafinil — in the U.K. and the U.S. Teva agreed not to sell its generic version of Provigil in the EU as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway before October 2012, the EU’s competition watchdog said. Read the rest of this entry

Philips  Respironics introduces BiPAP autoSV Advanced-System One, combining  its SV Advanced algorithm with its System One platform.

BiPAP autoSV Advanced-System One was specifically designed and  clinically validated to treat complicated sleep-disordered breathing patients.

“We know that approximately 5% to 10% of the current sleep-disordered  breathing population already consists of complicated patients who  present with disease states like complex sleep apnea, central sleep apnea , and mixed sleep apnea or  who suffer from periodic breathing, such as Cheyne-Stokes Respiration,1”  says Mark D’Angelo, Philips’ senior director, Sleep Therapy. Read the rest of this entry

A new analysis has found that childhood cancer survivors often suffer  from sleep problems and fatigue, which negatively impact their  attention and memory. Published early online in Cancer, a  peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the study indicates that addressing sleep hygiene among  survivors of childhood cancer may help to improve their cognitive  health.

Cognitive problems, such as trouble with attention and memory, often  arise in survivors of childhood cancer. These problems, which are either  a direct or indirect result of treatment, negatively impact future  education, employment, and the ability to live independently.

To assess the effects of fatigue and sleep disruption on cognitive  function in long-term survivors of childhood cancer, Kevin Krull, PhD,  of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis and his team  evaluated a questionnaire filled out by 1,426 individuals from the  Childhood Cancer Survivor Study. (The Childhood Cancer Survivor Study  was designed to investigate the long-term medical, psychosocial, and  functional health of survivors of eight different childhood cancers who  were treated between 1970 and 1986.) Read the rest of this entry

ResMed  Corp released its new S9 VPAP series of bilevel devices, designed to  promote long-term compliance through a range of comfort technologies.

“Understanding that bilevel users have unique needs, we developed the  S9 VPAP platform to help patients overcome the challenges of  noncompliance by giving them tools and technologies to proactively  manage their own therapy,” said Drew Terry, senior director of product  management at ResMed.

S9 VPAPs offer Climate Control, a humidification system that adapts  to environmental conditions to deliver optimal pressure and temperature.  Complemented by ResMed’s ClimateLine heated tube, it protects patients  from rainout without compromising humidity or temperature levels.

The Enhanced Easy-Breathe technology and Climate Control system give  them [patients] control over their own comfort settings,” said Terry.  Read the rest of this entry

J.B. Hunt Transport  Services Inc has signed a multiyear agreement to make SleepSafe Drivers  Inc’s sleep disorder testing and treatment programs available to  the carrier’s drivers.

“We have documented significant improvement in the retention of  drivers working with SleepSafe Drivers, with 86% still employed and  successful with APAP (Auto-Setting Positive Airway Pressure) treatment at the 12-month phase of the program,” stated Greer Woodruff, senior  vice president of Safety and Security at J.B. Hunt. “One of our Two  Million Mile drivers, who was tested and is now being treated for sleep  apnea, lost 110 pounds and said, ‘This program literally saved my life.’

There is no doubt that drivers who have sleep apnea are safer and  healthier following diagnosis and treatment. We are very proud to have  the trial enrollment successfully completed, and to be making such a  beneficial program available to our drivers nationwide.” Read the rest of this entry

25 Ways to Sleep Better Tonight

Scientists like their zzz’s just as much as you do – and have put their  (hopefully well-rested) brains to studying what really helps you get a good  night’s sleep.

1. Pump it Up Regular aerobic exercise – bicycling, walking at a  moderate pace, swimming laps – for 30 to 40 minutes, four times a week, improves  sleep quality. You can break it up into two 20-minute sessions if that fits  better into your life. But don’t schedule it in the evening; while exercise  helps regulate your sleep-wake cycle, the stimulation that comes from a workout  in the three hours before bedtime may cancel the benefit.

2. Combine Carbs and Proteins Carbohydrates help your brain use  tryptophan, an amino acid that causes sleepiness. And proteins help your body  build tryptophan. Get the duo in a light bedtime snack of peanut butter on toast  or low-fat cheese and crackers.

3. Choose Cherry The fruit is rich in melatonin, which helps the body  regulate its sleep-wake cycle. When study participants drank eight ounces of a  tart cherry – juice beverage twice a day for two weeks, they reported  significant improvements in insomnia. Find the juice at Whole Foods Market and  natural foods stores.

4. Try Tai Chi This meditative martial art helps you sleep more deeply  and for longer, studies have offers a selection of good, though  somewhat pricey ($25), DVDs for beginners. The site also includes lists of  certified instructors. [ Read Complete Post By Marnie Soman At San Fransisco Chronicle … ]

Research has shown that approximately 10 to 20 percent of pregnant women develop obstructive sleep apnea in pregnancy. The risk increases as the pregnancy progresses. The characteristic symptoms of daytime sleepiness and fatigue are often overlooked both by the patient and her doctor because, as I discussed above, there are a number of reasons why a pregnant woman would have disrupted sleep and would feel sleepy during the day. The hallmark symptom that should be a clue to pregnant women and their doctors is the development of snoring.

There are many factors that increase the likelihood of sleep apnea in pregnant women. It is not all mediated by weight gain, although pre-gestational obesity significantly increases the risk of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) with one study showing that nearly 40% of obese pregnant patients developed obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) by the third trimester. [ Read Complete Post By Lisa Shives, M.D At CNN Health  … ]

Sleep apnea is one of the worst kinds of disease that affects many people in US. If you have a sleep apnea this does not mean that you are denied from getting a proper health insurance. As per the surveys conducted in U.S alone approximately 20 million people have this disease this number is aggressively increases on a daily basis all over the world. The main symptoms of this disease include high blood pressure, insomnia, morning headaches etc.

This is not a simple health condition that you can avoid and live at ease. If you are not giving much of attention to this disease it will slowly get worst over time. So it is required that you get proper medication on time and you must get the right sleep apnea insurance to cure this disease. Read the rest of this entry

It’s no surprise that a half-dozen air traffic control specialists were recently caught sleeping on the job. The Federal Aviation Administration is well aware that  air traffic controllers have been falling asleep every week at each and every air traffic control facility in the nation for at least 30 years — and  they still are.

Sleep deficiency slows reaction times, impairs memory recall, makes it harder to focus attention and increases distractibility.

Fatigue is inherent in 24-7 operations. Ordering people not to doze will not work. From 30% to 50% of all night shift workers fall asleep at work every week, even in high-stakes operations like nuclear power plants. The only NASA study that recorded pilots’ brain waves during transoceanic flights caught 44% of the pilots sleeping in the cockpit, just like their passengers in the back of the plane.

Sleep apnea screening and sleep apnea treatment compliance policies, using objective measures, are necessary for all workers in all modes of transportation, from operators to maintenance staff. Yet such safety initiatives, recommended by a medical expert panel three years ago for commercial drivers and by the NTSB before that, have languished at the Department of Transportation. [ Read The Complete Post By Charles Czeisler At CNN … ]

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