A recently concluded research study published in the April 1 issue of the journal SLEEP indicates that overall risk of death is more than two times higher in older adults who have sleep apnea and report struggling with excessive daytime sleepiness.

Results of adjusted proportional hazards modeling show that older adults with moderate to severe sleep apnea who reported struggling with excessive daytime sleepiness at baseline were more than twice as likely to die (hazard ratio = 2.28) as subjects who had neither problem.  The risk of death was insignificant in older adults with only excessive daytime sleepiness (HR = 1.11) or sleep apnea (HR = 0.74).

Participants had a mean age of 78 years at baseline, and about 55 percent (n = 160) died during an average follow-up period of 14 years.

Excessive daytime sleepiness, when associated with sleep apnea, can significantly increase the risk of death in older adults,” said principal investigator and lead author Dr. Nalaka S. Gooneratne, assistant professor of medicine in the University of Pennsylvania Health System in Philadelphia, Pa.  “We did not find that being sleepy in and of itself was a risk.  Instead, the risk of increased mortality only seemed to occur when sleep apnea was also present.” Read the rest of this entry

The Pillar Procedure helps you stop snoring or reduce your snoring.  The Pillar Procedure from Medtronic is a new way to tackle the global health problems related with sleep disorders like sleep apnea and snoring especially.

During the Pillar Procedure, a doctor places three tiny woven implants, which look like tiny soft pillars, into the soft palate using a sterile delivery tool. Over time, the implants, together with the body’s natural fibrotic response, add structural support to stiffen the soft palate and reduce the tissue vibration that can cause snoring. The implants also help reduce the tissue collapse that can obstruct the upper airway and cause obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Read the rest of this entry

QNEXA For Treatment Of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

QNEXA [kyoo-nek-suh] is an investigational drug  candidate being developed to address weight loss, type 2 diabetes and obstructive sleep apnea. QNEXA is a once-a-day, proprietary, oral, controlled-release  formulation of low-dose phentermine and topiramate, which is designed to  decrease appetite and increase satiety (the sense of feeling full), the two main  mechanisms that impact eating behavior. In phase 2 and 3 clinical data to date,  patients taking QNEXA have demonstrated statistically significant weight loss, glycemic control, and improvement in  cardiovascular risk factors, when used in combination with a diet and lifestyle  modification program.

VIVUS is a biopharmaceutical company developing therapies to address obesity,  sleep apnea, diabetes and male sexual health. The company’s lead product in  clinical development, QNEXA®, has completed phase 3 clinical trials for the treatment of obesity and is currently being considered for approval by US and EU  regulators. QNEXA® is also in phase 2 clinical development for the  treatment of type 2 diabetes and obstructive sleep apnea. In the area of sexual  health, VIVUS is in phase 3 development with avanafil, a PDE5 inhibitor being  studied for the treatment of erectile dysfunction. For more information about  the company, please visit www.vivus.com

A new study finds that a significant number of patients  with benign prostate enlargement (BPE) may have obstructive sleep apnea  (OSA), which may be the reason for their night awakenings and urination.  The study’s findings have been published in the Journal of the American  Board of Family Medicine.

The researchers, from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU),  Israel, compared men between the ages of 55 and 75 who were randomly  sampled from primary clinics, diagnosed with BPE, and reported nocturia (or waking during the night to void) at least once nightly. The  comparison group had no BPE and one or no nocturia episodes per night.  Nocturia is a common BPE symptom.

The researchers found that more than half (57.8%) of patients with  enlarged prostates may in fact have the sleep disorder, and that the  awakenings that patients ascribed to their need to urinate at night may  be actually caused by their sleep disorders. Read the rest of this entry

According to research presented at the School of Medicine and the University of Navarra Hospital by Dr. Roberto Muñoz, a physician of the Neurology Service of the Hospital Complex of Navarra, those persons with serious cases of sleep apnea have more than twice the possibility of suffering an ischemic stroke, specifically, 2.5 times more.

This was confirmed in an study undertaken for his doctoral dissertation among 394 subjects aged 70 or more.  “After studying the quality of their sleep, we tracked the volunteers over the course of six years.  After which, 20 of the  study subjects had suffered a stroke”, explained this native Pamplonan.  Furthermore, he confirmed that in addition to the fact that sleep apnea affects above all persons of middle and advanced age—it is estimated that 5% of all adults suffer from it—this prevalence may significantly increase with age.

