A recently concluded resaech study shows that patients in stroke rehabilitation treated for their co-existing obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) recovered better from stroke than those whose obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) was not treated.

The study, published in the April edition of the journal Stroke, found “significant improvements” in functional and motor outcomes as well as mood of stroke rehabilitation patients who received continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), a small mask placed over the patient’s nose during sleep that alleviates obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Read the rest of this entry

Just a month ago, the FDA approved the use of the Lap-Band® weight loss surgery procedure for patients with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or over that also suffered from obesity related diseases (comorbidities) such as type II diabetes, high cholesterol high blood pressure and sleep apnea. This loosening of the qualification guidelines for Lap-Band® surgery will have a profound effect on New Jersey residents who are seeking to undergo bariatric surgery in the future. Before this announcement, only patients with BMIs of 40 or more with no comorbidities or BMIs of 35 or more with one or more comorbidities could qualify.  A BMI of 30 or over qualifies a person as obese while 40 or over is considered severely obese.

The new regulations have opened up bariatric surgery as a weight loss option for thousands of New Jersey residents who would not have qualified for bariatric surgery under the old guidelines. According to the Centers for Disease Control 23.9% of New Jersey residents had a BMI greater than or equal to 30. As an example, while a typical 5’9” male with comorbidities needed to weight 237 lbs to qualify under the old criteria, they now only need to weigh 203 lbs. Read the rest of this entry

For some longtime headache sufferers, aging offers a benefit: milder headache symptoms and fewer headaches. The April issue of Mayo Clinic Health Letter covers changes in headaches that adults may see as they reach their 50s and 60s.For older adults who have had migraines earlier in life, this type of headache often diminishes in number and intensity with age. The nature of migraines tends to change, too. Head pain may be more spread out rather than in one focused area. Nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light and sound tend to occur less frequently with age. Older adults may experience new symptoms such as dry mouth during a migraine. Some older adults experience an aura, a painless visual change, without a headache.

New types of Headaches

With age, any new type of headache is increasingly likely to be related to an underlying medical condition,    ranging from sleep apnea to a stroke or brain tumor. Immediate medical care is warranted when a headache:

— Is sudden or severe

— Is accompanied by a fever, stiff neck, rash, confusion, seizure, double vision, weakness, numbness or difficulty speaking

— Begins quickly after strenuous exercise

— Develops after a head injury, fall or bump

Generally, adults over 50 should talk with their doctor about new headache symptoms.

The nighttime twitching of restless legs syndrome may be more than an annoyance: New research suggests that in some people, it could be a sign of hidden heart problems.

People with very frequent leg movements during sleep were more likely to have thick hearts — a condition that makes them more prone to cardiac problems, stroke and death, the study by Mayo Clinic doctors found.

“We are not saying there is a cause-and-effect relationship,” just that restless legs might be a sign of heart trouble that doctors and patients should consider, said Dr. Arshad Jahangir, a heart rhythm specialist at the Mayo Clinic Arizona in Scottsdale. He led the study and gave results Sunday at an American College of Cardiology conference in New Orleans.

Restless legs syndrome is thought to afflict millions, though there’s argument about just how many. Some doctors think its seriousness has been exaggerated, possibly to help sell treatments. Read the rest of this entry

SleepApneaDisorder/ [ Press Release ]/ Minneapolis, MN/ April 04, 2011/- Through April 30, 2011, Somnetics, LLC is partnering with participating  medical equipment dealers to offer sleep apnea  patients a chance to try the Transcend Sleep Apnea Therapy System through a 30-day money-back guarantee.

Virtually unheard of in the CPAP industry, sleep apnea patients will be able  to test-drive Transcend for 30 days before committing to the purchase of the  CPAP.  If customers are unsatisfied with Transcend for any reason, they may  return Transcend to the dealer from which they purchased it within 30 days of  the original purchase date for a full refund. Read the rest of this entry

SleepApneaDisorder/ [ Press Release ]/ BELMONT, Calif., April 4, 2011 / — Ventus Medical, Inc. today reported positive results from a 19 center clinical trial using its FDA-cleared Provent® Sleep Apnea Therapy device to treat obstructive sleep apnea. Provent Therapy uses the patient’s own breathing to create expiratory positive airway pressure (EPAP) to keep the airway open during sleep. The full results of this three month study were published in the April 2011 issue of the peer-reviewed medical journal SLEEP, an official publication of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

“This randomized, sham-controlled study demonstrates that Provent Therapy significantly improves the apnea hypopnea index (AHI), a scale to measure the number of breathing interruptions or stoppages per hour of sleep, as well as subjective sleepiness, as measured by the Epworth Sleepiness Scale (ESS) in patients with obstructive sleep apnea,” said study author Richard B. Berry, M.D., professor of medicine at the University of Florida College of Medicine, medical director of the University of Florida and Shands Sleep Disorders Center, and former president of the American Sleep Medicine Foundation. “Importantly, self-reported patient adherence on Provent Therapy was almost 90 percent.” Read the rest of this entry

In a recently concluded two-phase randomized clinical trial comparing two approaches to maintaining weight loss following guided weight loss researchers found inter-relationship of sleep and stress. Phase I provided a nonrandomized intensive 6-month behavioral weight loss intervention to 472 obese (body mass index 30–50) adult participants. Phase II is the randomized weight loss maintenance portion of the study. This research focuses on aspects of sleep, screen time, depression and stress.

The Phase I intervention consisted of 22 group sessions led over 26 weeks by behavioral counselors. Recommendations included reducing dietary intake by 500 calories per day, adopting the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) dietary pattern and increasing physical exercise to at least 180?min per week. Measures reported here are sleep time, insomnia, screen time, depression and stress at entry and post-weight loss intervention follow-up. Read the rest of this entry

Flower Dental, a clinic with advanced training in cosmetic dentistry, estorations and preventive care, announced an effective treatment for sleep disorders such as snoring and sleep apnea. Understanding that many people suffering from sleep disorders wear a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device and feel uncomfortable while sleeping, Flower Dental has started offering a new mouthpiece.This unique mouthpiece can keep the mouth and jaws in the correct position to ensure proper airflow, thus facilitating easy breathing and reliable relief from sleep apnea and snoring. The mouthpiece can also help prevent heart diseases, diabetes, high BP, stroke, depression, impotence and even chances of memory loss – conditions that are exacerbated by regular oxygen deprivation. All of the anti-snoring mouthpieces offered by Flower Dental are customized to suit individual requisites and are comfortable and affordable. Read the rest of this entry

Neurologists  specialize in the treatment of diseases and disorders of the brain,  spinal cord and nervous systems. In many cases, says UC Health  neurologist Jennifer Rose Molano, MD, these problems are closely  associated with sleep issues.

“I think that the field of  neurology in general is becoming more cognizant of the interplay between  sleep and neurological issues,” says Molano, an assistant professor in  the University of Cincinnati (UC) Department of Neurology and a member  of the medical staff at UC Health Surgical Hospital’s Sleep Medicine  Center in West Chester.

Insomnia, for example, is very common  and often can be seen in those with a neurological problem,” notes  Molano. “A lack of sleep can also trigger worsening of conditions that  neurologists frequently see, such as headaches and seizures.” Read the rest of this entry

Myotronics, Inc. announces the immediate release of a new Sleep Apnea brochure for the dental office to educate patients on the signs and symptoms of sleep apnea as well as the dangers of not treating this condition.

Patients often aren’t aware that their dental professional may be able to provide treatment for sleep apnea through new oral appliances. This brochure aims to educate the patient on this topic as well as provide insight on various treatment options provided by the medical and dental community.

While just about everyone knows someone who snores, few understand that snoring can be an indication of a serious health problem. Snoring is a common symptom of sleep apnea, a stoppage of breathing during sleep. Every apnea or ‘event’ of decreased oxygen intake, causes the brain to send a signal to rouse the body in an effort to resume breathing. This results in a low quality of sleep, producing daytime fatigue, irritability, and a whole host of other maladies. Gone untreated, sleep apnea may contribute to high blood pressure, obesity, and cardiovascular disease.

The topic of sleep apnea has created much buzz in the public as of late. It has been a frequently discussed topic on many health forums and media outlets. The full color pamphlet, complete with graphics to illustrate this important message, addresses a whole host of questions surrounding this condition.

To learn more, please visit http://www.myotronics.com.

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