In addition, the new Ph.D. in Medicine noted that sleep apnea “can appear in childhood, although with different causes and characteristics”.  Among the predisposing factors for suffering this disorder, the expert emphasized obesity: “Therefore, one of the measures for avoiding the problem is losing weight.  In fact, there are patients who have been able to make their sleep apnea disappear simply by reducing their weight”. Read the rest of this entry

SleepApneaDisorder/[ Press Release ]/OKLAHOMA CITY/ Graymark Healthcare, Inc. , the nation’s second largest provider of diagnostic sleep services and an innovator in comprehensive care for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), reported financial results for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2010.

Net revenues in 2010 increased 30% to $22.8 million from $17.6 million in 2009 (as adjusted for the discontinued operations of the company’s retail pharmacy business). The annual increase is primarily attributable to realizing a full year of operating revenue amounting to $6.7 million from the Somni and Eastern acquisitions completed in August and September of 2009, respectively. Read the rest of this entry

The National Institutes of Health estimates one in 10 adults over 65 (a total of 18 million Americans) suffers from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a disorder in which obstruction in the upper airway can lead to interrupted breathing and sleep.

In obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), the tongue and other tissues of the throat obstruct the airway during sleep, blocking breathing for sometimes up to a minute. These events can occur multiple times throughout the night and severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) has been linked with increased risks for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke and accidents resulting from daytime drowsiness.

This spring, two UC researchers are collaborating in an international, multi-center trial on an investigational device for treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Read the rest of this entry

Travel agent Victoria Wofford blamed her massive theft on her sleeping problems/Siegel for News

A Manhattan travel agent who was sentenced Monday to up to six years in prison for stealing $25 million blamed her crimes on a lack of sleep.

Victoria Wofford, 54, admitted stealing a stunning $17 million from American Express through fraudulent charges on  defunct business travel accounts.

And she  swiped another $8 million from a defense contractor by systematically over billing them for travel booked through her company.

“I’m not sure what I was thinking at the time, it may have had something to do with the undiagnosed sleep apnea that I apparently suffered from for many, many years,” Wofford told Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Michael Obus before he sent her to prison.

It was not clear if the self-described “workaholic” has since been diagnosed or is being treated for the disorder that causes a person to periodically stop breathing while they sleep and can leave them drowsy and confused during waking hours. Read the rest of this entry

A recent study conducted at the Columbia University has claimed that the overweight mothers and kids underestimate their actual weight. Inaccurate estimates about weight can lead to health problems both in mothers and kids.

About 82% of obese women involved in the study underestimated their actual weight.

Nearly one-third of the kids in United States are now overweight or obese which puts them at a risk of a number of diseases including type II diabetes, sleep apnea and heart disease. A healthy diet and lifestyle can help the people in reducing their weight. Performing various exercises, playing, and running could also be helpful for the kids.

Kids who munch on junk food or high- fat and high-sugar food are more likely to become overweight. Parents are advised to make sure than their kids eat plenty of real, fresh foods and vegetables so that they can maintain a healthy weight.

Experts suggest the parents not to buy sugary juices, pop, processed foods and fattening snacks for their kids. Healthy and conscious food choices will significantly improve the health of whole family.

VitalSleep Anti-Snoring Mouthpiece

SleepApneaDisorder/[ Press Release ]/ March 29, 2011/New York/- Some women search for something to make the bedroom a more enjoyable place for them and their partner, but it’s not what some people might think. It’s called an anti-snoring device and it’s a perfect solution for women who ever wondering how to stop a husband from snoring.

Snorers never get restful sleep,” says entrepreneur David Hernandez, “but neither do the people who love them. In fact, men are twice as likely to be snorers than women. That means it’s a constant ‘battle of the sexes’ every night – a nudge here, a poke there – but VitalSleep ends the war some wives get a good night’s rest.”

Hernandez went about creating the VitalSleep stop snoring device when his dentist prescribed a mouthpiece that allows more air to flow freely to stop snoring. The problem is the device came with a huge price tag of $3,000. He asked his doctor for a more economical solution, but there wasn’t one, so that’s when Hernandez went to work. Read the rest of this entry

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